The Staff Development Committee of the Engineering Department organised the third workshop on Bloom’s Taxonomy series on 10 July 2018. This activity-based workshop focused on “Creating and using Rubrics for Performance Assessment”.
Dr Elangovan, HoS (M&I), briefly revised the topics covered in the previous workshop. Then he elaborated about rubrics and their importance in grading and performance assessment. He also discussed different types of rubrics and their advantages.
Dr V. Sivananth, Lecturer (Engineering Department), presented the different stages in rubrics and listed the step-by-step procedure to create rubrics. Sample rubrics for both holistic and analytic types along with performance criteria were discussed during the presentation.
After that, the faculty members were asked to form the group to perform the rubric creation activity for different courses. The presenter’s efforts were highly appreciated by the faculty members to complete the task on rubric creation.
Ibri College of Technology, along with the different departments, conducted a community programme on 10 July 10 2018. Six school children who registered, attended the course, “Basic Electrical Wiring Workshop”. The workshop was held in the Electrical Skills Lab (B020) wherein staff members of the Engineering Department, namely: Mr Chandrashekar M. C. and Mrs Sheikha Al-Mamari, taught them electrical safety and showed them videos regarding electrical safety, common tools and materials used in electrical wiring, and basic electrical wiring techniques. They did practical work by doing seven exercises.
The Staff Development Committee of the Engineering Department, organised Workshop 2 on “Designing Assessment Based on Cognitive Skills” on 28 June 28 2018 from 12.30pm to 02.45pm.
Dr K. Elangovan, HoS, Mechanical Section, and Mr Abid Siddique, lecturer, Engineering Department, conducted the program.
The presentation started with Bloom’s Taxonomy implementation on the assessment procedure for the different levels of learning. The presenter also briefed about summative and formative assessment followed universally. Setting questions based on different cognitive skills for summative assessments by using suitable action verbs were also elaborated on.
In the questions and answers session, the speakers explained to the audience about assessments and question setting, course modification and delivery etc. as per cognitive skills and levels.
In continuation of this presentation, an activity was carried out among staff to familiarise the assessment methods to be adopted for different outcomes-based on its level for selected courses in advanced diploma programme. Staff were divide into eight groups based upon their specialisations and outcomes, for selected subjects in advanced diploma level, were given to them to design questions based on different cognitive levels of the outcomes.
This program was highly interactive and well received by the staff.
The Ibri College of Technology Engineering Department held one of its regular Orientation Programmes, “Choosing a Specialisation in Engineering”, in the Physics 2 Laboratory Classes (as per class schedule) in the Physics Lab (1078) for all the eight sections. It was scheduled and held on 11-13, 19, and 24 June 2018.
Dr K. Elangovan, Dr V. Ilankumaran, Dr Geetha, and Mr Ragupathi served as the speakers who oriented students on the various available Engineering fields offered in the seven Colleges of Technology in Oman, the qualifications for admissions, and the procedure on how to choose the College and Specialisation each would prefer taking.
The Staff Development Committee of the Engineering Department organised a workshop on Cognitive skills (Blooms Taxonomy) - OQF Requirement on 7 June 2018 from 11.00am to 01.00pm. It was the third programme on Bloom’s Taxonomy and the second on “cognitive levels”.
Dr K. Elangovan, HoS, Mechanical Section, Mr Naik Sreenivas and Mr Abid Siddique, lecturers, Engineering Department, conducted the programme.
The workshop started with a presentation by the speakers on the Oman National Qualification framework and cognitive skills requirements for various levels of programmes. A detailed explanation was given to use Bloom’s Taxonomy as a tool for curriculum planning, instructional delivery and assessment. Six different cognitive levels on Bloom’s domain were discussed.
Dr K. Elangovan explained all the cognitive levels as per the Oman National Qualification Framework (OQF) and briefed the audience about the OQF. He also explained that why it is important to follow cognitive levels at a different level.
Mr Abid Siddique, then in continuation, explained Bloom’s Taxonomy and the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy and their differences. He also explained “metacognitive level” as per the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy which was also an important objective of the presentation.
Furthermore, Mr Abid and Mr Naik Sreenivas explained the cognitive levels in detail.
The speakers then explained how to structure and frame outcomes according to the cognitive levels and to incorporate that knowledge in teaching and assessments.
In continuation of this presentation, an activity was carried out among staff to familiarise the classification of outcomes, based on the cognitive levels included in the courses of the Diploma level programme. Staff were divided into groups based on their specialisation and outcomes for selected subjects in diploma level were given to them to analyse the cognitive level of different courses.
This programme was well received by the staff and highly beneficial to the participants.
All new Engineering students need to know all policies, rules, and regulations relevant to them as they study at Ibri College of Technology, Engineering Department. Thus, a series of induction programmes were held in all sections of the PHYS 1100 and CHEM 1100 laboratory classes to make sure that most of the new students are reached and informed.
Dr Ilankumaran (HOS of Electrical and Electronics Section), Dr Elangovan (HOS of Mechanical and Industrial Section), Dr Geetha (Registration Coordinator for Engineering Department), and Mr Ragupathi (Registration Coordinator for Engineering Department) took in certain sections to cover as the speakers who oriented the students.
On 24 May 2018, on behalf of the Research and Consultancy Committee of the the Department of Engineering, a second visit was made to the Public Authority of Electricity and Water (PAEW) for data collection from their laboratory with regard to TRC funded project proposal on IJAD. The team had a meeting with officials of the Public Authority of Electricity and Water (PAEW) and Al-Mansoor LLC. The team discussed on the critical zones of the water supply networking system and explained how those critical systems will be monitored online to avoid leakages. The team then visited the laboratory and were explained the procedures followed to test the water samples periodically. Recent techniques on water distillation were discussed for possible improvement. The team then visited the pumping station, chlorination station and the reservoir from which the water is distributed to most parts of the Al-Dhahirah region. The following members represented the team and visited the PAEW office, PAB and plant.
1. Dr Ilankumaran – HoS/Electrical & Electronical Engineering
2. Dr Sujatha Panicker – Lecturer/Engineering
3. Mr J. Arthur Davis – Lecturer/Engineering
4. Mr Antony Judice – Lecturer/Engineering
5. Dr Raj Thirumavalavan – Lecturer/Engineering
The Staff Development Committee of the Engineering Department organised a programme on AutoCAD Fusion on 4 June 2018 from 12.00 noon to 01.00pm.
Dr V Sivananth, Lecturer, Mechanical Section, Engineering Department, delivered a presentation on AutoCAD Fusion. He started his presentation with an introduction about the key features of the software. He also explained the effective use of this modelling software to create basic to complex models using simple commands. He explained the relation between AutoCAD and this software.
He described about the various applications of AutoDesk modelling in different fields. A brief explanation was also given about the automatic coding development though this software, applicable for CNC machines.
The programme was well received by the staff and highly beneficial to the participants.
Dr Naveed Hussain, Lecturer, Department of Engineering, delivered an inspiring talk on the topic “Research Scopes on Renewable Energy Applications” on behalf of the Research and Consultancy Committee of the Engineering Department on 10 May 2018 from 1:30 to 2:00pm.
He highlighted the importance of research on photovoltaics, developing better solar collectors and solar concentrators to tap the sun’s energy. He discussed the latest developments in Bio Hybrid Solar cells whose electrical current output is 1000 times that of conventional solar cells. These cells have been manufactured in laboratories by injecting a complex protein from spinach leaves. He also briefly touched upon the improvements made in infra-red plastic solar cells that are flexible and not rigid like the conventional solar panels. Hybrid models such as Solar-Wind Hybrid Power and Solar-Diesel Hybrid Power were also addressed.
He gave a brief outline on how to calculate a budget proposal for getting adequate funding and research. The talk was well received by the audience with a very wide applause and appreciation for the inspiration given.
Dr Sujata S. Panicker, Lecturer, Department of Engineering, delivered a lecture on the topic “Future Energy Resources – Plasma” on behalf of the Research and Consultancy Committee of the Engineering Department on 10 May from 2:00 to 2:30pm.
She explained “plasma” as a highly ionised gas that is a separate and distinct fourth state other than naturally occurring states of solids, liquids and gases. Such states of matter are rarely seen on the earth during lightning and burning of fluorescent tubes. However, such plasma exists in abundance in our universe. Also 99% of our universe is made of plasma with stars as one of the primary sources of plasma.
However recently scientists have proven the feasibility of generating plasma inside a short pulse magnetic machine called as TFTR and JET. The goal of making such a reactor is to heat plasma up to 100 million degrees Celsius that is seven times hotter than the centre of the sun. At such high temperatures, hydrogen atoms begin to fuse into helium. These reactions happen at the centre of the sun under extremely high temperatures and high pressures.
She stated that generation of such plasma (according to ITER Consortium) offers the potential of being “environmentally benign”, widely applicable and essentially inexhaustible electricity that can meet the increase in the world energy demands. The talk was well received by all the staff in the audience. This was followed by a brief question and answer session.