A ROLE PLAYING APPROACH TO TEACH SAFETY, ENVIRONMENT AND ORGANIZATION SKILLS IN A CHEMICAL ENGINEERING COURSE

B. García-Fayos, M. Sancho, J.M. Arnal

Universitat Politècnica València (SPAIN)
“Advanced experimentation” is an experimental course of fourth year of Chemical Engineering degree. In the last 10 academic courses, lecturers have been using the methodology of Project Oriented Learning focused on the design of an industrial plant, based on the experimental results obtained in the laboratory. It was observed that the involvement of students in Safety and Environmental work previous to the laboratory was not satisfactory, as well as the management of time and organization of the work to be carried out during the project. Therefore, it was decided to implement the methodology of "Role-playing" in order to promote and enhance the learning of these disciplines in the laboratory [1] through the more direct involvement of the students in a real situation. The roles of "Head of security" and "Head of environment" were assigned to two members of each group at each laboratory session. The role of "Responsible for organization and human resources" was elected among the members of each group during the semester. This work analyzes the results obtained after the implementation of this methodology in the second semester of the course for two academic years (2011-2012 and 2012-2013), as well as its influence on the acquisition of skills, based on students perception surveys.

References:
[1] M. Graells, M. Pérez-Moya. “Projecte PEEEQ: Planificació estratégica de les asignatures d’Experimentació en Enginyeria Química de l’Escola Universitària d’Enginyeria Tècnica Industrial de Barcelona”. Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, 2007.
[2] B. García-Fayos, M. Sancho, J.M. Arnal. “Análisis de la implantación de la metodología de “role-playing” en una asignatura experimental de ingeniería química”. Jornadas de Innovación Educativa ICE, 2012. Universitat Politècnica de València, 2012. ISBN 978-84-8363-926-9