Teaching and learning soft skills in university physics courses: Perspectives of the UEA Higher Colleges of Technology
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Higher Colleges of Technology
Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE
Stojan Jovan Rendevski   

Higher Colleges of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Science and Technology, 4793 Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Publish date: 2017-11-30
International Journal of Physics and Chemistry Education 2017;9(4):1–8
Teaching soft skills in engineering and technology courses have been part of ABET’s accreditation criteria for several decades. Much research has been done and recommendations have been made on how to modify engineering courses with the appropriate objectives and course delivery strategies towards successful and effective implementation of the ABET’s criteria. The paper contributes to teaching soft skills in physics courses to future engineers. The role and place of physics courses in meeting ABET’s criteria are important and are discussed in the paper. The knowledge and skills related to students’ professional development are better taught and practiced at an early stage and then developed through upper-level engineering courses. In this paper, we discuss the opportunities we currently have in our physics courses. We provide a plan on how to strengthen our students’ basic soft skills and what needs to be done to bring our physics courses in line with the HCT 2.0 vision. Several possibilities have been discussed in terms of course work, projects, labs, assignments, and assessments. We will require school support in training teachers and modifying physics course outcomes. A few suggestions written on “how to do it” are provided in the conclusion.
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