Abstract—The field of engineering has been the main workforce behind economic development. Stemming from the industrial revolution ages, engineering has now branched into different areas of application. From the more traditional area of mechanical, engineering has evolved to meet the current demands of this generation. Current and future demands require engineers that are able to solve problems innovatively. The old methods of problem solving rely heavily on the knowledge within the area of specialty. However, problems are getting more complex as they interrelate with various fields. In catering to these changes, universities are offering engineering courses that are varying. This research is conducted to relate the trends of engineering courses together with TRIZ which stands for Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. TRIZ is an internationally recognised powerful problem solving method. Current general trends of engineering courses were correlated with one of the main tool of TRIZ called ‘Trends of Evolution of Engineering Systems’. These evolution trends stem from the discovery that engineering systems evolve over time following eight distinctive trends. From this research, it is shown that the changes of engineering courses over time have been following these eight trends. Therefore the future trends of engineering courses can also be charted using this TRIZ tool.
Index Terms—Engineering education, TRIZ, innovation, education trend.
Issac Lim Sing Sheng and Kenny Tan Boon Thong are with the Monash University Sunway Campus (e-mail:email@example.com).
Satesh N. Namasivayam is with the Taylors University.
Cite: Issac Lim Sing Sheng, Satesh N. Namasivayam, and Kenny Tan Boon Thong, "Application of TRIZ in the Accreditation of Engineering Education," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 3, no.2, pp. 112-116, 2012.