FIG Peer Review Journal


Pedagogy of Using Industrial Simulation in Surveying Education: A Study of Two Models Run at Sheffield Hallam University, 2008/9 (3769)

Simon Mclean (United Kingdom)
Mr Simon Mclean
Senior Lecturer, Chartered Building Surveyor
Sheffield Hallam University
Owen Building, City Campus, Howard Street,
S1 1WB
United Kingdom
Corresponding author Mr Simon Mclean (email: s.n.mclean[at], tel.: 01623 407919)

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Published on the web 2010-01-14
Received 2009-11-19 / Accepted 2010-01-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-87-7 ISSN 2308-3441


This paper is written from the perspective of delivering vocational education to prospective surveyors. The author is conscious of the desirability of providing surveying students with practical surveying training in addition to academic knowledge and skills. After establishing desirable vocational skills requirements for new entrants to the surveying industry, the paper analyses two industrial simulation exercises delivered to completing surveying students, studying at both professional and technical levels, within Sheffield Hallam University. Both case studies utilise industrial simulation to facilitate both learning and assessment. Current academic literature in respect of using industrial simulation as a teaching method. and the author's personal experience of delivering industrial simulation exercises over many years are used to establish pedagogy for running successful models. Using data produced from these case studies, the author tests this form of teaching and assessment as being potentially suitable for delivering appropriate learning, valid assessment and usable vocational skills, against academic, student focused and industrial criteria. The methodology employed, academic outcomes met, student achievement and student engagement are analysed to establish if these case studies succeeded. The paper concludes that simulation can be a valid tool for delivering teaching, learning, assessment and vocational skills training to surveying students.
Keywords: Education