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Problem-solving is a key engineering skill, yet is an area in which engineering graduates underperform. This paper investigates the potential of using web-based tools to teach students problem-solving techniques without the need to make use of class time. An idea generation experiment involving ninety students was designed. ... See more

This study investigated whether engaging engineering students in learning a creative problem solving technique for less than an hour has a positive influence on students’ ability to generate creative solution ideas more effectively in the long term, and whether the platform used to learn the technique (computer or pen-and-paper based) makes a difference to long term performance. ... See more

The rapid growth of engineering knowledge has resulted in continuous expansion of novel technologies and materials that can be used in designing new products and processed. Computer- and web-based technologies allowed engineers to significantly shorten the development of novel artefacts. ... See more

This paper presents the results of the idea generation experiment that repeats the study originally conducted at RMIT. In order to establish the influence that the experimental treatments make on the number and the breadth of solution ideas proposed by problem solvers with different knowledge levels, students from different years of study were recruited. ... See more

Numerous researchers have extensively studied two causes of problem solvers’ inflexibility which impede creativity: the Einstellung effect [1] and design fixation [2]. The former has been demonstrated experimentally on numerous occasions and is induced by prior experience. The latter is a result of our fixedness on the functions of things which we regularly use. ... See more

This paper explores the impact of learning problem solving tools such as Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) on self-efficacy. The paper utilises survey responses from 94 students who were enrolled in an RMIT-wide elective which taught students tools of TRIZ between 2006 and 2010. ... See more

The ability to understand problems well, often referred as problem finding, is identified as the most important aspect of engineering problem solving. The use of some ideation tools can assist in this endeavor. The effective utilization of certain tools can even impact the long-term development of problem solving ability. ... See more

This paper analyses the outcomes of a case study on application of the systematized Substance-Field Analysis (Su-Field) [1] to a real problem at Philips. ... See more