9 December 2004 From diploma to degree in photonics
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This paper discusses the bridging requirements and the transfer of credits for the graduates of a three year technology program entering the Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) degree in photonics. The procedure followed to determine the transfer of credits consisted of two iterations. In the first iteration a detailed comparison of the learning outcomes of the different courses in the Diploma of Photonics Engineering Technology and the BAT programs was undertaken. This comparison helped to determine the correspondence of the learning outcomes, but did not permit to compare the theoretical level of the Diploma and BAT courses. A second iteration was performed to compare in more detail the focus of the courses and the theoretical depth of learning the subjects. A grid covering all the usual mathematical topics used for the courses was set and the courses for which the mathematical tools are important were compared. The difference between the courses from the two programs was used to design two bridging courses one in Advanced Physics and one in Advanced Optical Engineering. These two courses cover the missing theoretical background for the Diploma graduates in order to continue in the Bachelor program.
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Brahim Chebbi, Brahim Chebbi, Treena Grevatt, Treena Grevatt, Robert Weeks, Robert Weeks, Mostefa Mohammed, Mostefa Mohammed, Peter J. Casey, Peter J. Casey, Almuhtadi Wahab, Almuhtadi Wahab, Abdul Al-Azzawi, Abdul Al-Azzawi, } "From diploma to degree in photonics", Proc. SPIE 5578, Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Astronomy, Biomedicine, Imaging, Materials Processing, and Education, (9 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567135; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.567135


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