CXC to introduce new “Green Engineering” CAPE syllabus

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will next Thursday launch its latest new generation Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subject, Green Engineering.

Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine
Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine

According to the Ministry of Education the Green Engineering syllabus is divided into two units with each containing three modules.
Unit 1 is titled “Introduction to Green Engineering.” The three modules of that unit are “Concepts and Issues”, “Theoretical Framework of Green Engineering” and “Green Engineering in Practice”.
Unit 2 is titled “Application of Green Engineering Principles”. The three modules include “Utilisation of Sustainable Materials and Energy”, “Sustainable Designs” and “Green Engineering Solutions”.
The Green Engineering syllabus outlines ten objectives. They are
.to enhance students’ awareness of the broad environmental, social and economic impact of engineering:
* create an understanding of how to incorporate the principles of sustainability into engineering practices;
* promote an understanding of the principles of Green Engineering and Industrial Ecology;
* develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary nature of environmental problems related to engineering;
* promote awareness of the global challenges related to environment and the impact of our decisions on present and future generations;
* apply the principles of Green Engineering and Industrial Ecology to manage and solve environmental problems related to engineering in the Caribbean context;
* apply Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) principles to improve the environment at the local, regional and global levels;
* design solutions to address environmental problems related to engineering;
* develop the capacity for critical thinking, creativity and innovation, problem solving, contextual learning, collaboration, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurial skills and technological competence through authentic learning experiences;
* integrate information, communication and technological (ICT) tools and skills.
The Ministry said the course of study will enable students to apply STEM principles to improve their environment at the local, regional and global levels:
“The study of Green Engineering will enhance quality of life for present and future generations, while providing wealth creation through new and innovative job opportunities and other economic possibilities including entrepreneurship.

By pursuing this course, students will develop twenty-first century engineering skills and ethics required for sustainable development.”
It said the assessment will comprise two components, external and internal. The external assessment will be valued at 70 per cent of the grade, while the internal assessment, the School Based Assessment (SBA) is worth 30 per cent of the grade.
The external assessment comprises two papers: Paper one has 45 compulsory, multiple-choice questions, 15 questions based on each module.
Paper two comprises six compulsory questions, two based on each module.
The SBA for Unit 1 will be in the form of a report. The report should be based on an industry or an engineering infrastructure such as buildings, roads and bridges in the student’s territory. It should examine sustainability issues such as conservation and efficiency and provide recommendations for improvement.
For Unit 2, the SBA is a design project. The project will consist of a written design report and a scaled model that is representative of the product. This model should be made from readily available materials and should be based on a problem that has been identified and should seek to solve that problem by creating a product following the stages of the design process.
Green Engineering will be available for teaching in schools in September 2016 and the first examination will be offered in May/June 2017.