The challenges of developing student-centred pathways programs – re-engineering the engineering diploma at Monash College



Like many international pathways providers, Monash College must negotiate some significant tensions to deliver on its mission, including the challenge of ensuring its programs align with destination university courses while also catering for the particular learning needs of its diverse student population. In 2016, the college embarked on a program review to identify areas for improvement in its engineering diploma.

This e-poster focuses on the process of negotiating the sometimes competing demands of alignment, diversity and outcome, which involved a mix of best practice and innovation. This included embedding communication skills and cultural competency in the curriculum, increasing collaborative peer activities, and moving to a tailored flipped classroom model. The result was a significant improvement in student academic performance and the development of learning materials subsequently used to supplement teaching at Monash University.


This e-poster aims to demonstrate:

* development and implementation of curriculum planning, design and practice in international education

* learning design principles for developing curriculum for international students at tertiary and pre-tertiary levels

* transitional needs of international students

* cross-divisional collaboration

* blended learning models at Monash College.

Mr Hamid Khattak

Associate Director

Monash College

Hamid Khattak is an Associate Director at Monash College Pty Ltd, a wholly owned company of Monash University. He is responsible for overseeing several college programs in Melbourne and overseas: STEM, arts, art and design, and education. Monash College programs offer a direct pathway into Monash University’s bachelor programs. Hamid oversees higher education programs in Melbourne, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. He has vast experience in developing, implementing and managing quality educational and support programs locally and internationally. He has worked in tertiary and vocational sectors in Australia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan and several projects in the UAE, Pakistan, Oman and Egypt. Hamid has extensive experience in international and transition education and completed the ‘Asialink Leaders Program 2016’ in Melbourne.