Thomas Cosgrove

Thomas Cosgrove
University of Limerick | UL · School of Engineering

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Introduction
Thomas Cosgrove currently works in the Civil Engineering programme at the School of Engineering, University of Limerick. Thomas does research in Pedagogic Theory and Educational Theory. A 5 year Action Research study on Reflective Writing in Civil Engineering education is nearing completion. His engineering research interests include modelling and design of bending-active timber gridshells.

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The educational benefits of challenge-or problem-based approaches to learning are now well established. Action Research and Action Learning together provide educators with an ethic, a research methodology and a pedagogical strategy for harnessing and developing the motive power of purposeful activity for reflective enquiry in teaching and learning....
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Bending active gridshells are structures that involve sophisticated analysis, design and construction processes. Like shells generally, they can achieve large span to thickness ratios. The computational modelling of bending active gridshells will include, in general, both a form-finding stage and a subsequent stage analysing deformations and intern...
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Engineering education is appropriately concerned with technical problem solving. However, the philosophical tradition has periodically asserted that technical rationality is but one mode of rationality. Informed by experience in both design practice and engineering education the authors agree with Donald Schön that professional artistry is an essen...
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Particle size distribution of gravelly soil plays a crucial role in debris flow initiation. For better understanding the mechanism of debris flow formation, two crucial mechanical property parameters of the gravelly soil are required to be studied meticulously: hydraulic conductivity and strength. With the aim of measuring the composition of the gr...
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This paper describes the use of student peer-assessment in a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Civil Engineering programme in Ireland. The theory, rationale and implementation of peer-assessment in the context of engineering education are briefly reviewed. Its use to assess process performance in the Civil Engineering programme at the University of Lime...
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Thomond Park, the historic home of Munster rugby, has undergone major redevelopment (Fig 1) which will see its capacity rise to 25 756. This paper describes the design and construction of the new stand and terrace structures. Particular emphasis isgiven to the development of the architectural and engineering concepts, the wind tunnel testing and dy...
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The authors' experiences designing and implementing a new problem based learning (PBL) programme in Civil Engineering at the University of Limerick is described. Focus groups, student and staff learning logs, teaching evaluations, a variety of assessment formats, tutorial dialogue, in-class quiz techniques and informal conversations are used to bui...
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Thesis (M. Eng. Sc.)--University College Dublin, 1991. Appendices A-G.

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