A New Way to Improve Subject Selection in Engineering Degree Studies

  • J. A. López-Vázquez
  • J. A. Orosa
  • J. L. Calvo-RolleEmail author
  • F. J. de Cos Juez
  • J. L. Castelerio-Roca
  • A. M. Costa
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 369)


In recent years, different Spanish degree studies are being changed and rearranged in accordance with the European Education System (EES) and the Bologna declaration. At that time there was no tool or methodology to define the manner in which different subjects of a degree had to be studied, for better improvement of knowledge. At present, research studies a new method to define the order in which each subject must be studied in different engineering degrees, with the objective of improving the actual studies to a new type, a type more adjusted to real situations. To do this, different statistical studies on electrical and electronic engineering from the University of A Coruña were evaluated. The main results showed a clear relationship between the marks when accessing the degree and the final average marks after completion of the entire degree. Furthermore, different models were obtained to define the relationship between the marks in the first and second courses as compared with the last one. Finally, it was concluded that more professional subjects depend not only on the previous subjects, but also on the same subjects in the last course, as in the case of electrical machines II. This new procedure had to be proposed in future degree adaptation processes, to improve the quality of university studies.


Academic performance Correlation of contents Historical analysis Prediction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. López-Vázquez
    • 1
  • J. A. Orosa
    • 2
  • J. L. Calvo-Rolle
    • 1
    Email author
  • F. J. de Cos Juez
    • 3
  • J. L. Castelerio-Roca
    • 1
  • A. M. Costa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of A CoruñaFerrolSpain
  2. 2.Department of Energy and Marine PropulsionUniversity of A CoruñaFerrolSpain
  3. 3.Mining DepartmentUniversity of OviedoOviedoSpain

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