In today’s changing global environment engineering graduates are expected to have both technical and soft skills. Accordingly, La Trobe University has incorporated the soft skills of communication, teamwork, interpersonal skills and leadership into its Civil Engineering course. This paper describes the contribution of teamwork to the development of soft skills during laboratory classes in a number of subjects taught at the second, third and fourth years of study. The assessment for the practical component was designed to enhance teamwork and measure the students’ contribution during the laboratory/field sessions. The practical classes and teamwork requirements improved the students’ technical knowledge, and students became more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. It also enhanced students’ communication skills and promoted the development of interpersonal skills and a responsible attitude.
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