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Achieving the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge in the Affective Domain

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, 3rd Edition: Preparing the Future Civil Engineer

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Civil Engineering

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Norman D. Dennis Jr. P.E. University of Arkansas

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Norman D. Dennis, Jr., is a University Professor of Civil Engineering serving as the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Before joining the U of A faculty in 1996, he served in the US Army as an engineer officer for 24 years. During his military career Dennis had the unique opportunity to build roads, airfields and other facilities on five different continents and spend over 11 years as a member of the faculty at the US Military Academy. His current research interests include laboratory and field determination of geotechnical material properties for transportation systems and the use of remote sensing techniques to categorize geohazards. He has published over 85 peer reviewed articles relating to his research and educational activities. Dennis holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology), an MBA from Boston University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in Arkansas and Colorado.

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Decker B Hains P.E. Western Michigan University

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Dr. Decker B. Hains is a Master Faculty Specialist in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Western Michigan University. He is a retired US Army Officer serving 22 years on active duty with the US Army Corps of Engineers and taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from USMA in 1994, Master of Science degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage in Arctic Engineering in 1998 and Missouri University Science & Technology in Civil Engineering in 1999, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in 2004. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan.

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The ASCE Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge Task Committee (CEBOKTC) recently completed the third edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK3). This edition the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge describes 21 outcomes and levels of achievement that are required for entry into the professional practice of civil engineering. These outcomes are grouped in four categories; Foundational, Engineering Fundamentals, Technical, and Professional. Levels of achievement in the cognitive domain are defined for all 21 outcomes, while achievement in the affective domain is defined for only seven of the 21 outcomes. This paper summarizes the committee’s rationale for explicitly addressing achievement in the affective domain in the CEBOK3 and for addressing only seven of the 21 outcomes in the affective domain. It provides insight into how the levels of achievement were defined and discusses how comments received during the final public comment period were addressed in the final version of the CEBOK3. Unlike the cognitive domain where objective measures can be developed to determine a level of achievement for an outcome, the affective domain deals with individual values and attitudes, concepts that are difficult to measure objectively. As a result, the bulk of the paper is devoted to describing potential mechanisms by which one could demonstrate achievement at various levels in the affective domain for both academic and work settings. A section of the paper is also devoted to describing how achievement in the affective domain could be expanded to other outcomes currently defined in the CEBOK3.

COORDINATING NOTE: This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, the coordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s session(s) for the Civil Engineering Division of ASEE in 2019. It should be considered for inclusion in the sessions on “Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession – and ASCE.” that the ASCE Liaison Committee is organizing.

Dennis, N. D., & Hains, D. B. (2019, June), Achieving the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge in the Affective Domain Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32027

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