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An Independent Learning Experiment: Software Series In Civil Engineering Technology At Fairmont State College

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.71.1 - 4.71.7

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Anthony Brizendine

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Session 3549

An Independent Learning Experiment: Software Series in Civil Engineering Technology at Fairmont State College

Anthony L. Brizendine, Ph.D., P.E., P.S. Fairmont State College, Fairmont, WV


The author offered a series of one- and two-credit special topics software courses for students in the Civil Engineering Technology Program at Fairmont State College. To date the courses offered have concentrated on software for hydraulics and hydrology, and construction management and estimating. Courses offered in the hydraulics and hydrology area were TR-55®, Haestad Methods®, and KYPIPE®. Courses offered in the construction management and estimating area included Timberline® Precision Estimating and Primavera® P3 Project Management Software. These courses were offered in addition to program requirements and were not applicable as elective credits toward graduation; in other words, students signed up simply to gain a better understanding of the various software programs. Students were given a syllabus with expectations defined. For some courses, the students simply completed problem sets and submitted those for grade while in other courses one or more projects were also assigned. The author met with students biweekly to evaluate progress, answer questions, and provide direction. Informal assessment of success is included.

Introduction and Background

Students may be enrolled in either an Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree program in Civil Engineering Technology Program at Fairmont State College1 (FSC). The program is arranged as a 2+2 program whereby the first two years of instruction in the baccalaureate degree comprise the associate degree. The AS degree is concerned primarily with providing instruction in the areas of English; mathematics; sciences; economics; construction materials, methods, estimating; plane and construction surveying; graphics; statics and strength of materials; and introductory courses in environmental engineering technology and structures. The balance of the baccalaureate program attempts to provide a generally well-rounded curriculum to prepare graduates to be immediate contributors to the civil engineering team upon graduation. Specifically, the baccalaureate degree is a traditional program consisting of a broad-based curriculum designed to offer students instruction in several broadly-defined, parallel tracks, namely:

Brizendine, A. (1999, June), An Independent Learning Experiment: Software Series In Civil Engineering Technology At Fairmont State College Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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