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Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure: Lessons Learned from Eight Years' Instruction on the CEBOK

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Making Professionals: Methods to Build Success Skills

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Civil Engineering

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William D Lawson P.E., Ph.D. Texas Tech University

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William D. Lawson, P.E., Ph.D. serves as an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas Tech University. His career in higher education is characterized by excellence and innovation in teaching, award-winning scholarship and sponsored research, and professional service at the national, regional and local levels. Creative activities encompass both technical research on geotechnical applications in transportation, and interdisciplinary study of professionalism, ethics, and trust/ trustworthiness in professional-client relationships. A licensed engineer with over 35 years experience in engineering education and practice, Dr. Lawson has provided project management and technical oversight for geotechnical, construction materials, transportation, environmental, and facilities projects nationwide.

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Theodore G. Cleveland Texas Tech University

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Dr. Cleveland combines laboratory and field methods with information management, experimental design, and computational modeling. He is an experimental researcher, modeler, and teacher. His technical background includes environmental and civil engineering, and his research work is focused on water resources problems encompassed in both of these areas. He has implemented online instructional tools to enhance student experience in hydraulics and hydrology courses.

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Ken Rainwater Texas Tech University

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Dr. Ken Rainwater is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at Texas Tech University. Rainwater has 34 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering. He teaches courses in fluid mechanics, environmental engineering, engineering hydrology, water systems design, groundwater hydrology, groundwater contaminant transport, and water resources management. His research expertise is in problems of groundwater quantity and quality, remediation of soil and groundwater contamination, and water resources management. He has managed ABET degree program accreditation in both civil and environmental engineering for two decades.

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This paper presents the development, instruction and assessment of an upper-division, undergraduate, 2-credit hour, required course designed around outcomes from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Body of Knowledge for Civil Engineers (CEBOK). The course is “CE 4200, Professional Engineering Practice Issues,” sequenced to be taken during the penultimate semester of a student’s program of study in civil engineering at Texas Tech University. The course features six Body of Knowledge outcomes: professional attitudes, professional responsibilities, teamwork and leadership, project management, critical thinking and problem solving, and social sciences. These outcomes were selected with consideration to Texas Tech University’s 129-hour program in civil engineering, focusing on topics either not represented, indirectly represented, or otherwise underrepresented in the curriculum. Course development has been a work in progress, with academic influences and curriculum emphases affecting instructional design and learning activities. The lessons learned illustrate how the CE 4200 course can be used to shape and polish the civil engineering curriculum relative to satisfying ABET program accreditation requirements, introducing students to less-familiar topics that are essential to professional success, placing the students’ education and learning within the framework of professional practice, and otherwise helping prepare civil engineering students for their professional careers.

Lawson, W. D., & Cleveland, T. G., & Rainwater, K. (2020, June), Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure: Lessons Learned from Eight Years' Instruction on the CEBOK Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34216

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