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Beyond the Capstone: Integrating Authentic Experiences that Promote Learning and Excitement
Civil engineering curriculums culminate in capstone or senior design experiences, often considered a critical component to the academic training of the undergraduate population. Entities such as ASCE and ABET, along with other accrediting programs, university standards, departmental and college expectations present broad standards and requirements for capstone courses. The ASCE Body of Knowledge (BOK) recently identified capstone experiences as supporting the developing abilities for young civil engineers entering the profession in five distinct outcome areas. While some similarities exist across the U.S. and Canada undergraduate programs, many elements of the courses are still quite diverse allowing for very unique opportunities for students. Capstone course instructors are faced with the challenge of accommodating the expectations of governing bodies both internal and external to the home institution while creating a valuable learning experience, often dared to be dynamic or in other ways distinct to the university experience. While the variation is supported as the mechanism for students to choose the most appropriate program catered to their interests and ambitions, faculty members may struggle to identify the suitable expectations to define their program as successful. A survey of “biographical” information for civil engineering programs has been conducted to obtain data to capture the state of the art of civil engineering senior design course experiences at U.S. and Canadian institutes. Additionally, ASCE’s most recent Body of Knowledge identifies (5) BOK “Outcomes” associated directly with capstone experiences and the survey results identify the adaptability of current senior design courses to capture demonstrated abilities in these outcomes. Through capturing the standards of practice for a large population of programs and mapping those programs to the ASCE BOK outcomes, a baseline for defining a successful program should become evident .
Retherford, J., & Hartmann, B. L., & Al-Hammoud, R., & Hunt, G. A. (2020, June), Civil Engineering Capstone Inventory: Standards of Practice & The ASCE Body of Knowledge Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34284
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