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Course Enhancement by Melding the BOK2 Student Outcomes with the Project Management Body of Knowledge

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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BOK2 - Influencing Changes to the ABET Civil Engineering Program Criteria and Civil Engineering Curricula

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Civil Engineering

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24.325.1 - 24.325.20



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John V. Tocco JD Lawrence Technological University

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Course Enhancement by Melding the BOK2 Student Outcomes with the Project Management Body of KnowledgeAbstractThe Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, Second Edition (BOK2), promulgated by theAmerican Society of Civil Engineering, defines twenty-four student outcomes for civilengineering programs. The inclusion of outcome 13 Project Management was a tacitacknowledgement that construction engineering and project management skills were importantcomponents of a broad civil engineering education. When the BOK2 was adopted by the CivilEngineering program at ______________________, faculty recognized that outcome 13 requiredthe elevation of Civil Engineering Management Practices (CE Management), the lynchpin coursefor construction engineering, from an elective to a required course. While several outcomes areaddressed in the course, the core outcome is No. 13 Project Management. Moreover, by way ofproviding additional depth on how to satisfy the outcome, the BOK2 cites the ProjectManagement Body of Knowledge, published by the Project Management Institute and currentlyin its fifth edition (PMBOK5), as the authority on project management principles. With the dualgoals of enhancing the course and addressing the BOK2 more directly, the CE Managementinstructor adopted a framework based on the five project management processes as set forth inPMBOK5. The initial purpose of this paper is to discuss the BOK2 student outcomes CEManagement was required to cover, based on faculty discussions as to overall program needs.Next addressed is the mapping of and interaction among the PMBOK5 knowledge areas and theoutcomes. The paper also describes the various pedagogical elements utilized to deliver coursecontent. For example, online lectures in combination with in-class discussions were utilized in a“flipping” strategy, enabling a more thoughtful interaction with students. The instructor alsodeveloped and utilized several formal and informal problem based learning and activecollaborative learning practicums with oral and written components, many of which wereassessed using detailed rubrics.

Tocco, J. V. (2014, June), Course Enhancement by Melding the BOK2 Student Outcomes with the Project Management Body of Knowledge Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20216

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