New Orleans, Louisiana
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Addressing the needs of engineering curriculum to provide evidence based practice and opportunities for students to gain skills that can be applied in the workplace has been identified as a need by industry and accreditation bodies. Institutions are seeking to properly meet these needs, while also balancing decades of history with traditional courses. Courses that teach business-type practices and fundamentals are only meeting a portion of that need. Further, the topics covered in these courses may vary, depending on the specific instructional design of the course. Instructional design is largely the responsibility of the instructor and can vary greatly depending on the specific objectives outlined, delivery strategy, materials, and media selected for that specific course. The instructional design of a course to meet the needed practical skills identified, specifically in the development and response to requests for proposals and contract success measurement, is developed to assist instructors in meeting this need in curriculum. This research can also assist instructors in modifying existing courses or development of new courses. Foundational work in the field of education forms the structure of the instructional design and is exposed to assist instructors with instructional design of similar courses. The course curriculum was also tested across two semesters, in which a formative assessment was carried out. The results of the two semesters were: student enrollment in the course increased by forty-two percent, the quality of the student final projects increased twenty percent, the course rating decreased by four percent, and student self-efficacy ratings increased across all performance objectives. These results have encouraged the researchers to continue course refinement and work towards further instructional and assessment tools.
Hurtado, K. C., & Smithwick, J., & Sullivan, K. T., & Savicky, J. (2016, June), Design and Implementation of a Practice-Based Course in Contracting and Project Management Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26671
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