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Development Of A Web Based Curriculum In Civil Engineering Technology

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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10.464.1 - 10.464.11



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Alvin Lester

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Bruce Mutter

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Development of a Web-Based Curriculum in Civil Engineering Technology Bluefield State College Center for Applied Research and Technology

J. Alvin Lester, Bruce V. Mutter


This paper highlights the work at Bluefield State College (BSC) in developing a web-based baccalaureate degree program option (B.S.) in Civil Engineering Technology (CIET) that remains TAC of ABET accredited. Capitalizing on the initial success of our web-delivered courses in the School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science (SETCS) through its Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART), this work describes the research process used to measure our capability to provide an online version of our program. Mid-career professionals interested in completing degree requirements without having to attend on-campus classes represent a new student target for our civil engineering technology program.

Quality assurance is paramount. The paper addresses the development of this new delivery method. The curriculum is designed to operate in an interactive web-based environment for submission of coursework, concept diagrams, drawings, reports, and assorted forms. Class discussions, conferencing, forums and real-time project reviews will utilize current “chat-room” technology and newly emerging conference software applications. Testing opportunities will be devised through models similarly employed by Sylvan Learning Centers and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) allowing online vignettes and projects. The research will help determine the extent and volume that portfolio materials will be allowed to be used as submissions for program requirements.

The research will analyze the hardware needs required by the institution for customers. Cost analysis will relate to delivery of the program, individual courses, and impacts on faculty resources. Research will examine development of marketing strategies and propose market pricing for tuition and fees required by the program.


The CART Course Management System (CMS) was developed by the Center for Applied Research & Technology, Inc., to enhance the competitive position of Bluefield State College for applied research and technology opportunities in the current environment. Goals of CART are to promote the general economic development of the region; expedite and simplify the acquisition and utilization of research contracts; improve technology transfer; and link applied scientific research and technological advancements to economic development of the State of West Virginia. CART is a non-profit, non-stock corporation under the general corporation laws of the state organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. CART fosters and supports applied research at the Bluefield State College School for Engineering Technology & Computer Proceedings of the 2005 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society of Engineering Education

Lester, A., & Mutter, B. (2005, June), Development Of A Web Based Curriculum In Civil Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14810

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