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Electronic Project Delivery Via Student Generated Web Sites: "Lessons Learned"

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Trends in Construction Engineering III

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9.518.1 - 9.518.8



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Hung Nguyen

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Charles McIntyre

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Session 2221


Char les McIntyr e and Hung Nguyen

Civil Engineer ing and Constr uction Nor th Dakota State Univer sity


In traditional “project-based” courses (senior level design and capstone courses), the final products are typically paper-based reports and plans (CAD drawings) which include information related to the design and construction aspects of the project. On occasion, the final projects are submitted in some form of electronic format (CD, zip, etc.) [2,5]. Currently, many engineering and construction firms post project information on company or project specific web sites. In order to provide students with the “real world” experience of posting information electronically, the logical decision would be to require students to mimic the industry practices. The contents of this paper, 1.) documents the traditional and revised course delivery system for CME 430 - Land Development, 2.) provides an overview of the mechanisms for evaluation and assessment, 3.) explains some of the tools and techniques that have been developed at NDSU to assist students with web page development, 4.) provides student outcome data for a 3-year period, 5.) offers an analysis of the data, and 6.) formulates some recommendations and conclusions.

Course Overview

CME 430 - Land Development is a 16-week, fall semester, 3-credit, senior-level engineering and management course consisting of 40 - 50 students. Students are placed in permanent groups of 4 or 5 students and are required to develop engineering site plans and associated project documents for an existing undeveloped local parcel of land. Students develop a market research report, conduct a site visit, construct site layout plans (roads, lots, and all infrastructure), develop cost estimates, and a financing plan which are submitted as interim paper-based reports throughout the semester. The final deliverable is a paper-based project report including all plans and drawings. The Blackboard course management system is used extensively in the course to post project information and communicate with student groups. Approximately one-half the class time is dedicated to modified lecture-based presentations (incorporating aspects of problem- based learning) with the other half used for site visits, guest speakers, and in-class worksessions. There are no exams or quizzes. Grades are based solely on the interim reports (assignments) and final project report.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004 American Society for Engineering Education

Nguyen, H., & McIntyre, C. (2004, June), Electronic Project Delivery Via Student Generated Web Sites: "Lessons Learned" Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13155

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