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Graduate programs in environmental and ecological engineering attract students from diverse intellectual backgrounds. Much of the graduate population in environmental engineering at U.S. institutions consists of students who completed majors in a variety of engineering disciplines, or the natural sciences. At Purdue University, the faculty discussed and developed a unique, team taught and modular graduate course, to serve as a foundation for all students completing graduate studies in environmental and ecological engineering. The course also serves as a bridge between graduate level course work and research projects. The genesis of the course included a comprehensive needs assessment with input from all of the teaching faculty, and mapping of the existing curriculum to disciplinary body of knowledge documents. The implementation of the course coincided with the launch of the graduate program at Purdue University.
The course is built upon unique pedagogy and structure. An important outcome of the process was a course framework that included a central course coordinator and six team taught modules over the course of an academic year. Involvement of multiple faculty in a foundational course mirrors the breadth of the environmental and ecological engineering discipline, and provides students with a view of different teaching and mentoring styles. In addition, the course incorporated principles of active learning, communication to engage a broad audience, and innovative course deliverables. The course was assessed by collecting input from students during multiple focus group sessions, and the course has evolved through several iterations (years) of teaching. This paper describes the process by which the course was developed, foundational concepts and examples of context, and a synthesis of the focus group input.
Hua, I., & Nies, L., & Payne, L. B. (2020, June), Environmental and Ecological Engineering in Context: A Foundational Graduate Course Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34581
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