Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
April 7, 2017
April 7, 2017
April 8, 2017
Learning structural analysis, which is a fundamental topic for core subjects like statics, has been always a challenge for non-civil engineering students who must take statics as a mandatory course. Recent experience teaching this subject also to architecture students with limited mathematics and physics background makes learning statics very arduous for these students. To overcome these challenges, providing experiential learning experiences was sought to teach both non-civil engineering majors as well as architecture students through teaching the theory, testing in the lab, and computer simulation. Visually oriented introduction to structural theory enhances understanding of concept and fundamental of structural analysis, which is not always an effortless task even for civil engineering students. Laboratory tests help students to effectively absorb engineering courses such as statics and strength of materials. Exposing students to laboratory tests, besteads them to better visualize the connection between theoretical concepts and the experimental nature of real building structures and materials. Implementing structural modeling software is also another value that can improve students’ understanding of structural analysis, particularly architecture students who have better understanding of three-dimensional visualization. Moreover, having a basic knowledge of a structural analysis software, that is compatible with Building Information Modeling (BIM) products, makes it easier and more efficient to develop design process. In this study, an undergraduate non-civil engineering class was selected as case study and the new method was implemented to evaluate the students’ learning. Results of formative assessment show tremendous enhancement of students’ performance in their homework and exams.
Shokouhian, M., & Head, M. H. (2017, April), Experiential Learning for Teaching Structural Analysis to Non-Engineering Students Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Mid Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. https://peer.asee.org/29256
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