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Experiential Student Learning through Collaborative Simulated Bidding Competition

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 6 - Technology & Simulation

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Construction Engineering

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Don Mah P.Eng. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Dr. Don E. Mah earned his PhD in Construction Engineering and Management through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has been employed at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for over twenty five years as an Instructor, Associate Chair and Chair in Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management programs. His research interests lie in the area of curriculum and academic program development, construction management, construction material waste minimization, sustainable residential construction, greenhouse gas reduction, green building rating programs and process evaluation. Don possesses diverse work experience in the design, construction and project management of various types of building and infrastructure projects.

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Neetu Sharma MacEwan University

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Neetu Sharma is an Associate Professor with the Department of Accounting and Finance at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada.

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This evidence-based paper will show the effectiveness and achievement potential of a collaborative experiential learning project to support student success in post-secondary education. Student projects involving simulation have proven to be beneficial for many stakeholders including students, faculty and industry. This paper reviews literature surrounding common features of experiential learning projects and uses an annual national bidding competition in Canada as a case study to highlight and support the findings. This simulated student bid competition is a yearly event to introduce students to the real life challenges associated with the construction estimating and bidding process. Students across Canada submit complete bids based on a set of construction documents. The bids are judged based on three criteria: closest to the target price, most accurate bid package, and most outstanding professional submission. Students worked collaboratively with industry mentors, including faculty from the area of construction management and accounting. The findings of this paper show the benefits and provide recommendations to effectively embed experiential projects into curriculum.

Mah, D., & Sharma, N. (2019, June), Experiential Student Learning through Collaborative Simulated Bidding Competition Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32796

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