Asee peer logo

History and Heritage as a Vehicle for Contemporary Issues

Download Paper |

Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Civil Engineering Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Civil Engineering

Page Count

22

Page Numbers

26.847.1 - 26.847.22

DOI

10.18260/p.24184

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/24184

Download Count

208

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Douglas G Schmucker University of Utah

visit author page

Dr. Schmucker has 15 years experience focused on high quality teaching following the T4E, ExCEEd, and NETI teaching models. A full-time teaching professional, he focuses on practice, project, and problem-based teaching methodologies.

visit author page

author page

Steven J. Burian University of Utah

Download Paper |

Abstract

History and Heritage as a Vehicle for Contemporary IssuesAt the University of XXXX, students interested in civil and environmental engineering enroll inan introductory course with a twist: achievement of selected BOK outcomes are achieved via thevehicle of a major civil engineering history and heritage project. In particular, contemporaryissues, leadership, ethics, and the broader interactions of society and engineering are developedby going “Back to the Future.” Common goals of an introductory course remain: building cohortand departmental community, introducing students to relevant campus and professionalorganizations, and acclimating students to university life. These goals are supported by twoprimary projects. The instructor selects a central, significant project or event to anchor thecourse such as the Panama Canal or the Great Flood of 1927 on the lower Mississippi River.That project not only introduces the students to a large variety of topics, it also provides a rolemodel and example by which student groups then research and present another historic project.Student activities throughout the course are designed to not only create positive engagement inthe course material but are also specifically designed to enable measurement (assessment) ofstudent achievement. Integral elements include student presentations (written and oral),incorporation of leadership and ethics, discussion of the broader interactions of society andengineering practice, and a professional practice perspective of civil engineering projects. Thispaper discusses assessment of the top-down design of the course and assessment measures, howthis course fits into a larger BOK-inspired program (a structure that has been in place for nearly15 years), and presents the analysis of student deliverables including direct and indirectmethods.

Schmucker, D. G., & Burian, S. J. (2015, June), History and Heritage as a Vehicle for Contemporary Issues Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24184

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2015 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015