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Humanities and Social Sciences Outcomes for the Third Edition: Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Civil Engineering Division Technical Session 3

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Civil Engineering

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26.865.1 - 26.865.16



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Jeffrey C. Evans P.E. Bucknell University

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Jeffrey C. Evans, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

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Michelle Oswald Beiler P.E. Bucknell University

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Dr. Michelle Oswald Beiler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University. She has completed her Doctoral degree in Civil Engineering, a Master's degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware, specializing in transportation planning. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College. Her research and teaching focus is in the area of sustainable transportation planning. Specific research topics include transportation adaptation to climate change, sustainable transportation performance measures and rating system development, pedestrian and cycling mobility, and sustainable engineering education.

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Humanities and Social Sciences Outcomes for the Third Edition: Civil Engineering Body of KnowledgeIn the first edition (2004) of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK) fifteenoutcomes and the associated levels of achievement for each outcome were identified.There were no explicit outcomes for humanities or social sciences in the first BOK.Quickly thereafter, a BOK2 committee was formed and the second edition (2008) waspublished with twenty-four outcomes and associated levels of achievement. Theoutcomes were organized in three categories: Foundational, Technical, and Professional.Foundational outcomes included Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Humanities andSocial Sciences (H/SS). Achievement for all foundational outcomes was set at Bloom’staxonomy level three (application). The BOK2 outcomes were then used in thedeliberations regarding proposed changes to the Civil Engineering Program Criteria(CEPC) now published in draft form. While certain BOK2 outcomes influenced the draftCivil Engineering Program Criteria, the explicit influence of the humanities and socialsciences (H/SS) outcome is absent. This paper explores BOK2 outcomes in H/SS in aneffort to inform those interested in and involved with the preparation of BOK3.In this paper, the dependence of other BOK2 outcomes upon H/SS is addressed. Basedon this dependence, the appropriateness of the current BOK2 H/SS outcomes is assessed.The proposed CEPC are examined in light of the need for H/SS to underpin theexpectation of the proposed criteria. Based upon these analyses, recommendations forchanges to be incorporated into BOK3 are provided.Finally, representative civil engineering programs that have adopted the humanities andsocial science outcomes as program outcomes are examined. Methods ofimplementation, assessment and results are described to provide examples to otherprograms that may be considering adoption of these two outcomes.Coordinating Note:This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, thecoordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee's program for the Civil EngineeringDivision of ASEE in 2015. It should be considered for inclusion in the session that TomLenox is organizing and moderating.

Evans, J. C., & Beiler, M. O. (2015, June), Humanities and Social Sciences Outcomes for the Third Edition: Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24202

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