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Innovation in the Course Disaster Risk Management to Improve the University Student’s Competence for Multidisciplinary and Participatory Work

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Conference

2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Engaging Faculty Across Disciplines, Colleges, and Institutions

Tagged Division

Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

17

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https://peer.asee.org/30665

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46

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Paper Authors

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Sandra Cecilia Santa Cruz PUCP

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Professor at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, PUCP, and Director of the Master's Degree Program in Civil Engineering, with experience in the coordination and execution of multidisciplinary projects in the area of natural disaster risk, seismic hazard and structural design. Experience in consulting for international organizations and Peruvian Government.

AREAS OF INTEREST

Disaster Risk Managment, Risk assessment, life cycle benefit analysis, structural dynamics, structural reliability, social sustainability

EDUCATION

2002 -2008 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM PhD
1996 -2000 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM Master Degree
1987-1993 Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PUCP
Civil Engineer

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Graciela del Carmen Fernández de Córdova Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

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Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, PUCP, and researcher at the Center for Research in Architecture and the City, CIAC, with experience in the coordination and execution of interdisciplinary plans and projects of the urban environment. Experience in consulting for international organizations and the Peruvian government.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Urbanism and Urban Development, Disaster Risk Managment, Social Sustainability,
EDUCATION
Magister, Desarrollo Urbano, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Magister, Asentamientos Humanos y Medio Ambiente, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Arquitecta, Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Perú

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Marta Vilela Vilela Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

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Professor at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, PUCP, and researcher of the Centro de Investigación de la Arquitectura y la Ciudad, CIAC, with experience in the coordination and execution of interdisciplinary and participatory urban plans and projects. Experience in consulting for Peruvian Government. Co-coordinator of the Master’s Degree Program Arquitectura Urbanismo y Desarrollo Territorial Sostenible AUST- PUCP.
AREAS OF INTEREST: Urbanism and Participatory Urban Development, Disaster Risk Managment.
EDUCATION:Magister, Ciencias Aplicadas, Universidad Católica de Lovaina, Bélgica
Doctor, Arte de Construir y Urbanismo, Universidad de Lieja, Bélgica
Arquitecta, Universidad Ricardo Palma, Perú

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Abstract

The ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and to communicate the solutions efficiently is mandatory requirement asked for by employers and by the international accreditation committees at global level in the profile for graduate engineers. Nevertheless, the traditional curriculum in the construction sector related careers is defined to emphasize the application of specific knowledge and in an isolated way between its different knowledge areas. Peru belongs to this reality. Engineering students are neither trained to work in teams nor in multidisciplinary projects. This makes it difficult for the project production to have an integral vision and to respond with greater relevance to the real needs and physical and social characteristics considering the peculiarities of the different territories. An innovation project in university teaching oriented towards developing competence to work in teams and multidisciplinary projects is introduced. The design and development of the course has three main core actions: (1) the academic content of a civil engineering course is restructured, integrating architectural study career’s teachers and students; (2) it is done coordinating with a course in architectural study taking a common problem situation and a case study for the field and office work; (3) an intermediate city which experiences negative effects of the climate change from the Peruvian north is chosen. The results are geared towards contributing in risk management plans and designing public spaces. The methodology used is based on the approach of project-based learning (PBL) applied to develop risk disaster management plans. The theoretical, methodological and procedural contents are directed for the making of the risk diagnosis and solution proposals. This content includes participative methodology and university social responsibility which combines the local knowledge and the technical know-how to create new knowledge. The innovation is applied towards the buildup of information through participatory workshops, the first for the risk diagnosis and solution guidelines; and the second for proposal validation. The first workshop include field work, urban routes, working sessions, mind maps and exhibitions carried out by diverse groups of course teachers and students, local actors (authorities, municipal and sectorial officials, local university students and neighbors). In these activities, the local actors are the protagonists that contribute to strengthen their capacities. The course teachers and students are the advisers and they get enriched by the local expertise. The students are the protagonists of the second workshop: they present the results of the project and answer the questions of the authorities and neighbors. The improvement on student competence through focusing on participative and multidisciplinary learning was a positive achievement. This is reflected by the integration of the solution criteria stated by architecture and engineering students in both courses. The multidisciplinary and participative experience went beyond the academic scope since the proposals were coproduced with the local actors in the study. The proposals were validated and delivered to the city hall. The authorities accepted the proposals and included them in their future actions.

Santa Cruz, S. C., & Fernández de Córdova, G. D. C., & Vilela, M. (2018, June), Innovation in the Course Disaster Risk Management to Improve the University Student’s Competence for Multidisciplinary and Participatory Work Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30665

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