San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.1504.1 - 25.1504.9
“It’s Just Good Engineering” – One Case of Curricular Evolution of Sustainable DesignAbstractLike most all civil engineering programs, elements of sustainable design have been a part of thelearning in (school name’s) Department of Civil Engineering for scores of years. However, theterm “sustainable” first appeared in course lesson plans in 2002. Assessment of student learningabout application of sustainable design principles became a specific criterion of the engineeringimpact student outcome in the department’s assessment plan in 2008.Results of student work assessment presented in the paper demonstrate that, although studentscould reflect thoughtfully on sustainability principles, they struggled to demonstrate rational,comprehensive application of these principles to the design process. The evidence suggested adifferent approach to learning sustainable design was needed. Dialogue with practitioners andindustry experts reminded the department that sustainable design is just “good engineering” thathas been present in the curriculum for decades. With practitioners’ help, the department deviseda plan for learning sustainable design across the curriculum.The paper provides the results of assessment of student learning about sustainable designprinciples and processes, a simple model for learning sustainable design across the curriculum,and work-in-progress reflection on early findings of the curriculum revision.
Sutterer, K. G., & Mueller, J., & Robinson, M. (2012, June), “It’s Just Good Engineering” – One Case of Curricular Evolution of Sustainable Design Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20775
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