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Planning And Design Of A Water Distribution System With Practitioner And Student Interaction

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



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Experienced-Based Instruction

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8.927.1 - 8.927.8

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Michael Mulvihill

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Session 3515

Planning and Design of a Water Distribution System with Practitioner and Student Interaction

Michael E. Mulvihill Loyola Marymount University


In the spring semester of 2002 the second semester senior level Water Resources Planning and Design course at Loyola Marymount University was substantially modified to make the course more student centered and practice oriented. The course was enhanced by including the involvement of several civil engineering practitioners. This involvement was motivated by ASCE’s call for greater cooperation between students and professional practitioners in the educational process. In order to accomplish this, several LMU alumni who are intimately involved in the water industry were called upon to share their expertise. In this paper the elements of the course will be described and the outcomes including student feedback will be presented.


The Water Resources Planning and Design course is a 14-week semester long course which meets twice per week for 75-minute sessions. In preparing for the Spring 2002 semester, it was apparent that the standard lecture course conducted in previous years would not satisfy the students’ or instructor’s needs. Since the students were within four months of graduation, the intent was to provide a transition from the classroom to the profession. It was time to give the students more control of their learning. The objective was to enhance student knowledge and satisfy the following LMU civil engineering ABET program outcomes in which students have:

A. The ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs B. The ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems C. The ability to communicate effectively D. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context E. The knowledge of contemporary issues F. The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Mulvihill, M. (2003, June), Planning And Design Of A Water Distribution System With Practitioner And Student Interaction Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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