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Teaching technology in construction engineering and management curriculum has been a topic of education research for some time. The influx of Building Information Modeling has dominated the literature in recent years, while data analytics and visualization have increased importance in the field. Many programs continue to grapple with teaching technology alongside the fundamental concepts of the discipline. To address these challenges, the Construction Management Department at the University of Washington has conducted a holistic review of technology across the curriculum for our undergraduate program. In recent years, we developed a new prerequisite class to better prepare students for learning the technologies across estimating, scheduling, and building information modeling. In this paper, we present this holistic curriculum philosophy and design for technology in our construction management undergraduate program including the preparation class, and three subsequent lab classes in estimating, scheduling, and building information modeling. This paper includes a teaching and learning evaluation to assess the success of this curriculum design, the transfer of learning across the curriculum, and the gaps we need to address in terms of emerging technology trends in data analytics and project management. We will discuss the strategies of preparing students to engage with technology across an undergraduate curriculum and define technology readiness for CM programs.
Dossick, C., & Hochstatter, K., & Borhani, A., & Pratama, L., & Gautam, B., & Abdel Aziz, A., & Lee, H. W., & Saeidi, S. (2022, August), Preparing Students for Construction Management Technology Curriculum Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/40772
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