Asee peer logo

Satisfying Future Body Of Knowledge Outcomes

Download Paper |


2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Achieving the Civil Engineering Body of Knowlegde

Tagged Division

Civil Engineering

Page Count


Page Numbers

11.1104.1 - 11.1104.13



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Enno Koehn Lamar University

visit author page

Enno "Ed" Koehn is Professor of Civil Engineering at Lamar University. Professor Koehn has served as the principal investigator for several research and development projects dealing with various aspects of construction and has experience in the design, scheduling and estimating of facilities. In addition, he has authored/co-authored over 200 papers in engineering education and the general areas of civil and construction engineering. Dr. Koehn is a member of ASEE, AACE International, ASCE, NSPE, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi and is a registered Professional Engineer and surveyor.

visit author page


James Koehn Chadron State College

visit author page

James F. Koehn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business and Economics at Chadron State College, Nebraska. Professor Koehn currently serves on the Education Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the State Bar of Texas. Koehn holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Accounting degrees from Rice University. In addition, he earned a Juris Doctor from Baylor University. Professor Koehn has worked for an international accounting firm in both their Houston and New York City offices. In addition, he practiced tax & corporate law in Austin, Texas.

visit author page


Sunil Paleru Lamar University

visit author page

Sunil C. Paleru was awarded a M.S. in Environmental Studies degree from Lamar University, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Madras, India.

visit author page

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Body of Knowledge (BOK) Outcomes in an ABET Curriculum


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has adopted Policy Statement 465 in recognition of the increasing complexity of civil engineering practice and the general tendency for schools to reduce the credit hours required for graduation.

The Body Of Knowledge (BOK) required to support the policy statement was also discussed. The BOK recommendations include 15 outcomes which are designed to broaden and deepen the 11 current outcomes required by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This paper presents data that indicate civil engineering programs at the bachelor’s level may presently be satisfying, to some degree, 14 of the 15 BOK outcomes. These include the 11 ABET outcomes in addition to the following:

13.) An understanding of the elements of project management, construction, and asset management. 14.) An understanding of business and public policy and administration fundamentals. 15.) An understanding of the role of the leader and leadership principles and attitudes.

It is hoped that the knowledge gained with the BOK assists the students in their future endeavors as they become alumni practitioners.

However, outcome 12, an ability to apply knowledge in a specialized area related to civil engineering, is difficult to satisfy in a normal undergraduate civil engineering program. Nevertheless, for comparative purposes, the findings of this investigation could be utilized by other institutions and departments that may wish to study their curriculum and/or develop a system of evaluation to measure the achievement of BOK outcomes.


In 1998 the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Direction adopted Policy Statement 465 that reads, in part, as follows:3 “ASCE supports the concept of the master’s degree as the First Professional Degree (FPD) for the practice of civil engineering at the professional level.” There was a great level of discussion and opposition to this approach by members of the society.6,13,14 The perception was that outstanding practical experience may be just as or more important than advanced course work.

Upon reflection and after numerous discussions, Policy Statement 465 was amended in 2001 and 2004 and today reads: “the ASCE supports the attainment of a Body of Knowledge for entry into the practice of civil engineering at the professional level. This would be accomplished through the adoption of appropriate engineering education and experience requirements as a prerequisite for licensure”.2 In order to support Policy Statement 465, ASCE developed the body of knowledge (BOK) needed to enter the profession in the 21st century. Specifically, the BOK is defined as the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to become a licensed professional engineer.

Koehn, E., & Koehn, J., & Paleru, S. (2006, June), Satisfying Future Body Of Knowledge Outcomes Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--448

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2006 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015