June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.1104.1 - 11.1104.13
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
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