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Single Synergistic Course Vs. Modules In Multiple Courses

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



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The New ABET CE Criteria - Program Development

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Civil Engineering

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15.1067.1 - 15.1067.18



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Ronald Welch University of Texas, Tyler

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Ronald W. Welch is Professor and Chair for the Department of Civil Engineering at The
University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas. Until Jan 2007, Dr. Welch was at the United States Military Academy (USMA) where he held numerous leadership positions within the Civil Engineering Program and the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. Ron Welch received a B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from USMA in 1982 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana IL in 1990 and 1999, respectively.

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Single Synergistic Course vs. Modules in Multiple Courses Abstract

The obvious possibility of future CE accreditation requirements associated with the Body of Knowledge (BOK Version I) during the fall 2008 accreditation visit cycle and the corresponding development of a new Civil engineering program with its first ABET visit scheduled for fall 2008 motivated the new faculty team to initiate an effort to develop a BOK I compliant program for its first accreditation visit. The new Civil Engineering program requirements surrounding leadership, public policy and administration, business practices, asset management, and an additional science appear to be daunting at first glance. When the programs on campus with courses containing the required content were contacted to possibly team teach a course with these topics (exception being the additional science) or help produce modules to be inserted into existing courses, the faculty refused to work together to team teach a course with the resounding reason - how to possibly manage the work load model! There was also no inherent benefit to developing content to be delivered by others or themselves as a subject matter expert for a two to nine lesson block of material.

The civil engineering faculty were undaunted and decided to develop a single course to mesh the topics of leadership, public policy and administration, business practices, and asset management during the senior year with all other senior level courses in the new program being taught for the first time. This action also corresponded with the record year for the upcoming ABET visit. The thought was to develop the content, teach the course, assess the results, determine improvements and make the improvements as part of the program/course assessment process and present as part of the continual assessment plan in the self-study report. The course content, the assessment of results analyzed, and the assessment of the improvements instituted during the second offering of the course will be presented. Additionally, the invaluable synergism between topics in this course and the senior design experience will be highlighted.

Some of the content in this course will eventually migrate to other courses in the curriculum as they mature such as the movement of public policy content into the introduction to environmental engineering course which is only being taught this year for the second time. Once this occurs, the use of the single course incorporating all of these topics might not be needed, but most likely there will be new requirements from BOK Version II that will need to be integrated and quite possibly this single course can continue to synergistically integrate these multiple topics across the entire senior level curriculum. Additionally, the coverage of these topics as multiple modules in a single course or spread between many courses will be discussed as a methodology into how one program is looking at meeting ABET accreditation requirements for students seeking an accredited degree at the masters degree level without an accredited degree at the bachelors degree level.

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Welch, R. (2010, June), Single Synergistic Course Vs. Modules In Multiple Courses Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16498

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