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Structural Analysis And Design In Tomorrow's Civil Engineering Curriculum

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Advances in Civil Engineering Education

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9.1123.1 - 9.1123.7



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M. Asghar Bhatti

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Structural Analysis and Design in Tomorrow's Civil Engineering Curriculum

M. Asghar Bhatti and Wilfrid Nixon Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Abstract The paper examines coverage of various topics from typical required undergraduate courses such as Statics, Dynamics, Structural Analysis, and Structural Design. We also look into material typically covered in other structures related courses such as Strength of Materials, Finite Elements, Composite materials, Continuum Mechanics, Structural Dynamics, and Vibrations. Major topics covered in these courses are examined based on the following considerations.

1. Topic important/not important for passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination 2. Topic important/not important for passing the Professional Engineering Examination 3. Topic related/not related to their every day work 4. Topic learned/not learned through on job training 5. Topic learned/not learned through continuing education 6. Topic fundamental to learning related advanced topics

Input on these issues is sought from a selected group of practicing structural engineers and educators in Iowa. The paper summarizes results of this feedback.

Introduction Engineering marketplace is vastly different today than it was few decades ago. Due to rapid advances in technology and globalization of engineering services there is high demand for engineers who have skills that go well beyond the technical knowledge gained through a typical engineering curriculum. As a result most engineering schools are under tremendous pressure to add courses into the curriculum that address the changing nature of the engineering marketplace. At the same time, because of economic factors and other issues that are well documented in debates related to the proposed ASCE policy 465, engineering schools must educate future practicing engineers generally through traditional four-year bachelors and perhaps one to two year masters degree programs. Obviously something must be taken out from the existing curriculum to make room for new courses that are designed in response to new challenges facing the engineering profession. This paper examines typical curriculum in structural engineering in an attempt to answer this question. We chose to focus on structural engineering because it is Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Bhatti, M. A. (2004, June), Structural Analysis And Design In Tomorrow's Civil Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13529

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