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Study of Pre- and Post-Course Knowledge Surveys in an Engineering Economy Course

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Balancing Act: Ideas in Pre- & Post- Surveys and Assessment of Professional Skills

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Civil Engineering

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Simon Thomas Ghanat P.E. The Citadel

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Dr. Simon Ghanat is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel (Charleston, S.C.). He received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University. His research interests are in Engineering Education and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. He previously taught at Bucknell University and Arizona State University.

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Dimitra Michalaka P.E. The Citadel Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Dimitra Michalaka is an Assistant Professor at the department of civil and environmental engineering at The Citadel. Dr. Michalaka received her undergraduate diploma in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), after which she entered into the transportation engineering graduate program at UF. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in May 2009 and with a Ph.D. in August 2012. Her research is primarily focused on traffic operations, congestion pricing, traffic simulation, and engineering education.

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As a requirement for graduation, Civil Engineering majors at a teaching focused institution in the Southern United States must take an engineering economy course in their junior year. The course focuses on basic principles of engineering economy as applied to the economic analysis of the costs of construction and operation of various engineering works. The objectives of this study were to (1) assess the amount of exposure engineering majors have to engineering economy prior to this course and (2) to assess student learning in the course as a result of various pedagogical techniques used. A pre-test and post-test was developed based on key concepts in engineering economy. The pre-test was administered to measure student’s prior engineering economy knowledge at the beginning of the term. The same short-answer test was administered on the last day of the semester to assess knowledge gained as a result of the course experience. Data was collected over the span of three years (2014-2016). This paper discusses the institutional context, instructional techniques employed, detailed analyses of pre- and post-test results, and suggestions for future research.

Ghanat, S. T., & Michalaka, D. (2017, June), Study of Pre- and Post-Course Knowledge Surveys in an Engineering Economy Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28876

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