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Teaching Real Life Risk Management To M.S. Construction Students

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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



Conference Session

Technical Issues in Architectural Engineering

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9.1191.1 - 9.1191.10



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Gouranga Banik

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Teaching Real-life Risk Management to MS Construction Students

Gouranga C, Banik, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Professor School of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Southern Polytechnic State University Marietta, GA 30060


The nature of the ‘messiness’ of the real projects in which we are involved determines how our construction practice proceeds. In order to train future construction students, we need to prepare them with the skills to deal with this messiness. Faculty must have these skills first as well as fresh experience of using them. This paper discusses the synergies to be experienced between teaching, consulting, research, and in-company training. These abilities then need to be passed on to the students. Technique training provides an important tool-kit, but the key skills have to be acquired through guided experimental learning, with the learning loop closed by guided reflection-fostered activity and aided by mentors.


The question “What makes for good CONSTRUCTION or AEC education?” is ultimately linked with the questions of “what is a good contractor/architect/engineer?” and “what is construction?” This article explores the issue “What makes for good AEC education?” with specific reference to the thinking behind and teaching of several construction classes. In exploring this issue, the whole portfolio of what is offered to the student must be addressed, as it is taught, as an integral whole. The message of this article is that this whole portfolio is needed to give an effective Construction education.

This paper will examine, in particular:

• The nature of the construction world for which we are preparing our students; • The role of academic members of the department, and what is often termed the “academic/practitioner interface”;

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Banik, G. (2004, June), Teaching Real Life Risk Management To M.S. Construction Students Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13915

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