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The New and Improved Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge Abstract
In January 2004 the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) published the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century report (BOK1)1. Based on the favorable reception of the BOK1 in the civil engineering community, ASCE embarked on a revision of the BOK to take advantage of the comments received and the lessons learned in early implementation of the BOK1. Late in 2005 ASCE initiated the Second Edition of the Body of Knowledge Committee (BOK2Cmte) under the auspices of the Committee on the Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice (CAP^3). The BOK2Cmte committee started with what had been accomplished in implementation of the BOK1 but with no preconceived notions on what should be included or excluded from the civil engineering Body of Knowledge. The committee initiated the revision of the BOK by identifying over 30 topics as candidates for inclusion in the new BOK, including the 11 from the ABET/EAC. Through a rigorous process, the desired level of achievement of each of the topics, or outcomes, was determined according to Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain. The number of outcomes was eventually whittled down to a comprehensive, coordinated list of 24 outcomes divided into three outcome categories; Foundational, Technical and Professional. In addition, the level of achievement expected to be achieved prior to entry into the professional practice of civil engineering is identified for each outcome. Each of the Bloom’s levels of achievement for each outcome is also assigned to a stage in the young engineer’s career, from the baccalaureate degree program, to post- baccalaureate formal education, to pre-licensure working experience. Next, the BOK2 will be reviewed by a new committee, the BOK Educational Fulfillment committee, which will assemble best practices for use in fulfilling the BOK through formal education.
In February 2008 the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) published the Second Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK2)2. The publication of this document is the culmination of over two years of research, study and hard work by the Second Edition of the Body of Knowledge Committee (BOK2Cmte). The Second Edition of the BOK document has built on the content and success of the First Edition and gone beyond in terms of content, clarity, and responsibilities.
For the purposes of this paper, the following terminology is used:
BOK = Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge BOK1Cmte = The ASCE/CAP^3 committee charged with developing the first edition of the report on the BOK BOK1= The report developed by the BOK1 committee, Reference 1 BOK2Cmte = The ASCE/CAP^3 committee charged with developing the second edition of the report on the BOK BOK2= The report developed by the BOK2 committee, Reference 2
Anderson, R., & Walesh, S., & Fridley, K. (2008, June), The New And Improved Civil Engineering Body Of Knowledge Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3400
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