San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.1373.1 - 25.1373.18
Transforming a Civil Engineering Curriculum Through GIS IntegrationAbstractThe role of civil engineers is evolving beyond that of a technical professional with recognitionthat civil engineers play a critical role in the planning, management, and development of theinfrastructure of a community. One critical element of Civil Engineering is the ability tovisualize the impact that design decisions will have not only on the technical aspects but also oneconomic, social, environmental, and political consequences. Geographic information systems(GIS) enable users to visualize some of these factors and as such are becoming a critical tool forthe Civil Engineering design professional.In recognition of this trend, University of X Civil Engineering faculty are undertaking acollaborative three-year curriculum transformation project to integrate a GIS-enabled designapproach across a sequence of required Civil Engineering courses at the 1000, 2000, and 3000course levels. The curriculum will be both sequenced and scaffolded across six courses to ensurea clear path for student skills progression in terms of technical competency, data synthesis andanalysis, and problem solving. Our goal is to develop a series of integrated, progressivelychallenging, and interdependent curricular materials and activities that will improve the ability ofCivil Engineering students to analyze engineering problems in multiple contexts using a GISplatform.We expect that students will demonstrate fluency with one or more of the following skills uponcompletion of each Civil Engineering course targeted for this project: 1. Demonstrate technical competency in fundamental GIS skills utilizing existing GIS data to examine Civil Engineering problems. 2. Analyze Civil Engineering problems by generating GIS data and integrating it with existing data while demonstrating comprehension of multiple decision factors. 3. Synthesize data acquisition and analysis within the Civil Engineering design process to develop solutions considering multiple contexts (i.e. economic, social, environmental, and political factors).In addition to these expected, course-related cognitive outcomes, this project is expected toimprove student attitudes concerning their course-based learning experiences by activelyengaging them in design-based learning processes.This paper will document project rationale along with activities, findings, and lessons learnedfrom our first project year. The major activities to date include the refinement of a set of skilldevelopment objectives for the project by year of implementation, development of a formalevaluation plan, development and implementation of curriculum for freshman courses targetedby the project, development of a web resource for project transferability, and assessment of Year1 data.
Ivey, S. S., & Best, R. M., & Camp, C. V., & Palazolo, P. J. (2012, June), Transforming a Civil Engineering Curriculum through GIS Integration Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22130
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