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Using TOP Method to Enhance the Construction Engineering Student Learning

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

New Teaching Methods in Construction Eduction

Tagged Division

Construction

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

22.1649.1 - 22.1649.9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--18443

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https://peer.asee.org/18443

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117

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Zhili (Jerry) Gao North Dakota State University

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Assistant Professor, Dept. of Const. Mgmt. & Eng., North Dakota State University, Dept 2475, P.O. Box 6050/Fargo, ND 58108
Jerry.Gao@ndsu.edu

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Charles McIntyre North Dakota State University

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Charles McIntyre is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management and Engineering at North Dakota State University. He is also the Chair of the Council of Sections, Zone III and serves on the ASEE Board of Directors.

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Zhi Ge Shandong University

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Zhi Ge,
Associate Professor,
17923 Jingshi Road,
School of Civil Engineering,
Shandong University,
Jinan, China 250061

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Abstract

Using TOP Method to Enhance the Construction Engineering Student Learning From the industry people’s perspective, employers desire the engineering students to develop solid fundamentals of engineering knowledge along with limited professional skills, and strong oral and written communication capability while they are in school.   From the students’ perspective, , engineering students need an opportunity to develop these skills, and to find way to keep their motivation always towards the engineering career. Since the gap between the industry’s requirements and students’ capabilities, the industry often comment the students they hired don’t have enough training in school. On the other hand, students commented that they don’t have much chance to obtain these skills in classroom. This paper addresses a practice done in a typical course of the construction engineering curriculum to enhance the students learning and therefore allow them to develop required skills. This practice uses a TOP method – that stands for Team Work, Oral Interaction, and Professional in Classroom. An implementation example for Scheduling and Project Control class is included in the paper. 

Gao, Z. J., & McIntyre, C., & Ge, Z. (2011, June), Using TOP Method to Enhance the Construction Engineering Student Learning Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18443

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