Transformation of a Large Civil Engineering Department Curriculum using the ASCE BOK2

Kelly Brumbelow, Debra A Fowler, James Morgan, Whitney Anthony

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Texas A&M’s undergraduate civil engineering curriculum has been re-designed and founded onthe 2nd edition of ASCE’s Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK2). The curriculum transformation work involved a team of civil engineering faculty and students as well as a pedagogical expert and occurred over a deliberate two year timeframe. The process was made explicitly analogous to an engineering design process with data-driven analysis in order to build faculty consensus. The team adapted the BOK2 outcome statements and defined comprehensive rubrics to specify expectations of student performance for multiple indicators under each outcome at multiple levels in the curriculum. A curriculum map was then developed to identify how specific courses would introduce, reinforce, and demonstrate program outcomes as students advanced. The size of the program (in terms of available elective plans as well as personnel) required enhanced attention to potential student course plans, empowerment of course coordinators, and inclusion of representative stakeholders. Beyond the expected work of revising courses, the effort led to: a novel mid-curriculum zero credit hour course incorporating a high impact learning practice and reflection, extensive cooperation with external departments to enhance non-departmental courses, and cataloging of resources for students to address knowledge gaps between courses. Lessons learned focus on how the expansive nature of the BOK2 outcomes require a process that values deliberation, inclusion, and creativity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 122nd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Value For Society
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780692501801
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, United States
Duration: 14 Jun 201517 Jun 2015 (Conference website)


Conference2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Abbreviated titleMaking Value For Society
Country/TerritoryUnited States
OtherThe ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology education. As the premier event of its kind, the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition fosters an exchange of ideas, enhances teaching methods and curricula, and provides unparalleled networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders including deans, faculty members, researchers, and industry and government professionals.The conference features more than 400 technical sessions, with peer-reviewed papers spanning all disciplines of engineering education; distinguished lectures including the main plenary; award receptions and banquets; the “Greet the Stars” orientation for new ASEE members and first-time conference attendees; and the ASEE Division Mixer. The Exhibit Hall is also home to several exciting events, including the “Focus on Exhibits” Welcome Reception, Brunch, Summertime Social and Luncheon. We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle!
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