First Year Civil and Environmental Engineering Design Experience

TitleFirst Year Civil and Environmental Engineering Design Experience
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsSafferman, SI, Zoghi, M, Farhey, DN
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Date Published2001
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10694730
KeywordsCurricula , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL , Leadership , University
AbstractThe University of Dayton requires all first year engineering students to enroll in a design course that is composed of several standalone modules whose goal was to define civil and environmental engineering, illustrate the interrelationship of all engineering disciplines, show the integration of technical and nontechnical issues, and introduce the design process. To achieve these goals, case studies and panel discussions were presented and a laboratory exercise conducted. The laboratory exercise consisted of two components. In the environmental engineering component, students designed a filtration/contact unit to treat polluted water. The civil engineering component required building a structure to hold the filtration unit. These exercises integrated technical and non-technical issues. The technical components were the open-ended design problem associated with cleaning polluted water and the construction of the process support structure and the non-technical issues included related social considerations, teamwork, technical writing, ethics, and finance. Students' assessments of the module have revealed that the objectives of the module were largely achieved. 
NotesSAFFERMAN, STEVEN I. 1,2; Email Address: ZOGHI, MANOOCHEHR 1,2; Email Address: FARHEY, DANIEL N. 1,2; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Dayton 2: Department of Engineering Mechanics, University of Dayton; Source Info: 10/ 1/2001, Vol. 90 Issue 4, p645; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL engineering; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: LEADERSHIP; Subject Term: CURRICULA (Courses of study); Company/Entity: UNIVERSITY of Dayton; Number of Pages: 7p; Illustrations: 4 Black and White Photographs, 1 Diagram, 5 Charts; Document Type: Article