Incorporating a Sustainability Module into First-Year Courses for Civil and Environmental Engineering Students

TitleIncorporating a Sustainability Module into First-Year Courses for Civil and Environmental Engineering Students
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBielefeldt, AR
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Date Published2011
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
KeywordsCivil , ENGINEERING , ENVIRONMENTAL , STUDENTS , Study , sustainable
AbstractAs articulated in the Bodies of Knowledge for Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, all civil and environmental engineering students should be introduced to the concept of sustainability. A sustainability module was added into two required first-year, 1-credit introductory courses, one for civil engineering and one for environmental engineering. Data from approximately 150 students were collected. Student attitudes about sustainability were evaluated using a written survey. There was greater initial knowledge of sustainability and positive attitudes toward sustainability among students enrolled in the environmental engineering course compared with those in the civil engineering course, but this did not translate into better performance on the related homework assignment. There was strong evidence that the inclusion of the sustainability module encouraged the students to consider sustainability in subsequent course assignments, even when not explicitly prompted to do so. 
NotesBielefeldt, Angela R. 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering, Univ. of Colorado, 428 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309; Source Info: Apr2011, Vol. 137 Issue 2, p78; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL engineering; Subject Term: CIVIL engineering -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students; Subject Term: STUDENTS -- Attitudes; Subject Term: STUDY & teaching; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Students; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sustainable development; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 8p; Illustrations: 4 Charts, 4 Graphs; Document Type: Article