ERIC Number: EJ1022295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Integrating Cost Engineering and Project Management in a Junior Engineering Economics Course and a Senior Capstone Project Design Course
Tickles, Virginia C.; Li, Yadong; Walters, Wilbur L.
College Student Journal, v47 n2 p244-263 Jun 2013
Much criticism exists concerning a lack of focus on real-world problem-solving in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) infrastructures. Many of these critics say that current educational infrastructures are incapable in preparing future scientists and engineers to solve the complex and multidisciplinary problems this society will face. Engineers must be trained to meet these challenges by incorporating a combination of learning paradigms to solve real-world, multidisciplinary, multifaceted problems. To assist in understanding how to solve these problems, Cost Engineering and Analysis and Project Management knowledge, integrated into an undergraduate Engineering Economy Course will provide students with additional knowledge necessary to produce quality Capstone design projects and obtain useful skills for today's engineering work environment. The content was designed as additional content embedded into the Engineering Economy course to introduce students to Cost Engineering and Analysis and Project Management. The method of introduction was through instruction, case studies, and ultimately application into a final group project that mimics the thought process of the Capstone experience and then, further used as a holistic approach to Capstone design projects. Integrating Cost Engineering and Project Management into an undergraduate Engineering Economy course proves to be a valuable addition to the engineering curriculum. This supplemental knowledge provides matriculating students with the skills necessary to successfully manage Capstone design projects and prepares them for project management activities in the real world.
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Economics, Program Administration, Curriculum, Course Content, Undergraduate Students, Case Studies, Group Activities, Holistic Approach, Integrated Activities, Water Quality, Telecommunications, Sanitation, Traffic Safety, Site Development, Construction (Process), Civil Engineering, Transportation, Structural Elements (Construction)
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