Reconstruction of ConE 322 Curriculum

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2024-05
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Gatto, Andrew
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Shane, Jennifer
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Sturgill, Roy
Wood, Jonathan
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This paper presents a comprehensive reconstruction of the curriculum for ConE 322 - Construction Equipment and Heavy Construction Methods. The paper addresses the immediate need to modernize the course, which has remained largely changed for the past 30 years, despite evolving industry demands. Through critical evaluation of the previous curriculum and comparison with similar courses from other universities, this research underscores the necessity of aligning course content with industry practices and preparing students for licensure examinations. The reconstruction process involved a redesign of learning objectives, class schedule, in-class lab assignments, and projects, aiming to enhance relevance and efficacy. Key enhancements include an increase in course objectives from six to fourteen, integration of Bloom’s Taxonomy in objective formulation, and comprehensive coverage of Professional Engineer (PE) exam topics. Additionally, the revamped curriculum incorporates innovative teaching methodologies and practical applications, shown through a series of structured group projects mirroring real-world construction scenarios. The paper concludes by highlighting the transformative impact of the reconstruction efforts, positioning the course as a vital component in shaping competent and industry ready engineering professionals.
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