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Introducing students to professional practice in civil engineering

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Barry Clarke


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This paper describes a module that was introduced into a civil engineering degree program with the help of professional engineers. The aim was to develop a bridge between the world of learning and professional practice by putting students in the role of consulting engineers working with industry to produce a feasible solution to a real inquiry from a client. The module is placed in context by comparing the goals of accredited civil engineering programs in the United Kingdom and America, by describing how it is linked to the degree program and by explaining the matrix developed to identify the skills the students needed to demonstrate their ability to practice as professional engineers. Details of the module are given with examples of student work and feedback. © 2007 ASCE.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Clarke BG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice

Year: 2007

Volume: 133

Issue: 2

Pages: 107-115

Print publication date: 01/01/2007

ISSN (print): 1052-3928

ISSN (electronic): 1943-5541

Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers


DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)1052-3928(2007)133:2(107)


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