Developing a Framework for Approaching Open-ended Problems Across the Civil and Environmental Engineering Curriculum

Jennifer Mueller, Michelle Marincel Payne
2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Missouri-Rolla. During her graduate studies, Dr. Marincel Payne worked to evaluate the fate of pesticides in drinking water treatment plants, and to develop biomimetic membranes for desalination. Her current interests include undergraduate engineering research and education. Dr. Marincel Payne is co-leading an Undergraduate Research Community to support students learning through research, undergraduate research to remove stormwater pollutants via engineered treatment wetlands, development of
more » ... , development of courses and research related to appropriate technology with strong emphasis on social sustainability, and frameworks for integrating open-ended problems through students' curricula. Abstract Year after year, we have found that our students struggle through their Capstone Senior Design Projects, with regards to how to properly define and approach problems, how to connect various components into one cohesive system, and how to apply and synthesize knowledge that they've acquired from their sub-discipline specific design courses. Additionally, as educators, we have struggled with providing students with the appropriate amount of information and guidance in helping students develop strategies for approaching and solving open-ended problems. To address this, we developed a framework that helps students (1) understand the relevance of content in lower-level civil engineering courses to real-life applications, (2) make connections through course content across civil engineering sub-disciplines, as well as non-engineering courses, and (3) understand impacts and create value in the broader, holistic perspective of their projects.
doi:10.18260/1-2--32633 fatcat:ifek7cpagfbydoxacf5oteqnha