Location

Arlington, Virginia

Session Start Date

8-11-2008

Session End Date

8-16-2008

Abstract

The staged incorporation of appropriate case histories is one of the tools utilised at the University of Limerick to educate construction management & engineering students. This paper presents the author’s experience of introducing case histories in the first year of the four-year Bachelors Degree programme and the subsequent adoption of a case-based instruction approach on an introductory module in geology and soil mechanics. A post-module student survey indicates increased enthusiasm for the subject matter and a clear understanding of how key geotechnical concepts such as compaction theory and bearing capacity influence construction projects. This is a valuable module outcome for second year students about to embark on an eight month period of mentored work experience.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Sixth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

8-11-2008

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2008 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Benefits of Case Based Instruction in Undergraduate Geotechnical Education

Arlington, Virginia

The staged incorporation of appropriate case histories is one of the tools utilised at the University of Limerick to educate construction management & engineering students. This paper presents the author’s experience of introducing case histories in the first year of the four-year Bachelors Degree programme and the subsequent adoption of a case-based instruction approach on an introductory module in geology and soil mechanics. A post-module student survey indicates increased enthusiasm for the subject matter and a clear understanding of how key geotechnical concepts such as compaction theory and bearing capacity influence construction projects. This is a valuable module outcome for second year students about to embark on an eight month period of mentored work experience.