Computer-Assisted Instruction in Civil Engineering

by Thomas Froese, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada,
Sundar Prasad, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada,
Jeff Friesen, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada,
Dan Zollman, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering

Abstract: Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) software offers several advantages over traditional classroom instruction which makes it a useful addition to any curriculum, and the area is rapidly gaining popularity. We have developed two CAI modules to evaluate the development process and the educational value of such programs within the Civil Engineering program at the University of British Columbia. Both modules adopt a simulation approach. The first, named SimSewer, deals with fluid flow through a pipe. The second, SimSite, focuses on planning construction projects. This paper describes the design, development, and delivery of these two CAI programs.

Subject Headings: Computer aided operations | Fluid flow | Curricula | Value engineering | Engineering education | Colleges and universities

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