2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Study of Pre- and Post-Course Knowledge Surveys in an Engineering Economy Course

Presented at Balancing Act: Ideas in Pre- & Post- Surveys and Assessment of Professional Skills

As a requirement for graduation, Civil Engineering majors at a teaching focused institution in the Southern United States must take an engineering economy course in their junior year. The course focuses on basic principles of engineering economy as applied to the economic analysis of the costs of construction and operation of various engineering works. The objectives of this study were to (1) assess the amount of exposure engineering majors have to engineering economy prior to this course and (2) to assess student learning in the course as a result of various pedagogical techniques used. A pre-test and post-test was developed based on key concepts in engineering economy. The pre-test was administered to measure student’s prior engineering economy knowledge at the beginning of the term. The same short-answer test was administered on the last day of the semester to assess knowledge gained as a result of the course experience. Data was collected over the span of three years (2014-2016). This paper discusses the institutional context, instructional techniques employed, detailed analyses of pre- and post-test results, and suggestions for future research.

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