Title

Assessment of the computing component of civil engineering education

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Title

Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering

Publication Date

7-1-2004

Abstract

This paper presents the results of two surveys conducted by the American Society of Civil Engineers' Task Committee on Computing Education of the Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology to assess the current computing component of the curriculum in civil engineering. Previous surveys completed in 1989 and 1995 have addressed the question of what should be taught to civil engineering students regarding computing. The surveys reported in this paper are a follow-up study to the two earlier surveys. Key findings of the study include: (1) the relative importance of the top four skills (spreadsheets, word processors, computer aided-design, electronic communication) has remained unchanged; (2) programming competence is ranked very low by practitioners; (3) the importance and use of geographic information system and specialized engineering software have increased over the past decade; (4) the importance and use of expert systems have significantly decreased over the past decade; and (5) the importance and use of equation solvers and databases have declined over the past decade. © ASCE.

Volume

18

Issue

3

First Page

187

Last Page

195

DOI

10.1061/(ASCE)0887-3801(2004)18:3(187)

ISSN

08873801

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