Graduate Academic Learning Compacts

Year: 2007-2008
College: Computing, Engrg, and Const
Department: Civil Engineering
Major: Civil Engineering
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Mission Statement:

The mission of each UNF Master of Science program is to prepare students to function in a demanding technical environment where their advanced engineering education will allow them to solve uncommon problems in their field of expertise. Through our commitment to engineering research and requiring students to participate in such activities we will provide opportunities for expanded content knowledge and development of critical thinking skills outside of a classroom setting. Students graduating with an MS in Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering will receive the education that allows them to pursue a doctoral degree.
Student Learning Outcomes:

    
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The student understands the theoretical basis for current practice in one or more areas of their chosen discipline.



    
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The student is knowledgeable about recent engineering advances in design, analysis, and construction.



    
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The student is able to apply advanced mathematics, advanced analytical techniques, and advanced numerical techniques to solve engineering problems.



    
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The student is able to obtain and analyze relevant data from advanced testing and characterization equipment.



    
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The student is able to identify and understand the assumptions in the important theories pertinent to one or more areas of their chosen discipline.



    
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The student is able to identify and understand the data required to solve engineering problems.



    
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The student is able to form conclusions and recommendations through advanced engineering analyses informed by the understanding of applicable engineering principles and theories.



    
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The student is able to present technical data, analyses, and conclusions to their peers.



    
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The student is able to present technical data, analyses, and conclusions to the non-engineering community.



    
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The student is able to speak in an informed and convincing manner.


Curriculum Map:

Assessment Approaches:

The learning outcomes (listed elsewhere) involve achieving a depth of knowledge within a specific area of the student's chosen engineering discipline, critical thinking ability, and communications skills. For each student, and the MSCE program as a whole, these outcomes are assessed by: 1) The successful completion of a cohesive program of study leading to an acceptable thesis or practice-oriented project. The master's thesis is an original work that adds to the understanding of an engineering problem. The practice-oriented project addresses the solution of a practical engineering problem. Both require the deep knowledge and critical thinking skills developed in the program of study to advance engineering knowledge or solve an engineering problem. In addition, the successful completion of a thesis or project requires well-developed writing and oral communications skills. This capstone experience is the most direct measure of the program outcomes. 2) The dissemination of the thesis or project work in the peer-reviewed, archival literature. A practice-oriented project should produce, at a minimum, one conference proceedings paper. In the case of the thesis, multiple peer-reviewed papers in the archival literature are expected. These papers are typically co-authored by the student and his or her advisor.