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Civil Engineering Technology Student Outcomes


"Student Outcomes" are statements of the knowledge and skills that students in an educational program are expected to demonstrate by the time of graduation. Faculty members at Point Park University have established the 12 outcomes listed below for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree program in civil engineering technology. (Students pursuing an Associate in Science degree are expected to achieve a subset of these outcomes.) Students’ success in achieving these outcomes is measured regularly using a variety of assessment tools such as in-class problems and surveys.

  1. Students will analyze and design structures made of steel and reinforced concrete.
  2. Students will analyze and design sanitary and storm sewer systems and freshwater supply systems in conformance with applicable environmental laws, regulations and standards; and will be knowledgeable of air pollution, noise pollution and solid waste management issues.
  3. Students will analyze and design highways and the concrete and asphalt mixes used to construct them.
  4. Students will determine the structural properties of materials using a knowledge of soil mechanics, geology, and materials science.
  5. Students will use both modern and classical surveying techniques to make accurate, properly documented measurements of structures and terrain.
  6. Students will apply standard formulas, graphs, and tables to solve problems throughout the curriculum and will understand the limitations of these standard methods.
  7. Students will use computers, computer programming languages, and application-specific software to analyze and design systems and to acquire and process data.
  8. Students will apply principles of physics, chemistry, and mathematics to the solution of practical problems in science and technology, including new and unfamiliar problems.
  9. Students will work in teams to design and carry out experiments, measure and analyze data, conduct surveys, and design systems.
  10. Students will use statistical, time value of money, and critical path techniques to manage projects.
  11. Students will prepare clear, precise, and effective technical documents and oral presentations with the help of modern technology such as spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation software.
  12. Students will be familiar with the major professional societies in their discipline and will understand the requirements and benefits of membership in these societies.
  13. Students will understand the ethical implications of their work and will be familiar with the laws, codes, and specifications governing the professional conduct of those practicing civil engineering.
  14. Students will have an appreciation for the arts, the humanities and their own culture as well as others.
  15. Students will understand the positive and negative contributions of science and technology in the modern world.