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Manoj Jha: Using Water Sustainability in Cities at North Carolina A&T University

About this course

Water Resource Engineering Design is an upper-level course that supports students with the knowledge and practice examples for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) licensing exam.

13
students
Two 75-minute lecture
sessions per week
Large land grant university

Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 186kB Sep28 15)

A Success Story in Building Student Engagement

This module worked well in teaching students the basics and fundamentals of water sustainability in the setting of urban development. I used this module in the second half of the senior level design course (all units via nine classes). The class had 13 students with backgrounds mostly in civil engineering and some in environmental sciences.

All units were designed well and fulfill the learning objectives. I believe that this module helped students learn the given topics significantly better than what would have been done traditionally.

My Experience Teaching with InTeGrate Materials

All units were designed well and fulfill the learning objectives. It should be noted that these units are developed by educators from four different universities across the country and so involved a wide range of thought process, material presentation, and teaching techniques. Proper use will require understanding of the subject matter before bringing it to the classroom. I had to modify slides, exercises, teaching techniques, time required, etc., at times to fit to the type of students and their interests. I believe that this module helped students learn the topics significantly better than what would have been done traditionally. Most importantly, they were able to interact with each other frequently.

Relationship of InTeGrate Materials to My Course

I used this module in the second half of the senior level design course (all units via nine classes). Unit 9 was used as a term project as a means for the assessment of the entire module. Since it was the first version of the module, I had to modify slides, exercises, teaching techniques, and time required to complete units, at times to fit to the type of students and their interests. The experiences helped us revise and improve the module.

Assessments

Assessments included pre-class quiz, in-class activities and post-class assignments. Unit 9 was designed to be conducted as a term project that would assess the learning outcomes of all units (1 through 8). After the first round of implementation in our courses (at four universities) during fall of 2014 and spring of 2015, assessment portion has been improved/revised for the better.

Outcomes

This course module helped students navigate many aspects of sustainable urban development from the point of view of water resources impact and assessment. Most students generally did well, while some found it difficult due to the requirement of pre-class reading and quiz.

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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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