Assessment plan

In fall 2020 the University of Colorado Denver, Department of Civil Engineering is launching a new undergraduate program in Construction Engineering and Management (CEM).  As a new program, assessment is under development. The following, therefore, is presented as a preliminary plan.

Program vision

The construction engineering and management bachelor of science at CU Denver offers the rigors of engineering problem-solving and design with business and management courses, coupled with construction management courses. Students receive an innovative interdisciplinary education that combines coursework in engineering, construction management, business and architecture.

Program-level student learning objectives 

The bachelor of science (BS) in construction engineering and management (CEM) degree will seek an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) engineering accreditation (EAC) (2019-2020) and derive its student outcomes from there. The BS in CEM will also seek to meet the program criteria for curriculum for both construction engineering and engineering management. The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) accreditation learning outcomes will be used as a foundation for the CEM content in the degree. ABET accreditation will be sought because all the engineering programs in CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing are ABET accredited. 

The ABET student outcomes for the BS in CEM are:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies