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Course: Senior Capstone for Civil and Environment
- (1) Provide instruction in academic disciplines through the lens of government, history, law, and democracy.
- (2) Incorporate discussion of current local, national, and international issues and events into the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.
- (3) Design and implement programs that provide students with the opportunity to apply what they learn through performing community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom instruction.
- (4) Encourage and support activities and student and community organizations that provide opportunities for students to be engaged in their campuses and communities.
- (8) Involve students in the development and sustaining of campus/community partnerships.
learning objective is to use professional and general knowledge and expertise
that engineering students have learned throughout their degree programs in an
actual project. Student group must find
a real project external to the Civil Engineering Department. In 2005, projects ranged from a new rugby
field for the Athletic Department to a new building for the Boston Red Sox
organization (you may have seen this one in the papers: Aimee Dolloff, Bangor
Daily News, April 27, 2005, page 1). The students must organize the project, complete a design, and then
present that design to both the department and the client.
Civic Learning Goals
- Civic knowledge: Recognize the variety of characteristics and actions of effective,
participating citizens; identify, define, and describe the community in which
they live and understand local problems and their connections to problems on
the state and national level; the variety of ways an individual can help solve
social problems; knowledge about community affairs, political issues, and the
processes by which citizens effect change; knowledge about processes and
strategies for change; an understanding and awareness of public and community
- Civic skills: Process and evaluate information
for objectivity, accuracy, and point of view; use critical-thinking skills and
ethical reasoning to make informed and responsible decisions; use verbal and
written communication skills to convey ideas, facts, and opinions in an
effective and reasonable manner; work cooperatively with others and develop
effective team building practices; effectively advocate individual and shared
interests; public speaking; contact public officials; organize meetings to
insure that all participants have a voice in the process; active
listening/perspective taking; competencies in achieving group goals; work
together to overcome problems.
- Civic attitudes: Develop a sense of personal efficacy; build social trust; become
confident in one’s capacity to make a difference; strike a reasonable balance
between one’s own interest and the common good; value and practice civic
Connection to Maine Initiatives
Bryan R. Pearce, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering
Cooperating Professor of Oceanography, Animal Veterinary, and Aqua Sciences; Cooperating Research Professor in the Lobster Institute
The University of Maine