Course Design for Tunnel Engineering With Complexity Under Consideration

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education (ACE2021)
Title: Course Design for Tunnel Engineering With Complexity Under Consideration
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Jianqin Ma, Chang'an University, China


In the recent years, Chinese infrastructure and civil buildings are of increasing features in type, quantity and dimension. The high education of Civil Engineering and related subjects has been prosperous for more than two decades in China. However, similar challenging situation, with which the education of Civil Engineering in industrialized countries was faced at the beginning of this century, appears in China nowadays. To adapt to the changing and challenging situation, such as with course time decreased, content and requirement increased, the teachers of professional courses in the field of Civil Engineering have to redesign course plan. This contribution presents the course design for Tunnel Engineering with complexity under consideration at Chang’an University in China. The complex features of the course Tunnel Engineering are first analyzed, with special reference to the course content and major principles related to the major teaching points. The complex features of the course mean the requirement of systems thinking in course learning and teaching process, which should be based on an effective course design. The application of systems thinking rules and complex adaptive systems principles in the course design is presented, with three-step systems mapping method as example, including (1) mapping the course content, (2) activating the learning content, and (3) checking (assessing) both the content and the underlying thinking skills articulated in the lesson frame. The practice and results of the course design for Tunnel Engineering indicate an active effect to foster student optimal learning and to promote student metacognition developing.

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