Civil engineering is a demanding field that requires a broad knowledge base and combinations of skills to practice successfully as a professional.
The purpose of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, Second Edition is to define
1. What are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to enter into professional practice,
2. How can the Body of Knowledge be fulfilled by tomorrow's aspiring engineers, and
3. Who should guide the learning of the engineering student and engineer intern.
About the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, Second Edition
The Second Edition was developed in response to broad stakeholder feedback, as well as the ideas expressed in ASCE'sVision for Civil Engineering in 2025. It was released on February 19, 2008, at a special event at the National Academy of Engineering. The second edition includes two particularly substantive changes:
- The number of outcomes was increased from 15 to 24. For the most part, this increase reflects the authors' attempt to enhance clarity and specificity, rather than to increase the scope of the body of knowledge. Nonetheless, the Outcomes do place increased emphasis on such topics as the natural sciences, the humanities, sustainability, globalization, public policy, risk, and uncertainty.
- This edition uses Bloom's Taxonomy as the basis for defining levels of achievement. The fundamental premise of Bloom's Taxonomy is that an educational objective can be referenced to a specific level of cognitive development through the verb used in the objective statement. The use of measurable, action-oriented verbs linked to levels of achievement is beneficial, in that the resulting outcome statements can be assessed more effectively and consistently.