Incorporation of computer simulations into teaching linear scheduling techniques

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dc.contributor.author Forcael, E en
dc.contributor.author Glagola, C en
dc.contributor.author Gonzalez-Moret, Vicente en
dc.coverage.spatial USA en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-16T03:59:11Z en
dc.date.issued 2012 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 2012, 138 (1), pp. 21 - 30 en
dc.identifier.issn 1052-3928 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25916 en
dc.description.abstract This paper presents the results of a study that incorporates computer simulations in teaching linear scheduling concepts and techniques, in a civil engineering course, “Construction Planning and Scheduling”. The impact of the use of computer simulations in the course shows that the students who were taught with simulation gained a better understanding of linear scheduling concepts and techniques than those students taught without simulation. The data and analysis leading to this finding are presented and discussed in this paper. Two groups of students were considered in this research: 1) Civil engineering students from the Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida and 2) Civil engineering students from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Chile. Each group was randomly separated into two subgroups, one subgroup was taught using the traditional method of linear scheduling (without the use of computer simulation) and the other subgroup was taught using simulations. At the end of the teaching period the students in both subgroups answered an objective test-type questionnaire specifically designed to address their understanding of linear scheduling techniques. They were also required, in a more subjective way, to provide their evaluation of the teaching method involved. In order to assess the impact of incorporating computer simulation in teaching linear scheduling, the students’ evaluations and answers to the questionnaire were statistically compared. The analysis of the responses showed significant differences between the students’ understanding of the subject using the two teaching methods, with the use of computer simulation shown to be a more effective teaching tool for linear scheduling techniques. en
dc.language English en
dc.publisher American Society of Civil Engineering en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.subject Construction management en
dc.subject Linear scheduling en
dc.subject Simulations-based learning en
dc.title Incorporation of computer simulations into teaching linear scheduling techniques en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000071 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 21 en
pubs.volume 138 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: American Society of Civil Engineering en
pubs.end-page 30 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 191286 en
pubs.org-id Engineering en
pubs.org-id Civil and Environmental Eng en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-12-05 en


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