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“Understanding by Design” in Hydraulics and Hydrology

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Based on the methodology of “Understanding by Design”, UbD, the course “Design of Hydraulic Structures” was developed and implemented. A series of learning experiences, with emphasis on hydraulics and hydrology, for civil engineering undergraduate students is presented that encourages the development of high technical and scientific competence, communication skills oral and in written, the ability for teamwork and the capability to learn. The experiences were designed, using the above methodology, based on learning that is desired. Once taught the course, the results obtained were compared based on the planned framework (expectations), the characterization of the student population, the course products as well as the activities, according to the students, considered relevant in the learning process.

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To the Engineering School of the Autonomous University of Yucatan for the support and facilities provided to apply innovative teaching learning methods.

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Correspondence to Roger A. González Herrera.

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García Sosa, J., Sánchez y Pinto, I.A., González Herrera, R.A. et al. “Understanding by Design” in Hydraulics and Hydrology. Int J Civ Eng 15, 13–19 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40999-016-0083-5

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Keywords

  • Understanding by design
  • Civil engineer characteristics
  • Learning hydraulics