Single capstone or multiple cornerstones? Distributed model of capstone subjects in construction education

Mehrdad Arashpour, Amrit Sagoo, Dallas Wingrove, Tayyab Maqsood, Ron Wakefield

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Capstone experiences provide critical opportunities for undergraduate students to integrate and apply the skills and knowledge they have previously developed in their degree or program. Commonly, this involves students engaging in learning experiences that involve real-world issues and which in turn enhance the student experience and employability skills. The research on capstone experiences in the construction management education literature indicates a need to develop customized delivery models that addresses the specific requirements of construction industry and education providers. This paper aims to showcase an innovative model of distributed delivery for multiple capstones (cornerstones) in a construction management program. The case study described in this paper realized an improvement in capstone design and practice-based learning by incrementally enhancing a student's knowledge of construction project management skills. The model of multiple capstones discussed here is applicable to diverse disciplines, including construction engineering and management programs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImplementing Innovative Ideas in Structural Engineering and Project Management
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Eighth International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Sydney, Australia, November 23-28, 2015
EditorsSwapan Saha, Y. X. Zhang, Siamak Yazdani, Amarjit Singh
Place of PublicationFargo ND USA
PublisherISEC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780996043717
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2015: Implementing Innovative Ideas in Structural Engineering and Project Management - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 23 Nov 201528 Nov 2015
Conference number: 8th


ConferenceInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleISEC 2015


  • Construction engineering and management
  • Distributed capstones
  • Global learning by design
  • Pedagogy
  • Project-based learning
  • Student-centered learning

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