Aims and Content of Structural Engineering Courses in Architectural Studies at Selected European Univeristies / Comparative study for CTU in Prague, Czech Republic, the University of Bath, United Kingdom and the University of Stuttgart, Germany

Ing. Markéta Vavrušková, doc. Dr. Ing. Martin Pospíšil, Ph.D.

Introduction: The study is a part of a long-term research monitoring current situation in educating Structural Engineering to architectural students. Being conducted at CTU in Prague, it compares its study programmes to ones of the selected leading British and German universities. Objectives: The main objective of the study is to analyse and compare aims, content and targeted skills of Structural Engineering subjects in bachelor courses of architecture. Our previous analysis (comparing the share of Structural Engineering subjects in curricula) showed the value of 8.33% for CTU in Prague, which seems to be underrepresented in the context of 27 selected leading English and German universities, where the share ranges between 10-15 % (English) resp. 15-25 % (German). Methods: Applied research: comparison, observation and analysis. Conclusions: We can classify aims, content and targeted skills of Structural Engineering courses at selected European faculties of architecture as of a similar character. Their long–term development and adjustment to the requirements of today’s marketplace made them almost identical. We can conclude that students at English and German speaking universities compared to students at CTU seem to have an advantage of more thorough and detailed training in order to adapt the skills needed for creating an effective design of the structure. Furthermore it seems that English and German students benefit from incorporating innovative methods of teaching into the learning process (e.g. hands-on experiments), guided cooperation seminars with civil engineering students and compulsory work placement as a part of their bachelor courses.

Za obsah této stránky zodpovídá: prof. Dr. Henri Hubertus Achten