Designing and Developing Associate and Bachelor Degree Curriculums for Drafting and Design
Holland, Rodney E.
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This study investigated drafting and design programs at educational institutions that provide associate and bachelor degrees through out the United States, as well as what knowledge and skills were necessary for entry-level drafters to be successful in industry. A model curriculum was developed for both associate and bachelor level degree programs in the hopes it could provide a more efficient way for preparing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in industry. A three round Delphi technique was conducted to collect information from an expert panel with a total of eight members. The expert panel, included members from academia and industry, identified a basic set of knowledge and skills required by students to become successful entry-level employees. The survey was conducted with 51 national respondents and T-Test was used as a statistical tool in testing the research hypotheses. The analysis of the survey data indicated the majority of industrial and academic professionals shared the same perception on the associate and bachelor curriculums with over ninety percent (90%) of industrial and academic professionals indicating they agreed with both curriculums. This was confirmed by the Independent Sample Test, which statistically showed there was no significant difference between industrial professionals or academic professionals. The national panel validated the curriculums that were designed for both associate and bachelor level degrees by the means of the results from the Delphi technique.