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Undergraduate Civil Engineering courses

CIE200 Statics [3-0, 3 cr.] Review of vector algebra; force system resultants; equilibrium of a particle and rigid body; internal forces and applications to beams, trusses and frames; shear and moment diagrams for beams; centroid; and moment of inertia. Prerequisite: MTH102 Calculus II and PHY111 Mechanics.

CIE202 Mechanics of Materials [3-0, 3 cr.] Review of equilibrium principles; types of stress and linear stress-strain relationships; axial, shear, torsion, and bending deformations; shear force and bending moment diagrams; and deflection of beams by integration. Prerequisite: CIE200 Statics.

CIE302 Structural Analysis I [3-0, 3 cr.] Classification of statically determinate/ indeterminate structures; deflections using the principle of virtual work; introduction to matrix algebra, analysis of statically indeterminate structures using Flexibility Method and Stiffness Method; Prerequisite: CIE202 Mechanics of Materials and MTH201 Calculus III.

CIE303* Structural Analysis I – SOFT  [0-2, 1 cr.] Structural analysis using commercial software; Computational model for trusses and frames: load cases, supports, linear static analysis. Results visualizations and assessment: axial force, shear force and bending moment diagrams; deformed shapes. Co-requisite: CIE302 Structural Analysis I.

CIE304 Stress Analysis [3-0, 3 cr.] Stress-strain formulations in 1-, 2-, and 3-D; introduction to constitutive theories of materials and failure criteria for engineering materials; design and analysis of pressure vessels; elastic stability and simple buckling problems of columns, plates and shells; introduction to linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) concepts and integrated design. Prerequisite: CIE202 Mechanics of Materials, MTH206 Calculus IV and MTH304 Differential Equations.

CIE305* Stress Analysis – LAB [0-3, 1 cr.] Laboratory demonstration of stress analysis concepts including: stress and strain measurements, failure of materials, elastic stability, and fracture mechanics. Co-requisite: CIE304 Stress Analysis.

CIE306 Concrete Structures I [3-0, 3 cr.] Analysis and design of reinforced concrete members according to ACI code including: beams, solid and ribbed one-way slabs, T-beams, doubly reinforced beams, short columns, including development length and splicing of reinforcing steel bars. Prerequisite: CIE302 Structural Analysis I and CIE308 Construction Materials.

CIE307* Concrete Structures I – SOFT [0-2, 1 cr.] Concrete design using commercial software according to established codes. Results visualization and assessment for beams, slabs, columns and footings: concrete section, reinforcement, development length, reinforcement layout. Co-requisite: CIE306 Concrete Structures I.

CIE308 Construction Materials [3-0, 3 cr.] Introduction to the geological origins of construction materials and the effects of geological processes. General considerations on the use of materials in construction, required properties, selection, testing, design, and quality control of civil engineering materials. Design and testing of ordinary Portland cement concrete, asphaltic concrete, masonry, steel, and wood construction; overview of composites and other materials in civil engineering. Prerequisite: CIE202 Mechanics of Materials and COE201 Computer Proficiency.

CIE309* Construction Materials – LAB [0-3, 1 cr.] Laboratory demonstration of materials testing and evaluation methods with emphasis on aggregate, concrete, and steel reinforcement testing as per national and international standard methods and specifications. Co-requisite: CIE308 Construction Materials.

CIE320 Fluid Mechanics [3-0, 3 cr.] Properties of fluids; hydrostatics and kinematics; basic equations and conservation laws: mass, energy and momentum; Reynolds Transport Theorem; steady laminar and turbulent pipe flow; dimensional analysis and similitude, flow measurements. Prerequisite: CIE200 Statics.

CIE321* Fluid Mechanics – LAB [0-3, 1 cr.] Laboratory applications in fluid mechanics including fluid measurements and properties; flow in pipes; Reynolds number; forces on gates; orifices; weirs; open channel flow; and pumps. Co-requisite: CIE320 Fluid Mechanics.

CIE322 Hydraulics [3-0, 3 cr.] Review of governing equations, design of municipal water supply and distribution systems, flow in pipes and flow regimes; methods of flow measurements; open channel flow with gradually varied flow computations; hydraulic machinery. Introduction to spillways, reservoir routing, well hydraulics and drawdown. Prerequisite: CIE320 Fluid Mechanics.

CIE323* Hydraulics – SOFT [0-2, 1 cr.] Analysis and design using commercially available software: municipal water distribution systems including pipes, reservoir, pumps and losses. Results visualizations and assessment: pressure, velocity, head losses. Co-requisite: CIE322 Hydraulics.

CIE361 Surveying [2-0, 2 cr.] Basic measuring procedures for distances, elevations, angles, bearings, and azimuths; theory of measurements and errors, leveling, and mapping; construction and topographic surveys, traverses, adjustment and closure, subdivision of land; area and volume computations; road surveys: coordinate systems, triangulation. Prerequisite: MEE211 Engineering Graphics.

CIE362* Surveying Lab [0-3, 1 cr.] Students will apply in the field concepts learned in class, including basic measuring procedures for distances, elevations, angles, bearings, and azimuths; theory of measurements and errors, leveling, and mapping; construction and topographic surveys, traverses, adjustment and closure, area and volume computations. Co-requisite: CIE361 Surveying

CIE400 Steel Structures [3-0, 3 cr.] Introduction to the AISC-LRFD design philosophy; discussion of the behavior, analysis and design of steel structures; design of tension members, simple bolted connections, introduction to welded connections, compression members, laterally supported beams, beams under torsion, and lateral torsional loading. Prerequisite: CIE302 Structural Analysis I and CIE304 Stress Analysis.

CIE424 Water Distribution and Treatment [3-0, 3cr.] Physical, chemical and biological water quality parameters and standards; water quantity, population estimation and use factors; methods of distribution and design criteria and periods; stresses in pipes and pipe materials, distribution system related appurtenances; water treatment techniques: purpose, sedimentation, thickening, coagulation/flocculation processes and basin design, filtration, disinfection effect of climate change on water supply. Prerequisite: CIE322 Hydraulics.

CIE425* Environmental Engineering – LAB [0-3, 1cr.] Fundamental quantities, titration, standards, physical, chemical and biological water and wastewater characteristics and parameter determination using standard methods, data reduction, analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: CHM201 Chemical Principles and co-requisite: CIE424 Water Distribution and Treatment.

CIE426 Wastewater Collection and Treatment [3-0, 3 cr.] Design of sanitary and storm sewers and related appurtenances, mass balances and hydraulic flow regimes; reaction order and rates, analysis of experimental data, attached and suspended growth biological wastewater treatment systems including: activated sludge and its variations, aerated lagoons, SBR, trickling filters, RBC; basic nitrification-denitrification processes; oxygen requirements; introduction to sludge treatment and disposal; effect of climate change on wastewater treatment. Prerequisite: CIE 424 Water Distribution and Treatment.

CIE427* Environmental Engineering – SOFT [0-2, 1 cr.] Analysis and design of wastewater treatment plants using commercially available software: sizing of tanks; and effluent concentration. Results visualizations and assessment; effect of climate change on wastewater treatment.  Co-requisite: CIE426 Wastewater Collection and Treatment.

CIE434 The Civil Engineering Profession [2-0, 2 cr.] Introduction to the history and heritage of civil engineering; specialized sub disciplines; professionalism and professional registration and societies; continuing education; impact of historical and contemporary issues on the identification, formulation, and solution of engineering problems , impact of engineering solutions on the economy, environment, political landscape, and society. The course involves teamwork researching topics related to the impact of contemporary engineering solutions including climate change. Prerequisite: fifth year standing

CIE436 Detailing for Civil Engineers [0-2, 2 cr.] An introduction to computer-aided drafting techniques and design drawings using a CAD program and sketching to generate two and three dimensional drawings based on the conventions of engineering graphical communication, applications to different Civil Engineering areas of specialty. A required team effort project introduces the preparation of working design drawings and consideration of production methods. Prerequisite MEE 211 Engineering Graphics and fifth year standing.

CIE444 Soil Mechanics [3-0, 3 cr.] Formation and types of soils, field testing and soil classification, permeability and seepage analysis in saturated soils, stresses in a soil mass, total and effective stress analysis, stress-strain relationships and strength properties of soils, failure criteria, and theory of consolidation. Prerequisite: CIE202  Mechanics of Materials.

CIE445* Soil Mechanics – LAB [0-3, 1 cr.] Laboratory testing for properties and characteristics of soils including: classification tests, soil compaction and relative density, hydraulic conductivity, shear strength tests, and consolidation test. Co-requisite: CIE444 Soil Mechanics.

CIE446 Foundation Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.] Analysis, design and construction aspects of foundations including: subsurface exploration and soil characterization; design of shallow foundations based on bearing capacity and settlement calculations; earth pressure theories and design of typical retaining structures; introduction to deep foundations design. Prerequisite: CIE444 Soil Mechanics.

CIE447* Geotechnical Engineering – SOFT [0-2, 1 cr.] Geotechnical analysis and design using commercial software including design of foundations and lateral earth retaining systems. Results visualizations and assessment. Co-requisite: CIE446 Foundation Engineering.

CIE460 Highway Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.] Planning, design, and operation of transportation systems. Theory and practice of the geometric design of streets and highways including horizontal and vertical curves, traffic flow modeling, analysis, control, and safety. Introduction to the design of intersections, and interchanges. Introduction to pavement design principles. Prerequisite: CIE361 Surveying.

CIE461* Transportation Engineering – SOFT [0-2, 1cr.] Highway design using commercial software integrating planning, geometric design, traffic modeling and GIS systems. Results visualizations and assessment. Co-requisite: CIE460 Highway Engineering.

CIE465 Transportation Systems Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.] Road vehicle performance, analysis and design of infrastructure systems, components of highway systems; planning and design of freeway interchanges, highway capacity and quality of service using High Capacity Manual methodologies, fundamentals of traffic flow theory and queuing analysis, traffic control and analysis of intersections, travel demand and forecasting. Prerequisite: CIE460 Highway Engineering and GNE331 Probability and Statistics.

CIE480 Civil Engineering Management Fundamentals [3-0, 3 cr.] Organization and management theory, understanding of business fundamentals as applied in the private, government and non-profit sectors; public policy; public administration fundamentals with applications. Principles of leadership, government regulations and responsibilities of the different parties involved in public construction, construction contracting processes, development of the different phases of a construction project,  bonds and insurance requirements, funding mechanisms, dispute resolution processes, professional ethics. Prerequisite: INE 320 Engineering Economy and Co-requisite GNE305 Professional Ethics, and a senior year standing.

CIE485 Construction Planning and Scheduling [3-0, 3 cr.]  Quantity take-off and price estimating, proposal preparation; scheduling methods and networks, application of construction control tools such as: CPM, PERT, repetitive scheduling method, and overlapping networks; resource allocation and leveling, time-cost tradeoff; budgeting, cost control and update. Prerequisite: CIE480 Civil Engineering Management Fundamentals and GNE331 Probability and Statistics.

CIE486* Construction Management – SOFT [0-2, 1 cr.] Use of commercial software for the operations, scheduling, planning, resource allocation, budgeting and control of construction projects. Co-requisite: CIE485 Construction Planning and Scheduling.

CIE498 Professional Experience [0-6, 6 cr.] ­Professional experience through training in the execution of real-life engineering projects. Prerequisites: GNE301 Professional Communication, fifth year standing and consent of instructor.

CIE499 Capstone Design Project [3-0, 3 cr.] ­This course provides students with a design experience that is as close as possible to real life design projects; students will work on multidisciplinary teams according to a team work plan and under the supervision of fulltime faculty; each team meets separately with their advisors as needed to complete the work on the project but not less than three times during the semester; students choose from a set of predefined projects that have been approved by the department. Prerequisite: ENG203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication and CIE436 Detailing for Civil Engineers. Co-requisite: sixth year standing and consent of instructor.

CIE510 Finite Element Method I [3-0, 3 cr.] Stress analysis of solids: shape function, displacement interpolation, linear constitutive relations, element stiffness-matrix, direct stiffness method, assessment of model adequacy, error estimation. Stress analysis using commercial software. Prerequisite: CIE202 Mechanics of Materials.

CIE512 Concrete Structures II [3-0, 3 cr.] Design of: deep beams reinforced for shear and torsion; stair cases, slender columns, two-way column-supported slabs, footings, foundation and retaining walls. Prerequisite: CIE306 Concrete Structures I and CIE444 Soil Mechanics.

CIE513 Reinforced Masonry Design [3-0, 3 cr.] Properties, specifications, and construction requirements for structures incorporating clay brick, concrete block, and mortar; analysis and design of masonry structures including diaphragm/shear wall masonry structure design. Pre-requisite: CIE 306 Reinforced Concrete I.

CIE516 Advanced Steel: Design and Behavior [3-0, 3 cr.] Design and analysis of moment connections, plate girders, and composite beams. Plastic analysis and designs of beams and frames. Buckling and stability problems, and fatigue of structural steel members. Pre-requisite: CIE 400  Steel Structures.

CIE517 Earthquake Analysis of Structures [3-0, 3 cr.] Introduction to earthquake engineering including plate tectonics with emphasis on seismicity of Lebanon; introduction to structural dynamics and natural modes of vibrations, determination of earthquake loading on structures; computer analysis of structural response. Perquisites: CIE302 Structural Analysis I and CIE303 Structural Analysis I-Soft

CIE518 Advanced Structural Analysis for Gravity and Lateral Loads [3-0, 3 cr.] Gravity and lateral loads that act on building structures. Load distribution and load paths through building structures to the supporting soil. Comprehensive study of live loads, dead loads, snow loads, wind loads, and seismic loads. Pre-requisite: CIE 302  Structural Analysis.

CIE520 Solid Waste Management [3-0, 3 cr.] Quantity and quality of municipal and industrial solid wastes, collection, transfer, disposal, treatment and recovery of solid wastes, hazardous and non hazardous residues, solid waste management principles and processes, environmental impact assessment, environmental legislation and risk, and pollution control management; effect of climate change on solid waste management. Prerequisite: 4th year standing

CIE521 Hydrology [3-0, 3 cr.] Occurrence of water, precipitation, interception, depression storage, infiltration, evaporation, transpiration, snow melt, well hydraulics, stream flow, data sources, instrumentation, runoff and hydrographs, hydrograph routing, probability in hydrologic design and frequency analysis, and introduction to hydrologic modeling; effect of climate change on hydrology.  Prerequisite: 4th year standing.

CIE522 Environnemental Impact Assessment [3-0, 3 cr.] This course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of large scale projects on the quality of the physical, biological, and socio-economical environment taking into account environmental laws and regulations and EIA guidelines. Identification of impacts, quantification methods, mitigation measures, and monitoring plans. Case study involving the preparation of an EIA REPORT including sustainability impact assessment and effects of climate change. . Prerequisite consent of instructor or senior standing.

CIE525 Environmental Policy and Management [3-0, 3 cr.] This course explores human made problems in the environment parallel with concepts in environmental ethics, management and policies so as solutions are provided concerning preservation of the environment. Topics covered are toxic and solid wastes, pollution of air, water, food and soil, climate changes; international and national environmental ethics, management and policies. Prerequisite: senior standing.

CIE526 Environmental Remediation [3-0, 3 cr.] This course deals with processes employing microorganisms, fungi, plants or their enzymes to return contaminated environments, such as polluted waters and soils, to their natural conditions. The control, optimization and monitoring of bioremediation is discussed as well as the environmental factors and microbial populations involved. In-situ, ex-situ applicationsand genetic engineering approaches are emphasized as well as effects of climate change. Prerequisite: senior standing

CIE540 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.] Advanced topics in geotechnical engineering including: Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD); design of deep foundations for axial and lateral loading; two-dimensional limiting equilibrium methods of slope stability analysis; design methods for slope stabilization; design of shoring systems such as diaphragm walls, sheet-pile walls, anchored walls, and braced excavations. Prerequisite: CIE 446 Foundation Engineering

CIE544 Geotechnical Aspects of Earthquake Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.] Causative mechanisms of earthquakes and ground motion attenuation relationships; Dynamic properties of soils; geotechnical seismic hazards and their mitigation; response of soils to seismic loading; liquefaction of soil deposits; analysis and design of slopes and embankments for seismic loading. Pre-requisite: CIE 444 Soil Mechanics and senior standing.

CIE562 Airport Planning and Design [3-0, 3 cr.] This course covers a broad spectrum of airport planning and design issues. Introduction to issues that arise in planning airport systems and the development of new and existing airports, as well as the design of airport facilities to handle aircraft demand: aircraft runway performance and airport interaction, planning the airport system, and analysis methods used in airport engineering. Prerequisites: CIE465 Transportation Systems Engineering and senior standing.

CIE563 Transportation Planning and Land Use [3-0, 3 cr.] Interaction between transportation and land use variables, including modeling requirements, impacts, and data needs within the context of good community planning and economic development; transportation management, administration, finance, system evaluation, implementation, and integration as well as incorporation of climate change in planning. Prerequisites CIE465 Transportation Systems Engineering and GNE 331 Probability and Statistics.

CIE564 Mass Transit Systems [3-0, 3 cr.] An overview of mass transit systems; transit system planning including demand and cost analysis and evaluation; transit system design including route design, scheduling, and fare policy; transit networks and marketing; para transit systems; future trends in mass transit. Prerequisites INE320 Engineering Economy and CIE465 Transportation Systems Engineering.

CIE565 Airport Planning and Design [3-0, 3 cr.]  Airport planning and design issues. Introduction to planning airport systems and the development of new and existing airports, as well as the design of airport facilities to handle both aircraft and passenger demand. Aircraft runway performance and airport interaction, Planning airport systems, and analysis methods used in airport engineering.  Prerequisite CIE465 Transportation Systems Engineering. 

CIE582 Infrastructure Management [3-0, 3 cr.] General methods of engineering systems management and the different types of infrastructure. Application of different methods for the planning and analysis of complex infrastructure projects considering possible financing alternatives, engineering solutions, and overall management issues during the life cycle of the project. Review of selected case studies from the Arab Gulf countries; climate change and global environmental issues. Prerequisite: CIE 485 Construction planning and scheduling.

CIE584 Quality Management Systems [3-0, 3 cr.] Introduction to quality management systems, ISO 9000, 14000, Total Quality Management, and the applications of QMS to engineering and management of large projects, systems, and organizations. Prerequisite: 4th year standing

CIE585 Risk and Natural Hazard Management [3-0, 3 cr.] Types, frequency, effects of natural hazards, calculation of return period, planning and designing engineering systems to survive natural events, mitigation of damage. Prerequisite: GNE331 Probability and Statistics.

CIE586 Construction Decisions under Uncertainty [3-0, 3 cr.] Application of decision analysis theory to construction project and organization decisions under uncertainty; decision trees and sensitivity analysis, utility assessment, multi-attribute utility theory, multiple sampling and decision strategies; bidding theory and use of probabilistic modeling and Monte-Carlo simulation to determine optimal bidding strategies. Prerequisites CIE480 Civil Engineering Management Fundamentals and GNE 331 Probability and Statistics.

CIE587 Construction Cost Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.] Cost engineering for construction organizations, projects, and operations. Construction financial accounting, project monitoring and cost controlling; construction financing, break even analysis, profit, earned value, balance sheets, and cash flow analyses; Cost indices, parametric estimates, unit price proposals, quantity take-off, cost estimation and bid preparation. Prerequisite CIE485 Construction planning and Scheduling .

CIE588 Construction Estimating I [3-0, 3 cr.] Quantity takeoff for residential, commercial and heavy construction projects. Methods to organizing the estimate. Different types of estimates. Quantity takeoff techniques and methods for earthwork, concrete, masonry, metals and structural steel, wood, doors and windows, finishes, mechanical and electrical. Prerequisite CIE485 Construction Planning & Scheduling.  .

CIE589 Construction Methods and Equipment [3-0, 3 cr.] Advancement study of the application and analysis of construction equipment and methods. Topics include earthmoving materials and operations, drilling and blasting, shoring systems, pile driving procedures, dewatering foundations, equipment cost and concrete form design. Pre-requisites CIE306 /Concrete structures I, CIE308 Construction Materials and CIE446 Foundation Engineering and senior standing.

CIE593 Construction Safety [3-0, 3 cr.] Construction safety issues, concerns, requirements and procedures. International, governmental, and construction industry requirements of safety and loss control regulations. Safety costs, planning, administration, inspection, prevention, loss control and drug-free workplace. Pre-requisite: Senior standing.

CIE596 Topics in Civil Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.] Special topic relevant to civil engineering. Course title and content are announced prior to registration time. Pre-requisite: To be announced prior to registration time.

CIE597 Undergraduate Research [3-0, 3 cr.] Independent work performed by student with emphasis on research. Selection of topic and progress of work are supervised by a faculty advisor. Formal technical report and presentation are required. Pre-requisite: CIE499 / Capstone Design Project and Consent of instructor.

Environmental Science courses

BIO203 Introduction to Ecology[3-0, 3 cr.] This course introduces the organization of individual organisms into populations, communities, and ecosystems. It focuses on the interactions between living organisms and their physical environment. Concepts such as diversity, competition, natural selection, adaptation, climate changes, migration, extinction and deforestation are covered. Additionally the course tackles concepts of environmental microbiology in relation to pollution, remediation and recycling of liquid and solid wastes.

CHM340 Environmental Chemistry [3-0, 3 cr.]This course is a study of natural and non-natural chemical substances in the environment and their chemical transformations. It involves chemistry of energy resources, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and, lithosphere (natural and in polluted environment). Principles of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium and reaction kinetics are applied in this course. Other covered topic is waste treatment and chemical processes. Parallel with these is learning the methods of environmental chemical analysis.

ENV200 Introduction to Environmental Science [3-0, 3 cr.]This is an introduction to the environmental problems and challenges facing mankind. Global problems will be directly related to issues facing the regional, and local environment. The course covers environmental problems and their causes, ecosystems and how they work, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, species extinction, air pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, solid waste disposal, renewable energy technologies, and applications to alleviate environmental problems. Case studies will be presented, and potential solutions will be attempted. The course includes field trips.

ENV423 Environmental Microbiology [2-3, 3 cr.] This ecologically based course discusses the relationship of microorganisms with one another and with their environment. It stresses the three major domains of life – Eucaryota, Archaea and Bacteria and studies their diversity, interactions and physiology in their natural environments. Biodegradation of organic matter, bio-geo-cycling of minerals and waste bio-treatment are emphasized. The course also deals with metagenomic, metaproteomic techniques and applications as well as the use of microarrays in Microbial Ecology.

ENV427 Environmental Physics [3-0, 3 cr.] The course comprises aspects of atmospheric physics, soil physics and many aspects of applied physics.   It introduces the essentials in environmental physics, and describes the basics in environmental spectroscopy e.g. black body radiation and the solar UV and Life. It also addresses the global climate, energy balance, energy available for human use, transport of pollutants, and noise pollution. The course also discusses risk estimations, energy saving and nature and future thinking in the context of the global society.

Graduate Civil Engineering courses

CIE701 Finite Element Methods [3-0, 3 cr.] This course covers stress analysis of solids which include: shape function, displacement interpolation, linear constitutive relations, element stiffness-matrix, direct stiffness method, assessment of model adequacy and error estimation. It also covers stress analysis using commercial software.  Prerequisite: CIE202 Mechanics of Materials.

CIE704 Case Histories in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course is a selection of case histories in structural and geotechnical engineering, exposing the failures and limitations of the current practice and exploring state of the art solutions. The course involves site visits and visiting lecturers.  Prerequisites: CIE302 Structure Analysis I and CIE444 Soil Mechanics.

CIE705 Computational Hydraulics [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the formulation of ordinary and partial differential equations related to flow and transport problems such as flood waves, tidal propagation, shallow waves and transport of pollutants. The course also covers the numerical solutions using finite difference (explicit and implicit) schemes, finite element techniques and boundary integral methods. Also, the course comprises the measuring techniques in flow problems, data acquisition and online analysis.  Prerequisite: CIE322 Hydraulics.

CIE706 Structural Dynamics [3-0, 3 cr.]  The course covers the dynamics effects of wind, earthquake, impact and blast loading, vibration of structural components and the damping effects.  Prerequisite: CIE302 Structural Analysis I.

CIE707 Earthquake Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.] This course is an introduction to earthquakes, seismological and faulting mechanisms, design of constructed facilities and infrastructural systems under earthquake loads, risk assessment and strengthening and case studies.  Prerequisites: CIE302 Structure Analysis I and GNE331 Probability and Statistics.

CIE708 Applied Elasticity [3-0, 3 cr.] This course covers tensor notation, analysis of stress, two-dimensional elasticity, bending of earns torsion of prismatic bars, asymmetrically loaded members, beams on elastic foundations and elastic stability.

CIE709 Advanced Concrete Design [3-0, 3 cr.] This course covers advanced topics in concrete design that include: Combined Footings, Retaining Walls, Mat Foundations, Pile Caps, Torsion, Walls, Shell Structures, Computer Aided Design of Concrete, in addition to other topics of interest.  Prerequisites: CIE306 Concrete Structures I and CIE446 Foundation Engineering.

CIE710 Pre-stressed Concrete Design [3-0, 3 cr.] This course covers the design of pre-stressed concrete structures, with an emphasis on flexural design of beams and slabs.  Prerequisite: CIE306 Concrete Structures I.

CIE711 Pavement Design [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the beam on elastic foundation, rigid and flexible pavements, highway and airport pavements, pavement performance and pavement systems management and maintenance.  Prerequisites: CIE460 Highway Engineering and CIE444 Soil Mechanics.

CIE712 Design of Hydraulics Structures [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the history and background, function, planning process, types, analysis and design of culverts and bridge openings, dam appurtenances, intakes, aprons, chute blocks, spillways and drop structures. It also covers dam safety, stability and protection against scour.  Prerequisites: CIE322 Hydraulics and CIE306 Concrete Structures I.

CIE714 Advanced Structural Analysis for Gravity and Lateral Loads [3-0, 3 cr.]  Gravity and lateral loads that act on building structures. Load distribution and load paths through building structures to the supporting soil. Comprehensive study of live loads, dead loads, snow loads, wind loads, and seismic loads. Pre-requisite: CIE 302  Structural Analysis.

CIE716 Advanced Steel: Design and Behavior [3-0, 3 cr.]  Design and analysis of moment connections, plate girders, and composite beams. Plastic analysis and designs of beams and frames. Buckling and stability problems, and fatigue of structural steel members. Pre-requisite: CIE 400  Steel Structures.

CIE720 Solid Waste Management [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the quantity and quality of municipal and industrial solid wastes; the collection, transfer, disposal, treatment and recovery of solid wastes; hazardous and non-hazardous residues, solid waste management processes, environmental impact assessment, environmental legislation and risk, and pollution control management.  Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

CIE721 Hydrology [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the occurrence of water, precipitation, interception, depression storage, infiltration, evaporation, transpiration, snow melt, well hydraulics, stream flow, data sources, instrumentation, runoff and hydrographs, urban hydrology, hydrograph routing, probability in hydrologic design and the introduction to hydrologic modeling.  Prerequisite: CIE322 Hydraulics.

CIE722 Environmental Impact Assessment [3-0, 3 cr.] This course covers the study and evaluation of the impacts of large-scale projects on the quality of the physical, biological and socio-economical environment, taking into account environmental laws and regulations as well as environmental impact assessment guidelines. The course covers the identification of impacts, quantification methods, mitigation measures, and monitoring plans. The course deals with a case study involving the preparation of an environmental impact assessment report.  Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

CIE723 Water Resources Planning and Management [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the major issues in the planning and management of water resource systems, and the techniques — such as linear programming, dynamic programming and nonlinear programming — that are used to solve them. Practical problems in water resource systems such as water allocation, water quality management, reservoir operations, flood control, water resources management, basin modelling and flood and drought forecasting demonstrated are discussed with system analysis methods.  Prerequisite: CIE721 Hydrology.

CIE724 Air Quality Management [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the analysis of air pollution sources and methods for controlling emissions, with a focus on transportation-related air pollution. The course also encompasses a summary of fundamental chemical and physical processes governing pollutant behavior, and a quantitative overview of the characterization and control of air pollution problems. The analysis of key elements of the air pollution system such as the sources and control techniques, atmospheric transformations, atmospheric transport and modelling are discussed along with the effects of climate change.  Prerequisites: CIE320 Fluid Mechanics and CHM201 Chemical Principles.

CIE725 Geo-environmental Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course coves the geotechnical practice in environmental protection and restoration. The characterization of contaminated sites, preliminary site assessment, site investigation techniques and site cleanup and remediation technologies mitigation of the effects of climate change, as well as the monitoring requirements, are discussed. The course also covers the methods of soil and site characterization for siting of waste repositories, the design of waste containment systems, including landfills, slurry walls and soil stabilization, as well as the applicability and use of geosynthetics.  Prerequisite: CIE444 Soil Mechanics.

CIE726 Unit Operations of Water Treatment Systems [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the theory of aquatic chemistry and the principles of conventional and advanced unit operations, such as sedimentation, filtration, aeration, ion exchange, reverse osmosis for the treatment of drinking water and decontamination of groundwater, stability and conditioning, in addition to a detailed design of inlets, outlets and operational parts of the treatment plant.  Prerequisite: CIE424 Water Distribution and Treatment.

CIE727 Unit Operations of Wastewater Treatment Systems [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers wastewater characteristics and laboratory analysis, population kinetics and micro-organisms and their role in the various waste treatment processes, as well as process selection, oxidation kinetics, process modelling and control, sludge treatment and disposal, and unit operations and processes of wastewater treatment.  Prerequisite: CIE426 Wastewater Collection and Treatment.

CIE728 Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course emphasizes man-made chemicals, their movement through surface and groundwater, air, soil, and their eventual fate. The course covers the physical transport, as well as chemical and biological sources and sinks, and the linkages to health effects, sources and control and policy aspects.  Prerequisites: CHM201 Chemical Principles and CIE322 Hydraulics.

CIE729 Hydrogeology [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the natural parameters, distribution of water, hydro-geological structures, movement and storage of water; methods of investigation, collection of samples, observation of water levels, measurement of aquifer properties, speed and direction of ground water flow, and hydro-geological models.  Prerequisite: CIE721 Hydrology.

CIE730 Irrigation and Drainage [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the irrigation practices application systems, soil-plant-water relationships, irrigation system types, scheduling, effluent reuse, case studies, quantity and quality of stream flow generated in a drainage basin, and surface, and subsurface, drainage systems. Prerequisite: CIE322 Hydraulics.

CIE731 Urban Water Resources [3-0, 3 cr.] This course covers the urban climate, urban development effects on catchments responses, design of storm water drainage systems, master plans, management for water pollution, sedimentation, and erosion control, use of models for planning and operation, flood control, reservoir design and operation , linear and dynamic programming, and case studies.  Prerequisite: CIE721 Hydrology.

CIE732 Advanced Environmental Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers reaction kinetics, classes and types of reactions, rates and orders, analysis of experimental data, applications, setup of mass balances, flow analysis of CM and PF regimes, detention time in vessels, flow and quality equalization, system material balances, sludge production in activated sludge systems, nitrogen and phosphorus removal, treatment in ponds and wetlands as well as natural systems, fate and transport of pollutants in natural waters, loading equations for streams, dissolved oxygen variation in a stream.  Prerequisite: CIE426 Wastewater Collection and Treatment.

CIE733 Groundwater Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the flow of incompressible fluids through porous media, groundwater movement, Darcy’s law, groundwater production, recharge, quality, saltwater intrusion, aquifer management, differential equations governing the flows, laboratory and field methods of hydraulic conductivity measurements, confined and unconfined flow, and graphical flow nets and the use of analogs, as well as seepage control in earth structures, soil stabilization, drainage, geo-textiles, and construction denaturing.  Prerequisite: CIE721 Hydrology.

CIE761 Traffic Engineering [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the human and vehicular characteristics, as they affect highway traffic flow, traffic regulations, accident cause and prevention, improving the flow on existing facilities, planning traffic systems, and terminal problems.

CIE782 Infrastructure Management [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the general methods of engineering systems management, and the different types of infrastructure. The course analyzes the possible financing and engineering solutions, and alternatives, as well as the overall management during the life cycle of the project.  Prerequisite: CIE485 Construction Planning and Scheduling.

CIE784 Quality Management Systems [3-0, 3 cr.] This course is an introduction to quality management systems, ISO 9000, 14000, Total Quality Management, and the applications of QMS to engineering and management of large projects, systems, and organizations.  Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

CIE785 Risk and Natural Hazard Management [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the types, frequency, and the effects of natural hazards, the calculation of the return period, and the planning and designing of engineering systems to survive natural events, as well as the mitigation of damage.  Prerequisite: GNE331 Probability and Statistics.

CIE786 Highway Design and Management [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course is an introduction to highway networks, their engineering and management characteristics, and their maintenance and performance issues, financing and cost recovery methods, and integrated solutions and information technology tools (use of HDM tools by the World Road Association PIARC).  Prerequisites: CIE460 Highway Engineering and INE320 Engineering Economy.

CIE787 Concrete and Steel Construction [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the selection and planning of construction methods for modern concrete and steel structures, including bridges, high-rise buildings, sea structures, structural steel erection, and the heavy industrial plants including special forming and heavy erection and false-work.  Prerequisites: CIE306 Concrete Structures I, CIE400 Steel Structures, and CIE485 Construction Planning & Scheduling.

CIE788 GIS and Remote Sensing [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the fundamentals of sensing earth resources, data acquisition and sis, aircraft and satellite images, digital image processing, pattern recognition, feature extraction, and the geographic information systems in various applications, using GIS software use of GIS and remote sensing in mapping the effects of climate change . Pre-requisite: CIE361 / Surveying. .

CIE789 Cost Engineering and Control [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers cost engineering for construction organizations, projects, and operations. It encompasses construction financing, break-even, profit, and cash flow analyses, and capital budgeting, as well as the equipment cost and procurement decisions. Construction financial accounting, cost accounting, cost control systems, and databases are discussed, as well as cost indices, parametric estimates, and unit price proposals, measuring work and settling claims.  Prerequisite: CIE485 Construction Planning and Scheduling.

CIE790 Construction Methods [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course is an advancement study of the application and analysis of construction equipment and methods. Topics include drilling, blasting, tunneling, dewatering foundations, and rigging studies.  Prerequisites: CIE308 Construction Materials and CIE306 Concrete Structures I.

CIE791 Project Scheduling [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers the basic critical path planning, and scheduling, with arrow and precedence networks. The course is an introduction to resource leveling, and least cost scheduling, including time-cost tradeoff analysis, and schedule control.  Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

CIE792 Project Contracting [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course covers construction and contracting for contractors, owners and engineers, industry structure, the types of contracts and delivery systems of construction, and the planning, estimating, quantity takeoff and pricing, labor and equipment estimate, as well as the proposal preparation. Students use contract documents to prepare detailed estimates.  Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

CIE798 Research Methods [3-0, 3 cr.]  Methods to improve and develop research skills which Includes: principles of scientific research, ethics, writing skills, methods for compiling scientific literature, identification of research questions and specific hypotheses, presentation of research results, writing research papers, proposal preparation, preparation of grant proposals, thesis and dissertation. Pre-requisite: Graduate standing.

CIE799 Special Topic Course [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course is a special topic course which can be offered in any of the concentration areas. When offered, it is counted towards the Degree requirements as a regular course.  Prerequisite: To be announced prior to registration time.

CIE891 Project Course [3-0, 3 cr.]  This course is a project course in any of the concentration areas. It can be taken by the Graduate student seeking a non-thesis Master’s degree. It is contingent upon the Advisor’s approval. The student is limited to one project course per degree.  Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

CIE899 Thesis [6-0, 6 cr.] This course is an independent work performed by students with emphasis on research, and leading to original contribution to knowledge. The selection of the topic and the progress of the work are supervised by a Faculty Advisor. The student is limited to one thesis course per degree. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor

*Course is a co-requisite to the corresponding course


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