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CIVL 1010    Academic and Professional Development I    [0 Credit(s)]

A compulsory, one year course for CIVL/CIEV/CIGBM students only. This course is designed to provide academic advising to students and/or to develop students' interpersonal skills in handling technical and non-technical issues in their professional careers. Graded P, PP or F.


CIVL 1100    Discovering Civil and Environmental Engineering    [3 Credit(s)]

A general overview of civil and environmental engineering, infrastructure development and engineering ethics is provided. The course includes both lectures and laboratory sessions, where the laboratory sessions are primarily directed to students who require the development of feasible conceptual solutions for the analysis and design of the basic problems in structural, geotechnical and environmental engineering. For first year engineering students under the four‐year degree curriculum only.


CIVL 1120    Exploring Earthquake Engineering    [3 Credit(s)]

This course intends to facilitate student’s exploration in earthquake engineering through hands-on experiments. Students are grouped to design and build scaled building models using wood, glue, strings and rubber bands, which are loaded and tested on a shake table under simulated earthquake ground motion. Through the design, build and test process, students can observe the effect of different design variables and details on the test result. Students are then guided to interpret the observations, identify possible issues, explore relevant knowledge, and propose viable options for improvement. Students need to reflect what they have learned on a revised building model and contest other groups in a final competition.


CIVL 1140    Environmental Quality Control and Improvement    [3 Credit(s)] 

Introduction to up-to-date environmental issues in both local and global scales; providing essential physical, chemical, biological and societal concepts required to understand the nature of pollution and environmental problems; applying science, engineering, management and social science approaches to solutions to environmental issues that affect our water, air, land, eco-systems, living environment, and sustainable development. The objective of this course is to equip our next generation leaders in different disciplines with enhanced environmental awareness and knowledge of tools and solutions to environmental issues. They will therefore be able to make responsible decisions and actions, with due consideration of the environment and sustainability. Each lesson is divided into two parts. The first part is the introduction and discussion of essential concepts and environmental issues and debates of these issues and will be delivered and guided by the instructor. The second part involves presentations of projects, focus studies, or service learning activities of new, emerging environmental issues selected by student groups, with emphases on solutions to the issues.


CIVL 1150    Climate Change Impacts and Extreme Weather Events    [3 Credit(s)]

As the extreme weather events emerge as one of the most prominent global risks, climate change and the accompanying natural disasters are no longer a side agenda, but play a critical role in maintaining sustainable societies and economies. This course aims to inspire students to take a broader perspective on environmental issues, in addition to advancing the scientific knowledge of climate change and extreme weather. To effectively achieve this purpose, the course introduces the case studies that emphasize the huge implications of extreme events (e.g. drought, flood, heat waves, typhoon) and their linkage with the warming due to greenhouse gases. This course also assesses the potential impacts of climate changes and extremes on social, economic and environmental sustainability through a multidisciplinary approach.


CIVL 1160    Civil Engineering and Modern Society    [3 Credit(s)]

An introduction to civil engineering practice and infrastructure development, with an emphasis on Hong Kong projects. The basic principles, materials and technology used in typical civil engineering works such as foundations, buildings, bridges, slopes and water supply systems, etc. Infrastructure management and maintenance issues; social-economic aspects of large-scale civil engineering projects such as environmental protection, urban planning and development, etc. Exclusion(s): CIVL 1100


CIVL 1170    Big History, Sustainability and Climate Change    [3 Credit(s)]

Big History as an emerging interdisciplinary framework, provides a long term perspective to see the world through reconstructing the history from the big bang all the way to the present. In such a longer time scale, overview of stars, planetary and species evolution, as well as concepts in climate change and how it is related to sustainability of the planet's environment for its current inhabitants, including humanity, will be discussed. The physical science basis, impacts, risk, mitigation and adaptation measures of climate change will also be investigated (including technical and social solutions). For local and regional vulnerabilities, such as extreme weather events, sea-levels rise, storm surge and coastal flooding, will be covered. The significance of collective learning under the big history framework, both as a driver for our exponentially growing impacts, as well as for better solutions, will be highlighted.


CIVL 2010    Academic and Professional Development II    [0 Credit(s)]

Continuation of CIVL 1010. Graded P, PP or F.


CIVL 2020    Industrial and BIM Training    [0 Credit(s)]

A practical training course in an industrial simulated environment. For students of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department only. Graded P, PP or F.


CIVL 2110    Statics    [3 Credit(s)]

Application of Newton’s laws to engineering problems; statics of particles; rigid bodies; equivalent systems of forces; equilibrium of rigid bodies; distributed forces; centroids; moments of inertia; analysis of truss & frame structures; axial, shear and bending moment diagrams; friction. Exclusion(s): CIVL 2150 Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1112 OR PHYS 1312 Corequisite(s): MATH 1014 OR MATH 1020 OR MATH 1024


CIVL 2120    Mechanics of Materials    [3 Credit(s)]

Analysis of stress, strain and deformation; linear and non-linear material behavior; strain energy; bending of beams, deflection; stability and buckling of compression members; shear and torsional stresses. Exclusion(s): MECH 2040 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2110


CIVL 2160    Modeling Systems with Uncertainties    [3 Credit(s)]

Identification and modeling of non-deterministic problems in civil engineering, and the treatment thereof relative to engineering design and decision making. Development of stochastic concepts and simulation models, and their relevance to real design and decision problems in various areas of civil engineering. Exclusion(s): MATH 2411 Corequisite(s): MATH 1014 OR MATH 1020 OR MATH 1024


CIVL 2170    Infrastructure Systems Engineering and Management    [3 Credit(s)]

This course will cover basic principles and techniques for analyzing engineering systems. It will entail an introduction to linear programs, network analysis, critical path method, benefit-cost and present value analyses of engineering projects. Exclusion(s): IEDA 3010  Prerequisite(s): MATH 2350


CIVL 2410    Environmental Assessment and Management    [3 Credit(s)]

Present current environmental issues and management concepts; apply essential chemical and physical principles required to understand pollution problems; integrate knowledge from science and engineering to solve and assess environmental problems affecting water, air, noise and waste; cover concepts, ordinances and case studies of environmental impact assessment of civil infrastructure projects. Prerequisite(s): (CHEM 1010 OR CHEM 1020) AND CIVL 1100


CIVL 2510    Fluid Mechanics    [3 Credit(s)]

An introduction to the mechanics of fluids, including fluid statics, kinematics and fundamental equations of fluid flow, laminar and turbulent flow, boundary layers and applications in the design of hydraulic structures. Exclusion(s): MECH 2210 Prerequisite(s): MATH 2011 Corequisite(s): CIVL 2110


CIVL 2810    Construction Materials    [3 Credit(s)]

Properties of engineering materials and their relation to the internal structure of materials; includes physical properties of construction materials like portland cement concrete, asphalt, polymers, ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals. Corequisite(s): CIVL 2120


CIVL 2910    Fundamental of Green Buildings    [3 Credit(s)]

This course contains two parts. The first part is about indoor environment of green building. It covers the four aspects of indoor environment quality (thermal, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustic), building energy load calculation and energy efficient design. The second part covers the interaction between building and outdoor environment. Principles of radiation exchange, heat transfer and surface energy balance in the context of urban environment are included. 


CIVL 3010    Academic and Professional Development III [0 Credit(s)]

Continuation of CIVL 2010. Graded P, PP or F.


CIVL 3020    Internship Training    [0 Credit(s)]

For students of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department only. Internship training provides students the opportunity to gain professional experience and to apply theories to real-life situations. Students are required to complete a minimum of six weeks on-the-job training in civil engineering consulting firms, contractors, developers or relevant government departments, or an equivalent of 5-week mock construction training under the supervision of professional practitioners. Graded P or F. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2020


CIVL 3210    Introduction to Construction Management    [3 Credit(s)]

This course covers the basic knowledge, skills and techniques in construction management. It entails an introduction to the construction industry, initial and feasibility studies, impact assessment, tendering process, local statutory ordinances, contract strategy and management, cost estimation and control, project finance, resource allocation, and site safety. For CIVL and CIEV students only.


CIVL 3310    Structural Analysis    [3 Credit(s)]

Structural forms and modeling, statically determinate structures, statically indeterminate structures, force and displacement methods, deflections of structures, influence lines, approximate analysis, energy methods. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2110 AND CIVL 2120


CIVL 3320    Reinforced Concrete Design    [3 Credit(s)]

Ultimate limit state design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs, columns, and beam-column joints; serviceability limit states of deflection and cracking. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2810 AND CIVL 3310


CIVL 3420    Water and Wastewater Engineering    [3 Credit(s)]

Introduction to basic concepts of water quality, fundamentals of water and wastewater treatment processes, analysis of treatment process flowsheets, analysis of water quality management alternatives. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 1140 OR CIVL 2410


CIVL 3510    Hydrosystems Engineering    [3 Credit(s)]

This course introduces basic and fundamental knowledge essential to the design and analysis of hydrosystems engineering problems (e,g., water supply, flood control, stormwater drainage, etc.). The course consists of two interrelated parts: hydrology and hydraulics. Hydrology covers various processes of water cycle (including precipitation, infiltration, rainfall-runoff modeling, and flow routings) that produce loads on hydrosystems. Hydraulics, on the other hand, applies fluid mechanics principles to the design and analysis the capacity of hydrosystems infrastructures such as pipe networks and channel networks as well as hydraulic machinery. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2510 Corequisite(s): CIVL 2160


CIVL 3610    Traffic and Transportation Engineering    [3 Credit(s)]

For students of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department only. Introduction to transportation systems; characteristics of transportation models; traffic flow fundamentals; geometric design of highways; travel demand analysis including trip generation, modal split and trip assignment. Corequisite(s): CIVL 2170


CIVL 3730    Fundamentals of Geotechnics    [3 Credit(s)]

This course will focus on the geotechnical mechanics and associated soil behavior, including basic engineering geology, characteristics of soils, soil compaction, the principle of effective stress, shear strength of soils, the concept of critical state modeling, permeability, seepage problems, ground settlement and consolidation. The laboratory section consists of five different experiments. For CIVL and CIEV students under the four-year degree only. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2120


CIVL 3740    Geotechnical Analysis and Design    [3 Credit(s)]

Introduction to geotechnical analysis and design including slope stability analysis, bearing capacity of soils, lateral earth pressures, design of retaining wall, shallow and piled foundations, geotechnical centrifuge modeling and field monitoring. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3730


CIVL 4100    Special Topics    [1-4 Credit(s)]

Selected topics in Civil Engineering of current interest to the Department and not covered by existing courses.


CIVL 4250    Project Management and Finance    [3 Credit(s)]

This course introduces the basic methods, tools and techniques in managing and financing a project. Management subjects cover project planning, cost management, time management, materials management, change management, construction labor, safety management, and communication management. Financial subjects cover debt and equity finance, project risk analysis, cost and benefits of political risk insurance, project funding and cash flow, option pricing, and credit scoring of project finance debt. Programming issues and Monte Carlo simulation for project management and finance models will also be discussed.


CIVL 4270    Construction Law and Contract Administration    [3 Credit(s)]

The course covers legal and contractual issues that may affect practicing engineers in their planning, design, construction and management of engineering projects. Topics include general principles of common and civil legal systems, the Hong Kong legal environment, contract laws, tort laws, company laws, laws on evidence and the building laws. The course also covers topics such as conflict of laws and international commercial arbitrations, engineers acting as expert witness in court and arbitral tribunals.


CIVL 4320    Structural Steel Design    [3 Credit(s)]

Limit state design of steel structures, stability analysis of thin-walled members, design of tension members, columns, beams, plate girders, beam-columns, structural connections, plastic analysis and design. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3310


CIVL 4330    Introduction to Structural Dynamics    [3 Credit(s)] 

Single degree of freedom systems, multi-degree of freedom systems, continuous systems, random vibrations, dynamic behavior under wind loads and earthquakes. Exclusion(s): MECH 4750 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2120 AND MATH 2011 AND MATH 2350


CIVL 4340    Prestressed Concrete Design    [3 Credit(s)]

Historical development; methods of prestressing, elastic analysis and design; flexural and shear capacity; losses of prestress; anchorage zones; composite members; design procedures and applications. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3320


CIVL 4350    Design of Structural Systems    [3 Credit(s)]

Structural systems for buildings, loads on structures, selection of structure schemes, preliminary analysis and design, computer-aided proportioning, special consideration in high-rise structures, composite design. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3320 and CIVL 4320


CIVL 4370    Computer Methods of Structural Analysis    [3 Credit(s)]

Matrix formulation of structural analysis using stiffness method, solution of linear equations, applications to civil engineering structures, modeling of large and complex structural systems. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3310


CIVL 4380    Introduction to Wind Effects on Buildings and Structures    [3 Credit(s)]

Basic meteorology, structure of wind near the ground, wind induced vibrations, wind loading codes, wind tunnel test techniques. Exclusion(s): CIVL 5370


CIVL 4430    Environmental Impact Assessment    [3 Credit(s)]

This course describes relationship of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental policy act; methods and procedures for environmental impact identification, prediction, evaluation and mitigation; contents in an EIA report. Exclusion(s): CENG 4720 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 1140 or CIVL 2410


CIVL 4450    Carbon Footprint Analysis and Reduction    [3 Credit(s)]

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the sources and impacts of climate change, national and international policies, Kyoto Protocol, carbon credits and offset concepts. As engineers to be, students will also be able to calculate organization's carbon footprint, identify suitable mitigation strategies and provide carbon reduction solutions. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2410 OR ENVR 3210


CIVL 4460    Process Design of Environmental Engineering Facilities    [3 Credit(s)]

Basic principles in the process design of environmental engineering facilities, such as water and wastewater treatment systems, pump station, as well as sanitary landfill disposal. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3420


CIVL 4470    Air Quality Control and Management    [3 Credit(s)]

Historical and health impact studies related to air pollution. Atmospheric stability and its impact on the transport and dispersion of pollutants. Sources of major air pollutants. Comparison of urban, industrial and transport related air pollution issues, using Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta as examples. Control of stationary and mobile emission sources. Air quality management - framework, policy tools and comparison of different approaches.


CIVL 4480    Climate Modeling and Risk Assessment    [3 Credit(s)]

Climate models are the complex mathematical representation of the major climate system components (e.g. atmosphere, ocean, land surface, etc) and their interactions. Climate models have proved to be the most valuable tools in understanding climate processes that determine the response of the climate system to anthropogenic forcings, such as increases in greenhouse gases concentrations and land use changes. This course provides an introduction to the physical principles of climate model as well as all procedures related to climate modeling. Some classes will be taught in the computer laboratory, where students will perform their own simulations using web-based climate model and analyze the results. In addition, this course explores the challenge of understanding and managing the risks of climate extremes. Prerequisite(s): MATH 1003 OR MATH 1012 OR MATH 1013 OR MATH 1020 OR MATH 1023


CIVL 4520    Municipal Hydrosystems Engineering and Management    [3 Credit(s)]

The course integrates the knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, statistics, economics, and optimization in the dealing with municipal hydrosystems engineering and management. In particular, focuses will be given to quantity aspect of water supplies and water excesses. The hydrosystems to be covered include water distribution, urban sewage and stormwater drainage, reservoirs/detention facilities, pumps, etc. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2160 


CIVL 4560    Urban Hydroclimate and the Built Environment    [3 Credit(s)]

This course is a mixture of lecture, reading, and group project focused on urban hydroclimate and the built environment, particularly their interactions through the energy-water-climate nexus. Lectures will cover mathematical laws and physical concepts of heat, moisture and mass transport in the built environment, as well as implications of urban hydroclimate on smart city development in the 21st century. Through hands-on tutorials, students will learn a numerical model and use it to explore the impact of neighborhood design on urban thermal environment, including the usage of novel engineering materials, urban landscape and building technology.


CIVL 4610    Introduction to Data Analytics for Smart Transportation Systems    [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 4100I] This course covers the role of stochasticity in transport systems and the methods used to account for this within transport infrastructure assessment, with a particular focus on the application of data analysis methods. The course introduces how to analyze the performance of public transport systems and road network using classic queuing theory and travel time reliability concepts. The course will complement skills learnt in the other transport courses to provide a well-rounded knowledge of smart transport planning and management. The focus is on the application of transport models in real world settings using real data. Students have the opportunity to work with large open source data in two experiential-learning projects. The course also develops skills for working with data and managing collaborative projects. Prerequisite(s): COMP 1021 OR COMP 1022P OR COMP 2011 OR COMP 2012H Corequisite(s): CIVL 3610


CIVL 4620    Transportation System Operations    [3 Credit(s)]

Transportation economics, land use and transportation system, queuing theory and traffic flow analysis, intersection control and design, urban transit operations and management. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3610 


CIVL 4640    Introduction to Smart City Economics    [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 4100J] This course focuses on emerging challenging problems in the development of Smart Cities, with a special focus on intelligent transportation systems and smart energy systems. The course discusses various economic problems arising in modern transportation market and power market through the lens of electric vehicles, renewable energy, smart buildings, mobility-on-demand services, etc. It complements existing courses by focusing on engineering applications and offering extensive examples in the context of transport and power markets. Through lectures and exercises, students will learn state-of-the-art models and tools to identify, formulate, and address challenging problems in smart city development. Prerequisite(s): MATH 1012 OR MATH 1013 OR MATH 1020 OR MATH 1023 


CIVL 4700    Engineering Geology    [3 Credit(s)]

This course introduces fundamental knowledge in engineering geology and related engineering topics, including the earth system and tectonics, rock-forming minerals and clay minerals, igneous / sedimentary / metamorphic rocks, structural geology, earthquakes, surface processes and soil formation. It also includes field trips to Hong Kong GeoParks.


CIVL 4710    Soil Slope Engineering    [3 Credit(s)]

This course aims to teach students to apply the fundamental principles of saturated and unsaturated soil mechanics to the analysis and design of slope stability. The course covers slope failure mechanisms, transient seepage analysis, measurement and selection of shear strength parameters, historical and recent methods of slope stability analysis, designs of slope stabilization measures and instrumentation. Corequisite(s): CIVL 3740


CIVL 4750    Numerical Solutions to Geotechnical Problems    [3 Credit(s)]

Use of specific and general-purpose computer software to solve common geotechnical problems associated with empirical relationships, seepage, consolidation, pile applications, excavations, and general soil behavior. Brief introductions to and applications of finite difference, finite element and other numerical solution techniques are included.


CIVL 4760    Introduction to Rock Mechanics    [3 Credit(s)]

This course introduces basic concepts of rock mechanics applied to geotechnical engineering; topics includes: index properties and classification of rocks, rock strength and failure criteria, initial stresses in rocks, rock mass properties, underground openings in rocks, rock slopes, rock foundations and stabilization of rock mass. Corequisite(s): CIVL 3740


CIVL 4810    Construction Materials Technology    [3 Credit(s)]

Constituents of concrete; failure mechanisms and mechanical properties; advanced cementitious composites: high strength, fiber, polymer, high performance; fibrous composite materials: composition, anisotrophic behavior, engineering constant, failure criteria; non-destructive evaluation: wave, scan, ultrasonic, acoustic emission, infrared thermography. Exclusion(s): CIVL 5840 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2810


CIVL 4900    Directed Studies    [1-4 Credit(s)]

Specialist courses where instruction is generally given on a one-to-one basis. Graded by letter or P/F subject to different offerings. May be graded PP.


CIVL 4910    Civil and Environmental Engineering Final Year Project    [6 Credit(s)]

The two-term Final Year Project involves applications of civil and environmental engineering principles to the design, planning, experimental or analytical investigation of current engineering design and research problems. The credit load will be spread over two terms. For CIVL and CIEV students in their final year of study only. May be graded PP. Exclusion(s): CIVL 4920


CIVL 4920    Civil and Environmental Engineering Final Year Thesis    [6 Credit(s)]

The two-term Final Year Thesis is for the students of CIVL and CIEV Research Option who are interested in experiencing research at the undergraduate level. The Final Year Thesis involves applications of civil engineering principles to the design, planning, experimental or analytical investigation of current engineering design and research problems. The credit load will be spread over two terms. For CVL and CIEV students in their final year of study only. May be graded PP. Exclusion(s): CIVL 4910


CIVL 4950    Civil Engineering Capstone Design Project    [3 Credit(s)]

This course transforms engineering students into student engineers through execution of a full-scale authentic design project, under the direct guidance of a team of professional engineers. The capstone project involves the integration of prior design knowledge, teamwork and communication skills to make competent design decisions in civil engineering workplace. Design topics may include project planning, feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, site development, foundation design, structural design, transportation engineering, cost estimating, contract document preparation, and construction project management. Students should have successfully completed the third year of undergraduate study. Corequisite(s): LANG 4033




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CIVL 5110 Engineering Risk, Reliability and Decision  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 581] Advanced reliability methods in engineering decision; Bayesian methods, system reliability and design, risk analysis, probabilistic observational method, Markov and availability models, random field, large-scale system simulation, decision with multiple objectives. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5810 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2160 or equivalent


CIVL 5210 Principles of Project Finance  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 501, CIVL 609C] In-depth discussion of principles, techniques, and models of project finance in capital-intensive infrastructure projects, including international infrastructure markets; project bankability; project agreement and ancillary contracts; risk analysis and management; financial structuring, modeling and evaluation; outsourcing; case studies of various public-private partnerships in infrastructure development. Exclusion(s): CIEM 600F


CIVL 5220 BIM and Digital Construction  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 6100B] This course covers the principles and applications of information technology for construction management. Topics include building information modeling, database management and implementation, web-based communication and project management technologies, decision support systems, knowledge management, and data processing and analysis. 


CIVL 5230 Finance and Operations in Civil Engineering  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 6100E] This course introduces essential knowledge and skills in engineering financial management. Topics cover interactions of engineering, business and society, analysis of financial statements of engineering and technology companies, engineering investment, and financial and operational management.


CIVL 5340 Optimal Structural Design  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 534] Presents advanced theories for design optimization; linear and nonlinear mathematical programming techniques, approximation concepts, sensitivity analysis, optimality criteria method for large-scale structures, evolutionary optimization using genetic algorithms and simulated annealing.


CIVL 5350 Bridge Engineering  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 603C] This course introduces the limit states design method for bridges, discusses the design philosophy and code requirements and presents examples of analysis and design of bridge super-structure components (using the limit states design method).


CIVL 5361 Seismic Design of Concrete Structures  [3-0-0:3]

Introduction to seismic engineering and seismic design and analysis of concrete structures, including seismology, seismic hazards, dynamics of SDOF and MDOF systems, seismic response spectrum, conceptual design of concrete buildings for seismic resistance, capacity design principles, seismic design of reinforced concrete beams, columns, walls and beam-column joints. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5361

CIVL 5370 Wind Effects on Buildings and Structures  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 537] Wind structures; wind loads; wind induced vibrations; wind codes; wind tunnel test techniques; structural monitoring; and vibration control. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5370


CIVL 5390 Finite Element Methods  [3-0-0:3] 

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 512] [Co-List with MECH 5930] FEM formulation; variational and Galerkin principles for continuum; element technology; numerical integration scheme; solution of large systems of linear equations; applications to structural mechanics; fluid flow and heat transfer problems. Exclusion(s): AESF 5930, MECH 5930, MESF 5930 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 5830 or MECH 5010 or equivalent


CIVL 5410 Physical-Chemical Water/Wastewater Treatment  [3-0-0:3] 

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 541] Principles of treatment for removing contaminants from drinking water and municipal wastewaters; includes equalization, neutralization, precipitation, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, air stripping, carbon adsorption, disinfection. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5460, JEVE 5460 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3420


CIVL 5420 Biological Waste Treatment  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 542] Principles of secondary, biological treatment processes; includes sewage sand filters, trickling filters, activated sludge plants, lagoons, ponds, rotating biological contactors, aerobic and anaerobic digesters, and biological nutrient removal. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5420, JEVE 5420 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2420


CIVL 5430 Aquatic Chemistry  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 543] Chemistry applied to reactions occurring in water and wastewater, includes inorganic solution chemistry, chemical equilibrium, acids/bases, coordination chemistry, chemical kinetics, colloid chemistry, solubility and precipitation, oxidation-reduction potential. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2410 


CIVL 5450 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Site Remediation  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 545] Regulatory aspects of the handling and disposal of hazardous wastes, and innovative technologies for hazardous wastes treatment and contaminated soils such as bioremediation, and soil washing will be included. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5410, JEVE 5410 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2410


CIVL 5460 Landfill Engineering and Design  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 546] Practical aspects of solid waste collection methods and equipment, current available disposal techniques with emphasis on complete engineering design of landfill systems, and landfill leachate treatment will be included. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2410 


CIVL 5470 Industrial Wastewater Treatment  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 547] Procedures for industrial surveys; includes waste sampling, waste characterization, treatability studies, selection of treatment methods for achieving cost effective operation, case studies of selected types of industrial waste treatment. Exclusion(s): CIEM 547 (prior to 2008-09), JEVE 5470 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2420


CIVL 5520 Water Resources Systems Analysis  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 552] Systems approach to the area of water resources management; includes water resources systems within the context of public investment systems, criteria and design of water management schemes. Background: ECON 2113


CIVL 5530 Turbulence Processes in Hydrosystems  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 6100S, CIVL 609H] An introduction to turbulence, including the nature of turbulence, governing equations of turbulent flow, structure of turbulence, turbulence modeling, experimental measurements of turbulence and an introduction to computational fluid dynamics.


CIVL 550 Modeling Fluid Systems  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 555] The course focuses on the physical processes in fluid systems and their mathematical representation; includes the fundamental laws of classical mechanics and thermodynamics and how these principles are applied to fluid flow problems. The processes of waves and mixing in fluids are emphasized. The type of fluid systems to be studied varies from year to year depending on the students’ interest and can range from natural to engineered systems including fluid based renewable energy systems.


CIVL 5610 Urban Transportation Networks Analysis  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 561] Reviews transportation planning models and traffic analysis; examines the assignment of traffic flow on a network according to user-equilibrium and system optimal objectives; addresses formulation methods and solution techniques. Background: CIVL 3610 and IELM 3010


CIVL 5620 Travel Demand Analysis  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 562] Overview of transportation planning process; population/employment forecasting techniques; discrete choice models; simplified transportation demand models. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5620 Background: CIVL 3610


CIVL 5630 Traffic Control Fundamentals  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 563] Traffic flow fundamentals; microscopic and macroscopic traffic flow characteristics; principle and theory of traffic signals; essential modeling techniques; various traffic signal control models. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5630 Background: CIVL 3610 


CIVL 5710 Advanced Soil Mechanics  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 571] Selected topics from recent advances in theoretical and experimental development in soil mechanics; includes stress-strain behavior of soil, consolidation settlement, drained and undrained strength slope stability problems. Background: CIVL 3720


CIVL 5720 Advanced Foundation Design  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 572] Current practice of foundation design and analysis; includes design and analysis of bulkheads, deep excavation, tieback systems, tunneling in soft ground, buried conduits, lateral pile loading, pier foundations. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5720 Background: CIVL 3740


CIVL 5730 Theoretical and Computational Soil Mechanics  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 573] Advanced soil models and recent developments in numerical methods in geotechnical modeling, including constitutive laws, critical state soil mechanics, multiple yield surface models, finite elements for boundary value problems, diffusion and consolidation problems. Background: CIVL 3740

CIVL 5750 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 575]Earthquakes and characterization of ground motions, seismicity assessment, soil dynamics and site response analysis, soil liquefaction assessment and post-liquefaction analysis, seismic analysis of slopes and embankments, lateral earth pressures and retaining systems, dynamic soil-structure interaction. Background: CIVL 3740


CIVL 5760 Geotechnical Site Characterization  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 576, CIVL 607D] Presents state-of-the-art geotechnical site characterization methodologies; includes basic principles of site characterization planning, drilling and sampling, soil and rock description, cone penetration test, standard penetration test, pressuremeter test, dilatometer test, geophysical methods, permeability and ground water monitoring, and fundamentals of geostatistics. Background: CIVL 3720


CIVL 5770 Unsaturated Soil Mechanics and Engineering  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 577] Fundamental principles, stress state variables, steady-state and transient flows, theory of shear strength and its measurements, soil stiffness, plastic and limit equilibrium analyses of earth pressures, slope stability and bearing capacity, critical state framework, instrumentation, engineering applications on slopes including static liquefaction of loose fill slopes, foundations, forensic studies such as slope failures. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5770 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3740 or equivalent Background: first degree in Civil Engineering


CIVL 5780 Soils and Waves  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 578] Fundamentals of soil behavior including the clay minerals will be revisited. The basics of both mechanical and electromagnetic waves will be briefly introduced first, followed by a particular emphasis on the relevant applications to characterizations of particulate material's behavior. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3720 and CIVL 4700


CIVL 5830 Advanced Mechanics of Materials  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 533] Analysis of stress and strain; elastic and inelastic behavior of materials; formulation of BVP; beam on elastic foundations; torsion of noncircular thinwalled members; deformation of cylinders and spheres; inelastic analysis. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5330


CIVL 5840 Advanced Concrete Technology  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 524] Fundamental concepts (workability, strength, dimension stability, and durability); updated concrete technology (micro structural engineering, development of special concretes); concrete fracture and modeling; nondestructive evaluation methods for concrete structures. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5240, CIVL 4810 Background: CIVL 2120 and CIVL 2810 or equivalent


CIVL 5850 Renovation Engineering  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 525] Reinforced concrete durability; damage caused by natural and human-being disaster; Infrastructure degradation, inspection; non-destructive evaluation; Conventional repair techniques; Composite materials; Steel plate or composite strengthening, beam and column retrofitting. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5250


CIVL 6010 Directed Studies  [1-3 credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 610] Specialist courses where instruction is generally on a one-to-one basis. Graded P or F.


CIVL 6050 Civil Engineering Seminar I  [1-0-0:0]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 680] Discussion of current research by faculty members, and guest lectures on recent advances in civil engineering. Graded P or F. 


CIVL 6060 Civil Engineering Seminar II  [1-0-0:0]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 681] Presentation of current graduate research by postgraduate students. Graded P or F. 


CIVL 6100-6190 Special Topics  [3-0-0:3]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 600-609] Selected topics of current interest. May be repeated for credit if different topics are covered.


CIVL 6770 Special Topics  [0-1-0:1]

This one-credit course aims at providing research postgraduate students with basic training in teaching skills, research management, career development, and related professional skills. This course consists of a number of mini-workshops. Some department-specific workshops will be coordinated by Department of CIVL. Graded PP, P or F.

CIVL 6990 MPhil Thesis Research

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 699] Master's thesis research supervised by a faculty member. A successful defense of the thesis leads to the grade Pass. No course credit is assigned.


CIVL 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 799] Original and independent doctoral thesis research. A successful defense of the thesis leads to the grade Pass. No course credit is assigned.