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Last approved: Sat, 31 Mar 2018 08:01:09 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:56:08 GMT

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CE (Civil Engineering)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Civil Engineering Project
Civil Engng Project
College of Engineering
Civil Engineering (14CE)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
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Lecture and Lab4040NoN/A
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CE 305, CE 342 and CE 383; Corequisite: one of (CE 403, CE 413, CE 433, CE 444 or CE 488).

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
14CEBSCivil EngineeringElective
Integrated multi-disciplinary team approach to large-scale civil engineering design including topics from geotechnical engineering, land development, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering. Professional topics in civil engineering practice and ethics.

The previous prerequisites required two CE 4xx courses, which proved to be unnecessary given the course content. It is more important for students to have the core background in transportation, geotechnical, and hydrology engineering that comes from CE 305, CE 342 and CE 383, respectively. Indirectly, this was achieved by requiring two CE 4xx pre-requisites where the proposed three CE 3xx courses were pre-requisites. The CE 4xx co-requisite ensures that students enrolled in this ABET required culminating design experience have sufficient depth of understanding in one of the core areas of civil engineering. The proposed list of pre/co-requisites is a more rational representation of required background for academic success in the course. Since topics of engineering economics is now covered in CE 250 required by all CCEE students, it is not necessary for CE 390 to be a pre-requisite.


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The multi-disciplinary nature of this course requires a team-teaching approach including domain experts from various specialties in civil engineering. However, since this new course will ultimately replace existing domain specific senior design courses in the current CE curriculum, there is no net increase in instructional resources required.

The objective of this course is to provide CE majors with an integrated multi-disciplinary team culminating design experience focused on a real world large-scale civil engineering project. In addition to the application of domain specific knowledge, students will also be exposed to topics related to professional engineering practice and ethics. The goal of this course is to better prepare civil engineering graduates for a successful career in the civil engineering profession.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course successful students will be able to:

  1. Define civil engineering project problems in the specialities of geotechnical, land development, transportation, water resources, and environmental engineering to accomplish a team-oriented, multi-disciplinary project within time and resource constraints.

  2. Synthesize project design elements relating the civil engineering specialities.

  3. Apply civil engineering skills to course projects.

  4. Apply civil engineering software for design.

  5. Incorporate civil engineering design concepts to meet project objectives.

  6. Work collaboratively with team members with different specialties to accomplish a large scale civil engineering project.

  7. Communicate project approach, findings, and recommendations with progress reports, design drawings, final technical report, and final presentation.

  8. Discuss and demonstrate civil engineering professionalism, ethics, project management, and leadership.

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Homework10Homework will be accomplished in teams. The homework supports the projects, and addresses important topics for senior civil engineering students. Team responses to homework assignments will be prepared as professional technical memos that clearly identify and address the questions of the homework assignment. Include appropriate discussion, calculations, mapping, and designs. All team members will participate and if someone does not, his/her name will not be included on the homework submission for the team. Late homework will not be accepted.
Final Exam30A passing grade in the course requires >60% on the final exam. It will be closed-book. Calculators will be permitted. The exam will include a variety of questions that may be answered by critical discussion. Discussion topics such as professionalism, engineering ethics, and team project management will be included.
Project10The project proposal will follow professional guidelines for competitive proposals. The project proposal will be accompanied by team effort reports (hours and tasks) and peer evaluations.
presentation20The teams will present their final designs to instructors and engineers or other professionals in a technical briefing. Every team member will participate. Grades will be based on the overall team presentation and individual presentation skills and contributions to the presentation including designs, design drawings, analysis, and presentation materials.
Project30The final report will follow professional guidelines for technical reports. The final report will be accompanied by electronically stored CAD files, analysis files, final presentation Powerpoint file, and a Word file of the final report. The final report grade will be based on: overall team report quality, individual contributions to the final report, and peer evaluations.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Project specific instruction8 sessionsInstructor lectures and lab session team work on topics related specifically to the logistics and tasks of completing the project, and the scope and requirements of the project.
Site visits2 sessionsOrganized field trip to the project site and at least one other related civil engineering project in progress. Trips are organized during scheduled class time and transportation is provided by the CCEE department.
Technical domain specific instruction10 sessionsInstructor lectures and lab session team work on technical domain specific topics related to the scope of the project. Topics covered will include those from the following civil engineering specialties: geotechnical engineering; land development; transportation engineering; and water resources and environmental engineering.
Professionalism and ethics6 sessionsInstructor lectures and guest lectures (engineering professionals or stakeholders) covering topics related to engineering practice, project management, ethics, and code and other legal obligations.
Presentations and other assessment4 sessionsMid-term exam, and group presentations to instructors and other professionals, and final exam.

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