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CIVL 1010 Academic and Professional Development I  [0 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 001] For Civil Engineering students only. This is one of a series of three courses designed to assist students in developing attributes necessary for professional growth. Discussions will be led by individual or small groups of students on topics ranging from civil engineering practice to student issues. Graded P or F. 


CIVL 1020 Surveying and Surveying Camp  [2 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 102] Plane surveying fundamentals including preliminaries and planning, leveling, triangulation, traversing, detail survey and plotting by AutoCAD, least squares adjustments setting out; followed by one-week surveying camp in the Winter Session. Final grades issued after completion of the surveying camp. 


CIVL 1030 Civil Engineering Drawing  [1 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 114] Fluency in graphical communication skills using freehand sketching, draughting equipment and computer draughting. Drawing procedures and relevant civil engineering standards. Layout and development of multiple orthographic views, sectional views and dimensioning. Graded P or F. 


CIVL 1110 History and Practice of Civil Engineering  [1 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 101] For Civil Engineering students only. Past and current practices of civil engineers in relation to their interaction with society, introduction to various subdisciplines of civil engineering, emphasis on ethics, responsibility and professionalism. Graded P or F. Exclusion(s): CIVL 1160 


CIVL 1130 Monumental Structures from Ancient to Modern Times  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 131] Introduction to fundamental structural concepts; Development and evolution of structural materials and structural forms; Creative expression in the Built Environment; Various kinds of monumental structures: temples and cathedrals, bridges, towers, stadiums, skyscrapers and other special buildings; Outlook for the future. 


CIVL 1140 Environmental Quality Control and Improvement  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 142] Introduction to local and global environmental issues; providing the essential physical, chemical, and biological concepts required to understand the nature of the pollutants; applying engineering and management approaches to the solutions of environmental problems that affect our water, air, and land resources. Exclusion(s): CENG 1700, CIVL 2410, ENVR 2010 


CIVL 1160 Civil Engineering and Modern Society  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 161] The major objective of this subject is to provide a general overview about civil engineering in Hong Kong and how engineers implement modern technology in infrastructure. Lecture content includes Construction Industry, Water Supplies, Highways, Flood Control, Drainage, Water Pollution Control, Sewerage, Port Works, Environment, Environmental Protection, New Town Development, Town Planning, Slope Protection and Civil Engineering Practice. Analysis of social issues regarding the impact of civil constructions is one of the main themes of this course. Case studies allow students to review these social issues from an engineering perspective and the group project requires students to understand the engineering process and really think about the pros and cons of recent civil engineering developments in Hong Kong, using an engineering perspective. To gain an appreciation of the workplace, practicing civil engineers and other professionals accompany the students during the site visits in outlining the necessary skills required to design and construct an engineering project or operational facility. Exclusion(s): CIVL 1110 


CIVL 1170 Climate Change Risk, Mitigation and Adaptations  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 171] Overview of climate-change and related issues: the physical science basis, impacts, risk identification, mitigation and adaptation measures. Current energy systems and renewable energy resources. Green building and end-use energy efficiency. Local and regional vulnerabilities: extreme weather events, rise of sea levels, storm surge, coastal flooding and stress on water resources; associated adaptation and risk reduction measures. 


CIVL 2010 Academic and Professional Development II  [0 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 002] For Civil Engineering students only. This is one of a series of three courses designed to assist students in developing attributes necessary for professional growth. Discussions will be led by individual or small groups of students on topics ranging from civil engineering practice to student issues. Graded P or F. 


CIVL 2020 Industrial Training  [0 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 099] For students of the Civil Engineering Department only. A practical training course for a total duration of five weeks covering building practice, scaffolding, formwork, brickwork, reinforced concrete practice, site formation, environmental monitoring and assessment, safety, and first aid. Graded P or F. 


CIVL 2110 Statics and Dynamics  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 113] Application of Newton's laws to engineering problems; includes force equilibrium, kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Exclusion(s): CIVL 2150 


CIVL 2120 Mechanics of Materials  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 112] 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 2010 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2110 


CIVL 2150 Introduction to Statics and Dynamics  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 115] An introduction of Newton's laws and its application in engineering problems; includes system of forces and moments, objects in equilibrium, energy methods and rigid body kinematics. Exclusion(s): CIVL 2110 


CIVL 2160 Modeling Systems with Uncertainties  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 181] 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): ISOM 2500, MATH 3423, MATH 2411 


CIVL 2410 Environmental Engineering and Management  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 141] For students of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department only. Introduction to current environmental issues; providing the essential chemical principles required to understand the nature of the pollution problems; applying knowledge from science and engineering approaches to the solutions of environmental problems that affect our water, air and land resources. This course also covers basic concepts of environmental impact assessment of civil engineering projects. Exclusion(s): CENG 1700, CIVL 1140 


CIVL 2420 Water and Wastewater Engineering  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 242] 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 2410 or CIVL 1140 


CIVL 2500 Introduction to Environmental Fluid Mechanics  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 150] The course offers a fundamental understanding of properties of fluids, physical principles of fluid flows, and first- and second-laws of thermodynamics. It introduces various fluid flow processes in surface water, groundwater, the atmosphere, and engineering systems such as mixing, convection, turbulence, jets, plumes and thermals. Prerequisite(s): AS Mathematics and Statistics or AS Applied Mathematics 


CIVL 2510 Fluid Mechanics  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 151] 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 3210 


CIVL 2810 Construction Materials  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 111] 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. 


CIVL 3010 Academic and Professional Development III  [0 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 003] For Civil Engineering students only. This is one of a series of three courses designed to assist students in developing attributes necessary for professional growth. Discussions will be led by individual or small groups of students on topics ranging from civil engineering practice to student issues. Graded P or F. 


CIVL 3020 Internship Training  [0 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 098] 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. 


CIVL 3220 Construction Engineering I  [2 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 202] Study of the construction industry, demand for project, initial and feasibility studies, impact assessment, local statutory ordinances, estimates, finance, resource allocation, bills of quantities. 


CIVL 3230 Project Investment Strategies and Cost Control  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 203] This course covers the fundamental knowledge, skills and tools of project investment and cost control, including project investment and valuation, financial and economic analysis, environmental impact assessment, value engineering, capital budgeting, cost control, earn value management, project finance, currency convertibility and transfer, export credit agencies and international financing institutions, financial modeling and evaluation, financial structuring and documentation, computer simulation and useful software, and case studies. 


CIVL 3310 Structural Analysis  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 231] 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 2120 


CIVL 3320 Reinforced Concrete Design  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 232] Ultimate limit state design of reinforced concrete beams, columns and slabs; serviceability limit states of deflection and cracking. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3310 


CIVL 3520 Hydraulics  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 252] Application of the principles of fluid mechanics to civil engineering systems; includes hydraulic machinery, pipe flow, pipe networks, open channel flow, channel networks, rapidly and gradually varied flow, quasi-steady flow. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2510 


CIVL 3530 Hydrology  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 253] Hydrological cycle, routing, mass curve, precipitation analysis, abstractions, infiltration and evaporation, runoff and streamflow, runoff simulation, stochastic hydrology, hydrologic design, subsurface flow and wells. Background: CIVL 2160 


CIVL 3610 Traffic and Transportation Engineering  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 261] 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. Exclusion(s): CIVL 3620 


CIVL 3620 Introduction to Transportation Systems  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 262] Introduction to transportation systems; characteristics of transportation models; traffic flow fundamentals; transportation economics; traffic demand forecasting including trip generation, trip distribution, modal split and trip assignment. Exclusion(s): CIVL 3610 


CIVL 3700 Geology for Civil Engineers  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 270] Introduction to minerals, rocks, structural geology, engineering in geological materials. Introduction to basic soil mechanics for civil engineers. 


CIVL 3720 Soil Mechanics  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 272] State of stress, shear strength, flow and seepage problems, consolidation theory, and introduction to the concept of critical state. Background: CIVL 3700 


CIVL 4100 Special Topics  [1-4 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 300] Selected topics in Civil Engineering of current interest to the Department and not covered by existing courses. 


CIVL 4220 Principles of Project Finance  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 302] This course provides an in-depth discussion of the principles, techniques, and models of project finance in delivering capital-intensive engineering projects: (1) privatization and international engineering markets for project finance; (2) the project company and public procurement procedures; (3) project agreement and ancillary contracts; (4) commercial risks; (5) political risks and their guarantee and insurance; (6) project bankability and working with lenders; (7) financial modeling and evaluation; (8) financial structuring and documentation; (9) case studies of BOT, PFI and PPP projects. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 4260 


CIVL 4230 Construction Engineering II  [2 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 303] Continuation of CIVL 3220. Contract strategy, tender documents, methods of invitation of tenders, contract management, site supervision, financial control, site safety, variation order. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3220 


CIVL 4250 Project Management and Finance  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 305, CIVL 300R] 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 4260 Infrastructure Project Delivery Systems  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 306, CIVL 300U] This course provides students with the fundamental processes and skills required to initiate, manage and deliver engineering projects, including project lifecycle and stakeholders, preparing the bid package, construction contracts, legal structure of companies, value engineering, constructability, lean construction, budgeting and controlling costs, and project management software. 


CIVL 4270 Construction Law and Contract Administration  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 307, CIVL 300T] 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)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 334] 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)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 332] Single degree of freedom systems, multi-degree of freedom systems, continuous systems, random vibrations, dynamic behavior under wind loads and earthquakes. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2110 and MATH 2350 


CIVL 4340 Prestressed Concrete Design  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 324] 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)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 335] 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)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 337] 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)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 338] Basic meteorology, structure of wind near the ground, wind induced vibrations, wind loading codes, wind tunnel test techniques. Exclusion(s): CIVL 5370 


CIVL 4420 Solid Waste Management and Landfill Systems  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 342] An introduction to solid waste sorting, current and future waste treatment and management in Hong Kong such as waste reuse and recycling, incineration and landfilling will be covered. In addition, the operation and basic design concepts of incineration and a landfill system will be presented. Landfill technology is the key and final step of solid waste management, and thus it is the major component of this course. Exclusion(s): CIVL 5460 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2410 or CIVL 1140 


CIVL 4430 Environmental Impact Assessment  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 343, CIVL 300Q] 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 2410 or CIVL 1140 


CIVL 4460 Process Design of Environmental Engineering Facilities  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 346] 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 2420 


CIVL 4470 Air Quality Control and Management  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 347] 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. Exclusion(s): MECH 4210 


CIVL 4480 Air Quality Modeling and Analysis  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 348, CIVL 300S] Atmospheric structure and circulations. Monitoring and analysis of air quality data. Role of modeling in air quality management. Observational-based and emission-based modeling. Simple regulatory models. CMAS, an advanced emission-based air quality modeling system. Local and regional applications of air quality models, their use and limitations. Prerequisite(s): MECH 4210 


CIVL 4510 Municipal Hydraulic Systems  [2 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 351] Planning, analysis and design of municipal water and wastewater systems and sewage outfalls; includes community planning, loading and demand forecasting, hydraulics, stormwater management, and drainage system design. Background: CIVL 3520 


CIVL 4520 Municipal Hydrosystems Engineering and Management  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 352] 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 and CIVL 3520 and CIVL 3530 and IELM 3020 


CIVL 4540 Waves in Hydrosystems  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 354, CIVL 300P] The course discusses waves and their applications in water supply, sewers, channels, lakes, and oceans. Prerequisite(s): CENG 2220/CIVL 2500 or 2510/MATH 4326/MECH 3210 Background: An undergraduate course in fluid mechanics. 


CIVL 4620 Transportation System Operations  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 362] 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 or CIVL 3620 


CIVL 4720 Geotechnical Analysis and Design  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 372] 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 3720 


CIVL 4750 Numerical Solutions to Geotechnical Problems  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 375] 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)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 376] 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. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 3700 and CIVL 4720 


CIVL 4770 Environmental Geotechnics  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 377] This course will provide students a general view of environmental geotechnics. In the first part, the fundamental of geotechnics will be introduced to students, including geotechnics and environment, physico-chemical soil behavior, and engineering considerations of geomaterials. The second part will focus on the engineering applications and considerations of environmental geotechnics, including ground rehabilitation and improvement, natural hazards due to earthquake, climate-changes induced slope instability issues, green slope technology, sustainable and environmental friendly underground infrastructures, and instrumentation, physical modeling, and advanced testing in environmental geotechnics. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 1140 


CIVL 4810 Construction Materials Technology  [3 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 323] 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 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 390] Specialist courses where instruction is generally given on a one-to-one basis. Graded P or F. 


CIVL 4950 Integrated Civil Engineering Design Project  [2 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 395] A capstone project course emphasizing a team approach to integrate prior course work and design skills for the execution of a real-life civil engineering project. Topics may include project planning, feasibility studies; environmental impact assessments; site development; foundation design; structural design, water resources engineering, transportation engineering, cost estimating, contract document preparation, and construction project management. Students should have successfully completed the Fall Semester of the third year. 


CIVL 4970 Civil Engineering Project I  [2 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 397] Applications of civil engineering principles to the design, planning, experimental or analytical investigation of current engineering design and research problems. Students should have completed the second-year program. May be graded PP. 


CIVL 4980 Civil Engineering Project II  [4 Credit(s)]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 398] Continuation of CIVL 4970. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 4970 


CIVL 4990 Civil Engineering Project  [6 Credit(s)]
A two-semester long final year project 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 semesters. Students should have completed the second-year program. 

 

 
Postgraduate Courses

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 5310 Structural Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings  [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 531] Integrated treatment of analytical methods and technical aspects in design of tall building structures; includes structural modeling, frames, shear walls, outrigger-braced systems, core-walls, tubular structures, and special topics. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5310 


CIVL 5320 Structural Dynamics  [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 532] Basics, lumped mass systems with various degrees of freedom, energy methods, modal analysis, frequency domain, numerical methods, continuous systems, earthquake engineering, wind loading and aerodynamic effects on buildings. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 4330 


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 5360 Seismic Design of Building Systems  [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 536] Current seismic design philosophy and methodologies, structural configurations and irregularities, concepts of structural fuse, ductile concrete, and capacity design. These concepts are illustrated in design examples of reinforced concrete moment resistant frames and walls. 


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 5380 Computer Aided Design Optimization of Tall Buildings  [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 538] Consolidated theoretical background and practical knowledge on the analysis, computer aided modeling and design optimization of modern tall building structures. Topics include behavior of different forms of tall building structures; finite element modeling and analysis; principles and practice of structural optimization for tall building design. Exclusion(s): CIEM 5320 Background: CIVL 3310 


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): 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): JEVE 5460 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2420 


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 542 (prior to 2007-08), 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 5480 Pollutant Transport in Soils and Groundwater  [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 548, CIVL 609E] Study on (1) subsurface contamination, groundwater hydrology and soil chemistry, (2) pollutant transport and fate in saturated and unsaturated zones, and (3) soil and groundwater remediation. Besides, site contamination assessment process and common remediation technologies used in HK will be discussed. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2410 


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 5550 Modeling Fluid Systems  [3-0-0:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 555] Physical processes in water resources systems, their mathematical representation and numerical solutions; includes Newton's second law, equations of mass and energy conservation applied to closed-conduit, open-channel and groundwater flow problems. 


CIVL 5560 Fluid Power Engineering and Management  [3-0-0:3]
[Co-List with ENEG 5300] This course introduces basic principles of energy associated with moving water, waves, and wind; mechanical systems for power generations, such as turbines; and design and management of energy production systems. Exclusion(s): ENEG 5300 Background: Fluid mechanics 


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 4720 


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 4720 


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 4720 


CIVL 5740 Instrumentation Systems for Civil Engineers  [2-0-1:3]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 514] This course introduces the theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic components of an instrumentation system, including transducers, signal conditioning, data acquisition, noise elimination, and signal processing. 


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 4720 


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 4720 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 3700 and CIVL 3720 


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 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.