Undergraduate Courses

CIVL 1010 - 1170

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

[Course Outline]

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 1020    Surveying and Surveying Camp [2 Credit(s)]

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)]

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

[Course Outline]

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. Exclusion(s): CIVL 1110

CIVL 1110 History and Practice of Civil Engineering [1 Credit(s)]

For students of Civil Engineering and those in the School Based Admission (Engineering A) stream 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)]

[Course Outline]

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)]

[Course Outline]
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. Exclusion(s): CENG 1700, CIVL 2410, ENVR 2010

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

[Course Outline - Fall / Spring ]
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 1110

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

[Course Outline]
Overview of climate-change, and how it is related to sustainability issues in the longer time scales. This course will discuss climate change as a part of an example of our sustainability challenge. The physical science basis, impacts, risk, mitigation and adaptation measures of climate change will be discussed (including technical and social solutions). Local and regional vulnerabilities, such as extreme weather events, sea-levels rise, storm surge and coastal flooding, will also be covered. Moreover, using the long term perspective of big history, we shall highlight human's role in climate change, and hence our responsibilities in this and other sustainability issues.

CIVL 2010 - 2810

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

[Course Outline]
Continuation of CIVL 1010. Graded P, PP or F.

CIVL 2020 Industrial Training [0 Credit(s)]

[Course Outline]
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)]

[Course Outline]

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)]

[Course Outline]

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 2150 Introduction to Statics and Dynamics

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)]

[Course Outline]

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)]

[Course Outline]

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): IELM 3010, IELM 3020 Prerequisite(s): MATH 2111


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

[Course Outline]

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)]

[Course Outline]
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)]

[Course Outline]

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 3010 - 3740

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

[Course Outline]
Continuation of CIVL 2010. Graded P, PP or F.

CIVL 3020 Internship Training [0 Credit(s)]

[Course Outline]
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)]

[Course Outline]
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 3220 Construction Engineering I [2 Credit(s)]

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 3310 Structural Analysis [3 Credit(s)]

[Course Outline]
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)]

[Course Outline]
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)]

[Course Outline]
[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 2420] 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)]

[Course Outline]

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. Exclusion(s): CIVL 3520, CIVL 3530 Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2510 Corequisite(s): CIVL 2160

CIVL 3520 Hydraulics [3 Credit(s)]

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)]

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)]

[Course Outline]

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 Corequisite(s): CIVL 2170

CIVL 3620 Introduction to Transportation Systems [3 Credit(s)]

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 3720 Soil Mechanics [3 Credit(s)]

State of stress, shear strength, flow and seepage problems, consolidation theory, and introduction to the concept of critical state. Background: CIVL 4700

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

[Course Outline]

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)]

[Course Outline]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 4720] 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 - 4990

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

[Course Outline CIVL4100E / CIVL4100F]
Selected topics in Civil Engineering of current interest to the Department and not covered by existing courses.

CIVL 4230 Construction Engineering II [2 Credit(s)]

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)]

[Course Outline]
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.