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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 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)]

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)]

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)] 

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 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 1110


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

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

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


CIVL 2020    Industrial 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 2150    Introduction to Statics and Dynamics    [3 Credit(s)] 

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)]

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


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 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 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)]

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)]

[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)]

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)]

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)]

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)]

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

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)]

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)]

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)]

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 2110 AND MATH 2011 AND MATH 2111


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 4440    Environmental Systems Analysis    [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 4100B] This course introduces principles of systems analysis for the planning and management of the environment. The course aims to provide students with the ability to define environmental systems, evaluate alternatives for making optimal decisions, and develop sustainable solutions. Simple to complex case studies are used to present concepts of environmental modeling and single-objective optimization to identify best strategies for environmental quality control. Concepts of multi-objective optimization and Pareto efficiency are also presented for solving problems with conflicting economic and environmental goals. These key concepts are applied to a selection of environmental problems, including problems of water and air quality, solid waste management, and climate change. Prerequisite(s): CIVL 2410 OR ENVR 2010


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

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 4100A] 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. Exclusion(s): MECH 4210 (prior to 2013-14)


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 and CIVL 3520 and CIVL 3530 and IELM 3020


CIVL 4540    Waves in Hydrosystems    [3 Credit(s)]

The course discusses waves and their applications in water supply, sewers, channels, lakes, and oceans. Prerequisite(s): CENG 2220 OR CIVL 2500 (prior to 2013-14) OR CIVL 2510 OR MATH 4326 OR MECH 2210 Background: An undergraduate course in fluid mechanics.


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 or CIVL 3620


CIVL 4700    Engineering Geology    [3 Credit(s)]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 3700] 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)]

[Previous Course Code(s): CIVL 4100D] 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 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 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 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 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] introduction ; direct approach for discrete systems; strong and weak forms for one- dimensional problems; approximation of trial solutions, weight functions; finite element formulation for one- dimensional problems; strong and weak forms for multi-dimensional scalar field problems; approximation of trial solutions, weight functions; finite element formulation for multi-dimensional problems; isoparametric shape functions  & numerical integration; finite elements for planar linear elasticity time dependent problems; error estimates & solvers. 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.