Course Catalog


GEEN 5301: Applied Mathematics for Engineers 3 (2,2):

Fourier Analysis and Partial Differential Equations (PDE), Complex Numbers and Functions, Complex Integration, Power Series, Taylor Series, Laurent Series and Residue Integration, Complex Analysis to Potential Theory.

GEEN 5302: Advanced Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering 3 (2,2):

This course introduces students to numerical methods for solving problems in civil engineering (both for modeling and experimental work). The course provides students with the necessary background to enable them to use basic computational tools and gain a fundamental understanding of numerical methods. It also introduces them to basic computer programming and inculcates a systematic logical thought process towards problem solving.

GEEN 5303: Operational Research 3 (3,0):

Linear programming, simplex algorithm, integer programming (IP), sensitivity analysis, network optimization, dynamic programming, non-linear programming and other optimization models, introduction to stochastic optimization models, and case studies.

GEEN 5304: Interdisciplinary Research Methodology and Seminar 3 (3,0):

Emphasis on research and writing strategies in proposing and completing an evidence-based academic paper. Drafting and revising thesis statements, literature reviews, sources citation in text. Selection of an appropriate research approach, and constructing a reference list in compliance with international manual style for students and researchers. The use of library in both traditional and electronic methods of finding and making use of evidence.  The background and foundations for writing the capstone proposal are provided.


CVEN 5305: Reliability in Civil Engineering Applications 3 (3,0):

Basic concepts of safety and risk analysis; Methods for hazard identification; statistic and probability for reliability analysis; reliability-based design criteria and factors in design codes; system reliability; fault tree analysis; further development and research topics on reliability analysis in civil engineering. This subject provides students with the ability to use statistical tools to characterize the reliability of design codes; the working knowledge to determine the reliability of a system and suggest approaches to enhancing system reliability; the ability to select appropriate reliability validation methods.

CVEN 5306: Computer Application in Civil Engineering 3 (2,2):

This course emphasizes the usage of computer software throughout the engineering design process. Topics covered include: fundamental of design process, stress analysis, thermal and fluid flow analysis, concurrent engineering, geometric modeling, parametric modeling, visualization techniques in engineering, optimization of the product or process. A widely used proprietary design packages is to be used for system simulation and design (ETABS & SAP2000).


3.1 Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Track

CVEN 6311: Finite Element Analysis 3 (2,2):

Basics of Finite Element Method, ‐Matrix notation, General steps of FEM, Applications of FEM, Advantage and Limitations, Stiffness (Displacement) Method, Stiffness Matrix, Spring Element,  Matrix  Derivation, Assembly, Shape Functions, Boundary Conditions, Truss Equations, Bar Element, Derivation of Stiffness Matrix, Global Stiffness Matrix, Solution of Plane Truss, Weighted Residual (Galerkin’s Residual Method), Beam Equations, Beam Stiffness, Global Stiffness Matrix, Shape Functions, Distributed Load, Nodal Hinge, Weighted Residual (Galerkin’s Residual Method), Plane Stress and Plane Strain Stiffness Equations, Plane stress and Plane Strain Concepts, Constant Strain Triangular Element (CST), Linear Strain Triangular Element (LST), Isoparametric Formulation, Bar Element, Review Numerical Integration (Gaussian & Newton‐Cotes Quadrature), Plane Element, Stiffness, Shape Functions, Higher Order Shape Functions, Heat Transfer, Basic Differential Equations,. One Dimensional Elements, Two Dimensional Elements, Fluid Flow, Basic Differential Equations, One Dimensional Elements, Two Dimensional Elements.

CVEN 6312: Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3 (3,0):

Introduction to Theories of stress & Strain, Stress  at a point, Notation, Stress transformation, principle stress, Plane stress, Mohr’s Circle 2D, 3D, Stain theory, transformation, principle strain, Small displacement theory, Stress‐Strain‐Temperature Relations, Hooke’s law: anisotropic, isotropic elasticity, Equ. of thermo‐elasticity (isotropic material), Failure Theories, Yield criteria, Yield of Ductile metals, Alternative yield criteria, Energy Methods, Catigliano’s theorem on deflection, Deflection of statically determinate structures, Statically indeterminate structures, Torsion, Circular cross‐section, Noncircular cross‐section, Bending of Straight Beams, Symmetrical bending, Nonsymmetrical bending, Deflection, Shear Center for Thin‐Wall Beam Cross‐sections, Bending of Curved Beams, Thick‐Wall Cylinder, Stress Concentrations.

CVEN 6313: Advanced Concrete Design 3 (3,0):

Study of shear, bending, torsion, deflections and Moment-curvature for reinforced concrete members; design of beam-column joints, brackets, corbels, retaining wall, and of slender columns; yield-line theory of slabs; design and analysis of reinforced concrete building for lateral loads. This course enables the student to analyze and design more complex structural members of reinforced concrete and model their behavior using computer applications.

CVEN 6314: Difficult Soils and Ground Improvement 3 (3,0):

This course focus on the geotechnical problems related to soil-water interaction, such as: Collapsible soils, swelling or expansive soils, soil erosion (piping & suffusion), liquefaction phenomenon, causes of embankments failure (overtopping, seepage failure…), types, processes and mechanisms of landslides, and stabilization methods (vibrofloation, precompression, sand drains, stone columns, case study of stone columns in collapsible soils, sand compaction piles, dynamic compaction, soil stabilization, and soil reinforcement).

CVEN 6315: Soil Behavior 3 (3,0):

This course will focus on the drained and undrained shear strength of soils (including stress-strain relationships and two and three dimensional stress paths), one and three dimensional consolidation theories (pore water pressure coefficients in saturated and partially saturated clays), some geotechnical problems related to soil behavior, and techniques suggested to improve soil behaviour.

CVEN 6316: Earth Structure and Slope Stability 3 (3,0):

Earth structures engineering involves the analysis, design and construction of structures, such as slopes, impoundment structures, offshore islands, mine backfills and dams that are composed mainly of earth materials and this is a growth area in geotechnical engineering practice. This course concentrates on geotechnical engineering problems associated with the behavior of earth masses. The interest here will center on problems where the soil itself must be supported. It will focus on the evaluation of stability in a soil mass, and on the design of structural supports or other remedial measures to stabilize a soil mass.

3.2 Environment and Water Resources Engineering Track

CVEN 6321: Environmental Chemistry 3 (3,0):

Basic chemistry; thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium, acid and bases; redox chemistry; solubility equilibria and complex formation; transformation and partitioning in natural aquatic systems as well as subsurface media; isotopes and environmental mineralogy. The course provides students with the necessary knowledge, tools and practice in the basic chemistry that helps collect, accurately record, interpret and draw conclusions from scientific data as well as improves analytical thinking and problem solving capacity

CVEN 6322: Integrated Water Resources Management 3 (3,0):

Introduction: water resources management principles and regulatory issues; management of water resources for sustainable development; tools for water resources management; water resources planning and management; economic analysis water supply; water demand; climate change and water resources management extremes (floods and droughts); exposure to, and use of computer-based tools in solving water resources management problems; water quality modelling and prediction. The course provides students with the necessary knowledge, tools and practice in the applied engineering mathematics necessary to proceed in their master program of study.

CVEN 6323: Physical and Chemical Hydrology 3 (3,0):

Hydrologic cycle, surface runoff, stream flow, and hydrological Processes and data collection; Occurrence, distribution, movement, chemistry and composition of ground water as a function of the geological environment; Urban Hydrology & Urban Drainage Hydro-geologic investigations; Collection and evaluation of hydro-geologic data; Water quality and ground water contamination; Contaminant transport through subsurface and geochemistry; Meteorology & climate change; Case histories. The course provides students with the necessary knowledge, tools and practice in the hydrological engineering design necessary to proceed in their master program of study.

CVEN 6324: Waste Management 3 (3,0):

The classification of wastes; physical, chemical and biological properties of the wastes;  collection and waste handling, storage and processing, transfer, transport, and disposal methods; separation, transformation and recycling of waste materials; incineration; chemical and biological treatment; composting; planning and socioeconomic aspects of solid waste management; community mobilization in waste management; resources recovery. The course shall give an introduction to solid waste management that students achieve an overview understanding of the main aspects of waste management, systems, policy and regulations.

CVEN 6325: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment 3 (3,0):

Important terms in environmental impact assessment (EIA); EIA methodology: different methods of EIA, initial environmental examination, baselines studies rapid environmental impact assessment methods: check list, matrix methods, impact and remediation; socio-economic impacts; environmental impact assessment for site remediation; human health risk assessment; life cycle assessment. The course provides students with the necessary knowledge, tools and practice in the environmental impact assessment studies as well as help to develop an understanding of current environmental issues.

CVEN 6326: Water Quality and its Treatment 3 (3,0):

Water source, usage and source of pollution; water supply, demands, safe drinking water act, and regulation; mathematics for growth and risk assessment; water quality and aqueous chemistry; physical and chemical treatment; coagulation, filtration design; adsorption, ion exchange, membrane filtration; inactivation (disinfection) processes, disinfection, and design as well as optimization tools for ozone disinfection, disinfection byproducts; tools and technique for selecting technologies. The course provides students with the necessary knowledge, tools and practice in examining the drinking water quality. It also provides the adequate knowledge about physical and chemical treatment processes; and safe drinking water act and regulations.