BS in Civil & Infrastructure Engineering

Sample Four Year Study Plan

 Freshman Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
ENGL 101* Composition 3
ENGR 107 Introduction to Engineering 2
MATH 113** Calculus I 4
UNIV 100 University First-Year Transition 1
PHYS 110 University Physics I 3
PHYS 111 University Physics I Lab 1
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I  3
CHEM 212 General Chemistry I Lab 1
Total 18
 Sophomore Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
CIEN 201 Computer Aided Drawings 3
CIEN 211 Statics 3
CIEN 241 Infrastructure Management 3
CIEN 250 Engineering in Global Environment 2
MATH 213 Calculus III 3
ECON 103 Principles of Microeconomics  3
Total   17
Sophomore Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
Code Course Title Cr
CIEN 212 Mechanics of Materials 3
CIEN 251 Fluid Mechanics 3
CIEN 261 Surveying  1
CIEN 265 Geographic Information System 2
MATH 214 Elementary Differential Equations 3
PENG 101 or
BIOL 112
Physical Geology or
University Biology I
Total   15
 Junior Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
CIEN 301 Numerical Analysis  3
CIEN 311 Structural Analysis 3
CIEN 331 Construction Materials 3
CIEN 332 Construction Materials Lab. 1
CIEN 333 Geotechnical Engineering  3
UNIV 200 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability 3
Total   16
Junior Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
Code Course Title Cr
CIEN 321 Reinforced Concrete Design 3
CIEN 334 Civil Engineering Testing and Materials 1
CIEN 351 Environmental Engineering 2
CIEN 361 Highway Engineering and Design 3
CIEN 362 Transportation Engineering 3
STAT 346 Probability for Engineers 3
Total   15
 Junior Year, Summer Semester
Code Course Title Cr
ENGR 390 Internship 3
Total   3
 Senior Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
CIEN 421 Structural Steel Design  3
CIEN 440 Infrastructure Financing 3
CIEN 441 Construction Management 3
ECEN 491 Engineering Seminar 1
CIEN 491 Senior Design Project (1) 2
CIEN 451 Infrastructure Systems 3
CIEN — Technical Elective 3
Total   18
Senior Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
Code Course Title Cr
  Technical Elective 3
CIEN 492 Senior Design Project (2) 4
PHIL 100 or Critical Thinking and Reasoning  3
UAES 200 Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies 3
Total   13
* Student must pass the English Placement Test before taking ENGL101. Otherwise, the student must take ENGL100 before taking ENGL101.

** Student must pass the Math Placement Test before taking MATH113. Otherwise, the student must take MATH095 before taking MATH113.

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ENGL 101 - Composition

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 099 or passing English Placement Test

English 101 provides students with intensive practice in drafting, revising, and editing expository essays for an academic audience. Using logical, rhetorical, and linguistic structures in their writing, students also develop their ability to think creatively, critically, and independently. Throughout the course, students engage in reading texts, evaluating sources, using their reading to form their own opinions, preparing research papers, and employing the MLA documentation style to avoid plagiarism.

ENGR 107 Introduction to Engineering

Co-requisite: Math Placement Test score qualifying student for MATH 113

Introduces engineering profession fundamentals and problem solving. Topics include description of engineering disciplines, functions of the engineer, professionalism, ethics and registration, problem solving and representation of technical information, estimation and approximations, and analysis and design.

MATH 113 - Calculus I

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 095/105, or appropriate score on Math Placement test

The concept of derivative (instantaneous rate of change) is an essential factor in solving real-world problems. One of the objectives of this course is to understand the conceptual foundation of derivative, and learn different techniques of computing the derivative, as well as learning how to apply it to solve real-world problems. Another objective is to understand the concept of integration and learn basic integration technique.

UNIV 100 - University First-Year Transition

Students in this course transition to university life by focusing on academic adjustment, by developing decision-making skills, and by learning about services and opportunities for involvement. Although all classes have a core body of knowledge, each class specializes in a particular aspect of university life.

PHYS 110 - (SCPH 110) University Physics I

Co-requisites: PHYS 111

This is a calculus-based physics course covering the fundamental principles of mechanics. It concentrates on the conservation of energy, the particle motion, the collisions, the rotation of solid bodies, simple machines and on the fluid mechanics. The focus lies on the resolution of one and twodimensional mechanical problems.

PHYS 111 - (SCPH 111) University Physics I Lab

Co-requisites: PHYS 110

This course is intended to be taken with Physics 110. It primarily includes experiments on classical mechanics. Particular emphasis is placed on laboratory technique, data collection and analysis and on reporting.

CHEM 211 - General Chemistry I 

This course covers the foundations of chemical concepts: basic facts and principles of chemistry, including atoms, molecules, ions, chemical reactions, gas theory, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, molecular geometry, and states of matter.

CHEM 212 - General Chemistry I Lab

Co-requisite: CHEM 211

This course provides laboratory techniques to accompany General Chemistry I

ARAB 101 Beginner Level Arabic and Culture for non-Native Learners I

Pre-requisite: None

Beginner Level Arabic Language and Culture 1 is the first in a four-course beginner and intermediate Arabic language sequence specifically tailored to the needs of non-native Arabic language students in the English and Mass Communication Programs (though any non-native learner of Arabic may enroll). This course introduces the student to the Arabic alphabet and the basics of reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Instruction in the language is enriched by reference to cultural themes and visits to sites of cultural importance.

ARAB 110 - Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

Arabic literature has developed many traditions though originating from a common source. The course is an introduction to representative texts from contemporary Arab writers, and their connections with the traditions of the past. The method is comparative, with a study of literary, political social and religious aspects, as well as the application of a theoretical framework of analysis.

MATH 114 - Calculus II

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 113

This course covers techniques and applications of integration, transcendental functions, infinite sequences and series and parametric equations.

MEST 100 - Introduction to Islam in World Culture 

The course provides an introduction to the basic sources and historical contexts for the origins of Islam; some of the basic spiritual principles expressed in those sources; the contexts and practices that exemplify the spiritual principles; contributions Islam has made to civilization and to the political, social and cultural identity of the UAE. It will illustrate the concept of Islamic studies through a global, interdisciplinary and comparative approach and examine contemporary global and local issues that impact and are impacted by Islamic culture.

CSCI 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 113

This course introduces students to computers and programming languages and more specifically the C++ language. Besides, students learn to use computer programming as a problem-solving tool. The topics covered include basic operations, data types, input/output, selection statements, control structures, arrays, functions, and strings.

CSCI 113 - Introduction to Computer Programming Lab

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 112

This course introduces the use of computer programming as a problem-solving tool in laboratory environment. Topics in procedural programming include, simple data types, input/output, selection statements, control loops, testing, debugging, and programming environments.

PHYS 220 - (SCPH 220) University Physics II

Pre-requisite: PHYS 110
Co-requisite: PHYS 221

This second calculus-based physics course includes a detailed study of the fundamental principles of classical electricity and magnetism, as well as an introduction to electromagnetic waves. The course’s focus targets the resolution of dc- and alternating circuits.

PHYS 221 - (SCPH 221) University Physics II Lab

Co-requisites: PHYS 220

This course is intended to accompany Physics 220. It includes experiments on electricity, magnetism and RLC circuits. Particular emphasis is placed on three aspects of experimentation: laboratory technique, data analysis (including the treatment of statistical and systematic errors) and written communication of experimental procedures and results.

CIEN 201 - Computer Aided Drawings

Pre-requisite(s): None

Introduction to computer graphics. Includes the following topics: geometric construction; line convention; orthographic projections, isometric projections; oblique projections; Descriptive projections; dimensioning, and sectional views. Computer-aided design and problem-solving techniques. Uses computer software AutoCAD in data analysis, data display and visualization techniques. Prepare drawings in civil and infrastructure engineering.

CIEN - 211 Statics

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 113 and PHYS 110

Vectors, force systems (2D and 3D), equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies (2D and 3D), structures (trusses, cables, frames and machines), distributed forces (centroids and centers of mass), internal forces (shearing force and bending moment diagrams), friction, and moment of inertia.

CIEN 241 - Infrastructure Management

Pre-requisite(s): ECON 103

Focuses on the complexities of human behavior in the workplace, and how group and organizational structures affect individual behavior. Topics include individual differences, groups and teams, organizational structure and culture, managing conflict, negotiation, managerial characteristics, leadership, motivational theories and technique.

CIEN 250 - Engineering in Global Environment

Introduction to environmental engineering as practiced in different societies around the world. Defining environmental engineering as organizational and physical infrastructure to manage natural resources. Focuses on how different societies respond to environmental challenges related to engineering opportunities. Identify and explain the global, economic, environmental, and societal impacts of specified civil and infrastructure engineering systems. Issues for sustainability in engineering practice. Include case studies of sustainable engineering in developing and developed world.

MATH 213 - Calculus III

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114

This course covers partial differentiation, multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, and threedimensional analytic geometry.

ECON 103 - (GEEC 103) Principles of Microeconomics 

This course introduces learners to microeconomics in the context of current problems. It explores how market mechanism allocates scare resources among competing uses. It uses supply, demand, production, and distribution theory to analyze problems.

CIEN 212 - Mechanics of Materials

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 211

Types of loads, axial stress and strain of determinate and indeterminate system, normal and bending moment diagrams, torsion of determinate and indeterminate system, bending of beams, combined stresses, shearing stress and strain, Mohr’s circle of stress and strain, thin walled pressure vessels.

CIEN 251 - Fluid Mechanics (3:3:0)   

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114 and PHYS 110

Properties of fluids, flow regimes, pressure and force calculations under hydrostatic conditions, manometers, buoyancy and stability of floating and submerged bodies, elementary fluid dynamics, conservation equations: mass, energy and momentum, continuity and Bernoulli equations, hydraulic gradient line and total energy line, linear and angular momentum equations.

CIEN 261 - Surveying (1 credits)

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 201

Principles of surveying by conducting tests on distance measurements, levels and theodolites, directions and angular measurements, topographic surveys, areas and volumes; traverse surveys; setting out horizontal and vertical curves, training on Total Station.

CIEN 265 Geographic Information System

Pre-requisite(s): CSCI 112

This course exposes students to the principles of GIS (hardware, software, people, data, and methods) and its environmental and infrastructure management applications. Subjects also include the acquisition and compilation of data from maps, field surveys, air photographs and satellite images. The course includes hands-on GIS state-of-the-art software.

MATH 214 - Elementary Differential Equations

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114

This course covers first-order ODEs, higher-order ODEs, Laplace transforms, linear systems, nonlinear systems, numerical approximations, and modeling.

PENG 101 - Physical Geology

Pre-requisite(s): Origin of the Earth and its shells.

Composition of the Earth’s crust and oceans, and their Geological characteristics. Primary and secondary structures. Internal Geological processes. Plate Tectonics and the relation of Geological events to it. External Geological processes. Stratigraphic columns, details of the Geological Time Scale and case studies of Geological ages and their palaeogeographic distribution. Climate. Important biological aspects.

BIOL 112 - University Biology I

Co-requisite(s): BIOL 113

Introduction to cell chemistry, metabolism, and genetics.

CIEN 301 - Numerical Analysis 

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 214 and CSCI 112

Application of computers to solve civil engineering problems using various numerical methods, mathematical modeling and error analysis, solution of algebraic and differential equations, numerical differentiation and integration and curve fitting.

CIEN 311 - Structural Analysis

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 212

Structural forms, reactions, determinate structures, degree of determinacy, shear and moment diagrams for beams and frames, influence lines for beams, deflections (principle of moment area theorems, virtual work and conjugate-beam methods), Analysis of indeterminate structures by moment force method, slope-deflection method and distribution method.

CIEN 331 - Construction Materials

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 212 and CHEM 211

Cement (types, manufacture, properties and hydration), aggregates, fresh concrete, hardened concrete (strength, strength development, shrinkage, creep), concrete in sever environment (hot and cold), durability, mix design by ACI method. Steel properties, steel sections and steel reinforcing bars. Use of masonry, fiber reinforcement and metal form decking and structural steel joists.

CIEN 332 - Construction Materials Lab.

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 212, CHEM 211
Co-requisite: CIEN 331

Introduction to testing and specifications, concrete and mortar tests, aggregate testing, fresh and hardened concrete testing, non-destructive tests, design and testing of concrete mixes, brick testing, tests on steel beams, and tests on bolted connections

CIEN 333 - Geotechnical Engineering 

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 212 and CHEM 211

Index and classification of soils, water flow in soils (one and two dimensional water flow), soil stresses, soil compaction, distribution of stresses in soil due to external loads, consolidation and consolidation settlement, shear strength of soils, slope stability.

UNIV 200 - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (3 Credits)

This course aims at equipping the next generation of leaders in the UAE with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset and its related core skills. The course combines three main points: design thinking, entrepreneurship, and growth and leadership.

CIEN 321 - Reinforced Concrete Design

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 311 and CIEN 331

Properties of concrete and steel, cracked and untracked section analysis, strength design, stress block, design for bending and shear, singly, doubly reinforced sections, rectangular sections, and T-sections, load cases and moment envelopes, bond requirements, development length and bar cutoffs, one-way solid and one-way ribbed slabs, design of short columns.

CIEN 334 - Civil Engineering Testing and Materials

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 251, CIEN 331, CIEN 333 Co-requisite: CIEN 361

Tests on soils: specific gravity, grain size distribution, consistency limits, coefficient of permeability (constant and falling head), consolidation test, direct shear and tri-axial and CBR. Tests on fluids: Center of pressure, orifice and jet flow, Pressure variation in flowing fluid, momentum principle, flow through pipelines and closed conduits. Tests on asphalt properties, and marshal mix design.

CIEN 351 - Environmental Engineering

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 251, CHEM 211

Introduces principles of environmental engineering management and design pertaining to water supply and treatment, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, air pollution control, noise pollution measurement and control, and environmental impact assessment. Includes case studies from UAE.

CIEN 361 - Highway Engineering and Design

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 331

Pavement types; Materials used in flexible pavement layers (soil, aggregate, and asphalt); Calculation of Equivalent Standard Axle Loads (ESAL); flexible pavement thickness design, Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) design; Highway construction operations; highway performance.

CIEN 362 - Transportation Engineering

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 261

Role of transportation engineering; Transportation system issues and challenges; Modes of transportation, Main components of highway, mode of transportation (driver, pedestrian, traffic, road); Geometric design of highways and highway facilities; Highway functional classification and special facilities; Intersection design and control, capacity analysis of two lane and multi-lane highways. Introduction to rail, air, and water transportation.

STAT 346 - Probability for Engineers

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 114

The course introduces principles of statistics and probability for undergraduate students in Engineering. The course covers the basic concepts of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, probability distributions, expected values, joint probability distributions, and independence. The course also covers statistical methods and topics including data summary and description techniques, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.

ENGR 390 - Internship

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Supervised field experience of professional-level duties for 180 to 240 hours at an approved internship site under the guidance of a designated site supervisor in coordination with a faculty supervisor.

CIEN 421 - Structural Steel Design 

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 311

Introduction to steel structures and practical design methods, steel sections, load factors and load combinations, design of various steel elements using LRFD-method, design of tension and compression members, beam design: Compact section criterion, lateral-torsional buckling, lateral supports, and various design aspects of beams. Beam-column elements, design of column base plates, design of simple bolted (or welded) steel connections.

CIEN 440 - Infrastructure Financing

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 241

Fundamentals of infrastructure project financing, financial analysis which include time value of money, interest rate, present and annual worth analysis, benefit cost ratio, life cycle costing, capital cost, gradient and break even analysis. Includes case studies related to public private partnerships for infrastructure project, cash flows, infrastructure funds, valuation of projects, risk allocation and structured finance.

CIEN 441 - Construction Management

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 331

Basic concepts of construction project management, Construction planning, project time Management, project cost management, project quality management, value engineering and project life cycle, construction process optimization, construction contracts, contracting methods, project specifications, bidding, procurement methods and contractor applications for payment procedures.

ECEN 491 - Engineering Seminar (1:1:0)

Pre-requisite(s): Senior Standing

Engineering ethics, professionalism, the role of engineers in society, current topics, and employment opportunities.

CIEN 491 - Senior Design Project (1)

Pre-requisite(s): Senior Standing

Preparation and starting of project in civil and infrastructure engineering. The project is a multidisciplinary interaction for infrastructure design and management that includes system analysis and inculcates sustainable engineering principles. Includes use of engineering software's especially project management such as MS project, Primavera Project Planner and CYCLONE.

CIEN 451 - Infrastructure Systems

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 351 and CIEN 362

Role of planning, system demands and networking in infrastructure systems, energy systems, water and waste water infrastructure, transportation systems, waste disposal and resources conservation, smart growth and effects of infrastructure on the environment, models of creating sustainable future development, planning, design and architecture in sustainable communities, and integrated infrastructure system models.

CIEN 492 - Senior Design Project (2)

Pre-requisite(s): CIEN 491

Continuation of the senior design project I. The project is a multidisciplinary interaction for infrastructure design and management that includes system analysis and inculcates sustainable engineering principles. Includes use of engineering software's especially project management software such as MS project, Primavera Project Planner and CYCLONE, writing a technical report and developing project drawings, specifications and details.

PHIL 100 - Critical Thinking and Reasoning 

This introduction to basic principles of reasoning and critical thinking enhances the learner’s abilities to evaluate various forms of reasoning in everyday life and in academic disciplines. The course explores such topics as inductive and deductive reasoning, the nature and function of definitions, fallacy types, statistic use and misuse, and the rudiments of logic.

UAES 200 - Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies
1 Semester Credit Hour

This course presents the UAE from multiple perspectives in an attempt to expose the students to the distinct qualities of the UAE. The purpose of this course is to give students a broad, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive introduction to key features and issues in the UAE’s historical, cultural, political and economic landscapes. (Writing Intensive Course)