Faculty of Engineering

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

English

Mission

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering program aims to prepare students for advanced study and research in civil engineering. The main goal of the program is to offer civil engineers a solid background of research fundamentals that helps them to serve their society through research, education or other advanced activities.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Expand students’ knowledge and skills in civil engineering.
2. Prepare students to succeed in a doctoral program in civil engineering or related fields.

Program Outcome... s

a. Ability to apply advanced level knowledge and skills in civil engineering and related engineering areas.
b. Ability to ethically conduct applied research and engineering design with professional written and oral communication skills.
30 credits
Specialization Courses – Geotechnics – Approved electives
CVE623Geographic Information Systems
2 credits
This is an introductory course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their applications in the planning and engineering fields, alternatives in computer-based graphics, data concepts and tools, network data management and planning applications, and implementation issues. This course satisfies the departmental requirements in all graduate engineering programs.
CVE626Geotechnics of Roads
3 credits
This course covers advanced techniques in geomechanics, subsurface exploration and soil investigation for roads, and ground improvement techniques under roads.
CVE621Hydrogeology
2 credits
This course will provide a basic understanding of the physical and chemical aspects of hydrogeology. The emphasis will be on low temperature groundwater and groundwater-surface water systems. This course includes information on hydrogeology of geothermal systems and volcanoes. This course will address the occurrence, movement, and reactions of water within the earth’s subsurface. We will emphasize the evaluation of flow directions and rates, calculation of hydraulic properties, and processes controlling the composition of ground water.
CVE622Rock Mechanics
3 credits
This course provides general analytical tools and experimental methods that are used in rock mechanics. Theoretical topics covered in the lectures include: fundamental concepts of stresses and strains, linear elastic constitutive model of rocks, failure modes and models of rocks, fracture mechanisms and models of rocks, inelastic behavior of rocks, and seismic waves.
CVE625Slope Stability, Excavation and Shoring
3 credits
Students will learn about: the design and construction of earth and rockfill dams; seepage problems, flow nets, seepage control, soil compaction and stabilization; computer analysis of slope stability, factor of safety; and measures taken to limit and accommodate settlements.
CVE624Soil Dynamics
3 credits
Students will study: the geotechnical considerations of earthquake engineering and foundation vibrations; seismic surveying; ground motion during earthquakes; determination of soil properties for ground response analysis; dynamic properties of soils; soil structure interaction effects; soil liquifaction; dynamic analysis of earth dams; settlements resulting from earthquakes; lateral earth pressures during earthquakes; and foundation vibrations.
CVE620Underground Structures
2 credits
This course covers: an introduction to tunneling with its geological aspects; tunneling methods in soft and rock ground; drilling and blasting; ground treatment in tunneling; design and supports; rock reinforcement, concrete and shotcrete linings.
Specialization Courses – Geotechnics – Mandatory Courses
GEN550Finite Element Method
3 credits
This course introduces the finite element method and presents the need for comprehensive evaluation and checking when interpreting results. It covers basic theory; modelling, meshing and analyzing component models for stresses, deflections, temperatures and vibrations under operating conditions and loads; treatment of boundary conditions and restraints; and examples of good practice for safe and effective application in using ANSYS software.
CVE601Management and Site Organization
2 credits
This course considers the responsibilities for planning, organizing, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff, e.g. site manager.
CVE600Seismic Design
3 credits
This course examines the nature of earthquake ground motion; seismic hazard evaluation in engineering practice; response analysis of structures and effect of soil conditions on structural response and behavior under earthquake ground motion; design of structures under earthquake loading; and an introduction to the UBC, IBC and PS standards.
Specialization Courses – Hydraulics – Approved electives
CVE630Hydraulic Structures
2 credits
This course covers closed conduit flow, water distribution systems, transient analysis, open channel flow, flood control, culvert hydraulics, and design of various hydraulic structures.
CVE621Hydrogeology
2 credits
This course will provide a basic understanding of the physical and chemical aspects of hydrogeology. The emphasis will be on low temperature groundwater and groundwater-surface water systems. This course includes information on hydrogeology of geothermal systems and volcanoes. This course will address the occurrence, movement, and reactions of water within the earth’s subsurface. We will emphasize the evaluation of flow directions and rates, calculation of hydraulic properties, and processes controlling the composition of ground water.
CVE633Irrigation Network
3 credits
This course will introduce students to: source materials for irrigation projects (hydrological, climatic, geological and hydro-geological); preparation of irrigation constructions (standardization, construction documentation); investment goal; preparation documentation, projecting task; documentation of real type of constructions; projecting of soil unit; proposal of irrigation detail (proposal of water distribution, its flow capacity and dimension of pipe network); application of linear programming for optimization of pipe network; reviewing of irrigation equipment characteristics from viewpoint of suitability for plants and soil; and drawing documentation of operational project, its realization.
CVE632Management and Economy of Water
3 credits
This course provides an introduction to water resource management challenges and the many complex factors that contribute to them. Some topics that will be discussed are: water supply concerns given population growth and increasing demand, uncertainty in light of climate change, water quality issues stemming from point and nonpoint sources of pollution and from a lack of sanitation, and the geopolitics surrounding bulk water exports and sharing trans-boundary waters. Approaches for addressing water-related issues will be explored, including conceptual frameworks like Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and the human right to water, and management tools like pricing and privatization.
CVE605Special Structures
2 credits
Special structures are true three-dimensional representations of our equilibrium equations and affirmations of our analytical techniques, design standards and construction practices. They include many types of structures, such as: space frames or grids; cable-and-strut and tensegrity, self-erecting and deployable; cable net; tension membrane; lightweight geodesic domes; folded plates; and thin shells.
CVE634Urban Hydraulics
3 credits
The aim of the course is to study the hydrology and drainage requirements of urban areas. Throughout the course, we introduce the effects of urbanization on the hydrological cycle; develop basic methods of hydrological analysis including rainfall-runoff models and flood frequency analysis. We review the basics of rainfall analysis and hydraulics, and apply this to storm, foul and combined sewer design. We explore sewer flow and quality models, storm water management and the increasing influence of sustainability principles.
CVE631Waste Water Treatment
3 credits
A course that examines the quality and treatment methods of water and wastewater, and testing for physical, chemical, and biological parameters.
Specialization Courses – Hydraulics – Mandatory Courses
GEN550Finite Element Method
3 credits
This course introduces the finite element method and presents the need for comprehensive evaluation and checking when interpreting results. It covers basic theory; modelling, meshing and analyzing component models for stresses, deflections, temperatures and vibrations under operating conditions and loads; treatment of boundary conditions and restraints; and examples of good practice for safe and effective application in using ANSYS software.
CVE601Management and Site Organization
2 credits
This course considers the responsibilities for planning, organizing, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff, e.g. site manager.
CVE600Seismic Design
3 credits
This course examines the nature of earthquake ground motion; seismic hazard evaluation in engineering practice; response analysis of structures and effect of soil conditions on structural response and behavior under earthquake ground motion; design of structures under earthquake loading; and an introduction to the UBC, IBC and PS standards.
Specialization Courses – Public Work – Approved electives
CVE603Bridges
3 credits
This course discusses: types of bridges; influence lines; loads and their distribution on bridges; serviceability of bridges; and methods of design of bridge deck, superstructure, and substructure. Standards and norms (i.e. AASHTO) are also included.
CVE607Highway and Road Design
3 credits
This course examines: the contemporary road design approach; the speed parameter; design consistency; 3‐D design controls; esthetic road design criteria; energy and environmental impacts of highway design; design for heavy vehicles and powered two wheelers; at-grade unsignalized intersections; roundabouts; interchanges; and standards and practices in Lebanon.
CVE608Highway Construction
2 credits
Students will be introduced to: project management; health and security at work; construction of tunnels and underground structures; construction of bridges; construction of road structure, pavements, hydraulic structures, and retaining walls; automation in construction; and standards and practices in Lebanon.
CVE606Offshore Structures
2 credits
Students will learn about: the design of offshore platforms (introduction, fixed and floating platforms); case studies and general features (elements of hydrodynamics and wave theory) - fluid structure interaction; steel, concrete and hybrid platforms; design criteria; environmental loading (wind, wave and current loads after installation); stability during towing; foundations (site investigations); piled foundations; foundations for gravity structures; behavior under dynamic loading; static and dynamic analysis of platforms and components; dynamic response in deterministic and in-deterministic environment; codes of practice; and analysis of fixed platform and semisubmersible related topics.
CVE604Pavement Analysis, Design, and Maintenance
3 credits
Students will be introduced to: traffic analysis, environmental conditions, soil and drainage; material characterization and mix design; structural design; maintenance and rehabilitation; pavement monitoring; and pavement management systems.
CVE605Special Structures
2 credits
Special structures are true three-dimensional representations of our equilibrium equations and affirmations of our analytical techniques, design standards and construction practices. They include many types of structures, such as: space frames or grids; cable-and-strut and tensegrity, self-erecting and deployable; cable net; tension membrane; lightweight geodesic domes; folded plates; and thin shells.
CVE602Urban planning
3 credits
This course presents concepts, methods, and techniques that are used for urban planning and treats the urban area as a system for the purpose of planning infrastructure (e.g., transportation, water supply, waste water disposal).
Specialization Courses – Public Work – Mandatory Courses
GEN550Finite Element Method
3 credits
This course introduces the finite element method and presents the need for comprehensive evaluation and checking when interpreting results. It covers basic theory; modelling, meshing and analyzing component models for stresses, deflections, temperatures and vibrations under operating conditions and loads; treatment of boundary conditions and restraints; and examples of good practice for safe and effective application in using ANSYS software.
CVE601Management and Site Organization
2 credits
This course considers the responsibilities for planning, organizing, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff, e.g. site manager.
CVE600Seismic Design
3 credits
This course examines the nature of earthquake ground motion; seismic hazard evaluation in engineering practice; response analysis of structures and effect of soil conditions on structural response and behavior under earthquake ground motion; design of structures under earthquake loading; and an introduction to the UBC, IBC and PS standards
Specialization Courses – Structures and Buildings – Approved electives
CVE611Advanced Structural Analysis
3 credits
This course covers the analysis of statically indeterminate structures by flexibility (force) and stiffness methods; an introduction to the direct stiffness method, Cross method; influence lines for indeterminate structures; computer structural analysis applications; project building modeling and assessment; and an introduction to the non-linear analysis, P- analysis.
CVE617Building project
1 credits
This course provides the common rules to be applied in order to achieve a successful building project. Coordination between different disciplines will be attempted.
CVE615Finishing
2 credits
Finishing and materials introduces the building materials and finishes used in interior and exterior applications in the context of their environmental impact, their implications for human health and safety, and their potential contribution to the design of architectural elements. This course teaches students to explore the diversity of interior building and finish materials, and provide the technical vocabulary and scientific concepts associated with procedures used for their fabrication, testing and evaluation.
CVE616Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting of Buildings
2 credits
This is a course on assessment of materials and structural deficiency using field test or analytical methods; repair and strengthening materials; strengthening and repair techniques; strengthening of structural members in flexure, shear and axial load; and upgrading of gravity load-designed buildings for earthquake load resistance.
CVE614MEP Systems
2 credits
This course will allow students to learn about Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire (MEP) systems in buildings. It is required for special coordination and planning to minimize delays and interferences. This course will enable students to understand these systems and also to schedule, estimate and coordinate them within the general construction process.
CVE610Prestressed Concrete
2 credits
This course describes the design methods and the material characteristics of the prestressed elements; prestress losses; working strength design procedures; composite construction; ultimate flexural strength and behavior; shear design; and continuous prestressed concrete members. There will also be a case study/project.
CVE613Steel and Mixed Structures
3 credits
This course examines: loads on structures; philosophies of design (LRFD versus ASD); behavior, analysis, and design (according to AISC) of tension members; bolted connections; welded connections; compression members; and beams. An introduction to composite section and mixed structure design is also given.
CVE612Sustainable Construction
3 credits
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the principles of green building, including water, energy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. It also looks at how to implement greenhouse gas emission management principles, such as emission reduction goals, accounting techniques and standards, and comprehensive emissions reduction plans and evaluation of the building performance according to LEED standards. The students will be able to analyze energy audits, conservation measures, codes and standards, and daylight simulation/modeling tools for various building types.
Specialization Courses – Structures and Buildings – Mandatory Courses
GEN550Finite Element Method
3 credits
This course introduces the finite element method and presents the need for comprehensive evaluation and checking when interpreting results. It covers basic theory; modelling, meshing and analyzing component models for stresses, deflections, temperatures and vibrations under operating conditions and loads; treatment of boundary conditions and restraints; and examples of good practice for safe and effective application in using ANSYS software.
CVE601Management and Site Organization
2 credits
This course considers the responsibilities for planning, organizing, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff, e.g. site manager.
CVE600Seismic Design
3 credits
This course examines the nature of earthquake ground motion; seismic hazard evaluation in engineering practice; response analysis of structures and effect of soil conditions on structural response and behavior under earthquake ground motion; design of structures under earthquake loading; and an introduction to the UBC, IBC and PS standards.
Specialization Courses – Transportation
CVE607Highway and Road Design
3 credits
This course examines: the contemporary road design approach; the speed parameter; design consistency; 3‐D design controls; esthetic road design criteria; energy and environmental impacts of highway design; design for heavy vehicles and powered two wheelers; at-grade unsignalized intersections; roundabouts; interchanges; and standards and practices in Lebanon.
CVE608Highway Construction
2 credits
Students will be introduced to: project management; health and security at work; construction of tunnels and underground structures; construction of bridges; construction of road structure, pavements, hydraulic structures, and retaining walls; automation in construction; and standards and practices in Lebanon.
CVE643Highway Safety
3 credits
The course covers these essential topics: safety issues in the Mediterranean area; the role of the driver‐vehicle‐road‐environment system in highway safety; crash data; safety performance functions; the empirical Bayes method; crash modification factors; safety performance based highway design; network screening; diagnosis; selection of countermeasures; economic appraisal and prioritization; road safety impact assessment; road safety audits; road safety inspections; and network safety management based on road safety inspections.
CVE604Pavement Analysis, Design, and Maintenance
3 credits
Students will be introduced to: traffic analysis, environmental conditions, soil and drainage; material characterization and mix design; structural design; maintenance and rehabilitation; pavement monitoring; and pavement management systems.
CVE641Statistical Methods for Transportation Data Analysis
2 credits
The course explains: data management and data editing; descriptive and exploratory statistics; probability models and statistical inference; multivariate statistics; and statistical learning methods.
CVE642Traffic Management Systems
3 credits
The course contents are: an introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems; traffic surveillance methods; automatic vehicle identification systems; advanced traveler information systems; active traffic management; traffic flow‐metering; incident management; GIS technologies and applications; and traffic flow simulation.
CVE640Transportation Systems and Traffic Analysis
3 credits
Students will learn about: transportation planning; the four step method; discrete choice models in transportation systems analysis; intermodal transport; freight and logistics; project evaluation and cost‐benefit analysis; traffic flow characteristics; traffic flow models; highway capacity and level of service.
CVE602Urban Planning
3 credits
This course presents concepts, methods, and techniques that are used for urban planning and treats the urban area as a system for the purpose of planning infrastructure (e.g., transportation, water supply, waste water disposal).
Common Core
GEN516Scientific English
2 credits
The English 516 is designed for students working on their thesis. It gives them the opportunity to enhance their writing abilities and develop their critical thinking. It is designed to provide rigorous training in advanced reading, critiquing, synthesizing and researching. It attempts to help students achieve greater competency in reading, writing, reflection, and discussion emphasizing the responsibilities of written inquiry and structured reasoning. Students are expected to investigate questions that are at issue for themselves and their audience and for which they do not already have answers. In other words, this course should help students write about what they have learned through their research rather than simply write an argument supporting one side of an issue or another. In addition, students deliver one oral powerpoint presentation based on their writings.
Capstone
CVE691Thesis I
1 credits
CVE692Thesis II
5 credits    |    Pre-requisite: CVE691
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