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  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Construction Engineering, with concentrations in Construction Materials and Structures, Construction Management and Technology and Infrastructure (B.S.)


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Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering

The construction industry is the largest industry in Egypt and much of the world. Construction engineering is a relatively new field that is designed to foster technological advances in the industry, to utilize modern design techniques, and to develop means to improve production, products, components and subsystems, and distribution and utilization of equipment. Construction engineering covers the basic civil engineering components such as structures, geotechnical, water resources, transportation, and environmental engineering. In addition, it covers, in detail, methods for the modeling of construction projects, numerical simulations, the evaluation of various construction strategies, and construction quality control. It deals with organizational planning, financial and human resources management, productivity measurement, accounting, information systems, strategy and policy formation, contracting, and construction law.

The specific objectives of the Construction Engineering Program are to: educate students in fundamentals of science and engineering with emphasis on construction engineering applications; introduce students to a broad spectrum of construction engineering topics, with concentration in an area of their choice, to plan for construction operations and to fit in construction organizations; prepare students to cope with and improve on the ever evolving technologies in production, products, and components of the construction industry; train students to communicate effectively, work independently and in teams, and fit in a multi-discipline environment; inspire students to recognize and consider the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context with the ability to understand and be sensitive to other cultures; motivate students to engage in life-long learning and develop their ability to pursue graduate studies; develop students who are creative, possess qualities of leadership, and are committed to professional and ethical conduct.

Students have the choice of one of three concentration areas within construction engineering. These are: 1) Construction Materials and Structures; 2) Construction Management and Technology; and 3) Infrastructure. The Construction Materials and Structures concentration provides students with the ability to integrate advances in construction materials with advanced knowledge in structural design and mechanics. The Construction Management and Technology concentration provides students with the tools that would enable them to become effective construction managers, through gaining a deeper appreciation of the technology and management aspects involved, and a greater exposure to the various facets of the industry. The Infrastructure concentration better equips students for involvement in civil infrastructure projects, and enables them to contribute to consulting practice in highway engineering, environmental and water resources engineering. The concentration shall be indicated in the students’ Diploma.

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering degree is accredited by both the American Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities.

Students are admitted to the Construction Engineering Program either upon admission to AUC or after successful completion of criteria courses. High school students with mathematics/science background are accepted depending on their High School grades and the available quota in the Construction Engineering Program. Undeclared and transfer students are admitted to the program upon completing criteria courses in sciences. Students are accepted based on their GPA and on available quota in the department.

Students should consult the course listings and their faculty advisor on a regular basis to ensure that prerequisites for engineering core, concentration and elective courses are met. A model course plan for the major is provided in the office of the Department of Construction Engineering.

A total of 162 credits is required for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering:

Core Curriculum (33 credits)


The remaining 7 credit hours required to satisfy the core are fulfilled by the concentration Science/lab (4 credits), and the capstone Senior Projects I and II (CENG 4980  and CENG 4981 ) (3 credits).

Concentration Electives (12 credits):


To complete the requirements of any of the three concentrations, students must complete a set of four courses as indicated in each concentration.
Student should also carry out the Senior Graduation Project in their selected concentration subfield.

Construction Materials and Structures
In this concentration, student have to complete 4 courses (12 credit hours) as follow:
1. Two courses (6 credit hours) of Group A,
2. One course (3 credit hours) from Group B, and
3. One course (3 credit hours) from any other concentration, including Group B courses.

Construction Materials and Structures


Construction Management and Technology and Infrastructure


In this concentration, Students have to complete the following two courses
CENG 444/4430 - Risk Management and Bidding Strategies (3 cr.)  
CENG 447/4450 - Design, Modeling and Simulation of Construction Systems (3 cr.)  

In addition to any two courses from the Infrastructure or the Construction Materials and Structures Concentrations

Infrastructure


In this concentration, student have to complete 4 courses (12 credit hours) as follows:
1. Two courses (6 credit hours) from Group A courses.
2. One course (3 credit hours) from Group B courses.
3. One course (3 credit hours) from any concentration including Group B courses of the “Infrastructure” concentration

1. Group A:

CENG 481/4352 - Highway Facilities (3 cr.)  
CENG 000/4556 - Design of water and wastewater treatment plants (3 cr.)  

2. Group B:


CENG 472/4552 - Design of Water Resources Systems (3 cr.)  
CENG 473/4553 - Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering (3 cr.)  
CENG 474/4554 - Computer-aided design and construction of environmental and sanitary systems (3 cr.)  
CENG 475/4555 - Solid and Hazardous Wastes Engineering (3 cr.)  
CENG 000/4557 - Functional design and construction of tunnels and bridges (3 cr.)  
CENG 462/4315 - Applications in Geotechnical Engineering (3 cr.)  
CENG 494/4911 - Selected Topics in Construction Engineering (3 cr.)  

Science Elective (3 credits)


Students should take a science elective course of total 3 credits selected from a set of courses accepted by the department

General Electives (0-6 credits):


Students may take courses of their selection to satisfy program requirement of 162 credit hours.

Dual Degree Option BSc/CENG-MPA


 

Students enrolled in the School of Science and Engineering may apply to complete the MPA on an accelerated basis in conjunction with completion of the BSc. in engineering. At present, this option is open only to students completing the BSc. in Construction Engineering. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisors during the Fall of their fourth year for potential admission to the program in their fifth year. Those interested in this option are required to complete a summer work assignment for Fall practicum in their fifth year. The program is jointly administered by the Department of Public Policy and Administration in the School of Public Affairs and the School of Sciences and Engineering. Admission is based on the recommendation of the student’s SSE advisor and review by the PPAD department. The program prepares students for careers in public service with the highest ethical standards, strong competencies in environmental analysis and management as well as public governance, excellent leadership and communication skills, a sound understanding of the use of evidence and analysis in public service settings, and a commitment to building a better future for the people of Egypt and the region. Students pursue careers in government, nonprofit organizations, international development agencies, academia, and the private sector.

Students electing the dual degree option begin taking graduate courses in their ninth semester and receive both the BSc. and the MPA upon the completion of their coursework and master’s thesis, normally at the end of their 6th year. The following course sequence has been developed for this option, but students should consult their advisor in CENG to ensure that all SSE requirements are met:

SEMESTER IX

SEMESTER X

SEMESTER XI

SEMESTER XII

Summer thesis work, if needed.

Lists of MDP-relevant courses will be provided to students in the program prior to registration for each semester, based on offerings available in the appropriate departments

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