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Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (2022/2023)
11 Course Descriptions
11.1 Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering courses are identified by a four-digit numbering system, the first two digits signifying the following:

The first digit denotes the academic term during which the course is normally offered.

  • The second digit denotes the primary areas of study, namely:
  • 0: Capstone courses
  • 1: Hydrotechnical & Water Resources
  • 2: Geotechnical courses
  • 3: Mechanics & Structural Analysis
  • 4: Mathematics and Science
  • 5: Design and Civil cross-disciplinary courses
  • 6: Environmental courses
  • 7: Highways and Construction Materials
  • 8: Construction
  • 9: Special Topics

Civil Engineering courses are designated by CIV.

Non-departmental Engineering courses are designated by ENGI.


Earth Sciences for Civil Engineering

(same as the former ENGI 3610) is an introduction to basic concepts in geology with emphasis on applications in Civil, Geological, Mining and Environmental Engineering through the study of basic concepts and case histories. It includes the study of rocks, minerals, sediments and their physical properties in laboratory exercises.

CR: the former ENGI 3610

LH: 3


Mathematics for Civil Engineering I

(same as the former ENGI 3425) includes functions of a single parameter, conic sections, polar coordinates, partial differentiation, multiple integrals, sequences & series, and an introduction to first order ordinary differential equations.

CH: 4

CR: the former ENGI 3425

LC: 4

OR: tutorial 1 hour per week

PR: Mathematics 1001 and 2050


Surveying and Geomatics

(same as the former ENGI 3703) includes distance, elevation, and angle measurements; horizontal curves; plane survey calculations; area and volume computations; introduction to photogrammetry; global positioning (GPS) and geographical information systems (GIS). A surveying field school to introduce students to the use of surveying equipment and mapping will be held in the first two weeks of the term.

CR: the former ENGI 3703

LH: nine 3-hour sessions per semester

OR: 18 hours of field school which occurs in the first two weeks of the semester


Materials for Construction

(same as the former ENGI 3731) includes structure of metals and nonmetals; deformation of metals; strengthening mechanisms in metals; concrete and cementitious materials; admixtures; iron and steel; brick masonry; concrete masonry; mortar grout and plaster; wood and wood products.

CR: the former ENGI 3731

LH: nine 3-hour sessions per semester


Geotechnical Engineering I

(same as the former ENGI 4723) includes an introduction to soil as a three-phase material and examines physical and mechanical properties; particle size distribution; soil plasticity and structure; classification of soils; soil compaction; hydraulic properties; permeability; flow of water in soil; flownets; effective stress concept in soils; stresses in soils beneath loaded areas; and one-dimensional consolidation theory.

CR: the former ENGI 4723

LH: 3

OR: twelve 1-hour tutorials per semester

PR: CIV 3210 or the former ENGI 3610


Mechanics of Solids I

(same as the former ENGI 4312) examines force analysis of structures and structural components, free body diagrams of structure, components and section of a components, definition of a stress at point, stress notation, complementary property of shear stress, definition of strain, normal strain, shear strain, thermal strain, mechanical properties of materials, analysis of prismatic members due to axial, bending and torsion loading, analysis of beams, shear force and bending moment diagrams, combined loads; and the transformation of stresses and strains.

CR: Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering 4601, the former ENGI 4312, the former ENGI 4934

LH: four 1-hour sessions per semester

LH: up to ten 1-hour tutorials per semester

PR: ENGI 1010


Mathematics for Civil Engineering II

(same as the former ENGI 4425) examines the analytical solutions of ordinary differential equations of the first and higher orders and numerical methods: errors, round off and stability, solution to nonlinear equations, curve fitting and interpolation methods, numerical differentiation and integration.

CH: 4

CR: the former ENGI 4422, the former ENGI 4425

LC: 4

OR: tutorial 1 hour per week

PR: CIV 3440 or the former ENGI 3425


Applied Environmental Science and Engineering

(same as the former ENGI 4717) examines the nature and scope of environmental problems; concept of sustainable development; basic concepts of environmental quality parameters and standards; water and wastewater treatment; solid and hazardous wastes; atmospheric, water and noise, pollution, their measurements, and mitigation control.

CR: the former ENGI 4717

LH: six 3-hour sessions per semester

OR: two 3-hour tutorials per semester

PR: Chemistry 1050 or Chemistry 1200, CIV 3210 or the former ENGI 3610


Fluid Mechanics

(same as the former ENGI 5713) examines fluid properties; fluid statics; buoyancy and stability; kinematics; pressure measurement; continuity, energy and momentum principles; control volume analysis; energy and hydraulic grade lines; free jets; laminar and turbulent flow; dimensional analysis; drag on immersed bodies; flow measurement; head loss in pipes; and an introduction to flow in pipe systems.

CR: Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering 4501, the former ENGI 4913, the former ENGI 4961, the former ENGI 5713, the former ENGI 5961

LH: five 2-hour sessions per semester

OR: twelve 1-hour tutorials per semester

PR: CIV 4450 or the former ENGI 4425


Geotechnical Engineering II

(same as the former ENGI 5723) examines shear strength of soil; types of laboratory and in-situ soil shear strength tests; lateral earth pressure on retaining structures; slope stability analysis; soil bearing capacity for shallow foundations; introduction to pile foundations and limit state design in geotechnical engineering.

CR: the former ENGI 5723, the former ENGI 6723

LH: 3

OR: twelve 1-hour tutorials per semester

PR: CIV 4220 or the former ENGI 4723


Mechanics of Solids II

(same as the former ENGI 5312) includes a review of earlier concepts; strain transformation; failure theories; deflections of beams; energy methods; buckling of columns and the inelastic behaviour of beam cross-sections.

CR: the former ENGI 5312

LH: four 3-hour sessions per semester

OR: twelve 1 hour tutorials per semester

PR: CIV 4310 or the former ENGI 4312


Applied Mathematical Analysis

(same as the former ENGI 5434) examines numerical and analytical solutions of applied mathematical problems in Civil Engineering, problems with higher order ordinary differential equations, stiff equations, systems of ODE, Runge-Kutta methods, boundary value problems, applications of eigen value problems (numerical solutions), Fourier analysis, elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic partial differential equations and their numerical solutions with engineering applications.

CR: the former ENGI 5434

PR: CIV 4450 or the former ENGI 4425


Design of Concrete Structures

(same as the former ENGI 5706) begins with a review of mechanical properties of concrete. Topics include design methods and requirements, strength of reinforced concrete sections in bending, balanced condition at ultimate strength with tension reinforcement, bending with both tension and compression reinforcement; serviceability, deflections, flexural crack control for beams and one-way slabs; shear strength, inclined cracking, and shear reinforcement; bond stress and development of reinforcement; members in compression and bending; short columns.

CR: the former ENGI 5706

LH: five 3-hour sessions per semester

OR: twelve 1-hour tutorials per semester

PR: CIV 4310 or the former ENGI 4312



(same as the former ENGI 6713) examines flow in pipe systems and networks; uniform and non-uniform flow in open channels; hydraulic machinery and associated conduits; design and analysis of culverts; and pipeline/pump system optimization.

CR: the former ENGI 6713

LH: four 3-hour sessions per semester

PR: ENGI 4102, CIV 5110 or the former ENGI 5713


Structural Analysis I

(same as the former ENGI 6705) examines structure classification and loads, building code provisions, the analysis of statically determinate frames, arches and cables, stability and determinacy of planar structures, shear and moment diagrams for frames, influence lines for statically determinate structures, the force method of analysing indeterminate structures, the slope deflection method, and moment distribution method.

CR: the former ENGI 6705

LH: six 3-hour sessions per semester

OR: twelve 1-hour tutorials per semester

PR: CIV 5320 or the former ENGI 5312


Thermal Sciences

(same as the former ENGI 6322) examines fundamental concepts associated with thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer; first and second laws of thermodynamics; system and control volume analysis; classification of flows; introduction to boundary layers and drag; convection, conduction and radiation heat transfer; thermal insulation and calculation of R-values; and cooling of electrical components.

CR: the former ENGI 4322, the former ENGI 6322


Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures

(same as the former ENGI 6707) examines the design of slender columns, design methods for reinforced concrete two-way slabs, two-way slabs supported on walls and stiff beams, direct design method, design of foundation systems, footing design, design of concrete retaining walls, engineered masonry, mortar stress, analysis and design of flexural members, axial load and bending in unreinforced and reinforced walls.

CR: the former ENGI 6707

LH: 2

OR: twelve 1-hour tutorials per semester

PR: CIV 5510 or the former ENGI 5706


Construction Planning Equipment and Methods

(same as the former ENGI 6749) includes construction equipment selection and utilization; earthmoving including use of explosives; case studies of major civil projects; principles of project planning and control; computer applications to the construction industry.

CR: the former ENGI 6749, the former ENGI 8749

PR: ENGI 4102, completion of Academic Term 5 of the Civil Engineering program


Hydrology and Water Resources

(same as the former ENGI 7713) examines basic hydrometeorological processes, evapotranspiration, precipitation, intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) analysis and development, snowmelt, infiltration, runoff and streamflow; statistical treatment of hydrologic data; hydrograph analysis and synthesis; design storms and design floods; reservoir storage and flood routing; urban run-off and drainage; use of hydrologic modelling software.

CR: the former ENGI 7713

LH: four 2-hour sessions per semester

PR: CIV 5110 or the former ENGI 5713


Hydrotechnical Engineering

(same as the former ENGI 7716) examines the theory and application of steady gradually-varied flow in artificial and natural open channels together with an introduction to appropriate software; erosion protection and mobile-boundary hydraulics; problems with ice in rivers, the design of spillways, energy dissipaters, and culverts. There is an introduction to water hammer and surge tanks.

CR: the former ENGI 7716

LH: four 3-hour sessions per semester

PR: CIV 6120 or the former ENGI 6713


Geotechnical Engineering III

(same as the former ENGI 7723) examines geotechnical engineering analysis and design methods; subsurface investigation; limit state design of shallow foundations and mat foundations in soil and rock; foundations in cold regions; design of axially and laterally loaded piles; and flexible retaining structures (sheet piles).

CR: the former ENGI 7723

PR: CIV 5230 or the former ENGI 5723


Finite Element Structural Analysis

(same as the former ENGI 7706) includes a review of basic concepts required for FEA, basics of stiffness formulation, direct stiffness method, displacement method, one dimensional elements, trusses and frames. Topics include 1-D fluid and heat transfer elements, automated analysis and modelling concepts, higher order elements, two dimensional elements - plane stress and plane strain, introduction to 3D and other types. - introduction to advanced topics and isoparametric formulation.

CR: the former ENGI 7706

LH: at least eight 2-hour sessions per semester

PR: CIV 6330 or the former ENGI 6705 or approval of the Head of the Department


Design of Steel Structures

(same as the former ENGI 7704) begins with a review of design concepts, standards and products. Topics include design of members and connections, tension members, bolted joints, welded joints, compression members, stability and effective length, flexural members including beams & beam-columns, plate girders, composite beams, introduction to serviceability through deflections of beams.

CR: the former ENGI 7704

LH: five 3-hour sessions per semester

OR: twelve 1-hour tutorials per semester

PR: CIV 5510 or the former ENGI 5706 and CIV 5320 or the former ENGI 5312, or approval of the Head of the Department


Reliability and Environmental Loading on Offshore Structures

(same as the former ENGI 7707) begins with an introduction to natural phenomena that cause loading and influence the design of marine structures. Topics include the interpretation and utilization of field data for the determination of design loads for wind, waves currents and ice and case studies of load analysis for the design of offshore structures in Atlantic Canada.

CR: the former ENGI 7707

PR: CIV 5320 or the former ENGI 5312


Environmental Geotechniques

(same as the former ENGI 6718, the former ENGI 7718) examines soil characteristics; soil water interactions; soil contaminants; advection, diffusion, dispersion, adsorption, and biodegradation; contaminated site characterization; soil and groundwater remediation; waste containment and minimization.

CR: the former ENGI 6718, the former ENGI 7718

OR: six 1-hour tutorials per semester

PR: CIV 5230 or the former ENGI 5723


Highway Engineering

(same as the former ENGI 7745) examines highways transportation systems including driver, vehicle and road characteristics; geometric design of highways; subgrade and base materials; highway drainage features; design of flexible and rigid pavement; fundamentals of traffic flow and queuing theory; traffic control and analysis of signalized intersections; travel demand and traffic forecasting.

CR: the former ENGI 7745

LH: four 3-hour sessions per semester

PR: CIV 3710 or the former ENGI 3703, CIV 5230 or the former ENGI 5723


Project Planning and Control

(same as the former ENGI 7748) includes an introduction to types of contracts, project delivery approaches, and prevailing contractual relationships. The course examines basic project management techniques for network planning and scheduling (CPM and PERT); principles of resource productivity databases, preliminary estimating, and detailed bid preparation; quantitative approaches for effective control of time, cost, resource, quality, and value of constructed facilities; use of computer software for scheduling, estimating, and control.

CR: the former ENGI 7748

PR: completion of Academic Term 6 of the Civil Engineering program


Civil Engineering Project

(same as the former ENGI 8700) is a practically oriented design project integrated over the five areas in which Civil programs are offered. Students will operate in consultant groups and will complete a design for a typical Civil Engineering undertaking.

CR: the former ENGI 8700

LC: scheduled as required

OR: 1 client meeting per week, 1 tutorial per week

PR: completion of Term 7 of the Civil Engineering program


Municipal Engineering

(same as the former ENGI 8713) includes water supply system overview; water consumption estimation; groundwater and surface water sources; oxygen demand and transfer; water treatment processes; water distribution systems and design software; sewer systems and design software; wastewater treatment processes; sludge handling; decentralized and on-site wastewater treatment.

CR: the former ENGI 8713

PR: CIV 7140 or the former ENGI 7716


Structural Building Systems

(same as the former ENGI 8705) examines geometries, loads, safety and serviceability, procedure of using the national building code for evaluating the governing loads on structural members; approximate analysis of structures; structural forms for low rise structures; design of low rise and steel buildings; lateral load-resisting elements and bracing systems.

CR: the former ENGI 8705

LH: 2

OR: 1 hour tutorial per week

PR: CIV 7530 or the former ENGI 7704


Offshore Structural Design

(same as the former ENGI 8708) examines guidelines and international codes and standards for offshore structural design; understanding design constraints and concepts of offshore fixed and floating structures; design consideration for fixed offshore concrete platform; design consideration for offshore platform and floating production system design, and analysis of various support systems of the offshore structure.

CR: the former ENGI 8708

PR: CIV 7540 or the former ENGI 7707


Coastal and Ocean Engineering

(same as the former ENGI 8751) examines the coastal and ocean environment; ocean circulation and properties; waves and tides; instrumentation and measurement. Additional topics will be drawn from the areas of hydraulic, geotechnical and structural engineering. Relevant field exercises will be conducted.

CR: the former ENGI 8751

PR: CIV 6120 or the former ENGI 6713


Subsea Pipeline Engineering

(same as the former ENGI 8673) provides an introduction to subsea pipeline engineering with a focus on the mechanical design of offshore pipelines. Stress-based, design-based and limit-states design for strength and stability are examined. Other fundamental pipeline engineering design issues such as materials specification, flow assurance and installation are reviewed. Principles of geotechnical engineering and pipeline/soil interaction analysis techniques are investigated. Special topics are also reviewed.

CR: the former ENGI 8673

LH: 2

PR: one of CIV 5320, the former ENGI 5312, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering 5602, the former ENGI 5931, Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering 7002, the former ENGI 6003 or the former ENGI 7002


Environmental Assessment, Monitoring and Control

(same as the former ENGI 8717) covers pollution monitoring, and sampling network design; water quality and air quality modelling; environmental risk assessment; environmental impact assessment; site remediation and hazardous waste management, and environmental statistical analysis. There are relevant field trips to local wastewater treatment and landfill facilities, as well as case studies.

CR: the former ENGI 8717

OR: at least 2 field trips

PR: CIV 4610 or the former ENGI 4717


Contract Law and Labour Relations

(same as the former ENGI 8740) is an introduction to law as it applies to engineering activity; the nature of law and legal processes, including standard forms; liens, bonds and insurances; the labour movement in North America; examination of union philosophies and managerial attitudes; labour law and collective bargaining; disputes and settlements.

CR: the former ENGI 6740, the former ENGI 8740

PR: completion of Term 7 of the Civil Engineering program


Special Topics in Civil Engineering

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).