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Note: Students must be registered with the Graduate School seeking a Master of Engineering Degree in the Structural Engineering track to enroll in the following courses.  The Core curriculum courses are subject to additional MEng program and online fees.

CESE 656   Advanced Mechanics Structural Engineers  

This course will review the basic fundamentals of mechanics of materials and will extend the concepts to include 3 dimensional stress and strain, plastic behavior, energy methods, nonlinear behavior, fatigue and fracture, rectangular linear elastic plates, indeterminate structures and stability.   3 hours

CESE 657   Advanced Design of Steel Structures

Design of major components in steel-framed buildings, including composite beams and slabs, beam-columns, moments connections, bracing members, bracing connections, and column base plates.   3 hours

CESE 659   Advanced Design of Concrete Structures

In this course student will review the basics of reinforced concrete design and extend their study to the behavior and design of continuous reinforced concrete structures subjected to gravity and lateral loads.   The study will include deflections due to bending, control of cracking in flexural members, moment-curvature relationships for beams, axial load-moment interaction for uniaxial and biaxial bending of columns, design and detailing of continuous one-way beams and slabs, design and detailing of two-way floor systems, and design for torsion loading.   3 hours

CESE 660  Prestressed Concrete Behavior and Design
The course will explore the characteristics and design of prestressed concrete structural components to include elastic and ultimate strength analyses for flexural, shear, torsion, deflection, strand bond, and prestress loss.    3 hours

CESE 662 
Advanced Structural Analysis

This course explores the structural analysis of indeterminate structures using classical and approximate methods and structural analysis software.  Specific emphasis is placed on the determination of forces in typical multistory, rectilinear frames subject to gravity and lateral loads.  In addition to first order analysis, the course included analysis for second order effects and plastic analysis.    3 hours

CESE 664   Bridge Engineering

This course includes the study of bridge loads, including moving load analysis; methods for approximate structural analysis, preliminary bridge design methods, and the structural design of bridge decks and girders.  3 hours

CESE 665   Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

This course includes the study of earthquake-induced vibrations of single and multi-degree-of-freedom systems, such as single and multistory frames. Emphasis will be placed on structural steel and reinforced concrete building frames.   Response spectrum analysis will be investigated as well as building codes and static and dynamic lateral load force procedures.  3 hours



CECM 669 – Advanced Project Management

CE 669Skills generally required for sound project management in a variety of management settings are studied in addition to specific management issues typically associated with engineering and construction companies. Students are introduced to the Project Management Institute's Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).  A discussion of corporate organizational structures and the evolving use of project management processes helps establish an appreciation for the role of a Project Manager.  The elements of a project and the role and responsibilities of the Project Manager are studied in depth.  Students are also acquainted with risk management concepts, financial, labor, safety, equipment, contracting issues facing managers in the engineering and construction environment.  Particular emphasis is placed on individual management strengths and weakness, team building, and characteristics of successful companies.  One of the primary vehicles for discussion will be small case studies from real companies and the outside reading of one or two relevant topical books.   3 hours

CECM 671 – Construction Liability and Contracts

This course provides an overview of the fundamental aspects of the laws that affect construction and engineering companies as well as the project owners.  Particular emphasis is placed on contract forms and provisions related to liability for engineering design and construction companies, the roles of the typical participation in the process, and dispute resolution. Students will learn the importance of contract language negotiations and the impact of project risk transfer.  (Prerequisites: CE 669 or approval by the Program Director).   3 hours


CECM 673 – Techniques of Project Planning and Control

CE 673This course provides a thorough understanding of the project scheduling process in construction planning and control. Students learn the relationship between the work breakdown structure, organization breakdown structure and the activities used in developing project schedules.  The Critical Path Method (CPM), the Precedence Diagram Method (PDM), the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), and the Line of Balance (LOB) scheduling methods are discussed in detail to include hand calculations and powerful computer software products.  The use of scheduling techniques for project control, resources constraint management, cash flow management, risk management and project completion date management are investigated as is the importance of communications in the planning and monitoring/controlling processes.  Students will experience hands on use with Primavera scheduling software. (Prerequisites: CE 669 and CE 670).   3 hours

CECM 674   Green Building and Sustainable Structures:

CE 674This course provides an introduction to the emerging trends in green building sustainable design and construction. Specific applications for structural engineers will be emphasized. The course will include instruction suitable to prepare students for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED©) Green Building Rating SystemTM certification exam.   3 hours

CECM 675 – Advanced Construction and Engineering Economics

CE 675This course provides an extensive overview of financial and managerial accounting concepts for non-financial managers. Students will learn the basic elements of accounting (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices).  They will understand how typical financial records and financial statements are established for companies.  Once the basics are understood, students will study how financial data is used for internal cost controlling, planning, and budgeting.  Fundamental financial calculations associated with the time value of money, debt instruments, taxes, inflation, and cash flow estimates are emphasized.   Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the use of Excel business functions in solving financial problems.(Prerequisite:  CE 669, CE 670, CE673).   3 hours.

CECM 689   Building Information Modeling for Structural Engineers:

CE 689This course provides students with an overview of the evolution of BIM technology in the construction industry followed by hands-on training in the basic application of contemporary BIM software.  Students will learn basic modeling skills and how to produce graphical presentations.  Advanced applications of BIM technology will be discussed and demonstrated.  Students will be provided with BIM software and will be required to complete a multi-step BIM model as a term project.   3 hours