Courses Description for the Department of Civil Engineering

Courses Description for the Department of Civil Engineering

Courses Description for the Department of Civil Engineering

403103Engineering Drawing

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: Non)

Drawing instruments and their usage, lettering and numbering, tangents and basic drawing techniques, geometric projections, orthographic projection, isometric projection, sections, introduction to descriptive geometry, isometric and oblique 3D drawing, engineering applications, using computer in drawing (CAD).

403110Engineering Ethics

(1 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: None)

Main aspects of engineering profession, best engineering practices, the role of the Engineer in the society, regulations that govern the engineering profession in Jordan, professional communication skills, requirements for practicing the engineering profession as per the Jordanian by-laws for practicing professions and engineering ranking system.

403310Technical Writing

(2 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 110105)

General ideas about the writing styles and forms, writing in business, industry and government, adequacy and excellence, analyzing the communication context, basic writing techniques, types of written communication, revising for excellence, college writing and professional writing, major types of on-job writing, writing categories, report design report writing procedures, preparing own resumes and CV's, practical experience on how to perform and attend interviews of work.


(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 604101, 1102101)

Introduction, Two and three dimensional force systems, components, resultants, moments and couples, equilibrium, structures (trusses, frames, machines), distributed load (center of gravity, center of mass, centroid), shear force and bending moment in beams, moments of inertia.

403200Engineering Mathematics

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 604106)

First-order differential equations, linear second-order differential equations, higher order linear differential equations,Laplace transforms, Fourier series, partial differential equations.

403202 Linear Algebra

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 604101)

Vectors in Rn spaces, algebra of matrices, systems of linear equations, Gauss elimination, determinants, Cramer's rule, vector spaces, inner product, orthogonality, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization, symmetric matrices.

403203 Calculus (3)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 604102)

Vectors, equations of lines, planes and quadratic surfaces, vector valued functions and their applications in engineering, functions of multiple variables and their continuity and limits, partial differentiation and chain rule, maximum and minimum values, Lagrange multipliers, multiple integrals and their application to calculation of area and volume andcenter of gravity, integrals in cylindrical and spherical coordinates linear and surface integrals, vector analysis.

403205Numerical Methods

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403202)

Approximations and numerical errors, roots of equations, methods of solving linear and non linear equations, numerical integration, numerical differentiation, theory of curve fitting, the use of numerical techniques and computer to solve civil engineering (structural, hydraulics, environmental, transportation and geotechnical) problems.

403203 Engineering Statistics

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 604102)

Descriptive statistics, interval estimation, tests of hypothesis, confidence intervals, nonparametric methods, correlation and regression, analysis of variance, statistical design of experiments.

403211Engineering Geology

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: Non)

Theory: Introduction to geology and its importance for civil engineers, earth sub layers, earth components, mineral and crystals, types of rocks, internal and external earth motion, physical and mechanical properties of rocks, classification of rocks, geophysics, rock and soil mechanics, landslides, soil classification and measurements.

Practical: Studies of various types of crystals, minerals and rocks. Maps: topographic maps, geological maps, cross-sections and profiles, geophysics and its applications.

403221Strength of Materials

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403121)

Type of loads, structures and supports, Hooks law, deformation, stresses and strains under axial loads, thermal stresses, torsion, analysis of internal forces in beams, stresses and strains under pure bending moments, composite sections, shear forces, shear stresses and strains, shear center, deflections by integration, buckling of columns.

403221Strength of Materials Lab.

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite or co-requisite: 403221)

Tensile test, buckling test, torsion test, creep test, stiffness test, beam bending test, impact test, hardness test.

403225Structural Mechanics and Structural Analysis for Architecture

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 604101)

ForceSystems, equilibrium condition, structural systems and materials, truss analysis, distributed forces, Shear and bending moment diagram, centroids, analysis of statically determinate frames.

403234Building Construction

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403103)

This course covers the types of building, constructional elements in building, loads types of stairs, formwork, floors, plastering and painting, isolation, drawing civil engineering details including: brick and stone walls, retaining walls, earth works, steel structures, concrete structures.


(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 604101)

Introduction to surveying, types of surveying, principles and basic definition of surveying, types of measurements, chain surveying, scale, errors in measurements, linear measurements, bearings, leveling, profiles and cross-sections, contour lines, theodolite, area and volume calculation.

403246Surveying Lab.

(1 Cr. Hr., prerequisite or co-requisite:403245)

Application on linear measurements using tapes and electronic devices, vertical and horizontal angle measurements, setting out details, elevation measurements, profile and cross-section plotting, contour mapping, topographical mapping, application on planometer, compass and slopes measurement devices.

403311Materials of Construction

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403221)

Types and manufacturing of cement, properties of cement, cement hydration, properties of aggregates, design of concrete mixes. Initial and final setting time. Consistency of concrete, workability of concrete, segregation, strength of concrete (compression, tension, flexure), elasticity of concrete, shrinkage, creep, durability of concrete, concrete mix design, Structural steel properties and types.

403312Materials of Construction Lab.

(1 Cr. Hrs., Prerequisite or co-requisite: 403311)

Cement tests: setting time, surface area (fineness of cement), volume change, compression and tension strength. Aggregate test: Los Angeles abrasions test, impact resisting test, density, grading, and water absorption. Fresh concrete tests: slump test, compaction factor, void ratio, cubic and cylindrical specimens. Hardened concrete tests: flexure, compression and tensile strength, Schmidt hammer test, porosity, ultrasonic test.

403313Geotechnical Engineering (1)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite 403211)

Main characteristics of soils, classification of soils, seepage in one and two dimensions, compaction of soils, stresses due to surface loads, compressibility effects, shear stresses in soils and method of determination in lab, stability of slopes, subsurface exploration, improvement of soils.

403314Geotechnical Engineering Lab.

(1 Cr. Hrs., Prerequisite or co-requisite: 403313)

Water contents, liquid and plastic limits, shrinkage limit, sieve analysis, hydrometer, compaction test, consolidation test, unconfined compression test, triaxial test, direct shear test.

403323Structural Analysis (1)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403221)

Types of structures, loads, stability and static determinacy, equilibrium, reaction, internal forces in statistically determinate structures: axial forces, flexural forces, torsion, shear forces in beams, frames, arches, plane and space trusses. Influence lines for beams, frames, plane trusses. Mueller principles, deflections, moment area method, conjugate beams, energy method: virtual works, Castigliano theorem.

403322Structural Analysis (2)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403321)

Classical theories, deflected shapes, principle of symmetrical and unsymmetrical structures, statistically indeterminate method of consistent displacement and least work methods, slope deflection method with or without side sway, moment distribution (without and with side sway), Cross method.

403336Concrete Steel Structures for Architecture

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403225)

Reinforced concrete Properties, steel properties, load estimates, codes of practice, ultimate strength design, design of singly and doubly reinforced concrete beam sections,design of rectangular and T-shape sections for bending and sheer, ASD method of design, design of tension members, design of compression members, design of beams, design of columns.

403346Traffic and Transportation Engineering

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403208)

Introduction to Transportation Engineering, Importance of Transportation, Mode of Transportation, Transportation facilities, Introduction to Traffic Engineering, Elements of Traffic System, Traffic Engineering Studies, Fundamental Principles of Traffic Flow, Intersection Control, Highway and Traffic safety, Capacity and level of Service at highway system, Capacity and level of service at signalized intersection.

403342Highway Design

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403245 + 403346)

Importance of highways. Economical, social and political, characteristics of highways, types and classification of highways, investigation of highway route, factors affecting the geometric design of highways, stopping and passing sight distances elements and design of simple circular horizontal curves, lateral clearance on horizontal curves, super elevation, transition curves, rotation diagrams, coordination of horizontal alignment, characteristics, types and design of vertical curves, sight distance on vertical curves, highest and lowest points on vertical curves, coordination of vertical alignment.

403351Fluid Mechanics

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite : 403121, prerequisite or co-requisite: 403200)

Fluid properties, static and dynamics of fluids, buoyancy and floating, kinematics of fluids, energy factors in steady flow and applications of momentum and flowing forces, atmospheric pipe flow, laminar and turbulent, flow friction losses, minor losses, multi pipe systems and methods of solutions, lifting forces, drag forces for submerged bodies in compressible and non compressible fluids.


(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403351)

Steady flow in open channels. Chezy and Manning formulas. Specific energy, critical depth, the hydraulic jump, force depth relationships and applications, valid flow in open channels, water surface profiles, methods for solving differential equations similarity, modeling and dimensional analysis, introduction to theory of membrane, characteristics of laminar and turbulent flow, separation and eddy formation, hydraulic machines, selection and performance of pumps and turbines.

403357Fluid and Hydraulics Lab.

(1 Cr. Hrs., Prerequisite or co-requisite: 403356)

Center of flow, floating bodies, jet impact, head loss in pipes during laminar and turbulent flow, logarithmic velocity curve in pipe system, flow measuring devices, openings gates and orifice, Venturi meter, flow over sharp crested wires and over broad crested weirs, uniform flow in channel, wave speed, specific energy and critical depth, hydraulic jump resisting forces for cylindrical bodies, lifting and drag forces for irregular shape bodies, Venturi meters, partial channel, hydraulic machines, pump performance, fans, radial flow fans, centrifugal pumps, pumps in series and pumps in parallel.

403355Engineering Hydrology

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite or co-requisite: 403351)

Hydrological cycle, precipitation, evaporation, seepage, infiltration and percolation, ground water hydrology, ground water movement and methods of usage, surface water, hydrograph analysis, flood analysis, hydrological prediction.

403373Engineering Economy and Management

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 604101)

Basic concepts in engineering economy, interest formulas, economic decision-making, application of interest formulas: present worth, future worth, annual series, rate of return, benefit-cost analysis, methods of depreciation accounting, effects of depreciation on economic decision, analysis of multiple alternatives, inflation, sensitivity analysis of economic decision.

403411Foundation Engineering (1)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403313)

Site investigation, bearing capacity of soils and rocks, stress distribution beneath foundations, settlement of soils and shallow foundations. Design of footings: spread footings, rectangular combined footings and braced or cantilever footings. Deep foundations, bearing capacity and settlement, lateral earth pressure, earth-retaining structures, and foundation on expansive soils, special topics.

403430Reinforced Concrete (1)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403311, prerequisite or co-requisite: 403324)

Properties of concrete and steel, loads and load combinations, working stress design method, cracked and uncracked sections, strength design method, design for flexure, principles of ductile and brittle behavior, singly and doubly reinforced sections, rectangular and T-sections,design for shear and diagonal tension, bond of steel bars, anchorage and development length of steel bars, design of short columns, interaction diagrams.

403432Steel Structures (1)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite or co-requisite: 403324)

Properties types of steel structures, loads and load combinations, design of steel members using LRFD method,tension members, compression members, elastic and inelastic buckling of compression members by flexure and torsion, local buckling of slender elements, flexural members, limit state of yielding, elastic and inelastic lateral-torsional buckling, design against shear force, design for deflection, members subjected to combined stresses, simple connections.

403433Reinforced Concrete (2)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403430)

Design for serviceability, cracking, deflection, design for torsion, design of edge supported solid and ribbed slabs spanning in one or two ways, coefficient method, design of column supported slabs, direct design method, continuous beams and frames, cases of loading, redistribution of moments, design of slender columns (braced and unbraced), design of single and combined footings.

403440Pavement Design

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403311, 403342)

Types of pavements, materials used in flexible and rigid pavements, preparation of the sub-grade, area calculation, preparation of volume sheet and mass-hole diagram, strength properties of pavement structural layers, axle loads, design methods of highway flexible and rigid pavement, design methods of airport flexible and rigid pavements, marshal method for hot mix design.

403442Highways Engineering Lab.

(1 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite or co-requisite: 403440)

California Bearing Ratio (CBR) tests. Tests of asphalt materials: say bolt viscosity test, ductility of bituminous materials, penetration of bituminous materials, flash and softening points, specific gravity of semi-solid bituminous materials, method of hot mix design (Marshal test), extraction test, skid resistance.

403443Railroad and Airport Engineering

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403440)

Airport Engineering: investigation of airport location and requirements. Design of runways: orientation, lengths, and cross-sections. Design and requirements of airport terminals. Railroad engineering: cross-sections, intersection design of horizontal and vertical curves of railroad. The course includes a term project submitted by the end of the semester.

403460Water Treatment Engineering (1)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403355, 1101101)

Water and wastewater sources, different stages of treatment processes, sludge handling, design of water and wastewater treatment plant, reactor theory and modeling, process kinetics, chemical, physical and biological treatment, hydraulic of distribution networks of drinking water and collection systems of wastewater.

403463Wastewater Lab.

(1 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite or co-requisite: 403460)

Wastewater analysis, drinking water analysis including: pH, alkalinity, chloride, hard and soft water, chlorine, dissolved oxygen, BOD (biological oxygen demand), COD (chemical oxygen demand), coliform test, suspended and dissolved solids, coagulation and flocculation, water hardness removal.

403464Environmental Engineering

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite or co-requisite: 403460)

Environmental definitions, and environmental systems. Water: sources and types of water pollution and methods of treatment and control. Air: physical and chemical principles, air pollutant standards, static and dynamic pollution sources and methods of control, solid waste: definition, sources, collection, its impacts over the environment and the engineering methods for treatment and disposal. Hazardous and Industrial Wastes: definitions, environmental impacts and methods of treatment and disposal, herbicides and pesticides: types, environmental impacts and alternatives.

403470Specifications and Quantity Surveying

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403234 + 403430)

General introduction, types of tenders, contracts, documents of contracts, Jordanian general conditions, special specifications for building, quantity surveying, introduction to value engineering.

403474Construction Management

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403373, prerequisite or co-requisite: 403470)

Scientific methods of project management. Conventional linear programming. Network analysis using: arrow, circles and PERT networking, interrelated networks in multi relations, time duration activity construction ship, project control, network up grading, resource leveling and distribution methods.

403504Special Topics in Civil Engineering

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: Department permission)

To be offered according to department capabilities. The course description shall be prepared by the instructor and shall be submitted for approval by the Department,Term Project.

403505Computer Applications in Civil Engineering

(3 Cr. Hrs., 5th year level)

The course consists of a training of students on one or more of the available engineering programs in the various fields of Civil Engineering (highways and transportation, water and environment, structural and geotechnical), Term Project.

403507Geographic Information System (GIS)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite:5th year level)

Geographic and non geographic information, Types of geographic information system, Relation between survey and geographic information, Relation between geographic information and cartography, location of geographic information system in civil engineering, Term Project.

403572Construction Methods

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403474)

Methods for selecting heavy-duty construction instruments based on technological and economical factors for earthworks, transportation, compaction and placement of earthwork. Evaluation of factors that may effect productivity, estimating construction cost economical based on economical analysis or owning and operating construction equipment,framework design, and introduction to methods of planning in construction works,Term Project.

403506Building Services

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite:5th year level)

Ventilation and air distribution, solar energy, elevators, escalators, fire fighting systems, water supply systems, drainage systems, storm water, solid waste disposal, Term Project.

403510Geotechnical Engineering (2)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403313)

Review to Site Investigations, Soil Classification for Highways, Landslides and Slope Stability, Seepage, Problematic Soils, Methods of Soil Stabilization, and Box Culverts,Term Project.

403511Earth Retaining Structures

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403411)

Introduction, review of essential principles and shear strength, theories of earth pressure, effects of static and dynamic loads on retaining walls (surcharge loads, earthquakes, compaction). Design of retaining walls, sheet piles, reinforced earth, braced excavations, tieback excavation, braced cofferdam, slurry walls for excavation, cellular cofferdams. Term Project.

403513Foundations Engineering (2)

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403411)

Analysis and design related to shallow and deep foundation. Topics include site investigations, retaining walls, soil reinforcement, bearing capacity, foundation settlement, seismic design, pile foundations, factors to consider in foundation design and computer applications in foundation engineering. Introduction to new evolving techniques of geotechnical analysis and design. Term Project.

403514Soil Improvement and Slope Stability

(3 Cr. Hrs., prerequisite: 403313)

Introduction to principles of soil stabilization, dynamic compaction and replacement, preloading and vertical drains, grouting, earth reinforcement, tiebacks, and soil nailing. Presentation of new applications of practical solutions to problems encountered in industry. Overview of slope stability methods of excavation slopes and open cuts, seismic slope stability, improvement of slope stability, software application and reinforced slopes. Term Project.