Postgraduate Modules

The list of modules below is not final and some modules may not be offered every year.

RPG Course


CIVL6002 Advanced finite elements (6 credits)
Equilibrium and Virtual Work Principle; Variation principle; Numerical integration; Computer applications; Convergence and Error estimate; material and geometrical nonlinearity; resolution of nonlinear systems. (more detail ...)

CIVL6003 Advanced reinforced concrete structure design (6 credits)
Flexural, shear and torsional behaviours of reinforced concrete members; yield line theory; strut and tie theory; ductile design of reinforced concrete beams and columns; design of high-strength concrete members. (more detail ...)

CIVL6004 Advanced soil mechanics (6 credits)
Soil behaviour; stresses and strains in soil masses; stress path; soil deformation and consolidation theory; soil strength and failure criteria of soils; soil modelling techniques; laboratory testing applications. (more detail ...)

CIVL6005 Data analysis in hydrology (6 credits)
Time series analysis; hydrological forecasting; artificial neural networks in hydrology; chaos in hydrological time series. (more detail ...)

CIVL6006 Advanced water and wastewater treatment (6 credits)
Water/wastewater characteristics and standards; coagulation/flocculation; sedimentation and filtration; membrane separation; adsorption; chemical oxidation; disinfection; biological removal of organic pollutants and nutrient. (more detail ...)

CIVL6007 Behavioural travel demand modelling * (6 credits)
Demand theory; statistical models; survey methods in transport; land use transportation models; disaggregate choice models; behavioural concepts in choice modeling. (more detail ...)

CIVL6008 Bridge engineering (6 credits)
Choice of structural systems; construction materials; construction methods; loading on bridges; structural analysis of bridges; bridge substructures; bridge parapets, bearings and movement joints. (more detail ...)

CIVL6009 Building planning and control (6 credits)
Buildings Ordinance and its implementation, regulations, codes of practice and practice notes; building planning process; site safety supervision and safety assurance; quality assurance of materials and construction; demolition; temporary works; drainage works; case studies. (more detail ...)

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CIVL6013 Concrete technology (6 credits)
Concrete mixes; quality control; in-situ strength assessment; non-destructive testing; cracks and other defects; maintenance and repair. (more detail ...)

CIVL6014 Construction dispute resolution (6 credits)
Introduction to disputes, claims and methods of dispute avoidance and resolution in construction; mediation; arbitration: fundamental principles, arbitration agreement, arbitration rules, appointment of arbitrators, power and duties of arbitrators, pre-hearing proceedings, hearing, award, role of the court; other ADR (alternative dispute resolution) methods; litigation. (more detail ...)

CIVL6015 Construction financial management * (6 credits)
Estimating and costing; tendering strategy; productivity analysis; financial accounting; financial management; management accounting; taxation effects. (more detail ...)

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CIVL6021 Infrastructure contracts management (6 credits)
Infrastructure project packaging; different types and forms of construction contracts; selection of consultants and contractors; management of the tendering phase; management of design; administration of construction contracts; construction claims management. (more detail ...)

CIVL6023 Environmental chemistry (6 credits)
Water chemistry; microbial biochemistry; water pollution and treatment; soil chemistry; hazardous wastes; environmental chemical analyses. (more detail ...)

CIVL6024 Environmental hydraulics (6 credits)
Effluent disposal; environmental transport phenomena in receiving waters; turbulent diffusion; jets and plumes; mixing in rivers and coastal waters; determination of assimilative capacity. (more detail ...)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in fluid mechanics and environmental engineering or equivalent

CIVL6025 Environmental impact assessment of engineering projects ~ (6 credits)
Environmental impact assessment process; methodologies to assess environmental impacts on water, air, and land; environmental management; case studies, e.g. on transportation projects, environmental control facilities and reclamation works. (more detail ...)

CIVL6026 Finite element method (6 credits)
Elasticity; calculus of variation; energy methods; shape functions; two and three-dimensional problems; linear elasticity problems; field problems. (more detail ...)

CIVL6027 Foundation engineering (6 credits)
Introduction to foundation engineering; shallow foundations; bearing capacity; stress distribution and settlements; deep foundations; pile installation and construction control; pile load tests; inspection of deep foundations; foundation on slopes. (more detail ...)

CIVL6028 Ground improvement (6 credits)
Some principal ground improvement techniques for both granular and soft deposits, viz. surcharging with and without vertical drains, deep mixing methods, dynamic compaction and vibration, stone columns, grouting, geosynthetics and reinforced soil techniques, soil nailing and other novel schemes; principles and design considerations through worked examples and case studies; techniques of obtaining relevant soil parameters for design and the verification methods. (more detail ...)

CIVL6029 Groundwater hydrology (6 credits)
Principle of groundwater flow, flow equations and modeling. Flow to wells, groundwater monitoring, contamination and remediation. Special topics such as surface water groundwater interactions and sea water intrusion. (more detail ...)

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CIVL6034 Municipal wastewater treatment (6 credits)
Municipal wastewater flows and characteristics; sewerage systems; preliminary, primary and secondary treatment processes; wastewater disinfection; advanced treatment for nutrient removal; sludge processing and disposal. (more detail ...)

CIVL6035 Highway pavement engineering (6 credits)
Traffic loading; subgrade properties; soil stabilization; bituminous materials; flexible pavement design; rigid pavement design; pavement maintenance and upgrading; pavement management systems. (more detail ...)

CIVL6037 Project management - human and organisational factors * (6 credits)
Management theories; organisations structures and cultures; project management and project teams; leadership; ethics; communication; negotiations; recruitment. (more detail ...)

CIVL6040 Solid and hazardous waste management engineering (6 credits)
Resource use in modern society; sources, characteristics, and quantities of waste; environmental impact; waste prevention, reduction, and recycling; collection, transfer and transport; mechanical, biological, chemical and thermal processing; final disposal; case studies. (more detail ...)

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CIVL6043 Special topic in geotechnical engineering A (6 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to study in-depth an area of geotechnical engineering of interest to students and staff alike. The topic will be announced in the beginning of the semester when the course is offered. (more detail ...)

CIVL6044 Special topic in geotechnical engineering B (6 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to study in-depth an area of geotechnical engineering of interest to students and staff alike. The topic will be announced in the beginning of the semester when the course is offered. (more detail ...)

CIVL6045 Tall building structures (6 credits)
Coupled shear/core walls; coupling effects of beams and slabs; finite element analysis of building structures; wall-frame interaction; framed-tube structures; tube-in-tube structures; outrigger braced structures; shear lag effects in core walls. (more detail ...)

CIVL6046 Theory of traffic flow * (6 credits)
Measurements and statistical distributions of traffic characteristics; traffic stream models; car-following theories; hydrodynamic theory of traffic flow; traffic queues and delays. (more detail ...)

CIVL6047 Traffic management and control * (6 credits)
Transportation networks; network equilibrium concepts; estimation of origin-destination matrix; traffic management measures; traffic control techniques. (more detail ...)

CIVL6049 Urban development management by engineering approach (6 credits)
Urban development process, introductory town planning; transport modelling; integration of infrastructure and service planning; optimisation and risk management; integration of planning and implementation of engineering works; urban development; project management; principles of building control; integration of theory and practice; case studies. (more detail ...)

CIVL6050 Urban hydrology and hydraulics (6 credits)
Rainfall-runoff; hydrograph prediction; unsteady flow, flood routing; culvert hydraulics; flood control structures; stormwater management; storage concepts; river restoration; case studies. (more detail ...)

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CIVL6051 Water quality modelling (6 credits)
Mass balance and transport; biochemical processes and particle phenomena in natural environment; eutrophication; dissolved oxygen and algal dynamics; sediment-water-pollutant interactions; modelling application to rivers and estuaries. (more detail ...)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in environmental engineering or equivalent

CIVL6053 Wind engineering (6 credits)
Statistical description of wind, parent and extreme wind data, wind profiles, wind effects on buildings and structures, wind pressures, quasi-steady approach, wind-induced vibration, dampers, codification of dynamic effects, wind effects on building ventilation, pedestrian-level wind environment, wind effects on pollutant dispersion, wind tunnel techniques. (more detail ...)

CIVL6054 Engineering for transport systems *~ (6 credits)
Engineering appreciation of the transport systems; transport infrastructure development; choice of transportation systems; fixed track systems; road safety; application of technology in transport. (more detail ...)

CIVL6056 Special topic in transportation engineering A (6 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to study in-depth an area of transportation engineering of interest to students and staff alike. The topic will be announced in the beginning of the semester when the course is offered. (more detail ...)

CIVL6057 Special topic in transportation engineering B (6 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to study in-depth an area of transportation engineering of interest to students and staff alike. The topic will be announced in the beginning of the semester when the course is offered. (more detail ...)

CIVL6058 Management of infrastructure megaprojects (6 credits)
Public Works financing; Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) including BOT-type developments; selecting appropriate procurement frameworks; multi-party contractual links; co-ordinating large work packages; interface management; JVs and cross-cultural issues; risk management; decision analysis; value management. (more detail ...)

CIVL6059 Special topic in infrastructure project management (6 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to study in-depth an area of infrastructure project management of interest to students and staff alike. The topic will be announced in the beginning of the semester when the course is offered. (more detail ...)

CIVL6060 Operation and maintenance of building and civil engineering works (6 credits)
Policies, principles and practices in operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of buildings and civil engineering infrastructure such as: bridges, roadworks, marine and port works, water supply systems and sewerage schemes; and including aspects of: inspection, appraisal, materials repair methods, monitoring systems and forensic engineering. (more detail ...)

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CIVL6061 Special topic in environmental engineering A (6 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to study in-depth an area of environmental engineering of interest to students and staff alike. The topic will be announced in the beginning of the semester when the course is offered. (more detail ...)

CIVL6062 Special topic in environmental engineering B (6 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to study in-depth an area of environmental engineering of interest to students and staff alike. The topic will be announced in the beginning of the semester when the course is offered. (more detail ...)

CIVL6063 Special topic in structural engineering A (6 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to study in-depth an area of structural engineering of interest to students and staff alike. The topic will be announced in the beginning of the semester when the course is offered. (more detail ...)

CIVL6064 Special topic in structural engineering B (6 credits)
This course provides an opportunity for students to study in-depth an area of structural engineering of interest to students and staff alike. The topic will be announced in the beginning of the semester when the course is offered. (more detail ...)

CIVL6070 Logistics and transportation * (6 credits)
The logistics supply chain, evolution of logistics and the supply chain as management disciplines; the customer service dimensions; transportation fundamentals, transportation decisions; inventory concepts, inventory management; facility location decisions, the network planning process; logistics organization, best practice and benchmarking; discussion on contemporary issues in logistics. (more detail ...)

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CIVL6072 Design of cold-formed steel structures (6 credits)
Cold-formed steel structures; concepts of local buckling; effective width design method; shift of effective centroid; new design approach using direct strength method; design of structural steel building. (more detail ...)

CIVL6073 Professional practice in building development (6 credits)
Buildings Ordinance and allied regulations; classification of site, plot ratio / site coverage; Town Planning Board, density zoning plan, outline zoning plans, development permission area; old and new leases; means of escape; lighting & ventilation, environmental noise control; submission to the Buildings Department / Fire Services Department / Water Services Department; application for occupation permit; checklist for occupation permit site inspection. (more detail ...)

CIVL6074 Rights, liabilities and claims in construction contracts (6 credits)
Construction contracts; contractual rights and obligations; performance; breach of contract; remedies for breach; preparation and submission of claims; claims analysis. (more detail ...)

CIVL6075 Hong Kong, PRC and international construction law (6 credits)
Construction law in Hong Kong, PRC and abroad; UNCITRAL and WTO procurement frameworks; international construction contracts - FIDIC and NEC; administration of PRC projects; construction-related legislation and regulations in PRC. (more detail ...)

CIVL6077 Ground investigation and soil testing (6 credits)
Soil and rock classification systems; field instrumentation techniques; in-situ tests; laboratory tests; stress-path and its applications; groundwater monitoring; stress measurements; GPS and laser scanning monitoring methods. (more detail ...)

CIVL6078 Rock mechanics and rock engineering (6 credits)
Rock mass classification; rock mass strength and deformability as a function of structural defects such as joints; faults and bedding planes; in-situ rock stresses and their measurement; ground water percolation in rock; underground excavations and rock support system design; rock slope stability analysis; rock foundations; case histories in rock engineering; numerical methods; rock joint strength parameters; rockfall control. (more detail ...)

Remark: The course title has been changed from CIVL6078 Rock engineering to CIVL6078 Rock mechanics and rock engineering from the academic year of 2020-21 onwards.

CIVL6079 Slope engineering (6 credits)
Classification of landslides and mechanisms; slope engineering practice and slope assessment and design; historical overview of landslides in Hong Kong; slope stability analysis methods and stabilization; soil nailing and loose fill slopes; debris flow mobility; quantitative risk assessment; slope safety management and maintenance; landslides in man-made slopes and natural terrain landslides in Hong Kong. (more detail ...)

CIVL6080 Fire engineering design of structures (6 credits)
Fire behaviour, fire safety, design principles for structures in fire, prescriptive and performance-based approach, fire load and standard fire test, temperature prediction of compartment, temperature prediction of steel and reinforced concrete members, behaviour of concrete material under elevated temperature, design of steel, reinforced concrete and composite structures in fire, practical structural fire design. (more detail ...)

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CIVL6081 Recent advances in water and environmental engineering (6 credits)
Environmental hydraulics, fluid mechanics, hydrology, environmental microbiology, water chemistry, water and wastewater treatment technologies. (more detail ...)

CIVL6083 Practical design and construction of tunnels in Hong Kong (6 credits)
Introduction to tunneling; rock properties and rock masses; shallow tunnels; deep tunnels; stress distribution and settlements around underground opening; site investigation requirements; analysis and design of underground opening; ground convergence support reaction curves, soil structure interaction; construction methods; control of groundwater; construction monitoring; risk management and construction contract; numerical modelling in TBM. (more detail ...)

CIVL6084 Statistical methods for transportation (6 credits)
Basic tools for statistical model building; linear models; count and discrete dependent variables; duration models; analysis of panel data. (more detail ...)

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CIVL7001 Railway asset management (6 credits)
Requirements and obligations of physical asset stewardship, with emphasis on railway asset management; and their relationships with the growing demand of regulatory and business environments. (more detail ...)

CIVL7002 Geotechnical analysis and case histories (6 credits)
Reviewing basics of finite difference and finite element techniques; common soil constitutive models; numerical modelling in geotechnical construction; potentials and limitations of modelling; analytical solutions in geotechnics; lesson learnt from case histories. (more detail ...)

CIVL7003 Space structures (6 credits)
Design considerations for planar frames; double layer grids; barrel vaults, braced domes; geodesic domes; cable structures; membrane structures; expandable and foldable systems; joint systems; construction methods, optimisation techniques and stability checks. (more detail ...)

CIVL7005 Sustainable construction technology: principles and practices (6 credits)
This course provides in-depth knowledge of technology in the context of sustainable construction, with the syllabus covering concepts of sustainable construction; systems theories; technological innovation theories; types of technology and their applications; technology selection and management strategy. (more detail ...)

CIVL7006 Optimization techniques for transportation applications (6 credits)
Linear programming, nonlinear programming, network optimization, and integer optimization methods for solving transportation problems. (more detail ...)

CIVL7007 Building information modelling (BIM): Theories, development and application (6 credits)
This course is designed to equip students with the basic concept of BIM, its history in Hong Kong, the value to project management, the best practice and the way to apply BIM in infrastructure and construction projects. (more detail ...)

CIVL7008 Seismic analysis for building structures (6 credits)
Structural dynamics; vibration of single-degree-of-freedom systems; vibration of multiple-degree-of-freedom systems; base-shear method; response spectrum analysis; coefficient-based method; Seismic drift demand and capacity. (more detail ...)

CIVL7009 Dissertation (24 credits)
On admission to the curriculum, students will undertake a supervised dissertation which will be assessed. The dissertation must relate to the subject matter and be agreed by the Department of Civil Engineering. In addition to satisfying MSc(Eng) Regulations MSc5, MSc7 and MSc8, the progress of the dissertation work will be assessed for the purpose of General Regulations G11 and G12 according to a timeframe set by the Department of Civil Engineering for submission of the following:

(a) a tentative title, an outline and an inception report on the dissertation,
(b) a written report on the preliminary findings of the dissertation, and
(c) a draft dissertation and the final version of dissertation.

Failure to satisfy the examiners in the dissertation milestones specified by the Department of Civil Engineering shall be considered as unsatisfactory performance or progress under the provisions of General Regulation G11.

Students also have to attend some supporting courses, such as visits, seminars and workshops (on report writing, professional ethics and safety…etc). Assessment will be based on completion of quizzes of the workshops; attendance and summary reports for the visits and/or seminars.

The final assessment of the dissertation shall be by an oral presentation AND a dissertation. Students are REQUIRED to give an oral presentation on the findings of their dissertation in the form of a seminar at a time agreed by the Department of Civil Engineering prior to the submission of the dissertation. Failure in the oral presentation may lead to a failure in the dissertation as a whole. (more detail ...)

CIVL7010 Advanced engineering geology (6 credits)
Hard rock geology and geological structures; the sedimentary system; geological controls of engineering works; engineering geology of Hong Kong rocks and soils; earth surface processes; weathering and ground profiles; unsaturated soils; problematic soils; aquifers and source protection zones; desk studies and applied geophysics; ground models. (more detail ...)

CIVL7011 The economics of transport (6 credits)
Transport versus widgets; profit maximization and competitive equilibrium; costs and externalities; travel demand and the value of travel time; optimal pricing and investment; sustainable transportation; national income change and benefit measures; and cost-benefit analysis of transport projects. (more detail ...)

CIVL7012 Traffic impact assessment: Techniques (6 credits)
Traffic impact assessment techniques that involve single isolated developments, transit oriented developments, extensive developments and reclamation areas, highway and public transport infrastructures, special traffic generators, and changes of transport policies; applications of traffic engineering and transport planning techniques to traffic impact assessment in Hong Kong and Mainland, China. (more detail ...)

CIVL7013 Traffic impact assessment: Case studies (6 credits)
Review of Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) Studies and fundamental approach; Conducting TIA Studies including data collection and traffic forecasting techniques, problem identification and quantitative analysis; application of traffic engineering and transport planning techniques and improvement measures development of creative thinking, technical presentational and public relation skills for professional report writing and presentation of study findings. (more detail ...)

CIVL7014 Transport planning and infrastructure systems (6 credits)
Introduction to transport and land use planning, transport modelling techniques and application, transport infrastructure appraisal and planning, traffic impact assessment. (more detail ...)

CIVL7015 Durability design of concrete structures (6 credits)
Cement chemistry and microstructure; carbonation and induced steel corrosion; chloride ingress and induced corrosion; shrinkage cracking and its impact on corrosion; corrosion propagation and kinetic; service life model of reinforced concrete structure in marine environments; thermodynamic modelling and its application. (more detail ...)

CIVL7016 Land transport and the environment (6 credits)
Land transport systems; Rail and road construction; Rail noise emissions and abatement; Air, noise and water pollution of roads; Road related air and noise emission measurements, estimation and abatement approaches. (more detail ...)

CIVL7017 Road safety engineering (6 credits)
Road safety strategies and policy; safety in road design; roads safety injuries; accident site investigation and analysis; evaluation of road safety measures; road safety audits. (more detail ...)

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MEBS6004 Built environment (6 credits)
For descriptions, see the syllabus of the MSc(Eng) in Building Services Engineering curriculum.

MEBS6010 Indoor air quality (6 credits
For descriptions, see the syllabus of the MSc(Eng) in Building Services Engineering curriculum.

MECH6017 Noise and vibration (6 credits)
For descriptions, see the syllabus of the MSc(Eng) in Mechanical Engineering curriculum.

MECH6019 Sources and control of air pollution (6 credits)
For descriptions, see the syllabus of the MSc(Eng) in Mechanical Engineering curriculum.

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*  Approved for reimbursement from the Continuing Education Fund (CEF).
~   Only students who are studying under the MSc(Eng) curricula offered by the Department of Civil Engineering are allowed to take this MSc(Eng) course.

RPG Course

CIVL8001 Seminar Module
(Compulsory Course)

For MPhil or PhD students admitted in or after 2013, CIVL8001 Seminar Module is COMPULSORY.

CIVL8001 Seminar Module is taken as 1 RPg course unit.  This module requires you to attend a minimum of 20 hours of technical seminars.

1. What seminars are counted?

Only "technical" seminars are counted.  Examples are our RPg seminars, research seminars presented by visitors, by other related departments, or seminars by other universities, HKIE, ICE, etc.  However, please note that we do not count events that are less than 1/2 hour long.  For any event that is longer than 1 hour, we will round it down to 1 event-hour.  Any conference, workshop, or symposium will be counted as 1 event-hour no matter how long you have attended the event.  In other words, students should attend 20 event-hours in total for the course.

2. Who should sign your seminar module record?

You should put down the information of each seminar that you attend in the record and get an authorized signature.  For a seminar that is organized by our department, the faculty member who is in charge of the seminar would sign for you.  For other seminars, such as research seminars offered by other departments, conference, etc., your supervisor should sign for you.

3. Where to download the Seminar Module Record?

Download the logbook from our Intranet of the Department of Civil Engineering’s website <http://www.civil.hku.hk/civil_intranet/index.html>:
            (1)        Click Student Intranet
            (2)        Click “MPhil/PhD” under the “Forms to be downloaded”
            (3)        “CIVL8001 Seminar Module Record”, click “PDF” or “MS Word”

4. How to record your seminar attendance?

After each seminar, please upload the filled and signed record, together with other evidence when necessary, to your Moodle e-course page of CIVL8001 Seminar Module.  The on-line submission will be verified by our Departmental Research Postgraduate Committee (DRPC), and the approved seminar attendance will be recorded and shown on your Moodle page.

5. In what time frame do I have to complete the attendance of all 20 hours of seminars?

As long as you attend enough seminar hours during the whole course of your RPg studies, you are given the credit.  You should spread out the attendance of seminars over one to two academic years.  We do not allow students to attend all 20 hours of seminars within a period of less than 6 months.  Please note that you should enroll in CIVL8001 in the SECOND SEMESTER of each academic year.  After you have accumulated enough event-hours on the Moodle, you will complete the course with a "Pass (P)" grade.

CIVL8011 Advanced topics in water and environmental engineering
The course aims to provide an opportunity for students to study in-depth areas of water and environmental engineering. Course content will encompass the selected topics in environmental hydraulics, fluid mechanics, hydrology, environmental microbiology, water chemistry, water and wastewater treatment technologies. (more detail ...)

CIVL8012 Optimization techniques for engineering applications
Linear programming, nonlinear programming, network optimization, integer optimization, genetic algorithm. (more detail ...)

CIVL8013 Computational Geomechanics
The objective of the course is to enable students to understand, formulate, implement, and apply widely used computational methods for geomechanics. This course consists of two major parts: (1) elastoplastic constitutive models and (2) coupled poromechanics. In both parts, emphasis is placed on teaching computational algorithms and implementation that allow the students to address large-scale geomechanical problems using high performance computers. (more detail ...)

CIVL8014 Advanced Cold-formed Steel Structures
Cold-formed steel structures; concepts of local buckling; effective width design method; shift of effective centroid; new design approach using direct strength method; design of structural steel building. (more detail ...)

CIVL8015 Special Topic in Environmental Engineering A: Research and Practice
This course aims at providing students with a comprehensive understanding of ecohydrology and its recent applications in various ecosystems. The course also provides a fundamental understanding of the water and wastewater treatment systems and the potential impacts of climate change on water security. (more detail ...)

CIVL8016 Technology for sustainable construction: Theories and applications
This course provides in-depth knowledge of technology in the context of sustainable construction, with the syllabus covering concepts of sustainable construction; systems theories; technological innovation theories; types of technology and their applications; technology selection and management strategy. (more detail ...)

CIVL8017 Building Information Modeling: Theories and Applications
This course aims to equip students with understanding of the fundamental principles of building information modeling (BIM), development history and current research and development efforts, and applications that have been developed and commonly used in the architecture, engineering and construction/Facility Management (AEC/FM) industry. The course also intends to provide students with opportunities to investigate the current AEC industry practice and develop research topics to further enhance the BIM technologies by conducting a series of assignments, presentations and discussions. (more detail ...)

CIVL8018 Virtual Prototyping in Civil Engineering
This course aims to equip students with understanding of the fundamental principles of virtual prototyping, processes of virtual prototyping, documentation of software development, current research and development efforts, and applications that have been developed and commonly used in the architecture, engineering and construction/Facility Management (AEC/FM) industry. The course also intends to provide students with opportunities to investigate the current AEC industry practice and develop research topics to further enhance the technology by conducting a semester-long project, presentations and discussions. (more detail ...)

CIVL8019 Topics in Sustainable Development
Engineers have a critical role to play in achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, engineers have to operate within an increasingly complex set of constraints and must be capable of dealing with a wide range of social, economic and political challenges. The goal of this course is to develop "T-shaped" engineers by augmenting the already strong technical skills of engineering (the vertical component) with a broader awareness of the social, economic and political contexts in which they work (the horizontal component). (more detail ...)

CIVL8020 Statistical Methods for Engineering
This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive exposition of the use of statistical methods/models that are useful in analyzing data commonly encountered in engineering problems such as transportation. Topics will include basic tools for statistical model building, linear models, count and discrete dependent variables, duration models, and analysis of panel data. Special emphasis is placed on the data analysis and modelling of travelers? behaviors. Software packages such as SPSS and R will be used to support the demonstration of the practical application of data analysis and model building in the module. (more detail ...)

CIVL8021 Selected Advanced Topics in Soil Mechanics
Soil behaviour; stresses and strains in soil masses; stress path; soil deformation and consolidation theory; soil strength and failure criteria of soils; soil modelling techniques; laboratory testing applications. (more detail ...)

CIVL8022 Structural Health Monitoring
This module aims to provide students with an introduction and a fundamental understanding of structural health monitoring (SHM) with a particular focus on vibration-based techniques. Topics to be covered will include an introduction of sensors and data acquisition systems, basics for statistical signal processing, feature extraction, operational modal analysis, the application of pattern recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence to structural health monitoring. Both physical-model-based (including the use of finite element modelling) and data-driven approaches will be presented. Special emphasis will be placed on Bayesian approaches. (more detail ...)

CIVL8031 Advanced finite elements
Equilibrium and Virtual Work Principle; Variation principle; Numerical integration; Computer applications; Convergence and Error estimate; Large deformation problems; Resolution of nonlinear systems. (more detail ...)

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