Introduction to civil engineering system processes. Decision methods, economic considerations, and optimization. Examples illustrating quantitative and subjective aspects of civil engineering practice. Prerequisite: either MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136, or MATH 308. Offered: A.
This course introduces the student to the use of systems analysis tools in the formulation and solution of civil engineering problems. The four major topics covered include: engineering economics and project evaluation, decision analysis with an emphasis on Bayesian (probabilistic)frameworks, optimization of civil engineering systems (emphasizing linear programming), and simulation modeling.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course is large lecture in style. I will be interacting with the students by asking questions throughout the lecture and by assigning simple class room problems to be done in groups.
Be prepared to do the assigned homework, listen actively in class, and to read the text to supplement the lecture.
Class assignments and grading
There is considerable homework assigned. You are encouraged to form study groups in which all students participate and which problems are solved jointly.
Homework, and three mid-terms and a final