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Richard Palmer
CEE 390
Seattle Campus

Civil Engineering Systems

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Richard Palmer
Date: 01/05/2004