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Stephen T Muench
CEE 360
Seattle Campus

Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Introduces sustainability in civil engineering and construction. Emphasizes life cycle stages for infrastructure and building systems. Examines footprinting; life cycle costing; relevant performance metrics, codes, and standards for professional practice. Uses tools, case studies, guest speakers, and innovative applications. Prerequisite: either MATH 125, MATH 134, MATH 135, or MATH 136; PHYS 121; CHEM 142 or CHEM 145. Offered: Sp.

Class description

CEE360 is a survey course intended to give students a broad overview of select topics that are relevant to sustainability in civil engineering. These include engineering economics, wind energy, solar energy, air quality, low tech solutions and sustainability assessment. The intent is to provide meaningful exposure to a major idea (sustainability) that is now driving many decisions in modern civil engineering. By no means is this course comprehensive, but it should serve as an interesting introduction to some increasingly important topics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, homework, discussion

Recommended preparation

Get super pumped for sustainability!

Class assignments and grading

Homework will consist of four or five assignments carrying equal weight. All homework assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day they are listed as due. We do not accept e-mailed assignments unless there are special circumstances which you have worked out with us or the TA in advance. One or more of the homework assignments will be a group assignment to be completed in groups of 4 to 5 students. Your group should complete the assignment together and turn in only one completed assignment. At the end of the quarter you will have the opportunity to grade your fellow group members based on their contribution to the group assignments. This grading will be used to weight your grade for the group work.

Your final grade will be determined by a two-step process. First, we will combine your homework and exam grades using the following weights to determine a raw score: Homework (30%), Midterm (35%) and Final (35%).


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.
Course Website for 2011
Last Update by Stephen T Muench
Date: 03/25/2011