ENGRCEE 110 Methods III: Modeling, Economics, and Management (2016-2017)

ENGRCEE 110 Methods III: Modeling, Economics, and Management

(Required for CE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 110 Methods III: Modeling, Economics, and Management (Credit Units: 4) Analysis, modeling, and management of civil engineering systems. Statistics and system performance studies, probabilistic models and simulation, basic economics and capital investments, project elements and organization, managerial concepts and network technique, project scheduling. Emphasis on real-world examples. Laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: ENGRCEE 11. Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0071183178.

Recommended Textbook:

Selected statistical modeling and economics portions of P.J. Ossenbruggen, Fundamental Principles of Systems Analysis and Decision Making, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1994


Jean-Daniel M. Saphores
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b, EAC c, EAC e, EAC f, EAC h, EAC j, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand conceptual issues in model building and formulate mathematically simple resource allocation problems. (EAC a, EAC b, EAC e, EAC k)

2. Estimate and analyze regression model parameters; perform and interpret simple hypothesis tests. (EAC a, EAC b, EAC e, EAC k)

3. Apple engineering economics to analyze present and future values and to select among project alternatives. (EAC e, EAC h, EAC k)

4. Apply program, project, and activity level planning, reflecting societal inputs and the impact on society of civil engineering systems. (EAC e, EAC f, EAC h, EAC j)

5. Use work break-down structures, develop project schedules, put activities in node/link network structures, and find critical paths and activity time slacks. (EAC c, EAC e, EAC k)

6. Utilize stochastic activity durations and find critical paths. (EAC c, EAC k)

7. Gain a basic understanding of the ethical responsibilities of contemporary civil engineers. (EAC f, EAC j)

Prerequisites by Topic

Basic computer skills, basic programming skills, and basic knowledge of probability and statistics.

Lecture Topics:

Relationship between Modeling, Economics and Management Program Planning and the Planning Process Modeling; Basic Probability Concepts Variability in Engineering Systems; Descriptive Statistics, Distributions Model Building and Calibration a. Regression Analysis b. Parameter Estimates, Measures of Fit, Confidence Intervals Monte Carlo Simulation (If time permits) Basic Engineering Economics; Benefit-Cost Time Value of Money, Interest Rates, Present and Future Worth Cash-Flow Analysis; Civil Engineering Management; Project Planning Critical Path Methods (ADM Networks, PDM Networks) Project Scheduling and Project Controls Stochastic Networks (PERT, Simulation if time permits) Activity Planning (Equipment Driven Activities, Labor Driven Activities)

Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Use of spreadsheet and statistical software (EXCEL), project scheduling software (MS PROJECT), and online reading materials and class notes (Firefox, Explorer)

Laboratory Projects:

Selection from alternate model forms for probabilistic engineering systems. Design of schedules for construction projects.

Professional Component

Contributes toward the Civil Engineering Major design experience and engineering topics courses, and the Environmental Engineering Major design experience and engineering topics courses.

Design Content Description

The primary design activities are in the homework problems. Analysis of alternatives is considered a key component of civil engineering design. The final homework project involves a real-world construction case study which involves selection from schedule alternatives.

Lectures: 0%
Laboratory Portion: 100%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 30%
  • Midterm: 25%
  • Final: 45%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

December 21, 2015
Senate Approved:
January 12, 2016
Approved Effective:
2016 Fall Qtr