ENGRCEE 181B Senior Design Practicum (2014-2015)

ENGRCEE 181B Senior Design Practicum

(Required for CE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 181B Senior Design Practicum (Credit Units: 2) Team designs land development project including infrastructural, environmental, circulation aspects. Focus on traffic impact studies, design of roads, geometry, signals, geotechnical and hydrological analysis, design of structural elements, economic analysis. Oral/Written interim and final design reports. Laboratory sessions. In-progress grading. Prerequisite: CEE181A. ENGRCEE 181A-B-C must be taken in the same academic year. Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors only. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0071494373.

Recommended Textbook:

Merritt, F.S., Loftin, M.K., and Ricketts, J.T. Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill.

Handouts in lecture and collected reference material on legal, ethical, societal and contractual aspects of civil engineering projects, as appropriate.

Michael G. McNally
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC c.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Design a transportation, structural, water or wastewater system, component or process to meet desired needs.

2. Function as part of a civil and environmental engineering design team, including contributing to the integration of all design elements into a cohesive whole that is summarized in a professional-standard design report.

3. Apply ethical, societal, legal and contractual details in a civil and environmental engineering project. (EAC c)

4. Effectively communicate and present his/her design to a technical audience.

Prerequisites by Topic

Basic site development process (planning, scheduling, EIR, etc.)

Lecture Topics:
  • Development Project, Site Layout, Design Projects. (Week 1)
  • Site Layout, terrain and soil characteristics. (Week 2)
  • Design of Structural Elements. (Week 3 & 4)
  • Design of Transportation Elements. (Week 5 & 6)
  • Design of Water/Environmental Elements. (Week 7 & 8)
  • Cost Estimation and Life Cycle Costing. (Week 9 & 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 1.5 hours of lecture, 1 hour of discussion and 1.5 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

AutoCAD, GIS, MS-Project, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and other software for planning, design, and economic analysis.

Laboratory Projects:

Weekly lab sessions have students meeting with either their consulting team (typically each consulting team incorporates five individual design projects as well as overall site development) and with members of other teams who are working on the same individual design project (and with the external client/consultant for each individual design project).

Professional Component

Contributes toward the Civil Engineering Topics courses and Major design experience; and the Environmental Engineering Topics courses and Major design experience.

Design Content Description

Comprehensive land development and design continues with design and analysis of individual project elements (structural, transport, water, and environmental), considering all elements relating to individual project design and to the integrated final design of the project as a whole, including preliminary project design report and team presentation.

Lectures: 0%
Laboratory Portion: 100%
Grading Criteria:
  • Site Plan Report & Presentation: 20% (CEE 181A)
  • Preliminary Design Report & Presentation: 15% (CEE 181B)
  • Final Project Report & Presentation: 40% (CEE 181C)
  • Exams and Tech Memos: 10% (All quarters)
  • Homework: 10% (All quarters)
  • Attendance: 5% (All quarters)
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 11, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr