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Department of Civil Engineering
CIVL 1101 - Syllabus Fall 2017
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Dr. Charles Camp
Office: EN 106B
Phone: 678-3169 (office)

Office hours: An "open door policy" or by appointment

Date: August 29, 2017
Hours Credit: 3 Semester Hours

Course Meetings: Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday; 1:00 - 1:55pm, ET 233
                           Lab: Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday: 2:20 - 5:20pm, EN 114

Required Textbook:
"Strategies for Creative Problem Solving" by Fogler, LeBlanc, and Rizzo - Prentice Hall, 2014, ISBN-13:9780133091663
"Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures- Edition: 16th" - Portland Cement Association, 2016, ISBN-13: 978-0893122775

Require Computer/Software:
All students entering the Department of Civil Engineering are required to have a laptop computer that they can use in their engineering classes and labs. The laptop computer must be capable of connecting to the Internet via wireless and running Microsoft Office 2010. The Department of Civil Engineering is committed to education and we recognize computers to be an extension of the learning tools needed to compete professionally. 

It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a minimum of: 4 GB of RAM;  Windows XP or Windows 7; and 3 GHz or higher Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core Duo, or Xeon Processors. Students who already have a laptop with a minimum of 2 GB of RAM and at least Windows 7 or Mac operating system 10.4 or better do not need to purchase a new laptop.

Course Description: Theory of measurements, linear measurements, angles, topographic surveys, and mapping with applications in Civil Engineering: emphasis on individual and group problem solving, techniques of data collection and analysis, and project documentation.


  1. To allow the student to become familiar with instrumentation and measurements typical to those used in Civil Engineering practice.
  2. To develop an understanding of the limitations, constraints, and applicability of various field and laboratory data collection methods.
  3. To enhance the skill level of the student in the application of the personal computers to solution of engineering problems and to the development of material supporting engineering decision making and report presentation.
  4. To expand the understanding of the student in the steps involved in the process of design and engineering problem solving.
  5. To increase the group problem solving skills of the student.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this class, the student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Recognize and apply basic instrumentation and measurements typical to those used in Civil Engineering practice.

  2. Recognize the limitations, constraints, and applicability of various field and laboratory data collection methods.

  3. Application of the spreadsheets to solution of engineering problems.

  4. Application of problem solving strategies to the analysis, design, and evaluation of engineering problems.

  5. Write and present technical reports supporting engineering decision making.

  6. Demonstrate the ability to work in a group.

Course Outline

Weeks 1 - 5: Field Measurements - linear measurements and elevation measurements

Weeks 6 - 10: Material Properties - properties of concrete: proportioning, mixing, and testing of high strength concrete

Weeks 11 - 15: Fluid Flow and Filtration - filter material properties, fluid flow, and filter performance


The final grades for the course will be based on the following percentages:



Computational Homework


Mid-term Exam


Final Exam


3 Projects


IMPORTANT NOTE: Each student must receive a passing grade (>70) on both the homework and the exam portions of their course work. If a student has an overall passing grade for their complete course work and does not have a passing grade for both their homework and exam scores, the student will not pass the class.

Final letter grades will be based on the following scale which reflects the percentages as noted above.

Exam / Homework / Projects


90 - 100


87 - 89


84 - 86


80 - 83


77 - 79


74 - 76


70 - 73


60 - 69




Attendance in both the lecture and lab portions of the class is required. Every unexcused absence from lecture is a reduction in the final class average of 2%. Every unexcused absence from a lab is a reduction of 25% on the student's individual grade for that lab section.

Make-Up Work

Due to the nature of the class, make-up work will be very difficult to complete. Should the student think that they should be allowed to make up missed work they must document, in writing, their reason(s) for being allowed to make up the missed work or to have an absence excused. The student will be required to submit documentation for missing the class session and should be ready to provide such evidence at the time the request is made. It will be up to the discretion of the instructors if work may be made up or if the absence is excused.

CIVL 1101 - Civil Imagineering Analysis Homework Format

All assignments are to be submitted on engineering paper. You may use any type of engineering paper as long as it has a background grid. The example page below is for the paper available in the bookstore. If an alternate form of paper is used, the headings at the top of the page should be modified to match the printed partitions, however, the remainder of the instructions apply equally to either form.

Work should be done in pencil, and a lead hardness used which produces good contrast to the paper. Figures should be drawn with a straight edge and if appropriate, a circle template or compass. The layout and appearance of your work should be of professional quality. Work no more than one problem per page. Do not use the back of a page for any reason. All pages should be ordered by page number and stapled. A good guide for this standard is to prepare each assignment as if it were to be kept on file and sent to prospective employers as an example of your work at University of Memphis.

Homework is due at the beginning of class on the due date. Late homework will not be accepted for any reason. To account for a missed assignment, even with an valid excuse, one homework assignment will be dropped for consideration in computing the homework average.


Academic Integrity and Student Conduct:

Expectations for academic integrity and student conduct are described in detail on the website of the Office of Student Judicial and Ethical Affairs ( Please take a look, in particular, at the sections about “Academic Dishonesty,” “Student Code of Conduct and Responsibilities,” and “Disruptive Behaviors.” I will expect students to be aware of these guidelines and to conduct themselves accordingly.

This website was originally developed by Charles Camp for CIVL 1101.
This site is Maintained by the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis.
Your comments and questions are welcomed.

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Department of Civil Engineering| 104 Engineering Science Bldg |Memphis, TN 38152 | Phone: 901/678-2746 | Fax: 901/678-3026 | Last updated: 09/18/2017