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    Courses Plan

     Description of  Courses

  1. Introduction

The Civil Engineering Department is one of the earliest departments established in the Kingdom's universities. The department was established in 1382H.

The department currently has 54 faculty members: 24 Full Professors, 12 Associate Professors, and 18 Assistant Professors, in addition to 37 lecturers and teaching assistants.  The department has very well equipped laboratories including all branches of civil engineering: structures, materials, water resources, environmental engineering, soil, and surveying.  Besides the students’ laboratories, the department contains faculty laboratories in which they conduct their own research. Also, the department has advanced computation facilities either through direct contact with university and college computers or the departmental personal computers facilities. The departmental computation laboratories are equipped with a number of analysis, design, and simulation packages. 

Since its establishment, the civil engineering department has effectively contributed to the rapid development and advancement of the Kingdom through establishing the infrastructure projects necessary to the welfare of human beings. The graduates hold key positions in all governmental and private sectors. They are heavily involved in construction, transportation, water, environment protection, project management and soil treatment engineering projects. The diverse areas of the specialty associated with civil engineering provide the graduates with very good job opportunities both in the governmental and in the private sectors all over the Kingdom.

The Department of Civil Engineering offers two undergraduate programs, the civil engineering program and the surveying engineering program.

2. Bachelor of Science Program in Civil Engineering

The program of the B.Sc. in Civil Engineering offers a comprehensive and integrated program that allows the student to develop solid basis in different civil engineering disciplines that includes; Structural and & Geotechnical engineering, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, and Transportation Engineering and Construction Engineering & Management.  The B.Sc. program is a five-year program (10 semesters).

2.1 Course Requirements (165 credit hours)

To complete the graduation requirements for a B. S. in Civil Engineering, the students are required to successfully pass a total of 165 credit hours (32 credit hours of the Common First Year, CFY, + 132 credit hours and 1 (no-grade) credit hour of practical training) as shown in Tables 1-6 in the below attachment), with minimum GPA 2.75 out of 5.0. The program is divided into:

  • 32 credit hours of Common First Year Requirements. The breakdown is shown in Table 2.
  • 8 credit hours of University requirements (Table 3) of which:
    •  2 credit hours are compulsory (Table 3A)
    • 6 credit hours are elective to be taken from IC courses (Table 3B).
  • 51 credit hours of College requirements (Table 4) of which:
    • 40 credit hours are compulsory courses for all departments (Table 4A)
    • 9 credit hours of additional courses from a list of optional courses offered by the College of Engineering (Table 4B)
    • 2 credit hours of free courses to be taken by the student from any college but not from his department (Table 4C)
  • 74 credit hours of departmental requirements (Table 5) of which
    • 44 credit hours are core courses (Table 5A),
    • 4 credit hours of graduation project (Table 5B),
    • 7 credit hours of courses from other programs (Table 5-C)
    • 18 credit hours of elective courses (Table 5-D). The elective courses are to be selected from the list of elective courses in Table 5-E.
    • 1 credit hour (NP, no-grade pass or fail) of practical training (Table 5F).
    • The department provides its students with a chance to register a zero credit hour, no-grade course in research project (Table 5G); this course is NOT required for graduation.

2.2 Graduation Project Requirements (4 credit hours)

The design project is divided into two parts (2 credit hours each).  The student is eligible to register for Graduation Project-1 if he completes successfully at least 129 credit hours including f the CFY (or 97 credit hours excluding the CFY) and successfully passing ALL courses at level 7 and below (levels 1-7). The Senior Graduation Projects (1 and 2) can only be taken during the first and second semesters (not during summer semester).

2.3 Practical Training Requirements (1 no-grade credit hour)

Students in the department are required to complete a 10 weeks practical training requirement in an area related to Civil Engineering. Prior to undertaking the practical training program, the student must obtain the approval of the department and he must have completed, successfully, at least 110 credit hours including the CFY (or 78 credit hours excluding the CFY). Students enrolling in the practical training program are not allowed to take simultaneously any course or the graduation project.

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