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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CES6010
Tracking Number - 5240

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-06-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for Civil Eng. To GC. Approved; To USF Sys 4/21/16; to SCNS after 4/28/16. Apprd eff 6/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-05-21
  2. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210400
  5. Contact Person: Alberto Sagues
  6. Phone: 813974581
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: CES
  9. Number: 6010
  10. Full Title: Structural Life Prediction
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Structural Life Prediction
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Prediction of durability of structures, detection and evaluation of structural corrosion damage in steel/cementitious system, structure corrosion damage prevention, control and rehabilitation techniques.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Students for the materials concentration in degree of MS and PhD in Civil Engineering need to take this to satisfy electives for their degrees. Increases elective choices in other programs Including Materials engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering,and Industrial Engineering
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD in science or engineering required to teach the class
  29. Objectives: 1. Lean a rational approach for predicting durability of structures, focusing on systems with steel in contact with cementitious materials (e.g. reinforced concrete, post-tensioned tendons) in service environments prone to corrosion damage,

    2. Familiarize with diagnostic, repair and rehabilitation techniques,

    3. Apply methodologies developed by U.S. and European agencies and organizations tailored to Florida's service conditions, and

    4. Develop expertise on advanced diagnostic and corrosion forecasting techniques by conducting a personalized or group research/application project.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will improve their ability to:

    1) understand factors responsible for aging and deterioration of structures in corrosive environments,

    2) formulate service life predictive models,

    3) apply methods to diagnose condition of structures,

    4) apply methods to control corrosion and extend service life of structures,

    5) identify the above factors in a the context of actual service case histories and conducting a project, and

    6) communicate with others in a professional manner by means of reports and presentations.

  31. Major Topics: Corrosion induced damage in Steel/ Cementitious System; Predictive modeling; Detection and evaluation of structural corrosion damage; and Prevention, control and rehabilitation
  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Course material will be posted online.

    Book references are listed as follows:

    • J. P. Broomfield, Corrosion of Steel in Concrete, Understanding, Investigation and Repair, 2nd Ed. Taylor & Francis, Milton Park, 2007

    • L. Bertolini, B. Elsener, P. Pedeferri and R. Polder, Corrosion of Steel in concrete, Wiley, Weinheim 2004.

    • S. Bentur, S. Diamond and N. Berke, Steel Corrosion in Concrete, E & FN Spon, London 1997.

    • S. Mindess, J.F. Young, Concrete, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1981 and later editions.

    • Others to be posted as appropriate.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 2 Exams 50%, Homework and Labs 25%, Project execution and report 25%
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Exam: Two scheduled in-class exams will test learned fundamentals.

    Assignments: Homework assignments are due on the specified date and time. The project is a large part of the course experience and course grade. Steady progress on the project throughout the course is essential. Projects rushed through at the end of the semester will receive reduced credit.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Requires instructor approval. Adherence to all University Polices regarding academic misconduct, cheating, and plagiarism is required (see USF Regulation-3.02).
  38. Program This Course Supports: MS Civil Engineering and PhD Civil Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Materials engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering.

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