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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - TTE6833
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Current Status: SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval - 2016-05-18
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for Civil Eng. To GC. 4/18/16 LO need revision. Emailed 5/16/16. Approved 5/18/16 To USF Sys 5/18/16. to SCNS after 5/25/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2016-02-29
  2. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210400
  5. Contact Person: Qing Lu
  6. Phone: 8139745822
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: TTE
  9. Number: 6833
  10. Full Title: Asphalt and Asphalt Mixes
  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): Asphalt & Asphalt Mixes
  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: This course introduces asphalt binder and asphalt mix types and their use in Civil Engineering structures, focusing on asphalt pavements.

  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 degree of MS in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering as well as the transportation concentration in the degree of PhD in Civil Engineering may take this to satisfy electives for their degrees.
  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 Civil Engineering or related field.
  29. Objectives: Students will learn from this course the properties, grading systems, test procedures, and design of asphalt binders and asphalt mixes, and their applications in civil engineering structures, primarily in pavements. After taking this course, students will possess asphalt-related work and research skills and be able to conduct research or work in asphalt related areas.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course each student will be able to:

    1. Define basic terminology related to asphalt and asphalt mixes.

    2. Understand and use standard specifications and manuals on asphalt material test, design, construction, field inspection, and maintenance.

    3. Design asphalt mixes following current asphalt mix design procedures.

    4. Identify major causes of distresses in asphalt pavements based on field condition data.

    5. Participate in asphalt pavement construction projects without major hurdles.

    6. Write, use, and critique technical reports and journal papers related asphalt materials and asphalt pavements.

    7. Describe currently available asphalt technologies for roadway use and their developing trends in the near future.

  31. Major Topics: 1) Asphalt binders: history, uses, refining process, sources, chemical nature and properties, 2) Asphalt binders: physical testing, physical characteristics, Engineering properties, distress mechanisms for asphalt materials in pavements, 3) Asphalt binders: grading, systems, superpave binder tests, and specifications, 4) Mineral aggregates: production and sampling, sources, chemical nature, 5) Mineral aggregates: physical tests, material selection, gradation consideration, and calculation, 6) Asphalt concrete mixes: mix volumetric definitions, Marshall design method, superpave design method, 7) Asphalt concrete mixes: testing (stiffness, fatigue, rutting susceptibility, stripping susceptibility, frictional resistance, etc.) , 8) Asphalt Mixes: construction equipment, production, placement, compaction, 9) Quality control/Quality assurance, 10) Asphalt cement: special binders and applications, modifiers and design of modified binders, additives, warm mix asphalt, foam asphalt, 11) Asphalt aggregate mix: special mixes (open graded, noise-reducing, emulsion, slurry seal, chip seal), 12) Asphalt pavement recycling, 13) Maintenance, rehabilitation and reconstruction of asphalt pavement, and 14) Environmental considerations in selection, design, construction, reuse of asphalt mixes; greenroads, LCA.
  32. Textbooks: Hot Mix Asphalt Materials, Mixture Design and Construction. (NCAT)
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Reading materials will be available on the Canvas
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Term Paper 25%, presentation 5%, Homework 40%, Final exam 30%
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: 1) Homework will be regularly assigned and typically be due two weeks after it is assigned. Homework must be presented in a format similar to that required in an engineering consulting office. It must be neat, readable, and complete.

    2) Term paper must be original work primarily based on the existing literature, particularly the most current available for the subject matter. All paper topics must be discussed with the instructor and approved. The paper must include your conclusions drawn from the research, and may include your original ideas for improvement of asphalt technology or selection of best practices based on your investigation. The paper must be a detailed evaluation of a narrow subject, or a less in-depth review of a broader subject. The paper must include full citation of all references used. The paper must be 10 to 15 pages not counting figures, double spaced, 12 point font, machine printed, 25 mm margins all around. The paper will be graded primarily on content, secondarily on conciseness, and thirdly on grammar and presentation. Papers are due at the last lecture.

    3) Presentation: a 5 to 10 minute presentation on the paper subject should be prepared for the last lecture.

  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. Its 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: 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, PhD Civil Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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