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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - CES6106

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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 MS/PhD. To GC. Approved 5/11/16 To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5414 2016-03-09
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Civil and Environmental Engineering EN 210400
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Daniel Simkins 8139744174

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    CES 6106 Advanced Structural Analysis

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Adv Structural Analysis
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    EGN 3331, EGN 4453, CES 3102



    Course Description

    This course provides a firm foundation in matrix structural analysis with emphasis on the direct stiffness method. The theory and development of the matrix equations for truss and frame structures in two- and three-dimensions will be covered.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    B. 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 in degree of MS and PhD in Civil Engineering need to take this to satisfy elective for their degrees.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PhD degree in Engineering required to teach the class

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This course Objectives is to further develop the subject of structural analysis, with emphasis on modern methods.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate the ability to i) develop an elements stiffness matrix for a specific element type, ii) assemble element stiffness matrices into a structural stiffness matrix for specific structures, iii) apply point and distributed loads to the structure and form the nodal load vector, iv) enforce displacement boundary conditions by the use of static condensation, v) solve the matrix equations for a properly supported and restrained structure, and vi) post-process the solution of the matrix equations to determine individual element forces.

    C. Major Topics

    Mathematical preliminaries, Modeling, Stiffness Method including basic equations, principal of virtual work, planar beams and frames, and three dimensional structures, and flexibility method.

    D. Textbooks

    “Matrix Structural Analysis,” Robert Sack

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    "Mechanics of Materials," Gere

    “Structural Analysis,” Ghali and Neville

    “Theory and Methods of Structural Analysis,” Elias

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Homework 30%, Quizzes 10%, Mid Term Exam 1 30%, Mid Term Exam 2 30%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    1. Assignments& Quizzes: All homework and quiz solutions will be presented neatly on engineering computation paper.

    2. Exam: Two exams will be given and will cover all material covered in the course.

    H. 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.

    I. 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).

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MS Civil Engineering and PhD Civil Engineering

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    MS and PhD Mechanical Engineering

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