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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EGN6333

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
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. CEG 6317 approved as EGN 6333 eff 7/1/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5415 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
    EGN 6333 Continuum Mechanics

    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)
    Continuum Mechanics
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    This course covers the fundamental mathematical and physical principles of Newtonian Mechanics as applied to continuous media, including solids & fluids, and complete linear & non-linear description of kinematics and equilibrium in the Lagrangian frame.

  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 provide the basic mathematical and physical underlying theory for a graduate level understanding of more advanced topics in solids, fluids and transport.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    • Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in Cartesian tensor algebra and calculus

    • Students will demonstrate the ability to derive and use the Deformation Gradient to describe motion between the material and spatial frames of reference and to derive and use the Polar Decompostion Theorem.

    • Students will demonstrate skill in developing and using objective measures of strain, such as the Green-Lagrange strain tensor

    • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply equilibrium in the spatial frame

    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the balance principles of linear and angular momentum, mass and energy as applied to continuous media

    • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve problems involving large deformation and non-linear response

    C. Major Topics

    Vectors and Tensors, Kinematics, Stress, Balance laws, Constitutive theory, Thermodynamics, Variational Principles.

    D. Textbooks

    There is no required text book for this course.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    • “Nonlinear Solid Mechanics,” Holzapfel

    • “Introduction to the Mechanics of a Continuous Medium,” Malvern

    • “An Introduction to Continuum Mechanics” Gurtin

    • “Non-Linear Elastic Deformations,” Ogden

    • “Continuum Mechanics,” Chadwick, Dover

    • “Mathematics Applied To Continuum Mechanics,” Lee Segel

    • “Linear Vector Spaces and Cartesian Tensors,” Knowles

    • “Tensor Calulus,” Synge and Schild, Dover

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Class participation 10%, Homework 70%, and 1 Exam 20%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    One comprehensive exam will be given, various homework problems will be assigned through the semester.

    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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