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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EGN6333
Tracking Number - 5415

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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

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2016-03-09
  2. Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210400
  5. Contact Person: Daniel Simkins
  6. Phone: 8139744174
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EGN
  9. Number: 6333
  10. Full Title: Continuum Mechanics
  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): Continuum Mechanics
  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 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.

  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 in degree of MS and PhD in Civil Engineering need to take this to satisfy elective 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 degree in Engineering required to teach the class
  29. 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.
  30. 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

  31. Major Topics: Vectors and Tensors, Kinematics, Stress, Balance laws, Constitutive theory, Thermodynamics, Variational Principles.
  32. Textbooks: There is no required text book for this course.
  33. 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

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Class participation 10%, Homework 70%, and 1 Exam 20%
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: One comprehensive exam will be given, various homework problems will be assigned through the semester.
  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: MS and PhD Mechanical Engineering

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