Course Title : Introduction to Civil Enginnering I

Code 31810
Course Year 2nd year
Term 1st term
Class day & Period
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese
Instructor J. Kiyono, T. Hosoda, T. Yagi, N. Uno, T. Shiotani

Course Description

Civil Engineering is the study which provides the essential technology and knowledge to improve social infrastructures. Various science, technology and knowledge are required in order to realize "convenient and comfortable cities", "safe countries to live in", "eco-friendly global society" and "sustainable civilization based on resources and energy". As an introduction to learn Civil Engineering, this course explains the essence of Civil Engineering from four fields in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering, Hydraulics and Hydrology, Geotechnical Engineering and Planning and Management). Throughout the lectures and exercises including visiting lecturers, it is expected to learn the essence of Civil Engineering and the ethic of the engineering.


The score is evaluated comprehensively from reports for each lecture (including performance scores in the class) and the final examination. The full score is 100 marks which consists of 50 marks from reports and 50 marks from the final examination.

Course Goals

To understand that Civil Engineering is the organization of the technology and knowledge related to social capital improvement, prevention or mitigation of disaster and creation of environment.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction to Civil Engineering 2 The content of the course is introduced. Then, the study field of Civil Engineering including latest topics and the ethic of Civil Engineers throughout the achievement of predecessors is introduced.
Structual Enginnering 3 Civil Engineering is introduced in the viewpoint of Structural Engineering, which includes natural disasters and structural engineering, introduction of new technology and research, the collaboration with other fields, etc.
Hydraulics and Hydrology 3 In order to resolve various problems caused by the rapid change of global environment, it is important to understand the formation processes of river basins in the world and the development processes of cities located along a river. Several river basins with well-known cities are introduced including the natural conditions, history & culture developed for many years. The Kyoto city, which is famous for a complicated water channel network system, is of course considered as a typical example.
Geotechnical Engineering 3 Civil Engineering is introduced in the view point of geotechnical Engineering, which includes soil mechanics, soil environment, international cooperation, etc.
Planning and Management 3 Civil Engineering is introduced in the view point of designing and managing social Infrastructure, which includes an asset management of social infrastructure, soft measures for traffic jam, logistic vehicles in urban area, etc.
Achievement confirmation 1 Achievement of learning is confirmed.


Handouts will be distributed as appropriate.



No specific prior knowledge is required

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