2016 History of Civil Engineering and Engineering Ethics

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Instructor(s)
Asakura Yasuo  Kitazume Masaki  Sanada Junko 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
 
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(M113)  Fri3-4(M113)  
Group
-
Course number
CVE.N301
Credits
2
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2017/1/11
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

The lectures on civil engineering history focus on the history and development of civil engineering technologies. Civil engineering ethics presents how engineering ethics should be studied in civil and environmental engineering by using actual examples and case studies.
As well as understanding the history and social characteristics of the regions concerned, engineering ethics is fundamental for those who study civil and environmental engineering. The aim of this course is for students to obtain knowledge of how infrastructure systems have developed in human history, and to cultivate engineering ethics for those who work in the field of civil and environmental engineering.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the various aspects of the relationship between human history and civil engineering.
2) Understand and explain the relationship between social development and infrastructure from ancient days to the Meiji era.
3) Explain civil and environmental engineering and related technologies which have improved quality of life in the modern age.
4) Understand that a professional engineer should have duties and responsibilities to society.

Keywords

Civil engineering technology, infrastructure, engineering ethics

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course is mainly composed of lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of civil engineering history explain an outline of civil engineering history and its importance
Class 2 Outline of civil engineering history in ancient times explain an outline of civil engineering history in ancient times
Class 3 Outline of civil engineering history from the Kamakura to the Edo era explain an outline of civil engineering history from the Kamakura to the Edo era
Class 4 Industrial Revolution and outline of civil engineering history in the Meiji era explain industrial Revolution and an outline of civil engineering history in the Meiji era
Class 5 Outline of civil engineering history in the Taisho era explain an outline of civil engineering history in the Taisho era
Class 6 Outline of civil engineering history from the Showa era up to the present explain an outline of civil engineering history from the Showa era up to the present
Class 7 Outline of history of ground improvement technology explain an outline history of ground improvement technology
Class 8 Midterm exam and explanation Midterm exam and explanation
Class 9 introduction to civil engineering ethics why professional ethics is essential in science and technology.
Class 10 diversity in civil engineering: concept and example understand diversity in civil engineering.
Class 11 diversity in civil engineering: workshop workshop style exercise on diversity in civil engineering.
Class 12 ethics examples in civil engineering actual examples of civil engineering ethics
Class 13 ethics for researchers understand the ethics in research and development
Class 14 examples in planning and design process exercise using examples in planning and design process
Class 15 examples in construction and management exercise using examples in construction and management process

Textbook(s)

Handouts will be provided

Reference books, course materials, etc.

H. Takahashi: Recent Civil engineering history in Japan
Japan Civil Engineers Association

Assessment criteria and methods

Report on civil engineering history (15%), examination on civil engineering history (35%), presentation on civil engineers' ethics (10%) and examination (40%)

Related courses

  • CVE.C201 : Soil Mechanics I
  • CVE.C202 : Soil Mechanics II
  • CVE.C310 : Foundation Engineering
  • CVE.N310 : Special Lectures on Infrastructure and Environment

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

nothing in particular

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