2018 Introduction to Infrastructure and Environment

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Niwa Junichiro  Asakura Yasuo  Yai Tetsuo  Takemura Jiro  Morikawa Hitoshi  Muromachi Yasunori  Kanae Shinjiro  Fukuda Daisuke  Yoshimura Chihiro  Chijiwa Nobuhiro  Iwanami Mitsuyasu  Takahashi Akihiro  Hirose Sohichi  Kitazume Masaki  Saito Ushio  Sakano Tatsurou  Wijeyewickrema Anil  Sasaki Eiichi  Sanada Junko  Fujii Manabu 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue7-8(W621)  Fri7-8(W621)  
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Course description and aims

This course comprehensively presents various issues which have been charged to civil and environmental engineering to solve, for example, global environmental problems as well as local community planning problem. It also includes lectures on the latest initiatives in technology, policy, and planning theory.
Students will understand that civil and environmental engineering is an academic system concerned with the methodology of technologies and policies for constructing a secure, safe, and sustainable human society and the philosophy of planning.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- View all the aspects included in civil and environmental engineering as one whole.
- Explain the basic technical, policy, and planning theories of civil and environmental engineering.


Civil and environmental engineering, Sustainability, Secure and safety, Planning theory

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course will be held in omnibus format and led by various instructors specializing in civil, urban, and environmental fields.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering - To understand: 1. Current situation of globe; 2. Sustainable development; 3. Characteristics of infrastructure development; 4. Decisive factors of sustainable civil engineering; 5. Structural design considering environmental loads; and 6. Environment and coexistence
Class 2 Role of sewer system in basin-scale conservation of water environment - Students will understand the role of sewer system in basin-scale conservation of water environment and discuss future possibilities on this system.
Class 3 Advanced technology and challenges in water supply system - After understanding the advance technology and challenges in water supply system, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding on the relevant challenging issues.
Class 4 Water disasters and environmental - To understand the characteristics and the environmental impacts of water disasters (e.g. heavy rain, sediment disasters).
Class 5 Solid waste and ground contamination and environment - Through statics and case studies, understanding soil and ground water contaminations, solid waste in urban system.
Class 6 Scenery and landscape - To understand the fundamental theory on landscape from citizens' perspective
Class 7 Seashore protection and design: toward the improvement of quality of life - To think about what kind of meaning would be attached to landscape
Class 8 Decision-making for public - To understand the fundamentals for the process of public planning and the way of decision-making.
Class 9 Energy consumption and sustainability in urban areas - Understanding energy consumption and sustainability in urban areas
Class 10 Urban transport infrastructure and environment - To understand the outlines: (1) the role of cities and traffic problems, (2) Next-generation vehicle and transport system management.
Class 11 Ground motions by crustal earthquakes and education for disaster prevention - To understand ground motions and disaster by crustal earthquake under urbanized area - To understand the role of education for disaster prevention
Class 12 Frontiers of technological development of structure monitoring - To understand brief overview of frontiers of technological development of structure monitoring
Class 13 Investigating ground disaster from the viewpoint of soil and water dynamics - To understand the foundations of ground disaster generation
Class 14 Ground improvement technology for soil disaster mitigation - To understand the fundamentals of Ground improvement technology for soil disaster mitigation.
Class 15 Aging of urban infrastructure - To understand the current situation of aging in urban infrastructure and the fundamentals for countermeasure.


Lecture materials will be provided at OCWi.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Particularly not

Assessment criteria and methods

-Small quiz during the class (3%*15=45%)
-Three assignments (20%*3=60%)
Note 1: If the total sum exceeds 100%, the score will be rounded to 100%.
Note 2: Assignment categories are 2-5th class: Water and soil environment, 6-1-: Landscape and planning, 11-15: Secure and safety

Related courses

  • CVE.N310 : Special Lectures on Infrastructure and Environment
  • CVE.N301 : History of Civil Engineering and Engineering Ethics

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

None in particular.

Office hours

Not fixed office hours. Therefore, please contact the organizer or each lecturer in advance by email for the appointment.

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