2021 Introduction to Infrastructure and Environment

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Muromachi Yasunori  Asakura Yasuo  Yai Tetsuo  Takemura Jiro  Morikawa Hitoshi  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
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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 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 3 Solid waste and ground contamination and environment - Through statics and case studies, understanding soil and ground water contaminations, solid waste in urban system.
Class 4 Water environment and SDGs - Students will understand water environment and SDGs, and discuss future possibilities.
Class 5 Global environmental changes and water disasters - To understand the current state of global environmental changes and water disasters, and discuss future measures.
Class 6 Sustainable chiikizukuri and landscape - To understand the fundamental theory on landscape from sustainability perspective
Class 7 Seashore protection and design - To think about what kind of meaning would be attached to landscape
Class 8 Next-generation transportation system and environment - To understand environmental issues and concerns that can be solved by autonomous driving, electric vehicles, sharing, etc.
Class 9 Global Environmental Governance - Transition Management and Mini Publics - To understand global environmental governance from the viewpoints of transition management and mini publics
Class 10 Energy consumption and sustainability in urban areas - To understand energy consumption and sustainability in urban areas
Class 11 Aging of urban infrastructure - To understand the current situation of aging in urban infrastructure and the fundamentals for countermeasure.
Class 12 Frontiers of technological development of structure monitoring - To understand brief overview of frontiers of technological development of structure monitoring
Class 13 Ground improvement method for geotechnical disaster countermeasures - To understand ground improvement method for geotechnical disaster countermeasures.
Class 14 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

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Lecture materials will be provided at OCWi.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Particularly not

Assessment criteria and methods

-Small quiz during the class (3%*14=42%)
-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, 6-10: Landscape and planning, 11-14: 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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