This course introduces the student to the profession and practice of civil engineering. The course has four primary components: (1) a review of the principal subdisciplines of civil engineering and their relationship to urban and regional infrastructure; (2) a review of professional ethics and the responsibilities of engineers to their profession and to the general public, which includes a detailed study and discussion of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) codes of practice, and the use of case studies for illustration and discussion; (3) the use of AutoCAD as a tool for computer-based drawings, and the use of spreadsheets to develop analytic algorithms to solve simple engineering problems; and (4) an introduction to the use of GIS. The course includes a laboratory on the use of AutoCAD, as well as on GIS. Each laboratory is 6-7 weeks long.
Prerequisite: Only first-year students are permitted to enroll in this introductory level course.