Civil Engineering - Graduate
Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program
MS in Civil Engineering -
Civil Engineering Major Water Resources/Environmental Concentration
Summary of the Changes:
Requested changes and rationale in changing CE graduate program (water resources and environmental concentration.)
The below requested actions correspond to the marked-up program of study attached with this APC package.
Requested action 1: Replace the project option with a non-thesis option. We are still keeping the thesis option. In particular, remove CGN 6974 (CE Project) from the program of study.
Rationale 1: Currently, the School of Engineering (SoE) students are required to either do a thesis or a project. There is currently no non-thesis option for our students. By introducing a non-thesis option, we allow students the option to broaden their knowledge base in their chosen discipline. The faculty has found that the project-option is not a good alternative for those students more interested in taking additional courses in place of a thesis. The project option has been too similar to the thesis option and removing it while introducing a non-thesis option will allow more flexibility for the students in our program.
Requested action 2: Require that all courses be completed with a grade of C or better, while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Rationale 2: This grade policy with a 3.0 GPA requirement will allow a few number of C's without detrimental consequences, and is hoped to help reduce the risk of grade inflation.
Requested action 3: Allow students more flexibility in selecting a graduate mathematics course by allowing them to select from a list of courses rather than being required to take EGN6456.
Rationale 3: With a broad area of academic interests among our students the course offered by the School of Engineering, EGN6456, will not always be the most suitable course for our students.
Requested action 4: List EGN 6XXX, Advanced Research Methods for Engineers, as a required course by all Civil Engineering graduate students.
Rationale 4: This course will help our graduate students better understand how to conduct research including how to formulate a problem statement, create, and test hypotheses; design an experiment and use principles of scientific investigation to perform analysis and draw conclusions based on statistics results; choose the appropriate statistical technique for a given engineering problem; and use statistical analysis software packages and interpret statistical results. This knowledge base will be helpful to all SoE graduate students regardless of major. Student in the thesis option will need this knowledge during their tenure at UNF and both thesis students and non-thesis students should benefit from this in their future careers. APC package 201008-76 is under review for this course addition.
Requested action 5: Change the wording of Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS) to "online courses taken within the Florida State University System".
Rationale 5: This proposed change is to reflect the changes in the distance learning systems in Florida.
Requested action 6: Allow CE graduate students to take up to 6 credits of Supervised Graduate Research and add this to the list of pre-approved Civil Engineering course electives.
Rationale 6: Students have historically been allowed up to 6 hours of Directed Independent Study, CGN 6900. We are merely changing the name of the course and updating the degree program to reflect what we have allowed in the past. The name change for CGN 6900 is included with this APC package.
Requested action 7: Specify the requirements for the non-thesis CE option to be 6 hours of required course work, 12 hours of CE electives, and 12 hours of non-civil or CE electives.
Rationale 7: Since this is a new program option, the required courses need to be listed. Requiring students to take 12 hrs of civil engineering electives in addition to the required engineering courses helps ensure the students have the fundamental knowledge of the discipline. The other 12 graduate electives will help students gain a broader understanding of his/her field of study and will allow students to choose courses in, for example, computing and mathematics to complement their discipline specific courses.
Requested action 8: Allow thesis students to take up to 6 hrs of non-civil engineering course work.
Rationale 8: These graduate electives will help students gain a broader understanding of his/her field of study and will allow students to choose courses in, for example, computing and mathematics to complement their discipline specific courses.
Requested action 9: Make a combined list of CE electives and allow other approved CE elective courses to satisfy the CE elective requirement. Update the required CE elective hours to 12 as new required courses have been introduced and effects the available hours for CE electives.
Rationale 9: The change will allow for other approved courses to satisfy the elective requirement since with limited resources we may not always be able to teach courses from the provided list. The number of CE elective hours need to be changed to reflect other proposed changes. The combined list of CE courses is hoped to better clarify the number of CE electives needed.
Requested action 10: Require that Florida distance learning courses be approved by the Graduate Program Director or graduate advisor for non-thesis students.
Rationale 10: With the proposed non-thesis options, it must be clarified who approves the courses for students choosing this option.
Requested Action 11: Update the Conditions for the degree as indicated on the attached program of study by (1) removing redundancies, (2) specifying if the conditions are UNF or SoE conditions, and (3) updating the wording of the conditions.
Rationale 11: These changes are meant to clarify the conditions.
Requested action 12: Add a condition stating "A student may not receive 5000-level credit for a cross-listed 4000/5000-level course previously completed at the 4000-level. Exceptions to this rule may be considered with documented evidence of significant and appropriate differences in content between the courses."
Rationale 12: This condition enforces that students shouldn't typically be able to receive graduate credit for a course they have previously taken as an undergraduate student.
Requested action 13: List CGN 6XXX, Introduction to Coastal Engineering, as an elective course for Civil Engineering graduate students in the Water Resources / Environmental track.
Rationale 13: This course addition is under review in APC package 201008-76 and is added to this program of study to reflect this addition, assuming APC package 201008-76 is approved.
(Click here to view the Program of study)
Change an existing course
Dir. Ind. Study CE
|Requested action: Change the course name to Supervised Graduate Research.
Rationale: The proposed title will better reflect the intent of the course