Civil Engineering
  • Overview
  • Program Educational Objectives
  • Degree Plans
  • Course Description
  • Final Year Projects
  • Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

The Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering (CAED) has undertaken several updates to its undergraduate degree plan for Civil Engineering to improve its student’s understanding of basic science and mathematics. These updates are made in line with the department’s policy to ensure that the students have a well-structured program with high quality curriculum. The curriculum includes courses that teach students the social and ethical values of profession, in addition to the strong theoretical background and the practical applications of the engineering principles.

To be awarded a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, a student must successfully complete 136 credits of University, College and Departmental Requirements as shown below in the table.

B.Eng. Degree Requirements


No. of Credits

University Requirements (UR)


University Electives (UE)


College Requirements (CR)


College Electives (CE)


Departmental Requirements (DR)


Major Requirements (AR)


Major Electives (AE)







Common Courses within the CAE Department:

Professional Practice & Ethics, Basic Mechanics, Surveying, Mechanics of Materials, Construction Materials, Engineering Geology, Structures I, Prob. & Statistics for Engineers, Fluid Mechanics, Concrete Design, Numerical Methods, Engineering Economics, Steelwork Design, Construction Management.


Civil Engineering Specialization Courses:

Drawing I, Drawing II, Geotechnical Engineering I, Highway Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering I, Hydraulics, Engineering Hydrology, Structures II, Foundation Engineering, Project I, Project II.


Industrial Training Courses:

Two mandatory Industrial Training courses are part of the College requirement. In Industrial Training I, students get a 2-week in-house training in their third year, during the break between the fall and spring semesters (around month of January), “The Survey Camp”. It includes the hands on field work in the different techniques of Surveying and Geomatics for one week and a week of lab work to learn Mapping Software (like ArcGIS). Industrial Training II is planned in the summer after the students complete their fourth year. For a period of 8 weeks, the students receive training from a private company or government ministry related to their specialization. A number of students receive their summer training abroad through collaboration agreements with international parties or through International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). The student, supervised by the training organization, has to submit a report to his/her program at the end of the training period. The industrial training program is coordinated by the Assistant Dean for Industrial Training and Community Services.

The PEOs for the Sultan Qaboos University, Civil Engineering Program are to prepare civil engineering graduates who will:

  1. Design, construct, and maintain civil engineering systems using technical knowledge, design principles, and modern engineering tools.
  2. Use their communication, leadership, and team-work skills effectively, and deal responsibly with the ethical, professional and social issues.
  3. Stay current through self-learning experiences, professional development, or postgraduate studies.



Students Outcomes:

As recommended by the faculty members, ABET student outcomes (1-7) have been adopted as the civil engineering program outcomes. 


  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

In order to graduate with B.Eng. degree in Civil Engineering, a student is required to complete a total of 136 credit hours.  The credit hours are allocated to University, College and Department requirements.




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CIVL 2400        Professional Practice and Ethics (1 credit)

This course will introduce the student to the concepts of engineering professionalism and ethics in the work place.  Topics covered will include ASCE code of practice; societal responsibilities of civil engineers; and consideration of economics, environmental, sustainability, and social issues in engineering projects.  The course will be supplemented by seminars offered by practicing engineers; case studies; and site visits.


CIVL 2401        Professional Practice and Ethics (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts necessary for an understanding of the ethical basis in the engineering work place, engineering professionalism, and the legal and social frameworks in which engineering is practiced. It will allow students to explore the relationship between ethics and engineering and apply classical moral theory and decision making to engineering issues encountered in academic and professional careers.

This course will give a student an idea of work on multidisciplinary teams. It will give them the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal context and it will give them a knowledge of contemporary issues.

Topics covered will include ASCE code of practice; societal responsibilities of civil engineers; and consideration of economics, environmental, sustainability, business, public policy, professional licenses and social issues in engineering projects.  The course will be supplemented by seminars offered by practicing engineers; case studies (locally and internationally); and site visits.


CIVL 3000         Field Survey Training (0 credit)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3056 )

This field training course is designed to expose the student to actual field survey conditions. The student will learn how to apply survey knowledge to comprehensive survey projects.


CIVL 3002         Drawing I (2 credits)

This basic course is designed to develop student's drawing skills. The course includes all the techniques used in the graphic presentation of engineering problems. It includes lettering, dimensioning, and three-dimensional drawings. The course also includes drawing of reinforced concrete detailing, steel connections and other civil engineering applications such as bridges, dams and wadi Cross-Section.  The students finishing this course will be able to read, understand and draw any general engineering drawings.


CIVL 3036         Structures I (3 credits)

 (Prerequisite: CIVL3086)

This intermediate course is designed to provide students with basic skills to carry out the analysis of statically determinate beams, frames and trusses; determine linear elastic deformations by geometric methods and work-energy methods; construct influence lines; analyze statically indeterminate beams and rigid frames using displacement methods (slope-deflection method and moment-distribution Method).  


 CIVL 3046        Drawing II (2 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3002)

An intermediate course designed to further develop the student's skills in, and understanding of, civil engineering drawing. The course introduces the student to computer graphics using AutoCAD. The student will be required to use AutoCAD for the drawing of steel frame sections and details; reinforced concrete members and details; highway horizontal, vertical alignment and sections; and hydraulics structures.  A student completing this course will be able to prepare practical engineering drawing using AutoCAD. 


CIVL 3056         Surveying (3 credits)

(Prerequisite:  MATH2107)

This is an introductory course in surveying. The course provides the student with the necessary information and skills for surveying data collection and analysis for use in Civil Engineering. Basic concepts are explained combined with practical exercises on using surveying equipment. The course is supplemented by a field survey training course during the winter break (10 days).


CIVL 3066         Engineering Hydrology (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4046)

This course addresses principles and practical aspects of hydrology. Topics in engineering hydrology include: hydrologic processes, hydrologic cycle, precipitation, evaporation, infiltration, subsurface water, hydrologic measurements, unit hydrograph, frequency analysis, flood routing; rainfall-runoff analyses, watershed modeling, urban hydrology, and groundwater hydrology..


CIVL 3076         Transportation Engineering (3 credits)

This intermediate-level course introduces the student to transport modes, geometric design, traffic-flow characteristics and highway capacity, and the technical implications of transport-related problems, methodologies and techniques. Lectures and problem-solving tutorials are used.


CIVL 3086         Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)

(Prerequisite:  CIVL3216)

This course will cover the fundamental concepts and calculation of stresses and strains in engineering materials. The behavior of members subjected to loads will be studied to develop a thorough understanding of the relations between loads and stresses developed in the material.  This understanding is necessary to develop adequate procedure for design.


CIVL 3096         Construction Materials (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3216, CHEM1071)

This basic course integrates the study of materials science with the applications of materials in construction.  The course enables the student to understand the relationships between the structure of a material, its environment and its physical and mechanical properties. Topics include structure of materials, defects and imperfections in materials, strengthening of materials, general properties of materials, use of metals and steel in construction, concrete and its components, fresh and hardened properties of concrete, and concrete mix design. Laboratory tests are conducted to determine different physical and mechanical properties of the material. 


CIVL 3106         Geotechnical Engineering I (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: PETM3006)

First course in geotechnical engineering, dealing with phase relations, soil classification, Atterberg limits, compaction,  permeability, seepage, consolidation and shear strength. The lectures are supplemented with tutorials and laboratory sessions.


CIVL 3216         Basic Mechanics (3 credits)

(. Prerequisite: PHYS2107)

This basic course provides the student with an understanding of the fundamental principles of statistics and of the dynamics of rigid bodies. This will enable him to apply these principles to the more complex systems associated with mechanics of materials and the analysis of structures in subsequent courses


CIVL 4006         Probability and Statistics for Engineers (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: MATH 2107)

This intermediate course gives the necessary background in probability and statistics, with emphasis on inferences and regression analysis. The course, which is tailored to meet the needs of civil engineering students, is taught through lectures, examples and extensive tutorial sessions.


CIVL 4016         Structures II (3 credits)

(Prerequisite:  CIVL3036, MATH4174)

This intermediate course introduces the basic concepts of the moment- distribution method and its applications to structures. This is followed by the matrix-flexibility and matrix-stiffness methods for the analysis of structures. The plastic theory of structures including the concepts of collapse mechanisms and their applications is considered..


CIVL 4036         Highway Engineering (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3106, CIVL3076)

This advanced course provides information relevant to the materials used for highway construction.  Topics include unbound materials (soils and aggregates), bituminous binders and mixtures, production of hot-mix asphalt concrete, road construction and basic earthwork operations, and an overview of thickness design of asphalt concrete pavements.  The course consists of lectures and extensive laboratory work..


CIVL 4046         Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3216)

This basic course provides the student with a working knowledge of the fundamental principles governing fluid mechanics and fluid flow.  Lectures covering the properties of fluids, fluid statics, fluids in motion, momentum and energy principles, similitude, dimensional analysis, flow in conduits, and fluid measurements. These lectures are supplemented by laboratory experiments.

CIVL 4106         Geotechnical Engineering II (3 credits)

(Prerequisites: CIVL3106)

This specialization course deals with in depth coverage of fundamental topics in geotechnical engineering. It covers compaction, compressibility, shear strength, unsaturated soil behavior, seepage and flow nets, earth pressure theories, and stability of slopes. The lectures are supplemented with handouts, laboratory sessions, tutorials and assignments.


CIVL 4136         Environmental Engineering I (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4046, CHEM1071)

This intermediate course introduces the basic concepts of environmental engineering. Topics include environment and ecological balance, impacts on environment, environmental sustainability, sustainable development, water quality (physical - solid contents, color, turbidity; chemical - pH, electro-neutrality., ionic strength, ionic activity, hardness, alkalinity, carbonate system, COD; and biological - BOD, DO, TOC, microbial count, Streeter-Phelps DO modeling); chemical and biological kinetics modeling (zero, first and second order kinetics) and application for environment, bio-chemical reactor modeling and analysis, basic theory of water treatment, and sanitation in developing countries.


CIVL 4146         Hydraulics (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4046)

This intermediate course aims to teach the design principles for engineering water works such as pipelines, open channels and turbomachinery.  Lectures are supplemented by class tutorials and laboratory work.


CIVL 4206         Concrete Design (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3036,  CIVL3096, (CIVL3046 OR AREN3312))

This intermediate course develops the student's skill in designing of reinforced-concrete structures. Flexural analysis and design of beams, singly reinforced rectangular beams, doubly reinforced rectangular beams, T-beams. Shear and diagonal tension design, bond, anchorage and development length. Analysis and design of edge supported slabs. Analysis and design of axial compression plus bending members. Detailing of reinforced concrete members. 


CIVL 4216         Steelwork Design (3 credits)

(Prerequisite:     CIVL3036, (CIVL3046 OR AREN3312), ),PHYS2108)

This intermediate course provides the student with an understanding of the behavior of structural steelwork and with the ability to design steel beams, columns, frames and connections such as those encountered in steel framed buildings and industrial complexes. Lectures are supplemented with Tutorials and team projects. 


CIVL 4226         Foundation Engineering (3 credits)

(Prerequisites: CIVL3106, CIVL4206)

This course deals with site investigation; stress distribution; settlements analysis, bearing capacity and design of shallow foundations; mat foundations; earth pressure theory; retaining walls; sheet piles; braced excavations; and pile foundations. The lectures are supplemented with handouts, tutorials and assignments.


CIVL 4400        Professional Practice and Ethics (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts necessary for an understanding of the ethical basis in the engineering work place, engineering professionalism, and the legal and social frameworks in which engineering is practiced. It will allow students to explore the relationship between ethics and engineering and apply classical moral theory and decision making to engineering issues encountered in academic and professional careers.

This course will give a student an idea of work on multidisciplinary teams. It will give them the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal context and it will give them a knowledge of contemporary issues. Topics covered will include ASCE code of practice; societal responsibilities of civil engineers; and consideration of economics, environmental, sustainability, business, public policy, professional licenses and social issues in engineering projects.  The course will be supplemented by seminars offered by practicing engineers; case studies (locally and internationally); and site visits.


CIVL 5076         Coastal Engineering (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4146)

An advanced course in the concepts of harbor design: fundamental wave properties, wave transformations, tides, storm surges, tsunamis, wave-structure interaction, sediment transport and the general concepts of  breakwater design.  Design criteria including wave run-up and overtopping, wave forces and impact loading are reviewed. 


CIVL 5096         Concrete Structures (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4016,CIVL4206)

This advanced course gives the student deeper insight into the problems of designing concrete structures, through an intensive study of advanced theory for both reinforced and prestressed concrete members. Theory lectures are supplemented by tutorials and design/drawing office.


CIVL 5102         Construction Engineering  (3 credits)

Introduction to construction engineering, planning, methods and specifications. Production estimates; equipment selection; Heavy construction equipment. Equipment specifications, selection, performance and economics of equipment, estimating productivity of construction equipment.


CIVL 5104         Special Topics in Civil Engineering

(Prerequisites: Department Council approval)

Contemporary topics in selected areas of study within civil engineering. Course content is chosen by the instructor to meet the interests of the students..


CIVL 5106         Slope Stability (3 credits)

(Prerequisite CIVL3106)

This elective course provides the students with an understanding of slope stability and land slides. The course covers an introduction to slope stability, principles and techniques used in stability analysis, remedial and corrective measures for slope stabilization. The course also covers examples of landslides from Oman.   


CIVL5111          Global Positioning Systems and Its Applications in Civil Engineering (3 credits)       

(Prerequisite CIVL3056)

Fundamental concept of satellite positioning, the GPS components (satellite, ground and user segments), field planning and office procedures for GPS surveying, GPS instrumentation, GPS observables and modeling, data processing for single point positioning, differential positioning and precise relative positioning. Introduction to modern GPS surveying techniques, real-time and post processed baseline solutions, adjustment of baselines within networks. Applications of GPS in Civil and Site Construction and Engineering, Building Design and Construction & Operation.         .


CIVL 5122         Highway Materials (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4036)

This course will cover the following topics: basic properties of aggregates; road subbases; road bases; asphalt production, chemistry, and rheology; asphalt binders and modifiers; asphalt specifications; asphalt concrete mix design; asphalt concrete special mixes (Superpave, stone mastic, large stone mixes, etc.); hot mix asphalt concrete plants; road construction; recycling; pavement distresses and their relation to material properties; and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC).  Laboratory sessions will be part of this course..


CIVL 5126         Concrete Materials & Technology (3 credits)

(Prerequisites: CIVL 3096, CIVL3036, CIVL3086)

Concrete and its constituents. Properties & specification of cement and aggregates. Concrete mixing, placing, compacting & curving. Concrete mixes. Admixtures. Concrete in hot weather. Strength & durability. Deterioration, maintenance and repairing. Production & quality control. Sulphate attack. Corrosion and alkali-Silica reaction. Fiber reinforced concrete.


CIVL 5132         Environmental Geotechnics (3 credits)

(Prerequisites: CIVL3106)

This course covers the nature of soil and environment, chemical composition of soils, clay mineralogy and structure, characterization of contaminated soils, soil hydraulic conductivity, contaminant transport in porous media, landfills, compacted clay liners, geosynthetics clay liners, engineering properties of municipal solid waste, settlement and stability of landfills, and construction of landfills.


CIVL 5133         Soil  Improvement (3 credits)

(Prerequisites: CIVL3106)

This specialized course deals with review of problematic soils such as soft and loose soils, expansive soils and collapsible soils;  soil compaction, preloading; dewatering and sand drains; soil stabilization using cement, lime, fly ash and cement by pass dust; vibrofoltation;  stone columns; deep compaction; geotextile;  geogrids;  geomembrane; grouting ; and mechanically stabilized walls.


CIVL 5142         Groundwater  (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL 3066)

The course is designed to introduce groundwater in more details than hydraulics. Students will be dealing with Darcy's law to measure groundwater flow. Aquifer stress, groundwater storage and pumping tests are issues to be covered in this course.  Environmental issues such as groundwater quality, contaminant transport processes and groundwater protection, are also included in this course. 


CIVL 5146         Numerical Methods in Engineering (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: (ENGR2217 or  COMP2002) and MATH3171)

This intermediate course introduces numerical techniques used for solving typical engineering problems. Related structural programming is the objective of computer labs. Selected case studies of Civil engineering problems are solved using these techniques.


CIVL 5150         Remote Sensing (3 credits)

The course is designed to introduce the basic principles of remote sensing and applications to Civil and Geomatics Engineering. This course is a computer oriented. This course covers elements of remote sensing, electromagnetic spectrum, radiation interaction with the earth and atmosphere, spectral signatures of environment, remote sensing sensors and their application, digital image processing, satellite imagery correction and enhancement techniques, data questions, remote sensing platforms, real applications and some case studies.


CIVL 5151         Solid Waste Management  (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL 5326)

The course is introduced to focus on some ways of controlling municipal solid waste. Several ways of sorting solid wastes from the source will be explained. This course will discuss different ways of handling wastes paring in mind economic and esthetical factors. Some alternatives to landfill of the wastes will be introduced. 


CIVL 5152         Microbiology for Engineers (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL 4136)

This course provides an introduction to microbiology relevant to environmental and sanitary engineering and assumes little prior knowledge of the subject. The morphology and biochemistry of some microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses and helminthes will be discussed in some details. The microbiology of drinking water, wastewater (including industrial effluent) and sewage sludge are considered in relation to stabilization processes, nutrient removal and the provision of barriers to the transmission of disease causing organisms..


CIVL 5153         Chemistry for Environmental Engineering (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL 4136)

This course provides an introduction to water and organic chemistry and assumes that students have taken a basic course in general chemistry. It explains in some details the interaction of solids with water. Large organic molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids and lipids will be explained. The course will also provide some information about atmospheric chemistry and electrochemistry. A discussion of the chemistry and environmental effects of some chemicals such as pesticides, detergents, waste incineration and landfill is also included in this course. 


CIVL5154          Membrane Technology for Water and Wastewater (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4136)

This course introduces the basic principles of membrane technology as well as its applications.  Topics covered include membrane materials and their properties, preparation and characterization of synthetic membranes, transport phenomena through membranes, as well as polarization and fouling.  The different types of membrane processes for water treatment as well as their applications, including pressure driven reverse osmosis, concentration driven forward osmosis, thermally driven membrane distillation, membrane contactors, electrically driven  membrane dialysis, and membrane bioreactors will also be discussed.                                                             


CIVL 5156         Estimating Construction Cost (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3046 and 4206)

This final year course provides the student with an understanding of the approximate and detailed estimating of materials and cost of Civil Engineering Projects. Emphasis is directed towards concrete structures, including earth work and excavation, construction, labour, equipment etc. The course, also, covers handling, storing and transporting cost of material.


CIVL 5160         GIS IN WATER RESOURCES (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL 3066)

This course focuses on application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Water Resources management. Spatial coordinate systems, terrain analysis using digital elevation models (DEM), digital mapping of water resources information (e.g. precipitation, evapotranspiration, infiltration, soil, and land use). Wadi and watershed networks, Wadi flow modeling, flood plain mapping, and integration of time series and geospatial data.


CIVL 5186         Water and Wastewater Management (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4136)

This senior level course is oriented towards providing an understanding of (1) estimating the water demand and wastewater quantity from different sources, (2) methods of supplying water to the consumers, (3) sewer systems (4) the use of water and wastewater quantity and quality data for treatment process design, (5) the design of unit processes, and (6) the combination of unit processes to produce a total treatment system. The practice in design for the basic elements of conventional biological and physical processes are applied. 


CIVL 5204         Engineering Economics (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: MATH2107)

This course is an introductory course in engineering economy. The course covers cost concepts and design economics, money-time relationships and equivalence, comparing alternatives, depreciation, cost estimating techniques, price changes an exchange rates, replacement analysis and dealing with uncertainty. The course also introduces economics contemporary issues, business fundamentals such as revenues, and present some aspects of public policy..


CIVL 5206         Traffic Engineering and Management (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3076)

In this course, the student learns to conduct traffic engineering studies and accident investigation and analysis, through the study of traffic elements and measurements, statistical methods, capacity of intersections and roundabouts, delays, signal design, traffic control and management, queuing, and traffic flow theory.


CIVL 5214         Computer Application in Structural Engineering (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL 4016, CIVL4206)

Extension of the matrix stiffness method for the analysis of grids, three dimensional trusses and three dimensional frames. Efficient use of computers by senior students to solve structural engineering problems is emphasized.  Structural analysis and design of steel and concrete are carried out using computer packages such as STAADPro, SAP2000 and others. The skills learned are helpful in understanding the use of commercial software in the structural engineering practice.


CIVL 5216         Pavement Design and Maintenance (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4036)

This pavement design course introduces the design concepts in designing pavements.  The courses describes historical development in pavement design, stress computation in flexible pavement, load, and traffic and material characteristics for design.  It covers several flexible pavement design methods including the current method of design in Oman Highway Design Manual (2010).  Computer software applications are used for stress analysis and pavement design..


CIVL5217          Steel Structures (3 credits)                              

(Prerequisite: CIVL4216)

This advance course further develop students' knowledge in design of steel structures. It will build on the basic design principles covered in CIVL4216: Steelwork Design and cover advance topics in the structural steel design such as: simple and moment resisting connections, plate girders, frames in simple construction and torsion.


CIVL5226          Airport Design (3 credits)                                            

(Prerequisite: CIVL4036)

This is an introductory course on airport design. The course provides students with information on: airport components; aircraft characteristics related to airport design; geometric design of the airfield runways, taxiways and aprons; airside capacity and delay; structural design of pavements; and lighting, signing and marking.  A site visit is planned to Muscat International Airport.


CIVL 5235         Structural Stability and Dynamics (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL 3036)

This is course provides students with basic knowledge of structural stability and dynamics for the analysis of civil engineering structures. The topics covered include general principles of stability and dynamics; buckling of beam, columns and frames; design against local and overall stability. Dynamics analysis will cover single-degree-of-freedom systems, multi-degree-of-freedom systems and continuous systems. Students are taught to deal with general stability and vibration problems of frames. The course of specialized context targets at undergraduate students in research or engineering practices relating to structural engineering applications. 


CIVL 5236         Prestressed Concrete (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4206)

This course introduces the student to the analysis and design of prestressed concrete structures. Topics covered include flexure, shear, torsion and deflection of prestressed concrete beams and slabs, and time-dependent effects such as creep and shrinkage.


CIVL 5246         Hydraulic Structures (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4146)

This is an advanced course covering the design of hydraulic structures like dams, weirs and culverts. The course develops the student's design skills through integrative practical problems..


CIVL 5254         Environmental Pollution (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL 5326)

The course provides knowledge about the fate of contaminants in the environment within a single medium and between media.  The course will emphasize on contaminant dispersion within air, soil, and water (surface water, and groundwater).  For some applications, students will be taught to identify the dominant transport mechanisms, develop the appropriate equations that quantify the mechanisms, and simplify the system to arrive at solutions that are appropriate.  The course will cover contaminant fate and transport topics such as advection, diffusion, dispersion, chemical decay, soil adsorption.  Contaminant Plume characterization and identification will also be covered. Air pollution, soil contamination and groundwater contamination and remediation technologies will be covered..

CIVL 5255         Environmental Management Systems (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL 5326.)

A course that describes popular environmental management systems and international standards.  The course stresses on environmental auditing types, procedures and report writing. It also involves a practical application of the environmental auditing process. 


CIVL 5270         Introduction to Fire Safety Design in Buildings (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4216)

This is an introductory course to the fire safety design in buildings.  This course is an elective course offered for senior civil engineering students.  This course provides students with basic skills to carry out fire safety design in buildings with particular emphasis on the following topics: introduction to principles of fire and compartment fires, means of escape, human behavior in fire, detection and warning systems, smoke and heat exhaust ventilation, emergency lighting, alarm systems and sound level calculations, automatic sprinklers protection systems, and aspects of passive fire protection in buildings.  The course is covered through lectures and tutorials.


CIVL 5296         Design of Masonry Structures (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3086.)

This basic course is aimed at giving the student a thorough understanding of design of masonry structural elements. This lecture course is supplemented by practical design exercises. 


CIVL 5306         Specification and Contracts (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4206)

Job specification writing. Bidding documents. Overview of the construction management process in relation to each phase of a project from the inception of the need by the client to the completion of the work in the field. 


CIVL5311          Adjustment Computations (3 credits)  

(Prerequisite: CIVL3056)

Basic definitions. The Gaussian curve and the random error; The variance, covariance and weight of a measured quantity; Principles of correlation; Least squares method; Adjustment of simple surveying network by parametric method.  .                       


CIVL 5326         Environmental Engineering II (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4136)          

This is an advanced level course introduces the basic concepts of air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste management, and noise and light pollution control. The course provide a detail understanding of atmospheric physical composition, types and sources of air pollutants, the transport and fate of atmospheric pollutants, Gaussian plume model for air pollutant dispersion, different controlling mechanisms of air pollutants in stationary and moving sources; the solid and hazardous waste types, collection systems, treatment and disposal by composting, anaerobic digestion, incineration, recycling, landfilling, deep well injections and bio-remediation; the source of noise and light pollution and mitigation measures 


CIVL 5336         Construction Management (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL5204)

This course is aimed to provide a comprehensive introduction about construction project management. This course presents principles and techniques in the management of construction projects and present some aspects of public policy. Upon completion of this course, students should have knowledge on the following aspects of construction management: elements of project management, role of leadership in management, construction contracts, project planning and scheduling, project cost estimation, resources allocation and levelling, project cost and time control, and earned value analysis.


CIVL 5346         Water Resources Engineering (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3066,CIVL4046)

This advanced course is designed to provide the essential information required for planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities to control and utilize water.  Theoretical aspects are reinforced with practical applications. 


CIVL 5376         Conservation of Structures (3 credits)

History of architecture and development in past. Conservation, restoration, preservation & revitalization of monuments. Process of decay and deterioration. Causes of deterioration. Classification of monuments and materials of construction. Engineering aspects of restoration. Case studies in Oman and outside of Oman. Visits and practical exercises in documentation, identification, morphology, repair methodology etc.


CIVL5462          Cementitious Materials and Concrete Technology (3 credits)  

(Prerequisite: CIVL3096)

This course provide a comprehensive understanding on some major topics related to concrete technology: Portland cement manufacturing, cement hydration, microstructure, properties and types of cement. Fresh concrete and hardened Properties of concrete, dimensional stability of cement-based materials, durability of concrete (corrosion, sulfate, ASR, Acids, etc),  some advanced laboratory techniques for concrete, special types of concretes (high strength/performance concrete, Self-compacting concrete, fiber-reinforced concrete, lightweight concrete). Chemical and mineral additives in concrete are also covered.


CIVL5600          Introduction to Photogrammetry (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3056)

This course conveys the fundamentals of photogrammetry. The objective is to supply students with the principles and applications in photogrammetry through image acquisition and measurements. Topics cover in course involve cameras' basics, mathematical models relate the image and object space, collinearity and coplanarity conditions, orientation parameters(interior, exterior) and various mathematical and geometric models in photogrammetric operations.      .                                               


CIVL 5662         Building Materials (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL3086,CIVL3096)

This is an introductory course to the most used and contemporary building materials other than concrete and steel. It is an elective course targeting senior Civil and Architectural engineering students. The course provides students with basic skills and knowledge on the following topics: Masonry: stones, clay bricks and concrete blocks, physical and chemical properties, structural and non-structural behaviour of masonry, thermal properties of masonry products, uses and application of different masonry products, deterioration and conservation of masonry; Masonry mortar: design, properties and uses; Lime, Gypsum and Plaster: properties, design, performance and rehabilitation;  Wood and Timber: structure, composition, mechanical properties, defects, deformation, durability and failure in timbers; Other building materials: paint, tiles, coatings, adhesives etc. might also be discussed.


CIVL 5678         Administration of Contracts (3 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4206)

This final year course provides knowledge about the types of projects constructed in Oman and administration of construction projects based on the contracts used. The course will concentrate on discussions of implementing the construction contracts using the Omani Unified contract for Civil Engineering Works “Standard Documents for Building and Civil Engineering Works” Third Edition, 1999 and FIDIC. Case studies using some projects executed in Oman will be discussed. For some applications, students will be required to study real construction cases and present findings in front of complete class. Also, Consultancy Services Contracts “Standard Form of Agreement and Conditions of Engagement for Consultancy Services for Building and Civil Engineering Works, Second Edition, March 1987” will be studied given at the beginning of the course including all pre-contract services.


CIVL5680          Construction Planning & Scheduling (Computer application) (3 credits)         

(Prerequisite: CIVL4206)

This course gives students hand-on experience of the different aspects related to the planning and scheduling of construction projects using the commercial software available in the market. The scheduling skills acquired through this course enables students to devise project schedules and monitor the progress which are the two components of project time management.


CIVL 5993         Research Project I (3 credits)     

(Prerequisite: Department Approval)

This first phase of the research project aims to develop the student's initiative and awareness of independent engineering thought process. Each student is assigned a topic and is required, under the guidance of the project supervisor, to plan and carry out associated research which may be both experimental and analytical over a total period of one semester. The student will be required to submit a report on his work at the end of the semester.


CIVL 5994         Research Project II  (3 credits)    

(Prerequisite: CIVL5993)

This second phase of the research project aims to develop the student's initiative and awareness of independent engineering thought process. Each student is assigned a topic and is required, under the guidance of the project supervisor, to plan and carry out associated research which may be both experimental and analytical over a total period of one semester. The student will be required to submit a report on his work at the end of the semester.


CIVL 5995         Project I (2 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL4206 and (CIVL4036 or CIVL4136 or CIVL4146))

This is the first course of two design project courses which challenges the student to synthesize various subject areas in order to produce an engineering solution for a practical design problem. The students will design a system, component, process in at least two civil engineering contexts, including principles of sustainability in design. The aim is to prepare the student for professional work in a design office situation. The course involves team work, design calculations, production drawings and presentation.


CIVL 5996         Project II  (2 credits)

(Prerequisite: CIVL5995)

This is the second course of two design project courses which challenges the student to synthesize various subject areas in order to produce an engineering solution for a practical design problem. The students will design a system, component, process in at least two civil engineering contexts, including principles of sustainability in design. In addition, the student will be exposed to different aspects of construction management to be integrated with parts of the project. The aim is to prepare the student for professional work in a design office situation and construction industry. The course involves team work, design calculations, production drawings and presentation.






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The Civil Engineering Program offers two distinct types of projects. A compulsory Capstone Design Project (CIVL5997 and CIVL5998) in which students learn to apply the knowledge of design courses to design a comprehensive Civil Engineering Project. The project spans over two consecutive semesters and is evaluation is carried out through design reports and presentations.


The other type is the elective Research Project (CIVL5993 and CIVL5994) in which students choose a research topic of their interest and carry out a systematic research over a period of two semesters under the supervision of a faculty member. Evaluation is based on Thesis submission and defense.


Civil Engineering Capstone Design Project, 2018-2019



Project Title

Student Name(s)


Design of Extension Facilities in SQU

All Students

Dr. Abdulwahed Hago

Dr. Hossam Hassan

Dr. Mahad Baawain


Civil Engineering Research Project, 2018-2019



Student ID

Student Name

Student Email

Rsearch Title

Supevior 1

Supervisor 2



Suhail Mustahil Salim Mahad Kashob

Power recovery and waste minimization from microbial fuel cell using metallic coated electrodes

Dr. Md. Abdullah-Al- Mamun




Qais Younus Yousuf Al Aamri

Effect of elevated temperature on the properties of concretes made with industrial waste as fine aggregate replacement

Dr. Kazi Md Abu Sohel




Said Khalid Khalaf Ambusaidi

Use of Cement Kiln Dust in  Blocks

Dr. Mohammed Yousuf Al Aghbari




Asem Mohamed Ahmed Al Ghazali

Performance of Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete Containing Ferrochrome Slag - 2

Dr. Hossam

F. Hassan




Mazin Hamed Mohsin Al Ma'Mari

Seismic Capacity Analysis of Residential units in Oman

Dr. Syed Muhammad Bilal Waris Ali




Mohammed Ali Mohammed Al Balushi

Stabilization of expansive soils

Dr. Yahia Mohamedzei n




Zulaikha Hashim Salam Hamed Alramadhani

Comparative study of progressive collapse analysis of reinforced concrete building using different standard guidelines

Dr. Kazi Md Abu Sohel




Aisha Yahya Hilal Alabri

Simulating groundwater level variations in Muscat Airport area

Dr. Luminda Hewawasam




Sulaiman Salim Sulaiman Al Masalti

Calibration of the Electronic Distance Measuring (Total Station) using Least Squares Method

Dr. Mahmoud Salem Abd El-Gelil

Dr. Mohammed Al Shahri



Mahmood Hamid Darwish Al Jadeedi

Optimization of a Microbial Desalination Cell (MDC) for electricity production and seawater desalination using membrane dialysis technique

Dr. Md. Abdullah-Al- Mamun




Omar Salim Sulaiman Al Hatmi

Developing of Sandwich Wall Panels with Good Thermal Properties for Use in Buildings in Oman

Dr. Sherif El-Gamal




Marwa Mohammed Sulaiman Al Adwi

Application of the User-Specified Unit Hydrograph method and HEC-HMS software to estimate rainfall-runoff relation in Oman

Dr. Luminda Hewawasam




Maitha Juma Khalfan Aldhamri

Use of Cement Kiln Dust in interlock bricks

Dr. Mohammed Yousuf Al Aghbari




Maryam Zuhair Salim Al Fannah

Stabilization of desert sand

Dr. Yahia Mohamedzei n




Omar Said Azzan Al Bahri

Performance of Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete Containing Ferrochrome Slag - 1

Dr. Hossam

F. Hassan




Omayyah Hussein Ayed Talahmeh

Testing of Concrete Columns Reinforced with GFRP Bars and Spirals under Eccentric Loading

Dr. Sherif El-Gamal




Civil Engineering Program Enrollment and Graduation Statistics



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Note: The College of Engineering does not have any Part time (PT) students at Undergraduate Level.


FT--full time

PT--part time