Course Details

1Title of the course  
Introduction to Civil Engineering  
2Pre-requisite courses(s)-
3Course contentIntroduction and Scope of Civil Engineering: 
Basics of Engineering and Civil Engineering; Broad disciplines of Civil Engineering; Importance of Civil Engineering, History of Civil Engineering: Early constructions and developments over time, ancient monuments of the world, Civil Engineering aspects of Indian heritage structures. Civil Engineering Specializations: Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Construction Management, Ocean Engineering, Remote Sensing and GIS, Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure.  
Megastructures of Civil Engineering:Design, Construction and Structural Details of Some of the Megastructures of the World. Mega Civil Engineering Projects of India. Failure Case Studies in Civil Engineering: Structures, Foundations, Dams, Pavement Systems, and the Geo-environment. Some Major Civil Engineering Challenges  
Materials in Civil Engineering:Stones, bricks, mortars, Plain, Reinforced & Prestressed Concrete, Construction Chemicals, Structural Steel, High Tensile Steel, Carbon Composites, Plastics in Construction, 3D printing, Recycling of Construction & Demolition wastes, Sustainable Building Materials. 
Introduction to Plan Reading, and Construction Techniques:Scale drawings of floor plans, sections, and elevations; Plan types, Interpretation of plans. Components of a building. Typical loads and forces in Civil Engineering structures. Introduction to estimation and costing. 
Smart Cities and Current Trends in Construction Industry:Application of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Civil Engineering. Position of construction industry vis-à-vis other industries, plan outlays for construction; current budgets for infrastructure works; Possible scopes for a career, Importance of ethics in engineering.
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  2. JPaul A. Bosela, Pamalee A. Brady, Norbert J. Delatte, M. Kevin Parfitt “Failure Case Studies in Civil Engineering: Structures, Foundations, and the Geoenvironment”, American Society of Civil Engineers; 2nd edition 2013.
  3. P.C. Varghese “Building Materials”, Prentice Hall India Learning Private Limited; 2nd edition, 2015.
  4. Gary Anglin, “Introduction to Estimating, Plan Reading and Construction Techniques”, Routledge; 1st edition, 2019.
  5. You-Lin Xu, Jia He “Smart Civil Structures”, CRC Press; 1st edition, 2019.


  1. Pijush Samui, Dookie Kim, Nagesh Iyer, Sandeep Chaudhary, “New Materials in Civil Engineering”, 1st edition, Elsevier, 2020.
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  3. J. E. Gordon, “The New Science of Strong Materials – Or Why You Don`t Fall through the Floor”, Princeton University Press, 2020.
  4. BIS, “National Building Code of India”, Bureau of Indian Standards, 2017.
  5. M.W.Martin and R.Schinzinger, “Ethics in Engineering” McGraw Hill Education; Fourth edition, 2017.
  6. S.S. Bhavikatti and M.V. Chitawadagi “Building Planning and Drawing”, Dreamtech Press, 2019