Head, Department Of Civil Engineering

Background of Civil Engineering department

Civil engineering department has begun its carrier in 2005 E.C. It is one of the eight departments available in the college of engineering and technology at Samara University. The department currently offers a program leading to B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering with duration of 5 years in the regular and 5.5 years extension program. Enrolling was officially started in the stated academic year with an initial intake of around 72 students with the new curricular. Currently the department has got about 70 staff members (including those who are in study leave) and is hosting about 109 students in the regular under graduate program and 35 students under the extension program. Apparently the department has opened master’s program in two specializations in 2022 G.C academic year namely M.Sc. in civil engineering (Structural Engineering) and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Road and Transport Engineering) with total number of 50 students with in both programs.   

Vision

Civil engineering department deliver quality education to produce competent civil engineering graduates, conduct research national and regional priority areas and use the research outputs, transfer technologies and provide consultancy and trainings services for the benefit of the community.

Mission

Civil engineering department aspires to be peerless/selected department in the pastoral development in 2035.

Admission Requirements

Admissions to all regular undergraduate programs are processed through the Ministry of Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. This is currently true for all public Universities across the whole nation. Admissions to the continuing education program (CEP) are processed through the University registrar office based on the criteria set by the University. 

Admission to Regular Program: 

Admission following Preparatory Education

Students who have successfully completed the 10 plus 2 years preparatory and have scored the minimum cut-off point set by the Ministry of Education in the entrance exam could apply for admission to the Civil Engineering School. In view of the high number of applicants, admission to the School is rather competitive. Entrance exam will be given to select competitive candidates. 

Admission with Advance Standing  

Depending on available spaces, diploma graduates from TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) in the fields related to Civil Engineering will be admitted based on grades on competitive basis. 

Admission of International Students  

Applicants with a minimum cut-off point and with high scores in Physics and Mathematics in foreign countries examinations equivalent to the 10+2 preparatory program are also eligible. The School determines the equivalence. 

Admission to Continuing Education Program  

The criteria set for admission to the regular program will be employed as the criteria for admission to the continuing education program. Candidates who are 10 + 3 diploma graduates from an Engineering School, TVET or similar recognized college in the fields of Construction Technology, surveying technology, Drafting Technology, and other related programs with a minimum cut-off point and having certificate of competition/COC/ will be admitted based on space availability, and competitive basis. 

Limited numbers of junior staff such as technical assistants in relevant field may be admitted each year based on non-competitive basis provided that he/she: 

  • has served the University for a minimum of 2 consecutive years; 
  • meet the minimum admission requirement set for the program; 
  • obtain letter of recommendation from responsible body; 
  • signs undertaking to serve the University after graduation, at least two years of service for one complete year of study. 

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering requires 5 years to complete in the regular program. A student is required to take courses that will bring the total credit point of 326 ECTS for graduation with the Degrees of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Students must accumulate 113 ECTS from General/Basic Courses, 198 ECTS from Core Compulsory Courses and 15 ECTS from Elective Courses.

Students must take and pass all the required courses to satisfy the requirement for graduation. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required in all courses taken. In addition, a minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required in the core courses of the program. Other requirements are same as those of the University graduation requirements. 

Degree Nomenclature 

 The degree nomenclature should read: 

THE DEGREE OF “Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering”  

”የሳይንስ ባችለር ዲግሪ በሲቪል ምህንድስና”

Course Break Down for undergraduate programs

Year I Semester I  Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Communicative English Language Skill I  FLEn 1011  None  5  3  
2  Mathematics for Natural Sciences    Math 1011  None  5  3  
3  Critical thinking  LoCT 1011  None  5  3  
4  General Psychology   Psch 1011  None  5  3  
5  General Physics  Phys 1011  None  5  3  
6  Physical fitness   SpSc 1011  None  –  P/F  
7  Geography of Ethiopia and the Horn  GeES 1011  None  5  3  
            30  18  
Year I Semester II  Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Moral & Civic Education  MCiE  1012  None  4  2  
2  Communicative English Language skill II  FLEn 1012  FLEn 1011  5  3  
3  Applied mathematics I  Math 1041  Math 1011  5  3  
4  Computer Programing  SECT 1081  None  5  3  
5  Entrepreneurship  MGMT 1012  None  5  3  
6  Social Anthropology  Anth 1012  None  4  2  
7  Introduction to Emerging Technologies    EmTe 1012  None  5  3  
            33  19  
Year II Semester I (Pre- Engineering)  Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Engineering Mechanics I   CEng 2051  Phys 1011  5  3  
2  Engineering Drawing  MEng 2061  None  5  3  
3  Applied Mathematics II  Math 2041  Math 1041  7  4  
4  Global Trends   GlTr 1012  None  3  2  
5  Probability and Statistics for Engineers  Stat 2171  None  5  3  
6  Economics   Econ 1011  None  5  3  
7  Inclusiveness   SNIE 1012  None  3  2  
            33  20  
Year II Semester II  Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Hydraulics  CEng 2161  CEng 2042, CEng 2051  5  3  
2  Strength of Materials   CEng  2101  CEng 2042, CEng 2051  7  4  
3  Transport Planning and Modeling  CEng  2191  None  5  3  
4  Engineering Mechanics II  MEng 2052  CEng 2051  5  3  
5  Civil Engineering Workshop Practice   CEng  2071  None  2  1  
6  Engineering Surveying I  CEng  2091  None  5  3  
7  Engineering Geology  CEng  2141  None  5  3  
            34  20  
Year III Semester I   Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Theory of Structures I  CEng  3102  CEng  2101  7  4  
2  Engineering Surveying II (GIS and Remote   Sensing for Engineers)  CEng  3092  CEng  2091  5  3  
3  Numerical Methods  CEng  3081  SECT 1081, Math 2041  5  3  
4  Open Channel Hydraulics  CEng  3162  CEng 2161  5  3  
5  Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering – I   CEng  3142  CEng  2141, CEng 2101, CEng 2161  5  3  
6  Traffic & Road Safety Engineering  CEng  3192  CEng  2201  3  2  
7  Construction Materials  CEng  3111  None  5  3  
            35  21  
Year III Semester II  Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Engineering Hydrology  CEng  3163  CEng  3162  5  3  
2  Reinforced Concrete Structures I  CEng  3121  CEng  3102  5  3  
3  Fundamental of Architecture  CEng  3112  None  5  3  
4  Geometric Design of Highways and Streets   CEng  3201  CEng  3192  5  3  
5  Hydraulic Structures I  CEng  3171  CEng  3163  5  3  
6  Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering – II  CEng  3143  CEng  3142  5  3  
7  Integrated Surveying Field Practice  CEng  3093  CEng  3092  2  1  
            32  19  
Year IV Semester I   Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Water Supply and Treatment  CEng  4181  CEng  4172  5  3  
2  Reinforced Concrete Structures II  CEng  4122  CEng  3121  5  3  
3  Contract, Specification & Quantity Survey  CEng  4231  None  3  2  
4  Pavement Materials, Analysis and Design  CEng  4202  CEng  3201  5  3  
5  Hydraulic Structures II  CEng  4172  CEng  3171  5  3  
6  Geotechnical Engineering Design – I   CEng  4151  CEng  3143  5  3  
7  Building Construction  CEng  4113  CEng  3111  3  2  
8  Technical Report Writing & Research Methods for Engineers  CEng 4251  FLEn 1012  2  1  
            33  20  
Year IV Semester II   Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Engineering Economics  CEng 4232  None  3  2  
2  Philosophy of science and Ethics   Phil 3011  None  5  3  
3  Internship Practice  CEng 4241  All prior core courses  25  15  
            33  20  
Year V Semester I   Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Construction Equipment  CEng  5233  None  5  3  
2  Geotechnical Engineering Design – II   CEng  5152  CEng  4151  5  3  
3  Waste Water Treatment  CEng  5182  CEng  4181  5  3  
4  Environmental engineering  CEng  5183  All major courses  5  3  
5  Elective 1  CEng xxxx   –  5  3  
6  Irrigation Engineering  CEng  5173  CEng  4172  5  3  
7  Integrated Civil Engineering Design  CEng  5252  All major courses  3  2  
            33  20  
Year V Semester II      Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Elective 2  CEng xxxx   –  5  3  
2  Elective 3  CEng xxxx   –  5  3  
3  Steel & Timber Structures  CEng  5123  CEng  3102  5  3  
4  Construction Project Management  CEng  5234  CEng  4231, CEng 4232  3  2  
5  BSc Thesis  CEng  5253  All major courses  12  7  
        30  18  

Elective Courses  

No.   Course Title  Course Code  Pre-Requisite  ECTS  Cr. Hr  
1  Theory of structures II  CEng 5261  CEng 3102  5  3  
2  Reinforced Concrete Structures III  CEng 5271  CEng 4122  5  3  
3  Structural Design  CEng  5281  CEng  4061  5  3  
4  Hydropower Development  CEng5291  CEng4172  5  3  
5  Geotechnical Engineering Design – III  CEng5301  CEng4152  5  3  
6  Pavement Maintenance and Management Systems  CEng-5311  CEng4212  5  3  
7  GIS & Environmental Modeling  CEng5321  CEng4172  5  3  
8  AutoCAD for Engineers  CEng5331  None  5  3  
9  Railway Engineering  CEng 5341  CEng  3211  5  3  
10  Fundamentals of Bridge Design  CEng 5352  CEng  3211, CEng  4122  5  3  

Course Break Down for masters programs

Admission Requirements in MSc in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering)

The applicant must have a B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering and meet the admission requirements of the School of

Postgraduate studies guide line and Samara University Senate Legislation. He/she must also pass the entrance examination administered by the Department. Regarding applicants from other related disciplines, the Departmental Graduate Committee (DGC), will rule on the eligibility of such students.

To be considered for enrolment in the Master’s program of Structural Engineering the applicant must:

  • Have completed the academic requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 for both female and male applicants at the University or any other recognized institution of higher learning as recommended in the respective curriculum;
  • Have satisfactorily met the selection criteria which may include the work experience or entrance examination to be administered by the academic units concerned.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have a B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering and meet the admission requirements of the School of

Postgraduate studies guide line and Samara University Senate Legislation. He/she must also pass the entrance examination administered by the Department. Regarding applicants from other related disciplines, the Departmental Graduate Committee (DGC), will rule on the eligibility of such students. 

To be considered for enrolment in the Master’s program of Structural Engineering the applicant must: 

Have completed the academic requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 for both female and male applicants at the University or any other recognized institution of higher learning as recommended in the respective curriculum; 

Have satisfactorily met the selection criteria which may include the work experience or entrance examination to be administered by the academic units concerned.  

Duration of Study for Regular Program

  • The Master’s regular programs shall normally take two academic years for completion. 
  • No Master student may anticipate finishing a program in less than one and a half academic year. 
  • A Master student in regular program may be allowed to continue for up to a maximum of four years if it can be shown that the extension is required by force majeure and if it is recommended by the DGC and AC. Such extension of time shall be recommended by the DGC and the AC while approved by the AAVP every semester.  
  • A Master student taking more than the normal two-year duration for completion of a program shall fulfill the special conditions set forth by the AC/DGC. 

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the following minimum requirements:

Complete all graduate coursework requirements with a minimum CGPA of 3.0;

  • a maximum of oneC” or two C+” grade in all courses;
  • submit at-least one article in peer reviewed reputable journal from the result of the thesis work; § a minimum of “Satisfactory” rate for Master’s Thesis assessment and open defense.
  • Medium of Instruction The medium of instruction of the program should be in English.

 Degree Nomenclature

§ For the M.Sc. program in Structural Engineering Graduate Program, the degree nomenclature should read as:

Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering  (Structural Engineering)  

የሳይንስ ማሰተር ዲግሪ በሲቪል ምህንድስና  (ስትራክቸራል ምህንድስና)  

Admission requirements for the master program: – MSc in Road and Transportation Engineering

  • The applicant must have a B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent degree (Construction Technology & Management, Surveying Engineering/Surveying Technology and Road Construction) with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 for both male and female applicants at the University or any other recognized institution of higher learning as recommended in the respective curriculum.   
  • He/she must also pass the entrance examination administered by program chairs.  
  • Applicant must bring a minimum of two letter of recommendation from undergraduate instructor or employers.   

Duration of the Study

  • The normal duration for the completion of a regular program is two academic years and three academic years for extension

Master’s program.   

  • A regular and extension master student may be allowed to continue for up to a maximum of four and five years respectively, if it can be shown that the extension is required by force majeure. Such extension of time shall be recommended by DGC and approved by the DC every Semester.  

A master student taking more than the normal duration for completion of a program shall fulfil the special condition set forth by the DC

Graduation requirements

Graduation requirement for civil engineering field of study involves two option. For Master of Science degree program Students must complete the following minimum requirements:

  • complete all graduate coursework requirements with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 and only one

“C” or two “C+” grade in all courses;

  • A successful student is required to complete 33 Cr. hr Course works and a six (6) cr.hr. Thesis work.
  • A minimum of “Satisfactory” rate for Master’s Thesis assessment and open defense.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for the program should be in English

Degree of Nomenclature

For the M.Sc. degree program in Road and Transport Engineering, the degree nomenclature should read as

Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (Road & Transport Engineering) የሳይንስ ማስተር ዲግሪ በሲቪል ምህንድስና (መንገድ እና ትራንስፖርት ምህንድና)