Engineering Economy

Course Description

Fundamentals and application of engineering economic principles to civil engineering problems. Evaluation of  alternatives. Value engineering and optimization with emphasis in civil engineering applications. 

Course Goals

  • Give students good exposure to, and working familiarity with the fundamentals of engineering economics and the management decision making processes that are used in engineering problem solving.
  • Give the students the opportunity to work with the state-of-the art software in problem solving in engineering economics and management decision making.
  • Give the students the experience of collaborating in project teams while working on course project(s) and enhancing their written and oral communication skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the concept of interest and equivalence.
  • Learning the methods of engineering economic analysis (present worth, rate of return, annual cash flow, and benefit-cost ratio.)
  • Understanding the concept of depreciation.
  • Understand the concept of value engineering.
  • Learning the basics of mathematical modeling by being able to develop and solve engineering optimization models using linear programming.
  • Learning to work with peers in project teams to deal with semi-real world scale projects.
  • Being able to communicate effectively both in written and oral form.

 Selected Topics

  • Engineering Decision Making Process
  • Equivalence and Compound Interest
  • Present Worth Analysis
  • Annual Cash Flow Analysis
  • Rate of Return Analysis
  • Benefit – Cost Ratio Analysis
  • Depreciation
  • Value Engineering
  • Linear Programming


  • Mid term Exam                     25%
  • Final Exam                            45%
  • Research Projects                  15%
  • Quizzes & Homework          15%


D.G. Newman. “Engineering Economic Analysis”. Engineering Press Inc. San Jose, California. 9th. Ed. 2003.

 The course will generally cover the text. However, some material from the references may also be covered.

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