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Ph.D.

Ph.D. Program


ADVANCED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS

The major focus of this course is on the theoretic development and application of finite element method. In the beginning, the basic concepts of finite element method (FEM) are briefly reviewed. Then, the FEM of nonlinear material and FEM for dynamic problem will be introduced if the schedule permits. In the end, the application of FEM-Based reliability analysis and optimization problem is addressed.

ELASTICITY

Emphasis is placed on static problems with linear material and small deformation. Many basic 2-D problems (such as plane strain and plane stress) and 3-D problems with different boundary conditions in civil engineering application will be discussed. Torsion and plate theories will be also introduced.

METHOD OF ARCHITECTURE HISTORY

This course trains students in architecture history research strategies by exposing them to discursive analysis, including figure, writing style, architecture  style, historical view, etc.

SOIL-STRUCTURE INTERACTION

This course discusses the mechanism of soil-foundation interacting behavior. Emphases are placed on the theory and analysis of foundation vibrations, dynamic soil properties and their effects on SSI as well as modeling wave propagations in the soil media due to dynamic loadings.

CONSTITUTIVE LAWS FOR ENGINEERING MATERIALS

The contents of the course include a review and description of conventional models and an introduction to recent models for geologic materials. Theories of soil plasticity and their numerical implementation into computer programs are presented in the course.

THEORY OF RANDOM VIBRATIONS

This course offers an introduction to random vibration theory, correlation, Fourier analysis, spectral density, digital spectral analysis, statistics of narrow band processes, and Excitation-response relations for linear systems.

SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING MATERIALS

This course offers guided readings in the literature with topics of current interest in civil engineering materials. Discussions and reports of subjects in civil engineering material fields are not normally available in regular course offerings.

STRUCTURAL CONTROL

Concepts of structural control will be systematically presented. First Part: passive devices, application including energy dissipation devices and base-isolation devices. Second Part: basic theory for SISO control and modern control theories for MIMO system, LQR method, etc.

ADVANCED PAVEMENT ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

The major contents of this course include Functional Requirements and Performance, Pioneer Pavement Analysis (Review & LTPP), Pioneer Pavement Analysis (Plate vs. Layered Elastic Theory), Numerical Methods of Pavement Analysis (Review), Numerical Methods of Pavement Analysis (Finite Element Analysis), Aircraft Traffic Considerations (Gear Configurations & Loads), Aircraft Traffic Considerations (Pass to Coverage Ratio Concept), Environmental and Geotechnical Considerations, Design of Asphalt Concrete Pavement Systems (AASHTO Method, FAA Method, & AI Method), Design of PCC Pavement Systems (FAA Method & PCA Method (TKUPAV), Miscellaneous Considerations (ACN-PCN, Life Cycle Costing, Overlay Designs, & Unified Approach).

EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING

This course covers the theory and applications related to earthquake engineering. The broad subjects discussed in this course include earthquake response of linearly elastic and inelastic buildings, structural dynamics in building codes.

WINDED BRIDGE ANALYSIS

Topics include the concept of wind loads on bridges, buffeting, evaluation of uncoupled mode buffeting and flutter, vibration control, vortex shedding and time series simulation of wind loads.

PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

This course introduces fundamental concepts and techniques of pavement management, including database, prioritizing and budgeting activities on both network and project levels.

SOIL RODEOLOGY

This course includes soil formation and soil deposits, effective stress concept, soil structure and soil stability, conduction phenomena composition and engineering  properties.

GREEN ARCHITECTURE

Considering solar use from Greek era, recognizing ecology, the passive solar and the environmental consciousness in the last century, and studying the past materials will encourage the further study of the sustainable architectural designs.

DESIGN THINKING AND COGNITION

Scholars working in the design psychology research field are invited to give lectures on their specific research topics, based on which students could have a broader vision and varieties on their future research issues.

ENVIRONMENT BEHAVIOR RESEARCH

This course focuses on the development of environment-behavior research, including epistemological, theoretical, methodological and implicational issues. Empirical studies will also be discussed in relation to each topic and issue.

FIELD WORK METHODS

This course emphasizes the use and validity of methods used in data gathering and analysis in the conduct of fieldworks. Philosophical, theoretical and operational concerns in relation to the methods will be discussed.

SEMINAR ON TAIWAN MODERN ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DEVELOPMENT

This course focuses on Taiwan’s modern architecture and urban development after World War Ⅱ.  Students are required to read texts and participate in discussions.

PLANNING OF URBAN ECOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT

This course discusses the theory of sustainable architecture. Students are required to evaluate green buildings and sustainable architecture technology regulation, and criticize the practice policy and process.

INTRODUCTION OF MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING

This course introduces both concepts and contents of proactive maintenance engineering. It combines various aspects of civil engineering, including structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, material engineering, IT, and project management. Main topics of maintenance engineering are:

1. Facility Inventory,

2. Performance Assessment- Prioritization,

3. Maintenance Strategy,

4. Maintenance Measurements, and

5. Execution of Maintenance Engineering.

GRADUATE SEMINAR

This course is particularly designed for Ph. D. students to provide them a discussion platform to strengthen the presentation and communication skills in English. With the objective mentioned above, the contents of the syllabus can be flexibly arranged to suit the needs of the enrolled students, depending on what the instructor wants to emphasize. A routine practice could be set by asking students to prepare presentation materials based on the literature or their own research findings, making the presentation in English, and then followed by an open discussion with all the class participants.

CULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS AND ARCHITECTURE

The goal of the course is to explore how the cultural phenomenon was reflected on architecture in the pre-modern societies. Philosophy, social structure, architectural form and style would be discussed to analyze the possibilities of design concepts.

INFORMATION CULTURE STUDY AND ARCHITECTURE

This graduate seminar introduces the information techniques in architecture, cyberspace, the developments of information society, and contemporary architecture theory in digital design, as well as critiques of information.

DESIGN THINKING: MEDIA, COGNITION AND COMPUTATION

To understand how a designer thinks design (called design thinking) is the key issue in the research field of computer aided architecture design (CAAD). Through introducing the fundamental theories and researches with respect to media, cognition and computation in the course, the instructor helps students to understand the relationships between design thinking in human design behaviour and computer-aided system.

CONTEMPORARY TECHNOLOGIES IN ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDINGS

With the advancements in building technologies and computer remote control, modern building systems should create a convenient, safe, healthy, and comfortable living environment for residents. The successful deployment of these systems in a building requires feasible and accurate equipment assessment. This course is intended to provide an overall understanding of the state-of-the-art technologies in building services to related professionals engaged in complex multi-disciplinary building projects.

ARCHITECTURE AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY STUDY

This course offers existing sustainable technology and its utilities in architecture design. The course will be conducted in mutual discussions in the classroom. Half issues will be assigned before the course starts, and the other half will be discussed in the classroom altogether. Students are required to present their chosen issues for their midterm and final reports.

STRESS WAVE PROPAGATION 

This course introduces the basic theoretical framework of elastic waves and discusses the behavior and characteristics of elastic wave propagation in the media of various shapes. Elastic waves are widely used in many engineering applications such as non-destructive inspection, geophysical study, medical ultrasonic imaging and physical acoustics.

SEMINAR (CROSS-DISCIPLINARY SEMINAR)

This course is intended to establish a methodological and epistemological framework for cross-disciplinary spatial research, including socio-spatial studies, political-economic critique, cultural studies, urban planning discourses, and architectural theories. Seminar participants are expected to initiate critical issues and to lead discussions based on the reading materials and specific social/spatial phenomena observed.

CITY THEORY

This course is mainly for different urban theory, critical review of the city's existing research literature. Thus, here, the analysis is a deconstruction of the tools of a particular reality, through this process, will be able to provide further direction of research.

DESIGN MEDIA AND COMPUTATION 

By examining and reviewing a set of related theories (media, cognition and computation) and their relation to design, we envision a new wave of design for the digital era. The objective of this course are to introduce different types of important design studies conducted from the 70s to date and to examine the methodologies necessary to address the study of design. To do so, the course is divided into two modules. They are 1) primary theoretical approaches; and 2) theoretical practice and proposal writing.

SPECIAL  ISSUES OF E-BUSINESS IN CONSTRUCTION  INDUSTRY

This course brings the concepts and primary issues related to automation in construction to students. Several topics are included in this course, namely construction productivity, applications of automation in construction, computerization for construction management, e-commerce in construction, enterprise resource planning and supply chain management. 

 

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