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Introduction to building systems. Sustainable design and construction. The United States Green Building Council's rating system. Sustainable building sites, water efficiency, energy performance, building commissioning, building and/or material reuse, sustainable materials, indoor environmental quality, and innovations in sustainable design and construction.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Prereq: MATH 1960 (Calculus II) or equivalent; PHYS 2110 (General Physics) or equivalent.
First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, properties of gases and vapors. Sources of energy and its conversion to work. Applications on Architectural Engineering and Construction.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
AREN 310
HVAC FundamentalsCrosslisted as AE 3100
Prereqs:
MENG 2000 (Thermodynamics) or equivalent; this course is co-requisite with MENG 4200 (Heat Transfer).
Topics will include an introduction to the types of air conditioning systems; the properties of moist air, psychometric processes in HVAC equipment; indoor air quality; thermal comfort; heat transmission in buildings; solar radiation; and the calculation of building infiltration rates, space heating loads and space cooling loads.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AREN 3120 (UNO).
Indoor air quality. Codes, standards, HVAC equipment, commissioning, operation, maintenance, investigation, and remediation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
CIVE/MECH 310/(UNO)CIVE 3100; MECH 420/820/(UNO) MENG 4200; (UNO) and AE 3100.
Analysis and design of building air distribution systems, fans, pumps, piping, space air diffusion, chillers, and boilers.
This course is a prerequisite for: AREN 415
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AREN 412/AE 4120.
AREN 415/(UNO) AE 4150 is the first option-specific mechanical systems design course and is to be taken during the fourth year of the BSAE program.
Develop and design the mechanical system for an actual building, from the programming phase to the final construction documents.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
(UNO) AE 3200.
AREN 420/820 lab sessions include photometric measurements and computer applications.
Design and analysis of lighting systems; the integration between the lighting design process and the technical foundations for building lighting; design criteria; lighting design procedures lighting modes and subjective effects; and calculation tools.
This course is a prerequisite for: AREN 425
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AREN 420/(UNO) AE 4200.
AREN 425/(UNO) AE 4250 requires the initiation of the design process, proceeding in a self-directed manner through intermediate steps, and producing professional lighting design solutions.
Advanced design and analysis of lighting systems. Application of the lighting design process for advanced interior applications such as multimedia facilities, and outdoor applications such as sports lighting.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
(UNO) AE 4010 or AE 4020; or (UNO) CIVE 3140; and permission
AREN *801/(UNO) AE *8010 requires a professionally-written report and oral presentation that demonstrates both mastery of the subject and a high level of writing and oral communication skills.
Perform a detailed investigation in the Option Area of the master of architectural engineering degree.
Students are permitted to enroll in this course twice.  Those who fail to earn a passing grade after enrolling in this course a second time will be referred to the AE Graduate Committee, and this may result in termination of their program of graduate studies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Independent Study
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AREN *801/(UNO) AE *8010; and permission
Second of a two-course capstone design project for the MAE degree. AREN *802/(UNO) AE *8020 requires a professionally-written report and oral presentation that demonstrates both mastery of the subject and a high level of writing and oral communication skills.
Complete a detailed investigation in the Option Area of the master of architectural engineering degree.  Students are permitted to enroll in this course twice.  Those who fail to earn a passing grade after enrolling in AE 8020/AREN 802 a second time will be referred to the AE Graduate Committee, and this may result in termination of their program of graduate studies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Independent Study
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AE 3220
Integration of voice, data and video systems into overall building design. Scalability; wireless systems; interference; project management; current industry standards and protocols.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Integrates building design with the principles of minimum resource use, energy conservation and healthy indoor environments.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ISMG 2060
Investigation of issues related to the integration of building design processes with professional architectural engineering practice. Aspects of building design project finance, budgets, contracts, legal issues, professional licensure, professional responsibility and professional ethics. The perspective of life-cycle costing.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
IMSE 206/(UNO) IMSG 2060; and AREN *806/(UNO) AE *8060
Continuation of investigation of issues related to the integration of building design processes with professional architectural engineering design practice.
Building design specifications, estimating, bidding, building construction contract negotiations, building design project management, project team personnel management, project risk, and key regulatory measures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
STAT 380/(UNO) 3800
Overview of advanced experimental design methods and statistical analysis techniques. Application of these to the planning, execution, analysis, and description of research in architectural engineering.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
For Acoustics and/or Mechanical option: AREN 412/(UNO) AE 4120. For Electrical and/or Lighting option: AREN 420/820/(UNO) AE 4200. For (UNO) Structural option: CET 4410.
AREN 809 is the capstone design course in architectural engineering.
Develop and design the electrical, lighting, mechanical, and structural systems for a building, from programming through construction documents, as an interdisciplinary team effort.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 820 or permission
Fundamentals of solar energy system modeling analysis and design. Solar radiation modeling, surface properties of opaque and glazing materials, flat-plate collector design, solar energy storage, solar system thermal calculation, system application and design.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MATH 3350 ; AE 3100, AE 4120, AE 4120
Fundamental concepts of building control theory and automation. Building control: state-variable plant and closed-loop system representation, time and frequency response, stability, root-locus methods and design of building control systems. Automation: thermostats, dampers, valves, direct digital control, control of air handling units, terminal units, primary building systems, supervisory control and system optimization, communication systems, BACnet, and DDC system design and implementation.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MECH 300 and MECH 420; AREN 310/(UNO) AE 3100 and AREN 412/(UNO) AE 4120; and permission.
Advanced analysis, design, and modeling of building energy systems. Mass transfer and exchangers, vapor compression chillers, absorption chillers, central cooling plants, boilers systems and heating plants, cooling storage systems and plants, and cogeneration systems and plants.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 4
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AE 3100, AE 4120, AE 4140, and AE 4400 (UNO)
Integrated approach to deliver energy improvement retrofit projects that provide economical and ecological benefits. Proficiency in EnergyPlus or DOE-2 and in retrofit cost estimation will be attained and integrated into an engineering economic analysis. Partnering configurations, contracts, financing, and measurement and verification. Concepts applied to a practical class project.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
STAT 8805 or equivalent
Analysis, theory, and methods of instrumentation for thermal system energy consumption measurement and scientific research testing. Emphasis on sensors, traducers, and error analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AREN 811 or permission
Fundamentals of project management within the mechanical and electrical contracting industry. Emphasis on codes, contract documents, productivity, coordination, project control and administration, scheduling, safety, and project closeout, all from a speciality contracting perspective.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Design and analysis of lighting for outdoor sports, floodlighting and interior applications; economic analysis; modeling algorithms; advanced photometrics.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AE 3220
Power systems analysis and design, integration of electrical system components into functional, safe and reliable power distribution systems for commercial and industrial facilities. Per unit analysis, fault analysis, power quality, grounding, overcurrent protection coordination and complete power system design.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
AREN 823
Prereqs:
Fundamental science and principles of light generation in modern electric light sources; characteristics that influence applications of light sources.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
AREN 824
Prereqs:
AE 3200 or equivalent
Critical survey and application of measures developed to characterize the effects of lighting systems on human perception and performance. Contrast, visibility, visual performance (Relative Visual Performance, Visibility Level); visual comfort probability; discomfort glare rating system; and unified glare rating system.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
AREN 825
Prereqs:
Use of natural light in building design. Solar position, sky luminance, distribution models, daylighting equipment, calculation methods, and psychological concepts. Extensive use of computer modeling and scale models.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AE 3300 or equivalent
Characterization of acoustic sources; use and measurement of sound power and intensity; sound-structure interaction; acoustic enclosures and barriers; muffling devices; vibration control; and active noise control.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AE 3300 or equivalent
Advanced study of the behavior of sound in rooms. Design of acoustical spaces; physical and computational modeling; measurement techniques; and introduction to sound reinforcement in rooms.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
AREN 835
Prereqs:
AE 3300 or equivalent
Electrical-mechanical-acoustical circuit analogies; transducers, loudspeakers, microphones, and accelerometers; directivity; calibration techniques; and sound reinforcement systems in rooms.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to MEng program or permission
Building energy and acoustical systems: energy systems, including psychometric processes and applications; load calculations; distribution systems; acoustic fundamentals; room acoustics; and noise control.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
CIVE 440 (Reinforced Concrete Design) or equivalent; CIVE 441 (Steel Design) or equivalent.
Masonry as a structural material, Unreinforced Masonry Design, Reinforced Masonry Design, State-of-the-art Assessment methods for Existing Masonry Structures, Timber as a structural material, Timber Design.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
The objectives of this course are to broaden student knowledge on engineering topics, improve presentation and professional skills, as well as learn about professional development resources available on campus. To pass the course, a student must attend a minimum of 15 Durham School Graduate Student Seminars, MAE project presentations, and/or MS/PhD thesis presentations in the College of Engineering.  The student must also present one seminar within the Durham School Graduate Student Seminar series, prior to the final oral examination.  All MS and PhD graduate students in architectural engineering must enroll within their first 3 semesters of matriculation.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Independent Study 1
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
Not open to nondegree students.
Individual instruction in Architectural Engineering at the graduate level in a selected area, under the supervision and guidance of an Architectural Engineering faculty member.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Independent Study
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
AREN 899
Prereqs:
Admission to AREN/AE (UNO) masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AE 3100, AE 4120, AE 4140 ; AREN 812
Concepts and implementation of dynamic programming for building optimal and adaptive control. Deterministic shortest-path applications and continuous-time optimal control, inventory control, perfect and imperfect state information, suboptimal and adaptive control, discounted infinite horizon and stochastic shortest-path problems including Q-Learning.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AE 3100, AE 4120, AE 4140 ; AREN 812
Neuro-dynamic programming/reinforcement learning methodology, fuzzy logic methods, and evolutionary/genetic algorithms (GA) to building control problems. Concepts applied to case studies from problem areas.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AE 420 and AREN 812; or permission
Modeling, control, and optimization of the secondary building energy systems: building envelope, room comfort zones, air handling units, cooling and heating water loops.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AREN 812, AREN 814 or permission
Modeling, control, and optimization of the primary building energy systems: central distribution systems, chiller systems, boiler systems, central coding plants, central heating plants, and thermal storage systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
AREN 811, MECH 810, or permission
Application of computational fluid dynamics software to modeling of indoor environments. Turbulence modeling, boundary conditions, natural and forced convection flows, species transport, and fire modeling.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
AREN 920
Prereqs:
Theories of color vision; theoretical and mathematical basis for chromaticity, color temperature, color rendering metrics, color matching functions, and color spaces; spectral weighing functions; and measurement of color.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Current research in illumination engineering. Experimental methodologies and research practices. Technical papers from current lighting journals.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Experimental design methods and statistical analysis techniques, specifically as these are applied to the planning, execution, analysis and description of lighting experiments.
Credit Hours: 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Review of research investigating the effects of light and color on human physiology, psychological processes, and human subjective response to lighting.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Current topics in architectural acoustics. Objective versus subjective measures in performance spaces, electronic enhancement of rooms, advanced computational modeling techniques, and auralization.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Supervised non-thesis research and independent study.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
AREN 998
Prereqs:
Permission
Advanced topics in architectural engineering.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom