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2009 - 2010 General Catalog



Course Descriptions

Construction Technology (CONS)

Materials of Construction (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course covers materials and assemblies commonly used in construction. Properties of the materials and suitability for use are covered in detail. The types of materials which are covered include concrete, metals, wood, aggregates and masonry; the types of assemblies which are covered include walls, windows, doors, stairs and temporary structures.
Carpentry (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course provides detailed coverage of all aspects of general construction. Included are site clearing, site layout, foundations, framing, insulating, sheathing, roofing, windows and doors, and mechanical systems. Building construction is addressed from substructure, through superstructure, shell, services and maintenance. Special emphasis is placed on safety and the use of modern tools, materials, and prefabricated components. Green and sustainable construction methods are emphasized.
Reinforced Concrete Design (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course presents the properties of concrete as used in concrete construction and the use of reinforcing materials to design concrete beams, columns and slabs. Concrete formulations are reviewed for performance, strength and workability. Applicable industry standards, including ASTM, AASHTO and ACI, for both the concrete and the reinforcing materials are discussed and applied in a project-oriented analysis.
Construction Contracting and Laws (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course is an introduction to construction contracting as it applies to typical, every-day situations and explains "theoretical" ideas in terms of what really happens in practice. The course emphasizes the more common case law holdings and industry customs that help avoid troublesome legal issues during the completion of a project. Regulatory issues, such as code compliance, zoning and inspections are explained. Example contract documents will be examined.
Construction Blueprint Reading (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course provides construction graphics interpretation experience in residential and small commercial construction. Understanding the procedure by which the views are produced, the scale factor of the replication, and the detailing of the project is primary. In addition, graphic symbols, annotation and dimensioning are explained. Both schedules and specifications are covered in detail. Students create and review drawings in order to understand the nomenclature of construction graphics.
Construction Surveying and Laboratory(3-2-3)
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 129.
This course covers the fundamentals of plan surveying. It covers accurate measuring of distance, theory and practice of leveling, angles and theodolites, basic operations of total stations, traverse surveys and computations, branches of geomatics, global positioning systems, and control surveys. Field work will approximate industrial practice, with stress on degrees of precision required in surveying practice.
Construction Estimating (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MATH 129 and CONS 160 and CIS 105, or permission of instructor.
This course guides students through a set of construction plans to make a material quantity survey, convert the material quantities to a monetary value, and add the cost of labor and equipment. This course further instructs students how to apply overhead and profit to produce a total monetary value to be tendered to an owner. Manual estimating is made as simple and as accurate as possible so that the student can learn how an estimate is made and how it is applied to the bidding process, the contract, and the follow-up procedures. Computerized estimating programs are introduced, and their applicability to estimating and scheduling is discussed.
Construction Safety and Health (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CONS 101.
This course offers a direct, straightforward presentation of material focusing on making the theories and principles of construction safety and health practical and useful in a real-world setting. Special emphasis is presented on the needs of modern construction professionals and on the construction requirements set forth by OSHA and other regulatory agencies. Various safety tools and apparatus are examined and training is provided in their use.
Construction Management (3-3-0)
Corequisite or prerequisite: CONS 101 and CONS 160.
This course covers the responsibilities and duties of the project manager, field superintendent and building contractor. Management decisions and documentation related to organization, synchronization and cost control of construction activities is explained. An overview of computer-based applications related to construction management, scheduling and expediting is provided.

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