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Construction (CONS)

100: Introduction to Building Construction. (3-3-0)
An overview of the practice of building construction which incorporates first year experience methodology with an introduction to the college major and future professions. Principles of self-discovery include a self-directed learning plan, strengths assessment, and relation of personal characteristics to career success. A strong hands-on component in critical thinking and a research project for professional ethics are also included.

101: Materials and Methods I and Laboratory. (3-2-3)
Prerequisite: CONS 100 and MATH 102
The properties of most common construction materials are covered along with calculation methods for determining the suitability of materials for given applications. Properties covered include loads and load resistance; thermal; air and water vapor flow; fire-related; acoustical; expansion and contraction; and sustainable construction. A general overview of the construction process is also provided. Lab provides opportunities for hands-on practice of learned methods.

102: Materials and Methods II and Laboratory. (3-2-3)
Prerequisite: CONS 101 and MATH 112
Detailed coverage of common methods of commercial and residential construction is provided including: site layout and preparation, foundation, structural, exterior finishes (walls, openings, and roofs), interior systems (insulation, finishes, and lighting) and engineered systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire suppression, and sustainability). Special emphasis is placed on safety, modern tools and equipment. Lab provides opportunities for hands-on practice of learned methods.

140: Construction Safety and the OSHA Standards. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: CONS 100
A presentation of material focusing on the theories and principles of construction safety and health. Special emphasis is placed on the needs of modern construction professionals and on the construction requirement set forth by OSHA and other regulatory agencies. The OSHA 30 Hr. Construction Safety certification exam is required.

150: Construction Contracting and Laws. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CONS 100
Contractual obligations for construction project delivery, contract hierarchies, and contract types will be examined. Bid systems will be covered. Common case law holdings and industry customs are reviewed. Regulatory issues--such as codes, code compliance, zoning and inspections--are explained. Red flag issues are explored.

160: Construction Graphics and Specifications and Laboratory. (3-2-3)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: CONS 101
Practice in light commercial and residential construction graphics interpretation is presented. Construction graphics describing common construction materials and methods are covered in detail. Interpretation of topographic, engineering, structural, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical graphics is practice in lab. Emphasis is placed on residential and commercial building code requirements and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

200: Sustainable Construction Science. (3-3-0)
Prerequisites: CONS 101 and CONS 102
Introduction to the technologies of sustainable construction focusing on energy efficiency, sustainable materials, environmental impact and indoor air quality. Impacts of sustainable construction studied will include changes to the building process, verification and reporting, and meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the abilities of future generations.

201: BPI Energy Analyst Certification Prep Class. (1-1-0)
Prerequisites: CONS 103, CONS 107, CONS 109, CONS 111, and CONS 180
This course covers the material needed to prepare students to take the written and performance test required to be awarded the Building Performance Institutes Building Analyst Certification.

205: Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems. (3-3-0)
Prerequisites: CONS 101 and CONS 102
An overview of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems commonly used in multi-story commercial buildings. Presents the fundamentals of air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and lighting, along with electrical/communications wiring and equipment. Specialty equipment for energy-efficient construction is introduced.

210: Construction Surveying and Laboratory. (3-2-3)
Prerequisite: CONS 102 and CONS 160
The course includes 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. Both horizontal and vertical construction elements are discussed.

220: Construction Estimating and Laboratory (4-3-3)
Prerequisite: CIS 105, CONS 102, and CONS 160
Instruction in material quantity calculation techniques based upon contract documents, specifications, and working drawings. Quantity Take-Off (QTO) for labor, materials, and equipment costs are calculated. Profit and overhead are estimated. Manual and computer based estimating are practiced in lab, and a complete estimate is prepared and evaluated.

230: Statics and Strengths of Materials and Lab. (3-2-3)
Prerequisites: CONS 102 and CONS 160
Resolution of forces, equilibrium, application of statics for simple structures, centroids, moments of inertia; materials in tension, compression, bending; shear and moment diagrams; design of simple structures using materials with varying structural properties. Lab provides opportunities for hands-on practice of the learned calculations.

250: Construction Management I and Laboratory. (3-2-3)
Prerequisite: CONS 102, CONS 150, CONS 160, and CONS 220
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/schedule control of construction activities are practiced.

280: Construction Management Internship. (1-1-0)
Prerequisite or Corequisite: CONS 250
Designed as a shadowing experience, students will work under the direct supervision of a Construction Manager learning first-hand the day-to-day challenges of managing a construction project both in the field and in the office. Students will prepare and annotate a Construction Log of the activities of the project, and success in the course will be based upon the annotated Log and the supervising manager's evaluation.

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