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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 their college major and future professions. Both the future professional environment and societal environment are explored. 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. (3-2-3) - Spring only.
Prerequisite: MATH 111.
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. The OSHA 30 Hr. Construction Safety certification exam is required by all students.

102: Materials and Methods II. (3-2-3) Fall only.
Prerequisite: CONS 101 or permission of instructor and MATH 250.
Detailed coverage of common methods of commercial and residential construction is provided including: site layout and preparation, foundation, structural, exterior finishes (walls, openings, 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. The lab provides opportunities for hands-on practice of the learned methods.

140: Construction Safety and the OSHA Standards. (3-3-0) Fall only.
Corequisite or prerequisite: CONS 100 or permission of instructor.
A straightforward presentation of material which makes the theories and principles of construction safety practical and useful in real-world settings is covered in this course. Special emphasis is placed on the needs of modern construction professionals. Various safety tools and apparatus are examined and training is provided in their use. The complete text of the 30-hour (Occupational Safety & Health Act) OSHA Construction Certification is presented and students are offered an option to complete the testing for the certification during the course.

150: Construction Contracting and Laws. (3-3-0) Spring only.
Corequisite or prerequisite: CONS 101.
Contractual obligations for construction project delivery, contract hierarchies, and contract types will be examined. Bid systems will be covered. 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 codes, code compliance, zoning and inspections--are explained. Red flag issues are explored.

160: Construction Graphics and Specifications. (3-2-2) Spring only.
Prerequisites: CONS 100 and MATH 111.
This course provides practice in light commercial and residential construction graphics interpretation. Construction graphics which describe common construction materials and methods are covered in detail. Interpretation of topographic, engineering, plumbing, electrical and mechanical graphics is practiced. Emphasis is placed on residential and commercial building code requirements and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

200: Sustainable Construction Science. (3-3-0) Fall only.
Prerequisites: CONS 101 and MATH 111.
Focusing on energy efficiency, sustainable materials, environmental impact and indoor air quality, this course will introduce students to the technologies of sustainable construction. 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 to meet their needs.

201: BPI Energy Analyst Certification Prep Class. (1-1-0)
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. Course material directly relates to the tested material

205: Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CONS 101 and MATH 111.
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) Fall only.
Corequisite or prerequisite: MATH 250.
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. Both horizontal and vertical construction elements are discussed.

220: Construction Estimating and Laboratory (4-3-3) Fall only
Prerequisite: MATH 250, CONS 160, and CIS 105, or permission of instructor.
Instruction in material quantity survey, converting the material quantities to monetary values, and adding the cost of labor and equipment is provided. Students are instructed in the application of overhead and profit to produce a total monetary estimate for bid preparation. Manual estimating is emphasized initially so that students can learn the steps for proper estimating and how the estimate is applied to the bidding process, the contract, and the construction project delivery. Computerized estimating programs are practiced, and their use for estimating and scheduling is discussed. Laboratory and field exercises are used to reinforce the class concepts.

230: Statics and Strengths of Materials and Lab. (3-2-2) Spring only
Prerequisites: CONS 101, CONS 102 and MATH 250.
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.

250: Construction Management I. (3-3-0) Spring only.
Prerequisite: CONS 160, CONS 220, and CIS 105, or permission of instructor.
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 are explained. An overview of computer-based applications related to construction management, scheduling and expediting, and practice using these applications is provided.

250L: Construction Management Laboratory. (1-0-3) Spring only.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: CONS 250.
Following one commercial project from beginning to end, this course delves into the day-to-day and long range details of a project with a detailed examination of the decision systems and record-keeping for the project..

280: Construction Management Internship. (3-0-3) Spring only.
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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