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Course Descriptions

Construction and Program Orientation


Introduction to college, the construction management program, and the construction industry. The responsibilities of successful college students and industry professionals are discussed. Topics include introductory construction vocabulary, the various construction career paths available, common project participants, types of construction companies, and industry demographics and statistics. Prominent and noteworthy projects of the day and throughout history are highlighted along with exploration of current trends, technologies and developments. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Fall Only.

Materials and Methods of Construction I


Examination of the basic materials and methods used in the construction industry. Topics include properties of materials, materials usage, material and product selection, history of materials and methods, materials familiarization, and an introduction to the construction vernacular. Materials discussed are used throughout the various sectors of construction including residential, commercial, industrial and heavy civil. (Formerly BCM 101) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Fall Only.

Drafting and Plan Reading


Interpretation and production of residential and commercial drawings utilized during the construction process. Laboratory practice develops familiarity and proficiency in areas to include manual drafting, computer aided drafting, design and codes issues, and blueprint reading. (Formerly BCM112) 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM103 and BCM105. Spring Only.

Materials and Methods of Construction II


Continued study of basic materials and methods used in the construction industry. More advanced systems of construction are reviewed as the course progresses. Course work includes developing, evaluating, and selecting multiple system and design solutions based upon project or situational objectives. Residential, commercial, industrial, and heavy/civil industry segments are included. (Formerly BCM 102) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM103 and BCM105. Spring Only.

Construction Equipment Applications


Study of the types and uses of construction equipment. Productivity issues including cycle time, operational efficiency, and proper equipment selection and sizing will be covered in depth. Additional topics include earthwork estimating, equipment financial issues, equipment and site safety, and an examination of the similarities and differences between equipment utilized in the various sectors of construction. (Formerly BCM 201) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM115 and BCM125 and MTH180.

Construction Surveying


Theory and application of operations utilized in the construction process. Techniques include taping, differential leveling, laying off vertical and horizontal angles, open and closed traverse surveys, topographic surveys, and construction control surveys. (Formerly BCM 202) 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM115 and MTH180.

Computers in Construction


Introduction to the use of the microcomputer for construction applications. Course work combines construction-related software programs and real-world information to generate building design, construction estimates, and project schedules. Study also includes using the personal computer for construction organization duties using word processing, presentation, spreadsheet and database applications. Construction-related business software is used and evaluated. (Formerly BCM 255) 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM115 and BCM125.

Construction Documents and Specifications


Interpretation and composition of construction documents including bidding documents, contract documents, and project manuals. The function of the specifications from various points of view are analyzed with particular emphasis on how the specifier and contractor relate to the documents. Multiple types of writing exercises develop an understanding of the core concepts as well as provide practice composing construction documents. (Formerly BCM 300) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM240 and ENL201 and SPC101 or BCM240 and ENL201 and SPC201. (Writing Enriched)

Construction Estimating


Standard construction estimating from conceptual estimates to project award. Areas of construction estimating from general conditions to punch list items are introduced. Discussion also includes how construction estimating is affected by building codes, zoning regulations, and other constraints. Course work draws upon all acquired knowledge for production of residential and light commercial building estimates. (Formerly BCM 250) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM220 and BCM230 and BCM240 and MTH182.

Advanced Estimating and Cost Control


Advanced topics that expand on previous course work to provide a comprehensive understanding of the construction costing process. Study includes reviewing project selection criteria, quantity take-off, pricing, subcontractor bid analysis, cash flow forecasting, and historical cost analysis. The private and public bidding environments are compared and contrasted. (Formerly BCM 410) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM270 and BCM280. Fall Only.

Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Buildings


Basic study of electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems used in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Emphasis on advantages and disadvantages of various systems, and how their design and installation integrates into the management of the building process. Particular attention is given to soliciting and managing mechanical and electrical subcontractors. (Formerly BCM 302) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM270 and BCM280. Fall Only.

Construction Structural Analysis and Design


Fundamental principles of structural mechanics as they are applied to the design and selection of structural components in residential and commercial building. Topics include how loads and stresses are determined, the proper use of tables to size and select structural members, and how the construction manager can assist the engineer in the solution of structural problems. (Formerly BCM 306) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM270 and MTH230 and PHS115. Fall Only.

Project Planning, Scheduling and Control


Introduction to concepts in project planning, scheduling, and control. Emphasis on scheduling theory and the development of network logic diagrams. The development of the project schedule and its relationship to the estimate are included and contractual scheduling requirements are examined. (Formerly BCM 412) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM304 and BCM305 and BCM309. Spring Only.

Construction Jobsite Management


In-depth examination of the responsibilities and challenges of a construction job site superintendent. Major topics include job site planning, scheduling, and coordination; safety responsibilities; jobsite specific estimating, and project documentation requirements. Emphasis on developing the critical thinking and communications skills necessary for successful construction jobsite supervision. (Formerly BCM 406) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM304 and BCM305 and HRM300 and MGT231 or BCM304 and BCM305 and HRM300 and MGT301. Spring Only.

Advanced Topics in Construction Technology


Broad investigation of the impact of technology on the construction industry. Study includes investigation of construction technologies, general business technology aspects, and their influence on various aspects of society and the construction industry. (Formerly BCM 409) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM304. (Science, Technology and Society) Spring Only.

Construction Safety


Broad investigation and analysis of safety standards and regulations and their relationship to the construction industry. Specifically, topics cover employee health and safety regulatory requirements, including multi-employer responsibility, training, record keeping, hazard recognition, and safety inspections. The principles of safety management, accident prevention, and safety program development methods are covered. (Formerly BCM 110) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM340 and BCM350. Fall Only.

Construction Project Management


In-depth examination of the responsibilities and challenges of a construction project manager. Major topics include project coordination, legal requirements, estimating, finance, and documentation requirements. Emphasis on developing the critical thinking and communications skills necessary for successful management and administration of a construction project. (Formerly BCM 408) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM340 and BCM350 and BCM390. Fall Only.

Construction Project Development


Application of fundamental concepts developed in prior courses to examine each step of project development in the construction process. Topics include real estate, law, financing, property valuation, property ownership, and government rights and power. Practical examples, problems, projects, and guest speakers reinforce and further the understanding of project development. Experiences occurring out of the classroom environment and in the actual development environment are used when possible in the learning process. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM420 and BCM430 and MGT249. Spring Only.

Quality Assurance and Quality Control


Study of Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) in the construction process. The constructors' roles in ensuring quality are analyzed. Interpretation of building code requirements, assessment of the utilization of QA/QC and its impact on project quality, cost, schedule, productivity, and safety are examined. (Formerly BCM 405) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM420 and BCM430. (Writing Enriched) Spring Only.

Senior Capstone Project


Capstone course for the Construction Management (BCM) program, designed to provide instruction in the successful analysis of a construction-related project. Coordination with the BCM course faculty is required to propose, design and implement a project that will analyze, integrate, and synthesize concepts and knowledge from previous BCM and related course work. Independent research is used to develop projects in preparation for a formal final presentation for the BCM course faculty, selected other college professors, and participating industry professionals. The Directed BCM Construction Elective must be completed prior to enrolling in this course. (Formerly BCM 495) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM420 and BCM430. Spring Only.

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