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Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management CEM Courses

Construction Engineering Management Courses (CEM)


121. Construction Drawing I (2) F
An introduction to conventional and computer aided drafting techniques in the relation of drawings for construction. Interpretation of details in construction drawings/blueprints and reference materials. Laboratory: Drafting plans for a residential building using the techniques introduced in the course.
(Lecture 1 hr, laboratory 3 hrs) Letter grade only (A-F).

125. Fundamentals of Construction (2)
Survey of the professional activities and environments of Construction Education. Overview of residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, and heavy civil construction and associated codes, standards, and ethical boundaries. Areas of focus to include type of foundations, materials, contract documents, working drawings and vocabulary.
(Lecture 1 hour and Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

201. Cost Accounting for Construction Engineering (3)
Theoretical Practical and concepts of cost accounting. Variable and fixed costs, break-even point, interrelationships of cost, volume and profits; job-order accounting, general and flexible budgeting, standard costs; product costing methods; cost allocation; inventory planning; control and valuation; joint product.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

202. Probability and Statistics for Construction Engineering Management (3)
Prequisite: High School Algebra.
Statistics and probability theories, sampling, correlation, regression applied to Construction Engineering Management. Laboratory. (Simulation using statistical packages)
(Lecture-Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

204. Applied Mechanics-Statics (3)
Prerequisites: MATH 122 and PHYS 100A
Provides an overview of the principles of statics as it relates to building structures and machines. Equilibrium of forces. Free body diagrams. Force components. Bending moments. U.S. and S.I. units of measurements.
(Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

205. Computer Systems and Programming (2)
Overview of computer systems, Hardware topics include: Updated coverage of the central processing unit and memory, input/output devices, and storage mechanism. Software topics include: operating systems, and systems analysis. For laboratory exercises objected oriented programming is used to solve problems.
(Lecture - Discussion 1 hour and Laboratory 3 hrs). Letter grade only (A-F).

225. Residential and Light Commercial Construction Practices (2)
Prerequisites: CEM 121, 125.
An introductory course in planning, design, and construction of residential and light commercial buildings including materials, equipment, construction/assembly methods, quantity take-off, and building codes/standards. Field trips or visual presentation is required.
(Seminar 1 hour and Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

235. Concrete Construction (1)
Prerequisite: CEM 125; Corequisite: CEM 235L.
Concrete composition, Concrete mix design technology, physical properties of concrete, use of admixtures, concrete batching, curing, testing. Includes physical testing of designed mixes. Modern concepts as fundamental solution to concrete construction challenges. New developments in concrete chemistry and strength theory.
(Lecture-Discussion 1 hour).

235L. Concrete Construction Laboratory (1)
Corequisite: CEM 235 or consent of instructor.
Laboratory exercises in support of CEM 235, Concrete Construction. Develop concrete mix designs and prepare concrete samples for testing, such as compressive strength, slump and air entrainment, and aggregate testing.
(Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).


300L. Computer Applications for Construction Engineering Management Laboratory (1)
Prerequisites: CEM 205.
Overview and laboratory exercises of computer applications in construction engineering management including: estimating, scheduling, cost control, document control and collaborative project management in the construction industry.
(Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

304. Applied Mechanics Strength of Materials (3)
Prerequisite: CEM 204.
Strength of structural materials and applications in building structures and machines. Mechanical properties of materials, structural behaviors of load resisting components associated with construction processes.
(Lecture-Problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

315. Construction Safety (2)
Prerequisites: CEM 225, ENGR 310.
Terminology, safety functions, accident costs, workman's compensation and liability laws, O.S.H.A., governmental and non-governmental codes, regulations and field safety methods pertinent to the construction industry. Field trips.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CEM 328. (Lecture 1 hour , Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

320. Operations Management in Contemporary Organizations (3)
Prerequisites: MGMT 300, ENGR 310.
Overview of Managerial and organizational theories and practices - introduction to concepts, methods to analyze and improve operations performance in construction and in service organizations. Decision-making and problem-solving processes for organizations. management Effectiveness and efficiency at the organizational, process level, and performer level.(Lecture-Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

324. Commercial, Institutional and Industrial Construction Practices (2)
Prerequisites: CEM 225,235, 315 or consent of instructor.
Fundamental of commercial construction, including building layout, shallow and deep foundations, introduction to formwork systems, high strength, heavy and light weigh concrete, framing, flooring and roofing systems, construction and expansion joints, masonry and steel construction. Quantity takeoff.
(Lecture-Discussion 1 hr, activity 2 hrs). Letter grade only (A-F).

335. Soil Mechanics Technology (2)
Prerequisite: ET 304. Corequisite: CEM 335L.
Soil Composition, description, and classification; soil compaction; determination of physical properties of soils.
(Lecture-Problems 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

335L. Soil Mechanics Technology Laboratory (1)
Prerequisite: ET 304. Corequisite: CEM 335.
Laboratory investigations and experiments in the phenomena of soil mechanics. Field trips.
(Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

345. Concrete Formwork and Temporary Structures (2)
Prerequisites: CEM 335, 335L.
Methods and techniques used in the design and construction of concrete formwork, temporary earth retaining systems, and other temporary construction structures.
(Lecture 1 hour and Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

365. Mechanical Equipment for Buildings (2)
Prerequisites: CEM 324, PHYS 100B.
Principles and current practices in water supply, waste disposal, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and fire protection.
(Lecture 1 hour and Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

373. Design Presentation Methods (2)
Prerequisite: CEM 324.
Solid modeling of the different phase of design, processes and construction methods. Interpretation from two dimensional to three-dimensional drawings. Visualization in space of three-dimensional construction phases and their relationship to two-dimensional drawings.
(Lecture 1 hour and Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

374. Plant Planning and Layout (2)
Prerequisite: CEM 324 or consent of instructor.
Planning practices, procedures and requirements for laying out industrial facilities.
(Lecture - Discussion 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

375. Electrical Equipment for Buildings (2)
Prerequisites: CEM 324, PHYS 100B.
Principles and current practices in the application of electrical equipment and material utilization, sound and signal systems.
(Lecture 1 hour, Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

404. Structural Design I (2)
Prerequisite: CEM 304.
Fundamentals of design for structural concrete and masonry buildings in compliance with current building codes.
(Lecture 1 hour, Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

409. Direct Studies in Construction Engineering Management (1-3)
Prerequisites: Senior standing in CEM or consent of instructor.
Advanced work of a technical nature within area of specialization on an experimental or research basis.
Letter grade only (A-F).

421. Construction Planning and Scheduling (3)
Prerequisite: CEM 300L, CEM 324.
Planning and scheduling of construction projects by graphic charts and Critical Path Method (CPM) networks utilizing manual and computer methods.
Field trips. (Lecture-Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

423. Site Analysis (2)
Prerequisite: CEM 373, CE 406.
Detailed analysis and investigation of construction sites. Economics and feasibility of land development.
Field trips (Lecture 1 hour, Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

425. Earthwork and Civil Works Construction Practices (2)
Prerequisite: CEM 324, CE 406.
Fundamentals of earthmoving operations, including volume calculation and mass diagrams, soil protection and dewatering systems, volume change characteristics and fundamentals of moving earth, equipment selection, management and economics.
(Seminar 1 hour and Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

426. Business and Construction Law (3)
Prerequisite: CEM 315.
Contractors license laws, mechanics lien laws, real estate and subdivision law, public works projects, bid and bid requirements. O.S.H.A., litigation and legal trends in affirmative action and minority subcontractor quotas, design professional's liability.
Letter grade only (A-F).

427. Contract Administration (2)
Prerequisites: CEM 425, 426.
Survey administrative procedures of general and subcontractors. Study documentation, claims, liens, waivers, arbitration, litigation, bonding, insurance, and indemnification. Discuss ethical practices.
Field trips. (Lecture-Discussion 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

429. Advanced Estimating and Bidding (3)
Prerequisites: CE 406; CEM 421, 425.
A study of the concept and practices involved in the total estimate bidding process in construction, form initial project selection for submission of final bids. A complete project estimate and bid is prepared by each study.
(Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

431. Construction Cost Control (3)
Prerequisites: CE 406 and CEM 421.
Establishing and controlling construction projects cost through utilization of procedures, techniques and systems commonly used to control resources allocated and to be expended on construction projects.
(Lecture - Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

432. Facility Administration (3)
Prerequisite: CEM 374.
Management skills for facility management. Emphasis is placed on the management functions of planning, organizing, directing and controlling. topics include: negotiation; communication; performance measurement; job enrichment; motivation; contracting services and interpersonal relationships.
(Lecture-Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

433. Facility Finance Management (3)
Prerequisite: CEM 432.
Analysis of financial management strategies associated with facility management. Topics include: buy-lease considerations; building efficiency; leasing considerations; cost control and record keeping; facility capitalization; facility budgeting; cost benefit analysis and financial reports.
(Lecture-Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

434. Facility and Property Management (3)
Prerequisite: CEM 433.
Principles of facility and property management. Topics include: property development; cost benefit analysis; site selection; architectural design; layout plans; building engineering; specifications; stacking and blocking plans; aesthetic standards; renovation and contracting standards.
(Lecture-Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

435. Construction Materials (3)
Prerequisites: CEM 324, 335, 335L.
A comprehensive study in selecting and evaluating construction materials such as masonry, metals, woods, thermal materials, finishes, composite materials, insulation that are used in the construction industry.
(Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

436. Facility Operations Management (3)
Prerequisite: CEM 374.
Analysis of the functions of facility operations management. Topics include: building systems; mechanical systems; energy management; electrical systems; trades operations; grounds maintenance; custodial; furniture and equipment; waste removal contracting services; furniture standards; security systems and planned maintenance.
(Lecture-Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

438. Structural Design II (2)
Prerequisite: CEM 304.
Simplified designs for steel and wood structures in accordance with current building codes. Selection of structural steel and wood systems with structural characteristics of members and connections.
(Lecture 1 hour , Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

443. Project Development and Design (2)
Prerequisites: CEM 373 and 423.
Detailed analysis and investigation of a construction project from a design-built perspective. Advanced site and building development parameters and design. The design-build process.
(Lecture 1 hour and Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

485. CEM Senior Seminar (2)
Prerequisites: CEM 429 and 431 or consent of the instructor.
Advanced work of a technical nature within the construction industry. All students will be required to participate into the Bid Compitations.
(Lecture 1 hour, Activity 2 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

490. Construction Project Management (3)
Prerequisites: CEM 365, 375, 427, 429 and 431.
This course is a capstone course where integrated project management principles are applied to a case study of an actual construction project. Topics include plans and specifications, site logistics, estimating, planning, scheduling, cost control, and contract administration. Additionally, relationships with owners, designers and other officials are analyzed.
(Lecture-Discussion 3 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).