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Welcome to Construction Management 580. This is a required course for the Certificate Program in Heavy Construction Project Management and for the distance learning Master of Science in Construction Management or Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The class provides an overview of the materials, methods, and techniques associated with the temporary structures utilized in various construction operations.
This is a group start class; that is, all students begin the class at the same time and progress through the lessons together. This structure will enable you to build a learning community in which you can share and learn from each other.
Is This Course for You?
A background in either civil and environmental engineering or construction management is recommended for this course.
The objective of the course is to familiarize you with the materials, methods, and techniques associated with the temporary structures utilized in various construction operations, such as
Major emphasis will be placed on concrete formwork construction, covering detailed design analysis of both vertical and horizontal timber formwork systems.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to
Required and Recommended Materials
M. K. Hurd, Formwork for Concrete, 7th ed. (Farmington Hills, MI: American Concrete Institute, 2005).
Robert T. Ratay, Handbook of Temporary Structures in Construction, 2nd ed. (New York: McGraw Hill, 1996).
The course consists of eight lessons; each lesson includes two reading assignments—an online lesson commentary and a reading assignment from the text. Self-study questions, discussion questions, and a written assignment are also part of each lesson. Following are descriptions of each of these components.
Reading assignments provide general discussion of major teaching points in each lesson. You should read the online lesson commentary first, and then read the textbook assignment. Once you complete the readings, you should be able to answer the self-study and forum questions and complete the lesson assignment.
Self-study questions appear in a sidebar at the end of each lesson. These ungraded questions are for your personal review of the material presented in that lesson. Use them to make sure you understand and can apply key concepts. If you find you cannot answer a question to your satisfaction, review the related reading and lesson parts, or post your question in the lesson forum.
An online forum will be conducted each week to discuss questions posted in the assignment for each lesson, and to address any of your questions. Your participation in the forums, where you are encouraged to interact with other students, is an important part of contributing to the learning community. Your postings in the forum will count toward your final grade.
Information about how to post, reply to, and sort messages in the online forum is contained within the forum in the EPost Participation Guide.
There will be ten written assignments during the quarter—one for each week of the course. Assignments are based on application of course concepts and demonstration of the knowledge gained in the lessons. Please see the "About Your Instructor" page on your syllabus for assignment submission guidelines and the policy for late assignments.
Following are summaries of the topics covered in each lesson. The duration of the first and second lessons is two weeks each; the duration of the remaining six lessons is one week each.
You will complete term project, a written analysis of a temporary structure(s). Your project report is not to exceed 12 pages. You have two options for completing this report:
Option 1: Select a temporary structure system and write and in-depth paper analyzing that structure, using resources in an engineering or technical library. This analysis can be on a system covered during the course, or on a temporary structure not covered.
Option 2: Complete a detailed analysis and evaluation of the temporary structures used on a construction project. This may entail interviews with the responsible parties and project manager. This option may be best if you do not have access to an engineering or technical library.
For detailed information on expectations for the content of your report, visit the "Term Project" link on your syllabus.
The final examination will contain a set of problems and questions similar to those asked in the discussion forum and homework assignments in the course. The exam will be closed book. However, you will be allowed to take one sheet of personal notes to the exam. All the formulas and tables will be provided. The exam time will be two and a half hours.
You will take the final examination in person during the final week of the quarter. For information on scheduling your exam, see the "Examinations" section of the Online Student Handbook.
Your final grade in the course will be calculated based on the following:
The final grade will be determined by converting the final percentage grade to a 4.0 basis using the following conversion scale:
Note: A grade of 2.7 or above must be earned if the course is to count towards a Master of Science degree.
Before you begin your work in this course, please post a short biography to the General Forum. Tell us a bit about yourself, including your professional background, why you are interested in this course, and, if you wish, a few details about your family or hobbies. Your biography will contribute to building a learning community for this course.
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