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Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management

College of Engineering

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Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management CEM Courses


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 (3)

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-Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

200. Concrete Construction (1)

Prerequisite: CEM 125; Corequisite: CEM 200L.
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.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in CEM 235. (Lecture-Discussion 1 hour)

200L. Concrete Construction Laboratory (1)

Corequisite: CEM 200.
Laboratory exercises in support of CEM 200, 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). Not open for credit to students with credit in CEM 235L.

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)

Prerequisite: High School Algebra.
Statistics and probability theories, sampling, correlation, regression applied to Construction Engineering Management. Laboratory. (Simulation using statistical packages)
(Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 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 and Estimating (3)

Prerequisites: CEM 121, 125. Corequisites: CEM 200, 200L.
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 2 hours and Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).


304. Applied Mechanics Strength of Materials (2)

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-Discussion 1 hr, Activity 2 hrs) Letter grade only (A-F).

310. Communication in Engineering Profession (3)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100, COMM 110 and Senior standing.
Basic concepts for understanding/practice of communication in world of business for managers and professionals. Language/conversations in business and role in coordinating actions, resolving breakdowns in work and customer satisfaction. Business writing formats, formal report, business conversation. International, technical, and linguistic developments in business communication.
(Lecture - Discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

315. Construction Safety (2)

Prerequisite: CEM 225; Corequisite: CEM 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 and Estimating (3)

Prerequisites: CEM 225. Corequisites: CEM 315
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 2 hours, Activity 2 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

335. Soil Mechanics Technology (2)

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

365. Mechanical Equipment for Buildings (2)

Prerequisite: PHYS 100B; Corequisite: CEM 324.
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. Fundamentals of Integrated Project Delivery (3)

Prerequisite: Junior standing.
This course provides a general overview of the attributes of all the major project delivery systems, procurement methodologies and contracting appraoches.
(2 hrs lecture, 2 hrs activities) 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. Directed 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 324.
Planning and scheduling of construction projects by graphic charts and Critical Path Method (CPM) networks utilizing manual and computer methods.
Letter grade only (A-F). Field trips. (Lecture-Discussion 2 hrs, Activities 2 hrs)

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)

Prerequisite CEM 425; Corequisite: CEM 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: 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.
(2 hrs lecture, 2 hrs activities) 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).

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. Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery (3)

Prerequisite: CEM 373.
This course provides a general overview and the unique distinguish essential elements of design-duild project delivery and how to make the mental-shift needed to transition from traditional Design-Bid-Build to design-build project delivery.
(2 hrs lecture, 2 hrs activities) Letter grade only (A-F).

476. Construction and Maintenance of Infrastructure Facilities (2)

Prerequisites: CEM 425
Comprehensive coverage of the construction principles and technologies embraced by the heavy civil industry. The course presents the construction methods and maintenance practices of heavy civil projects, with emphasis on utility pipes, bridges and roads.
(Lecture 1 hour - Activity 2 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).

486. Infrastructure Management (2)

Prerequisites: CEM 427, 476 and CE 406.
Integrated approach to infrastructure management theories and practices including: tools, models and applied systems. The course presents the principles required to manage, preserve and improve the performance of infrastructure systems, with emphasis on utility pipes, bridges and roads.
(Lecture 1 hour, Activity 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

490. Construction Project Management (3)

Prerequisites: CEM 426, 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.
(2 hrs lecture, 2 hrs activities) Letter grade only (A-F).