Course Descriptions

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CM A101 Fundamentals of CADD for Building Construction 4 CR
Introduces basic CADD (computer-aided drafting and design) skills necessary in civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical drafting within the construction industry.  Defines the working relationship between design and construction professionals and drafters/technicians.

CM A102 Methods of Building Construction 3 CR
Introduces basic knowledge of building materials, technical specifications, techniques, and systems.  Outlines structural systems, construction processes, and assemblies.  Includes a field project involving student team research of current Alaskan building type.

CM A123 Codes and Standards 3 CR
Provides an introduction and overview of the fundamental provisions of the building codes used for plan review, life-safety evaluation of buildings, and community development.

CM A142 Mechanical and Electrical Technology 4 CR
Introduces the basic mechanical and electrical systems required in all buildings for the safety, health, comfort, and convenience of the occupants.  Emphasizes design criteria, code requirements, and interpretation of construction drawings.

CM A163 Building Construction Cost Estimating 3 CR
Presents methods and techniques for preparing accurate cost estimates for building construction projects.  Emphasizes quantity takeoffs, unit pricing, productivity factors, bidding and negotiation procedures, and cost reporting.

CM A201 Construction Project Management I 3 CR
Examines construction project management methods and processes.  Includes project delivery systems introduction and contract types; contract administration procedures; jobsite planning and logistics; and managing labor, materials, and equipment.

CM A202 Project Planning and Scheduling 3 CR
Examines concepts and methods of planning and scheduling of construction projects.  Includes identifying work elements, estimating activity durations, preparing network schedules and schedule updates, analyzing planned vs. actual project progress and use of computer scheduling software.

CM A205 Construction Safety 3 CR
Examines safety and health practices for the construction industry.  Includes developing and implementing construction project site-specific safety plans, analyzing the laws and regulations that govern safety, evaluating construction site hazards and environmental conditions, and incident investigation and reporting.

CM A213 Construction Civil Technology 4 CR
Outlines elements of civil design and construction, including soils and soil properties, roads, earthwork, and utilities using local, state and federal regulations. Students will also be introduced to  construction surveying.

CM A231 Structural Technology 4 CR
Examines structural theory and the physical principles that underlie structural behavior.  Includes the use of materials in a manner to maintain structural stability against the natural forces of gravity, wind, snow, and earthquakes.  Covers connection detailing and code requirements for wood, steel, and reinforced concrete.

CM A263 Civil Construction Cost Estimating 3 CR
Presents methods and techniques for preparing accurate cost estimates for earthwork, roads, highways, underground utilities, and site work.  Emphasizes quantity surveys, unit costs, production factors, bidding, and construction equipment management.

CM A295 Construction Management Internship 3 CR
Places students in building construction offices related to student educational program and occupational objectives.  Direct supervision by contractor professional, program faculty, and Career Services coordinator.

CM A301 Construction Project Management II 3 CR
Analyzes advanced subjects in construction project management.  Includes project procurement, project delivery methodology, managing project change, quality control, claims and disputes, and labor relations.

CM A313 Soils in Construction 3 CR
Examines the properties and classifications of soils encountered and used in construction.  Includes soils investigation, soils stress analysis, embankment construction, and excavation works and supports.

CM A331 Statics and Strengths of Materials 3 CR
Analyzes forces and the mechanics of materials for structural elements and structural assemblies.  Includes the fundamentals of statics; stress, strain, and deformation; shear and bending moment stresses in beams; and column analysis.

CM A401 Construction Law 3 CR
Examines the significant legal topics affecting general contractors, subcontractors, project owners and surety bond agents.  Integrates legal issues with design and construction services, focusing on risk management and liability awareness.

CM A422 Sustainability in Built Environment 3 CR
Examines sustainability concepts and the implementation of sustainability principles in the design and construction of the build environment.  Evaluates human-constructed development and resource preservation challenges in the context of the local and global natural environment.

CM A440 Financial Management for Construction 3 CR
Analyzes financial management topics relevant to the construction management professional, including the interpretation of financial statements, financial ratios, applications of engineering economy, cash flow analysis, construction financing, and cost information system.

CM A450 Construction Management Professional Practice 3 CR
Integrates educational and construction management principles using case studies.  Emphasizes teamwork and professional competency.  Includes the evaluation of project goals, conditions, and design documents to produce a plan for delivery and control.

CM A460 Construction Equipment Management and Methods 3 CR
Analyzes the management of construction equipment and methods employed in different sectors of the construction industry including buildings, heavy-highway, and utilities construction.  Includes earthmoving operations, appropriate equipment selection, operating costs, and fleet management.

CM A495 Advanced Construction Management Internship 3 CR
Provides career development through self-assessment and career exploration by placement in a construction management home or field office.  Intern will perform duties directly related to construction management functions.