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Construction Management Course Offerings

Architectural Project Management Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

ARCH 014

Computer-Aided Project Management Systems    3.0 Fall

Introduction and development of Computer-Aided Project Management (CAPM) software. The course will include PC-based disc operating systems, spreadsheets, and database management software typically or predominantly used in the construction industry, as well as the specialized CAPM software. A working knowledge will be developed by applications to specific and unique project problems. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ARCH 021A

Design Fundamentals for Architects    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CM 091.
Corequisites: CM 093, CM 140, or permission of instructor.

Basic fundamentals of 2-D design are developed, including material and color boards, presentation boards, perspective, and rendering. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory.

ARCH 021B

Architectural Design    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ARCH 021A, ARCH 022A.

Design requirements for building space will be discussed, including basic human space, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. Students will apply these principles to various design situations. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory.

ARCH 022A

Computer Drafting    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CM 091.

This class covers the fundamentals of computer-aided drafting software. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ARCH 022B

Working Drawings    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ARCH 022A.

Architectural working drawings will be prepared utilizing CAD techniques developed in ARCH 022A. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ARCH 121A

Architectural Design Project    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ARCH 021B, ARCH 022B, CM 015, and successful completion of a portfolio review. (The portfolio is comprised of work from ARCH 021A, ARCH 021B, ARCH 022A, and ARCH 022B, and is reviewed by Construction Management faculty.)

Students will develop a comprehensive architectural design project, including programming of needs, building costs, market conditions, and architectural styles, concluding in a comprehensive design presentation. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ARCH 121B

Architectural Design Project    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ARCH 121A.

Students will develop a comprehensive architectural design project, including programming of needs, building codes, market conditions, and architectural styles, concluding in a comprehensive design presentation. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ARCH 125

Architectural History    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ART 001A.

This course presents a study of architectural history with an emphasis on contemporary projects.

ARCH 193

Architectural Detailing and Specifications    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CM 093, CM 094, CM 095.

A study of the performance of materials with an emphasis on why materials fail. Architectural details and specifications are developed.

ARCH 221A

Design Build Project    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ARCH 121B, ARCH 125.

A comprehensive development project will be undertaken, including basic architectural design practices, site considerations, project financing, feasibility studies, value, and market conditions. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ARCH 231

Project Administration    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ARCH 290.

A study of the fundamentals of project practice, including AIA standard documents, services, cost benefit analysis, margin and marketing, project documentation, change orders, claims.

ARCH 290

Law for Architects    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

A study of contract law for architects, including construction conditions, AIA and AGC general conditions, and conflict avoidance. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

ARCH 296

Estimating    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ACCT 015, ARCH 121B.

The class covers material takeoff processes and estimating, using a methodical approach with checklists and techniques for arriving at a reliable estimate of the cost of a construction task or project. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ARCH 297A

Structures for Architects    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CM 190, CM 197.

A basic study of the design of wood, concrete, steel, and masonry structures.

Construction Management Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

CM 015

Building Codes and the Municipal Process    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CM 093.

A study of the network of local and regional regulatory agencies controlling the design and construction of building projects, with specific emphasis on the uniform building code.

CM 090

Concepts of Construction    2.0 Fa/Spr

An overview of construction trends, methods, materials, practices, contracts, laws, and codes.

CM 091

Construction Graphics    3.0 Fa/Spr

Develops the graphic communication knowledge and skills needed by the construction management professional. Establishes a working vocabulary of symbols, details, and views used in construction drawings. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory.

CM 093

Construction Materials and Systems    3.0 Fa/Spr

A comprehensive study of the principal materials used in the construction industry and the various systems employing these materials to build structures.

CM 094

Analysis of Construction    3.0 Fa/Spr
Drawings and Specifications

Prerequisites: CM 091; CM 093.

A detailed study of construction drawings and specifications for residential, commercial, industrial, and civil projects. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

CM 095

Electrical and Mechanical Systems    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A is a corequisite.

An introduction to the basic climate control, plumbing, and electrical systems used in construction.

CM 140

Computer-Aided Construction Management    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: PHIL 002.

Introduction and development of Computer-Aided Construction Management (CACM software). Course will include PC-based disc operating systems, spreadsheets, and database management software typically or predominantly used in the construction industry, and specialized CACM software. A working knowledge will be developed by applications to specific and unique construction problems. 1.0 hour discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

CM 190

Principles of Soil Mechanics and Foundations    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: PHYS 002A. We recommend CM 093 as appropriate background.

A study of the properties and behaviors of soils when used as construction material. Included are compaction, permeability, compressibility, shear strength, etc. Laboratory and field tests are performed. Introduction to the design principles of foundations and earth structures. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

CM 193

Construction Method Analysis    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CM 093; CM 094.
Corequisite: CM 140.

Provides methods and techniques to analyze all facets of a construction project or task, including preplanning techniques, processes of analysis and improvement, timelapse recording and analysis, mathematical simulation, ergonomics, human factors, and safety programs. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

CM 193H

Construction Methods Analysis-Honors    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Admission to the department’s Honors in the Major program, faculty permission.

This is an Honors in the Major course which is open to students by invitation only. In addition to the course content of CM 193, this course will involve the selection and start of a significant project in some aspect of construction methods analysis. The student will select the project topic with the assistance of the faculty member. The project will be completed in CM 299H. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

CM 195

Construction Equipment    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ACCT 015; CM 190.
Corequisite: CM 140.

A study of the equipment used in the construction industry. Included are the types, capabilities, selection, purchase/lease/rent options, and balancing of equipment. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

CM 196

Principles of Statics    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: MATH 007A or equivalent; PHYS 002A.

The fundamentals of engineering mechanics, including forces, static equilibrium, simple truss analysis and properties of sections.

CM 197

Mechanics of Materials    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CM 196.

The mechanics of stress, strain, and deflection within the typical structural elements encountered in construction formed of timber, steel, and reinforced concrete. Rationale for sizing major structural elements and for design of their connections.

CM 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

CM 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

CM 209

Heavy Construction Estimating    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CM 296.

Rationale and technique of analysis of the work operations required for heavy construction work as distinct from residential and building construction. Format and preparation of competent heavy construction cost estimates with an emphasis on computer applications. Problems of project selection and preparation of competitive bid for the firm-price heavy construction project. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

CM 289

Construction Management    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr
Cooperative Education

Prerequisites: CM 094, ENGR 002, and 60 units within the CM major; faculty permission.

This course is an internship offered as 289A-C, for 1-3 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. This program is designed to provide the student with management and administrative experiences within the construction industry.

CM 290

Legal Aspects of Construction    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; BLAW 100; CM 090; MGMT 129; senior standing.

Overview of basic construction laws, construction-related acts and orders, rules and regulations affecting construction, mechanic lien laws, and construction contracts. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

CM 290H

Legal Aspects of Construction-Honors    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Admission to the department’s Honors in the Major program, ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, faculty permission.

This is an Honors in the Major course which is open to students by invitation only. In addition to the course content of CM 290, this course will involve the selection and start of a significant project in some aspect of construction law. The student will select the project topic with the assistance of the faculty member. The project will be completed in CM 299H. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

CM 291

Construction Development Analysis    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CM 140.

Investigation, market research, finance, cost estimating, and land use with respect to the development process. A major development project will be prepared and evaluated. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

CM 292

Project Control and Scheduling    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CM 296 or ARCH 296.

Includes critical path method techniques, planning, logic, scheduling and updating, diagramming, analysis, and the use of computer for scheduling. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

CM 294

Temporary Structures    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CM 197.

A study of temporary structures used in construction, including scaffolding, ground support systems, dewatering systems, decking/ramps/bridges, and concrete shoring and form work. The emphasis is on factors affecting cost, the legal significance, and the engineering basis for the design of the structures.

CM 296

Construction Estimating    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ACCT 016; CM 095; CM 140; CM 193; CM 195.

Material takeoff processes and estimating, using a methodical approach with suggested check lists and techniques for arriving at a reliable estimate of the cost of a construction task or project, to include direct, indirect, and contingency costs and profits. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

CM 297

Construction Cost Management    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CM 296.

Construction cost monitoring and analysis instruments that are developed from the project estimate. These include budgets, billing instruments, and scheduling data. Also included will be the development of overhead allocation systems. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

CM 298

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 298A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

CM 299H

Honors Project in Construction Management    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Admission to the department’s Honors in the Major program; CM 193H or CM 290H with a grade of B or higher; faculty permission.

Open by invitation to construction management majors who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The culminating work of this course will be the written and oral presentation of a project of value in the field of construction management.

CM 398

Independent Study    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a graduate level independent study offered as 398A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member.