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.

CMGT 100
Concepts of Construction
2.0 Fa/Spr

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

CMGT 110
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. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

CMGT 120
Computer-Aided Construction Management
3.0 Fa/Spr

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. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. Formerly CMGT 320.

CMGT 135
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.

CMGT 200
Building Codes and the Municipal Process
3.0 Fa/Spr

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.

CMGT 210
Analysis of Construction Drawings and Specifications
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CMGT 135.

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

CMGT 235
Electrical and Mechanical Systems
3.0 Fa/Spr

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

CMGT 270
Design Fundamentals
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CMGT 110.

Corequisites: CMGT 120, CMGT 135, or permission of instructor.

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

CMGT 271
Project Design
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMGT 270.

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 hours discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory.

CMGT 330
Principles of Soil Mechanics and Foundations
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: PHYS 202A. We recommend CMGT 135 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.

CMGT 332
Construction Method Analysis
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CMGT 135.

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.

CMGT 332H
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 CMGT 332, 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 CMGT 499H. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

CMGT 335
Construction Equipment
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMGT 330.

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.

CMGT 340
Principles of Statics
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: MATH 120 or equivalent; PHYS 202A.

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

CMGT 345
Mechanics of Materials
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMGT 340.

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.

CMGT 352
Electrical Construction Estimating
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CMGT 120.

Costs dictated by the contract documents for the electrical systems in residential, commercial, industrial, specialty, and line construction projects are studied. The course utilizes the computer estimating software Win EST 6000 by McCormick Estimating Systems, Inc. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

CMGT 360
Construction Contracting Systems
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CMGT 210

The construction industry has evolved from the ancient "master-builder" method for contracting construction to many sophisticated and complex hybrid methods of contracting construction projects. This course covers the current common contracting methods, including their administration under the broad definitions of Design-Bid-Build, Construction Management At-Risk, and Design-Build. Contract pricing methods include Lump-Sum and Unit-Price, Cost-Plus Fee (% fee, Fixed Fee, and variable %), Guaranteed maximum price (with returned or shared savings).

CMGT 370
Design Project
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CMGT 200, CMGT 271, and successful completion of a portfolio review.

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 hours discussion, 6.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

CMGT 375
Architectural History
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ARTS 101.

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

CMGT 398
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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.

CMGT 399
Special Problems
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

CMGT 440
Temporary Structures
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CMGT 345.

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.

CMGT 450
Construction Estimating
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CMGT 120, CMGT 235, CMGT 332, CMGT 335.

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.

CMGT 455
Construction Cost Management
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMGT 450.

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.

CMGT 457
Project Control and Scheduling
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMGT 450.

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.

CMGT 458
Heavy Construction Estimating
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMGT 335.

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.

CMGT 460
Legal Aspects of Construction
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, BLAW 302, 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.

CMGT 460H
Legal Aspects of Construction — Honors
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Admission to the department's Honors in the Major program, ENGL 130 (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 CMGT 460, 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 CMGT 499H. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

CMGT 470
Design Build Project
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CMGT 375.

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

CMGT 471
Project Administration
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CMGT 460.

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

CMGT 480
Construction Development Analysis
3.0 Spring

Investigation, market research, finance, cost estimating, and land use with respect to the development process. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

CMGT 485
Construction Management Competition
3.0 Fa/Spr

This course prepares interested students for regional and national construction management competitions sponsored by the Associated Schools of Construction, National Association of Home Builders, Associated Builders and Contractors, and other competition sponsors. Areas of preparation include construction management business and cost-management, contracts, plan reading, specifications, estimating, scheduling, equipment, safety, team building, leadership, and presentation skills.

CMGT 489
Construction Management Cooperative Education
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CIVL 120, CMGT 210, 60 units within the CMGT major, faculty permission.

This course is an internship offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units.

CMGT 498
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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.

CMGT 499H
Honors Project in Construction Management
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Admission to the department's Honors in the Major program; CMGT 332H or CMGT 460H 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.

CMGT 697
Independent Study
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.