Course Offerings- CMGT 110

Construction Management Department
California State University, Chico

CMGT 110 – Construction Graphics Course Syllabus – Fall 2017 (PDF)

  1. Prerequisites

    • Basic high school level math skills. (see section F) Fundamental knowledge for MS Operating System, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Acrobat software.
  2. Meeting Time & Location

    • CMGT 110-3,4 Tue/Thu 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. O’Connell 131 
    • CMGT 110-5,6 Mon/Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. O’Connell 131
  3. Instructor

    • Willem Kymmell O: O’Connell 325
    • Phone: 530-898-6221
    • Contact:
    • Office Hours: Tue/Thu 10-11 a.m. Wed 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m.or by appointment
  4. Catalog Description:

    • 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 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software.
      The purpose of this course is to create an understanding of construction graphics as it represents our built environment, and the ability to communicate 3D forms and ideas through 2D representations and 3D computer models.
      CMGT 110 addresses techniques of basic sketching and visualization, as well as an introduction to Computer Aided Drafting and Modeling, and the basics of reading construction drawings. SketchUp, Revit, and Navisworks (3D modeling and viewing software tools) are used. 
  5. Course Learning Outcomes (CLO):

    • Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
      CLO #1 - Apply key Construction Graphics and Modeling Terminology.
      CLO#2 - Apply the Principles and Concepts of 2D Construction Graphics and 3D Modeling.
      CLO#3 - Analyze construction documents for information necessary for the planning and management of construction processes. (Introduce: ACCE SLO #7)
      CLO#4 - Understand the Application of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Modeling in the Design and Construction industry, i.e. where, how and why 3D modeling is used. (Introduce: ACCE SLO #10)
      CLO#5 - Demonstrate Skills in the basic Building and Manipulation of 3D Computer Models, and understand the application of electronic-based technology to manage the construction process. (Introduce: ACCE SLO #10)

      Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):

      The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) prescribes 20 Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) as Educational Objectives for an undergraduate degree program in Construction Management. For a list of these 20 SLOs visit the Chico State Department of Construction Managements website and the SLO link under ACCE Accreditation drop down menu. The following SLOs are supported by this course in the form of I=Introduction, R=Reinforced, or DA=Direct
      SLO 7 - Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes (I). 
      SLO 10 - Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process (I).
      There are no direct assessments performed in the course
  6. Course Resource Materials and Requirements:

    • Math skills: Each student is REQUIRED to enroll in the McGraw-Hill on-line Aleks tool.

      It is very important that each student has the required skills in math and geometry before attempting this course. In order to insure the necessary math skills all students are required to enroll in a special on-line instruction program during the first 6 weeks of this course.
      Please sign up at: The cost of the 6 week access to Aleks is $40, payable directly to McGraw Hill on-line. This program will need to be completed with a 70% minimum score for students to be able to continue in this course. If the minimum score is not obtained by September 30 the student will be advised to spend time on remedial work in math and geometry before re-enrolling in the CMGT 110 course the following semester.


      Required Text

        1. Visual Dictionary of Architecture, Francis Ching. Wiley Publishing. (any edition)

      Recommended Referance Texts:

          1. Architectural Graphics, Francis Ching. Wiley Publishing. (any edition)
          2. Construction Mathematics, Virdi, Baker & Virdi. Routledge Publishing, 2nd edition 2014
          3. Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015, by Eric Wing. Sybex publishing.
          4. Mastering Autodesk Navisworks 2015, by Jason Dodds, Scott Johnson. Sybex publishing.

      Required Tools

          1.  Architectural scale, Engineering scale, straight edge (triangle or ruler), graph paper (engineering pad), pencils and eraser. The scales and engineering pad can be obtained from the CM office.
          2. SketchUp. Download from as a one year, free educational use.
          3.  Autodesk Revit Architecture and Navisworks software (student versions available free on-line). Download from: & 
          4. A set of plans for the ‘West Street Video Store’ project. (Provided on Bbl-Blackboard learn)

      Laptop Computer:

      A personal computer is required for all assigned activity work. The computers in the university labs DO NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY SOFTWARE INSTALLED. Revit and Navisworks do not work on Mac based computer operating systems. You will be responsible to have a PC based laptop or install a windows operating system on your Mac.

      Computer Skills

      The university has a great learning resource for computer skills of all types in the ‘Lynda’ link in the Chico Portal. Please use it to your advantage. There are also class specific videos posted on BbL for your use in learning the concepts and software used in this course.

  7. Course Requirements:

    • General

      Full attendance is expected and will count towards your final grade in the course. On the course schedule each week is divided into the two classes you will attend, the first is on either Monday or Tuesday and the second on either Wednesday or Thursday. You are expected to come to class prepared for the specific activity of that particular day; it may be a quiz or an assignment that requires you to have learned some basic information or skill in order to perform it in class, these preparatory activities are also listed in the class schedule. YOU MUST PREPARE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE TO THE CLASS, NO TIME IS SET ASIDE FOR PREPARATION FOR QUIZZES OR ASSIGNMENTS DUE ON THAT DAY OF CLASS. 


      All students are adults and will be treated and respected as such. This means that you will be held accountable for your actions, decisions, and their consequences. Each of you has to conduct yourself in a professional and mature manner, showing courtesy and respect for fellow students and the instructor. During class time NO unprofessional behavior will be tolerated, and if observed, will result in you being asked to leave and forfeit that day’s participation points. The classroom needs to reflect the professional environment of the Construction Managers Office.

      Honesty in the Classroom

      You are expected to know and uphold the University’s policy on academic integrity (see THE UNIVERSITY CATALOG). As such, there is no tolerance for dishonesty, sharing of work, and especially copied work. Ethical standards as established by the university will be strictly upheld.

      Tobacco Products

      The use of any type of tobacco product including smokeless, chewable or otherwise is not permitted in any building at California State University, Chico.

      Electronic Devices

      The use of pagers, phones, MP3 players and other electronic devices (excluding laptops) is not permitted in class. If you must take a call (work or emergency), please EXIT the classroom before answering the call.

      Professional Work

      As a student looking towards gaining an internship within the construction industry, it is expected that your completed work will be professional in content and presentation. Consider this course as practice in presenting professional quality work to your future employer.
  8. Instructional Methods:

    • This course is designed around the following methods of presenting material to the student:
    1. Much of the instructional material is contained in videos or simple exercises that are part of the before class preparations. Specific assignments are to be completed BEFORE coming to class. 
    2. Quizzes, class discussions and in class assignments will all be used to reinforce the prepared materials.
    3. Homework assignments (these may sometimes be started in class and finished outside of class time as necessary) are used to reinforce the students learning process of reading drawings, visualizing 3D forms and using computer software in a 2D and 3D construction environment.
    4. Quizzes are regularly part of the class to inform the student of strengths and weaknesses in the course material before the exams.
    5. Exams are used to check the overall progress in learning the course content.
  9. Activities, Assignments:

    Individual Work

    This course has regular activities (homework assignments) that generally will build on each other. All assignments are due as shown in the class schedule,

    1. Late submittals for large assignments will be marked down 10% per day, there will be NO EXEPTIONS to this.
    2. Late submittals for small (weekly) assignments will NOT be accepted, (even a few minutes late). However, your lowest grade will not be included into your total. (This means you can skip one weekly assignment, or use it as the “late” that will not be given any credit. Note that this exception applies ONLY TO WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS.) All completed assignments are due at the beginning of class as per Class Schedule; please submit your work exactly as per instructions for that specific assignment. 4 All assignments are expected to be well organized, legible, and have a professional appearance. Homework assignment requirements will be either provided in class or posted on Blackboard Learn and clearly defined prior to the due date to give each student the time to complete it professionally. Be sure to provide a Transmittal form with each hardcopy assignment.

    Class Buddy

    Make friends with a classmate(s), who will “cover” for you if or when you are not able to attend class. Ask your “class buddy” questions such as; “Did I miss anything today?”! Particularly since not all instructions for all assignments are available on BbL.

    Group Work

    You are encouraged to study and work in groups, however all submitted work must be your own original work. SHARE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE MATERIAL, BUT DO NOT SHARE YOUR WORK WHEN YOU WORK TOGETHER. Copied work will not receive any credit.

    Record of your Work

    Collect and/or keep printed copies of all of your work. If there is any question relating to any assignment, bring this work (in your binder) to the instructor for review.

    Return of your Work

    Generally, assignments and quizzes will be returned in the next class. It is your responsibility or that of your “class buddy” to collect and retain these. Unclaimed work will be “lost”.

    Submittal of your Work

    Follow all instructions for submissions EXACTLY. All ‘on-line’ submittals need to be a file the name of which begins with YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST NAME, ASSIGNMENT #, i.e. DoeJohn#3.doc or DoeJohn#3.skp, or DoeJohn#3.jpg (depending on the software used).

    Take Class Notes

    Since there is no textbook and not all material will be available on BbL you will need to take good notes in class. This material will need to be recalled in assignments and on quizzes and exams.

  10. Assessments:

    Assessments are the basis of determining your ability to create, analyze, apply, and understand the Course Learning Outcomes (CLO). Instructional target goals have been established (as noted above) and the results of the assessment in these areas will be used to determine the success of the student and instructor for this course.

    Participation, Attitude, and Attendance:

    A portion of your course grade will be based on participation and attendance.
    Attendance/Participation is documented during each class, this is a major consideration in determining your participation points. It’s your responsibility to “sign in/out” each class period.
    Please make sure to sign the roll sheet by the end of each class.At the discretion of the instructor, your grade may be raised for your enthusiastic participation in the class. This is generally exemplified by such means as asking relevant questions, voluntarily answering of questions, and visits during office hours.

    You must attend all class meetings for the entire time (1 hour and 50 minutes). A sign-in sheet will be used to track this requirement. If you fail to sign in (for any reason) you are marked as “missing”, and no credit can be given to you. Any error must be remedied within 7 days; thereafter, there is no going back to fix an old grade.

    EXCEPTION: Excused medical absences (official CSU Chico signed medical excuse required), and since no one is perfect, you will be allowed to miss two classes for any other reason. However, field trips, interviews, five star vacations will NOT be given any additional consideration. Plan accordingly. Absences are for the whole course.

    2 Absences = no penalty
    3 Absences = 10 % penalty / reduction of earned percentage
    4 Absences = 15 % penalty / reduction of earned percentage
    5 Absences = 20 % penalty / reduction of earned percentage


    Quizzes are based on the class discussions and homework assignments. Quizzes will be given at unannounced times at the beginning of a class. Late arrival will disqualify you from taking the quiz. Please bring your required course tools to each class for use. There will be NO make-up quizzes.


    There will be two mid-term exams and one final exam. The final exam will cover the coursework from the whole semester. If a student is unable to take an exam due to an emergency or illness, or is entitled to special dispensation the instructor should be notified in advance. Nonexcused absences will yield a score of zero. No makeup exams will be given, except for a serious and compelling reason as outlined by the University Catalog. The Final Exam must be passed with a minimum grade of 50%, or a grade of “F” will result for the entire class! Further, a failure to achieve an overall grade of “C“ (75%) demonstrates a general lack of readiness to move forward with other CM courses. If you receive a grade of C-, you will not be permitted to enter the Junior level coursework until this is remediated, or unless you petition for a special exception to this department requirement.

  11. Grading/Evaluation:

    Points are assigned as shown in the Course Schedule on Blackboard Learn.

  12. Topical Outline

    See the Course Schedule on Blackboard Learn.

  13. University Policies and Campus Resources

    • Academic integrity

      Students are expected to be familiar with the University's Academic Integrity Policy. Be familiar with the University's policy on academic honesty, this is a serious issue, no form of dishonesty such as plagiarism or cheating will be tolerated. Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at California State University, Chico, and the University's Academic Integrity Policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The policy on academic integrity and other resources related to student conduct can be found at: Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the DSS Office (Disability Support Services) to establish a record of their disability. Special accommodations for exams require ample notice to the testing office and must be submitted to the instructor well in advance of the exam date.

      Student Computing

      Computer labs for student use are available located on the 1st floor of the Merriam Library Rm 116 and 450, Tehama Hall Rm.131 and the BMU Rm 301.

      Student Services

      Student services are designed to assist students in the development of their full academic potential and to motivate them to become self-directed learners. Students can find support for services such as skills assessment, individual or group tutorials, subject advising, learning 6 assistance, summer academic preparation and basic skills development. Student services information can be found at:

      Disability Services

      Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please also contact the Disability Support Services office to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Disabilities Support Services online:

      Student Learning Center

      The mission of the Student Learning Center (SLC) is to provide services that will assist CSU, Chico students to become independent learners. The SLC prepares and supports students in their college course work by offering a variety of programs and resources to meet student needs. The SLC facilitates the academic transition and retention of students from high schools and community colleges by providing study strategy information, content subject tutoring, and supplemental instruction. The SLC is online at
      The University Writing Center has been combined with the Student Learning Center. This document was last updated on September 10, 2017