Course Descriptions

CESI 508: Accounting & Finance for Construction

Instructor: Mohammad Malakoutian
Credits: 3
This course introduces construction-oriented financial management and explains why construction financial management is different than financial management in other industries. It describes how to account for a company’s financial resources and how to build the company’s accounting system. The course also examines how to manage the costs and profits of a construction company at the project level as well as at the company level; how to manage company cash flows; how to evaluate different sources of funding cash needs; and ways to quantitatively analyze financial decisions.

CESI 552: Environmental Regulations

Instructor: Christopher May
Credits: 3
The principal emphasis of this course is on regulations pertaining to construction-site stormwater runoff, including regulatory background and requirements; how to analyze potential site problems and prepare plans to solve them; and which practices to use to avoid or reduce water pollutant releases. The course offers briefer coverage of regulations concerning air pollution, wetlands, hazardous wastes and endangered species.

CESI 588: Energy Infrastructure & the Environment

Instructor: Joe Mahoney and Tim Larson
Credits: 3
This course explores the site selection, permitting, design, construction and maintenance of energy infrastructure. It includes electrical production facilities and transmission, with a focus on the permitting and construction of renewable energy facilities, especially wind, solar and geothermal.

CESI 592: Statistical Fundamentals for Construction & Materials Applications

Instructor: Stephen Muench
Credits: 3
This course offers an overview of statistical measures used in various construction and materials decision-making processes. Course topics include data distributions, hypothesis tests (making decisions with statistics), regression analysis, sampling, quality control and assurance, and experimental design. The course uses construction data to illustrate these measures.

CESI 594: Computer-Aided Construction

Instructors: Fady Masoud
Credits: 3
Information technology plays an important role in construction management and cost estimating. This course covers computerized construction, fundamentals of computer hardware, construction management software tools, web publishing, GPS applications and construction data management.

CESI 595: Construction Materials

Instructor: Joe Mahoney
Credits: 3
This course provides students with detailed knowledge of aggregates, bituminous mixtures, Portland cement concrete, roller compacted concrete, soil and site stabilization, utility cuts and flowable backfill. Background information is provided on basic soil properties and characterization, and there is an emphasis on the behavior of materials in various construction applications.

CESI 596: Pavement Construction

Instructor: Stephen Muench
Credits: 3
This course examines pavement construction, including pavement contracts and specifications, quality control and assurance programs, and plant and laydown operations. It includes a review of both national and international pavement construction practices.

CM 500: Design & Construction Law

Instructor: Athan Tramountanas
Credits: 3
This course focuses on legal issues arising from design and construction services, with an emphasis on risk management and liability awareness. You’ll explore basic legal doctrines, the design professional/client relationship, contractor selection, the construction process and professional practice problems.

CM 520: Construction Procurement Systems

Instructor: Yong-Woo Kim
Credits: 3
This course explores different methods used in the procurement and delivery of projects in the construction industry, including lump sum, unit price, cost-plus, design-build and construction management contracts.

CM 525: Cost Analysis & Measurement

Instructor: Yong-Woo Kim
Credits: 3
This course offers a study of cost management procedures applicable to the building process from the conceptual phase through owner operations, including conceptual estimating, project cost analysis and control, and value engineering and life-cycle costing.

CM 580: Temporary Structures

Instructor: Kamran Nemati
Credits: 3
This course offers the study of materials, methods and techniques associated with temporary structures used in various construction operations, including concrete formwork, scaffolding, underpinning, cofferdams, slurry trenches, earth-retaining structures and dewatering systems.

CM 582: Heavy Construction Estimating

Instructor: Ahmed Abdel Aziz
Credits: 3
This course concerns the principles used in developing cost estimates for heavy construction projects. We’ll cover the interpretation of contract documents, quantity take-off, pricing, and preparation of unit-price bid documents. The emphasis is on developing cost estimates for highway projects.

CM 586: Utility System Construction

Instructors: Giovanni Migliaccio
Credits: 3
In this course, we’ll examine the materials, methods and techniques associated with construction of major utility systems, including water, sewer, communications, natural gas and electrical. We’ll also explore the construction of central utility plants as well as major distribution and collection systems.

CM 588: Construction Operations & Productivity

Instructors: Hyun Woo (“Chris”) Lee
Credits: 3
This course offers a study of heavy construction operations with emphasis on productivity enhancement. The focus is on an integrated approach to planning, modeling, analysis, and design of construction operations, as well as the use of simulation models and other analytical tools.

CM 590: Research Methods in Construction

Instructor: John Schaufelberger
Credits: 2
This course explores the academic research process. The topics include development of a research proposal, review of relevant literature, selection of research methodology, collection of data, data analysis and preparation of the research report.

CM 600: Independent Study or Research

Instructor: Varies
Credits: 1–4
The topics of this course depend on the instructor and student interests.