Skip Navigation
Howard Community CollegeOnline Cataloguehcc catalogue '11-'12
General and Academic InformationPrograms of Study
hcc catalogue '11-'12

Course Descriptions


CNST-100 Introduction to Construction Management
3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the construction industry and the construction management profession. Students will become familiar with market sectors, the roles and responsibilities of project team members, and career opportunities in construction management. Topics include project delivery methods, business development, contracts, project stages, estimating, contract administration, operations, scheduling, and risk management. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab weekly)

CNST-101 Building Construction Materials and Methods
3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of building construction materials and methods. Students will gain knowledge of the terminology used in the construction industry to describe the materials and methods used to assemble components and systems during building construction projects. Topics include foundations: wood, steel, and concrete framing; brick, stone, and concrete masonry; roofing; glass and glazing; windows and doors; exterior wall systems; and interior finishes. Pre- or corequisite: CADD-101. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab weekly)

CNST-205 Building Construction Contract Documents
3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the technical and legal documents that are used in the construction industry. The course includes a review of plans, specifications, and construction contracts, and incorporates a detailed examination of construction contract administration and contractor project management procedures. Prerequisite: CNST-100. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab weekly)

CNST-208 Structural Building Systems
3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the structural systems utilized in building construction. Topics covered include investigations of forces, loading, reactions, shear, and bending; shear wall and diaphragm systems, braced frame systems; moment frame systems; foundations; wood structures; steel structures; concrete structures; choice of building construction system; structural design standards; and the structural design process. Prerequisite: CNST-101. Pre- or corequisite: ENST-200. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab weekly)

CNST-210 Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Other Building Systems
3 Credits
This course introduces the student to the mechanical and electrical systems utilized in building construction. Topics covered include plumbing and HVAC systems and a basic introduction to heat loss and environmental control. Fire protection systems will be introduced as well as other life safety systems. The components that make up the electrical system will be introduced as well as the coordination of these components with the other building systems. Green building systems will be introduced. Prerequisite: CNST-208. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab weekly)

CNST-215 Building Construction Operations and Management
3 Credits

This course emphasizes the corporate structure and basic principles required to operate and manage a general contracting company. Project management, from the executive perspective, will be emphasized. Topics include an overview of construction law and a review of the bonding and insurance requirements of a construction project. Prerequisite: CNST-205. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab weekly)

CNST-220 Building Construction Cost Estimating and Control
3 Credits

This course introduces the role of cost estimating into the construction process with an emphasis on the basic components of a construction estimate. Competitive versus negotiated process will be introduced as well as an analysis of general conditions and roles of the subcontractors and vendors. Content will include preparing takeoffs for site work, concrete, masonry, and structural steel components and applying labor, material, and equipment unit prices. Other topics covered include coordinating construction documents, risk analysis, and an introduction to computer estimating programs. Prerequisites: CNST-208 and CNST-210. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab weekly)

CNST-225 Building Construction Planning and Scheduling
3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the Critical Path Method (CPM) of construction project scheduling. The emphasis is on preconstruction planning, project procurement, construction sequencing, schedule preparation, and reporting. Prerequisites: CNST-208 and CNST-210. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab weekly)

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomechanical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial PLanning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG 
Geology - GEOL 
German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Photonics - PHOT
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Telecommunications - TELE
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Wireless Communications - WCOM
Women's Studies - WMST