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hcc catalogue '11-'12

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CNST-101   Building Construction
Materials and Methods
3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the funda- mentals 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 build- ing construction projects. Topics include founda- tions: wood, steel, and concrete framing; brick, stone, and concrete  masonr y; 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 tech- nical 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 examina- tion of construction contract administration and contractor project management procedures. Prerequisite:  CNST-100. (2 hours lecture,  2 hours lab weekly)

CNST-100   Introduction to Construction Management

3 Credits
This course introduces the student to the con- struction industry and the construction manage- ment profession. Students will become familiar with market sectors, the roles and responsibilities of project team members, and career opportuni- ties 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-208   Structural Building Systems
3 Credits

This course introduces the student to the struc- tural systems utilized  in building construction. Topics covered include investigations of forces, loading, reactions, shear, and bending; shear wall and diaphragm systems, braced frame sys- tems; moment  frame systems; foundations;  wood structures; steel structures; concrete structures; choice of building construction  system; structural design standards; and the structural design pro- cess. 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 intro- duction 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 over view 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 esti- mate. 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 es- timating  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 se- quencing, 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 
Biomedical 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 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
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 
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 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST