CNS-Construction Science

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CNS 1111. Introduction to Construction Management.1 Credit Hour.

An introduction to the concepts and issues related to construction management, as well as a description of the roles and careers available in the construction industry. (F)

CNS 1212. Computers in Construction.2 Credit Hours.

introductory course providing students with basic computer application knowledge. Familiarizes students with current applications of spreadsheet, 2D and 2D Cad software for use in the construction industry. (Sp)

CNS 1213. Computers in Construction.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS majors only. Introductory course providing students with basic computer application knowledge relevant to the construction industry. (Sp)

CNS 2133. Introduction to Housing in America.3 Credit Hours.

This course covers housing in America. It provides a background of the evolution of the American home, including regional and cultural influences, governmental housing policies, urban and suburban residential development, and construction materials and methods. (Sp)

CNS 2211. Sustainability for Construction Practices.1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: CNS 2833. Examines the environmental, social and economic principles of sustainability relevant to construction practices and covers robust sustainable practice including associated regulatory frameworks and initiatives. The module also covers the design of sustainable construction methods which includes material properties and interaction. (F)

CNS 2363. Materials and Form.3 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with ARCH 2363) Prerequisite: ARCH or CNS majors only. An introduction to the nature of building materials with regard to form, strength, durability, workability, structure connections, surfaces and edges. Analysis of architectural expression through the use of building materials including the effects of light, air movement, humidity, and their relationships to both one another and formal and spatial expressions. (F)

CNS 2433. Mechanical Systems.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS majors only. Introduces theories, concepts, materials, and methods of mechanical and plumbing systems. (Sp)

CNS 2714. Materials and Methods I.4 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 1212. Focuses on materials and methods used to construct a commercial building through the exterior wall system and roof. Content includes field management basics, the submittal process, product and process sustainability, quality basics, inspections and building permitting, inspecting and basic commissioning. Building processes include mobilization, heavy earth moving and excavating equipment selection and use, concrete, steel, masonry and wood building frame and exterior wall construction and roof system types and installation. (F)

CNS 2812. Construction Fundamentals Lab.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 2713, CNS 2833; corequisite: CNS 2813. Practical exercises reinforce concepts discussed in CNS 2713 and 2813 to improve students' understanding and ability to interpret construction drawings and specifications, use drawing and modeling techniques and understand actual installation of common materials and systems used in buildings. (Sp)

CNS 2813. Construction Documents and Quantity Surveying.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 1213, CNS 2833. Students will learn to interpret the drawings and specifications of typical commercial construction projects. Students will learn to perform basic material take-off and to communicate using sketches and computer applications. (Sp)

CNS 2822. Materials and Methods II.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 2714. Corequisite: CNS 2812 and CNS 2813. Focuses on materials and methods used to construct a building from the roofed frame to flooring installation. Content includes exterior cladding, finishes and waterproofing, exterior glazing systems, electrical, plumbing and mechanical system installation basics and above the ceiling installation, interior walls and finishes, interior doors and hardware, dropping ceilings and flooring. (Sp)

CNS 2833. Materials and Methods for Construction.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 2363; majors only. Focuses on materials and methods used to construct a building from the roofed frame to flooring installation. Content includes exterior cladding, finishes, and waterproofing, exterior glazing systems, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical system installation basics, above the ceiling installation, interior walls and finishes, interior doors and hardware, dropped ceilings and flooring. (Sp)

CNS 3103. Construction Surveying.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 2813. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with basic concepts of surveying and to provide practical training necessary for construction applications. (F)

CNS 3413. Construction Communication.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: COMM 1113, CNS majors only. A communication course designed to focus on written, visual, and oral communication appropriate to the construction industry. The course will expand on the fundamentals of communication with specific instruction about the techniques and tools used to communicate with both internal and external team members. (F)

CNS 3433. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems I.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Construction Science major. Introduces basic mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) terminology, concepts and systems. Building systems are related to the constructed building and the required relationships with the skilled trades for the construction of the MEP systems. (F)

CNS 3440. Mentored Research Experience.3 Credit Hours.

0 to 3 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. For the inquisitive student to apply the scholarly processes of the discipline to a research or creative project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Student and instructor should complete an Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects (URCP) Mentoring Agreement and file it with the URCP office. Not for honors credit. (F, Sp, Su)

CNS 3443. Electrical Systems.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS majors only. Introduces theories, concepts, materials, and methods of electrical systems. The accumulated knowledge will be used to explore the coordination of MEP subcontractors. (F)

CNS 3512. Cost Estimating.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 2813, CNS 2713. Corequisite: CNS 3812, CNS 3612. Students will learn about the basic foundations of the estimating process. These include quantity surveying, organization of the estimate, quantitative elements of both direct and indirect costs, using cost database, bid preparation, and the ability to visualize the project. Students will learn to create cost estimates using manual take-offs and estimating software. (F)

CNS 3612. Project Controls Lab.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 2813, CNS 2713. Corequisite: CNS 3512, CNS 3812. Students will further their knowledge of the estimating and scheduling processes. The content is designed to complement the theories presented in the estimating and scheduling courses. Students will learn hands-on to create detailed estimate and price loaded schedule for construction projects using computer applications. (F)

CNS 3623. Advanced Estimating Scheduling.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 3512, CNS 3812. Students will learn about advanced topics related to estimating and scheduling processes. These include pre-construction schedules, milestone schedules, conceptual estimates, value engineering, site logistics plan, and other pre-construction planning tools. (Sp)

CNS 3812. Project Planning and Scheduling.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 2813; Corequisite: CNS 3512 and CNS 3612. Students will learn about scheduling concepts in an integrated construction planning and control system. Students will gain knowledge about different scheduling techniques and computer applications employed to facilitate the scheduling process. Students will learn to create schedules using manual network computations and scheduling software. (F)

CNS 3821. Project Controls Lab II.1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: CNS 3512, CNS 3612 and CNS 3812; corequisite: CNS 3824. Lab applies the concepts learned in project management and controls to a construction project. (Sp)

CNS 3823. Project Controls Management.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 3512, CNS 3612 and CNS 3812. Focuses on the management of a commercial building project after the contract is awarded. Content includes required project communication and documentation and setup and use of a cost accounting system to track and manage the project - including field productivity, work sequence, cost and profitability, payment and cash flow, schedule compression and updating change process and closeout. (Sp)

CNS 3824. Project Controls Management.4 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 3512, CNS 3812. Corequisite: CNS 3821. Examines how basic accounting principles and procedures relate to the construction project budget and cost reporting after the contract is awarded. Focus on project cost classification, cost codes, logs and cost reports required to maintain a cost control system. Students prepare required project communication and documentation, and set-up and use of a system to track and manage the project including field productivity, work sequence, cost and variance, earned value and profitability, payment and cash flow, schedule compression, change and closeout. (Sp)

CNS 3883. Construction Safety.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS majors only. Students become familiar with the purpose and scope of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the construction industry standards governed by OSHA. Students will learn of construction workers' rights employer responsibilities, and about hazard identification and mitigation. Students will use the basic understanding of OSHA construction industry standards to develop a construction project safety plan. (Sp)

CNS 3943. Field Work.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS major and permission. Utilize a construction work experience to prepare for construction management functions. Student is responsible for finding the construction-related activity and proposing a work-related project. Written and oral presentation is required. (F, Sp, Su)

CNS 3960. Honors Reading.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Consists of topics designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major program. The topics will cover materials not usually presented in the regular courses. (F, Sp, Su)

CNS 3970. Honors Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Subjects covered vary. Deals with concepts not usually treated in regular courses. (Irreg.)

CNS 3980. Honors Research.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Will provide an opportunity for the gifted Honors candidate to work at a special project in the student's field. (F, Sp, Su)

CNS 3990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and junior standing. May be repeated once with change of content. Independent study may be arranged to study a subject not available through regular course offerings. (F, Sp, Su)

CNS 4023. Research Methods in PDC.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This course will make the students sufficiently knowledgeable about the basics of common research methods, processes, and products. Topics from defining a research problem, collecting relevant data, selecting research framework and methodology, and analyzing results will be covered. Issues related to conducting a research, such as validation, ethics, survey and sampling, hypothesis, assumption, writing style, computer applications will be discussed. (Sp)

CNS 4112. Understanding Design Services.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 3824. Course explores the roles and responsibilities of the owner, architect/engineer, design consultants and their interface with the constructor from project conception to completion. (F)

CNS 4122. Building Information Modeling for Construction.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 3824. Emphasizes the skills and knowledge required by the constructor to participate in the creation, projection, and execution of a project using BIM. Students combine knowledge of materials, methods, drafting, estimating and scheduling with BIM computer applications. (F)

CNS 4133. BIM for Constructors.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: CNS 3823. This is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) course designed for the construction professional. Students will gain knowledge about the concepts, core business processes, and software involved in a building information model. BIM is presented as a methodology and as a tool that provides for shared information across the facility's lifecycle. (F)

CNS 4152. Legal Issues in Construction.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: CNS majors or permission of instructor. An examination of current construction law as it pertains to the day-to-day management of the construction contract. Includes legal ramifications of construction bidding, contracts, changes, delays, and dispute resolution. Course emphasizes reduction of disputes through knowledge. (Sp)

CNS 4153. Legal Issues in Construction.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: 4523 and Legal Studies 3323. An examination of current construction law as it pertains to the day-to-day management of the construction contract. Includes legal ramifications of construction bidding, contracts, changes, delays, and dispute resolution. Emphasis on the reduction of disputes through knowledge. (Sp)

CNS 4193. Architectural Structures I.3 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with ARCH 4193) Prerequisite: Architecture major and completion of MATH 1523 and PHYS 1114 or Construction Science major and completion of PHYS 2414 and MATH 1523 or permission of the division director. An introduction to basic physics, forces within structural systems, material strength, and associated structural engineering principles. Develops both intuitive and empirical knowledge of forces with structural systems that serve as a foundation for future courses within the structures sequence. (Sp)

CNS 4213. Design-Build Principles and Practices.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with CNS 5213) Prerequisites: 3rd, 4th or 5th year College of Architecture student or instructor permission. Introduces design and construction students to the principles and practices of design-build. Course is approved by the Design-Build Institute of America. Students who successfully complete core course requirements will earn credit for the professional designation as Associate DBIA Professional. Students may not earn credit for both 4213 and 5213. (Sp)

CNS 4233. Architectural Structures II.3 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with ARCH 4233) Prerequisite: CNS 4193 or ARCH 4193; majors only. Focus is on wood, concrete, and steel as structural materials. Material properties, common manufactured systems, common materials sections, and common connection types will be explored with students demonstrating the ability to develop technical details related to various structural systems. (F)

CNS 4303. Lean Construction Management.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with 5303) Prerequisite: Junior standing; Majors only; Permission of instructor. (Slashlisted with CNS 5303.) Explores the lean concepts specifically tailored to the Architecture Engineering Construction (AEC) industry. Students will learn how lean concepts along with creative transformational thinking and technological advancement can improve and sustain performance in the construction industry. Students may not earn credit for both CNS 4303 and CNS 5303. (Sp) No student may earn credit for both 4303 and 5303. (Sp)

CNS 4313. Advanced BIM.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 4133. The Building Information Modeling course is designed to develop in-depth knowledge of BIM as a tool and as a method for the design, construction, and operations and maintenance phases in a facility's lifecycle of a project. Strategies for implementation and adoption are emphasized throughout the course. (Sp)

CNS 4403. Leadership in the Construction Industry.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with 5403) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A study of leadership styles and best practices found in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries. The course is designed to educate students about individual, organizational and process/structural leadership. No student may earn credit for both 4403 and 5403. (Sp)

CNS 4523. Pre-Construction Services.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 3523, CNS 3823. This class covers the concepts and practices that are critical to pre-project planning from both the owner and contractor's perspective. Topics covered from the owner's point of view include: project charters, feasibility reports, and steps for developing the budget. Topics covered from the contractor's side include: understanding the construction market, risk management, QC plans, site management, and subcontractor procurement. Preconstruction services are covered from various project delivery methods. (F)

CNS 4613. Soils and Foundations.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 3223. Content includes identification and classification of soil properties as they pertain to a construction project, the role of the geotechnical engineer, soils reports, soil preparation, foundation design, soil testing, and the causes of building settlement. Practical exercises are emphasized. (F)

CNS 4852. Heavy-Civil Management.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 4523. Familiarizes students with the peculiarities of the heavy-civil construction industry and gives them the analytical tools to compete for projects in that area. Skills include unit price estimating, construction equipment fleet design, linear scheduling, and major components of highways, bridges, and engineered facilities. (Sp)

CNS 4862. Residential Construction.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 4523. Residential construction processes, scheduling, subcontracting, financing, estimating, project control, and current trends in site selection, design, and energy efficiency in the residential construction industry. (Sp)

CNS 4881. Construction Safety Management.1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: 4523. Emphasizes the importance of safety in the construction industry through guest speakers, readings and other safety materials. Emphasis will be placed on safety as it relates to entry-level management positions and the professional's responsibility in creating a safe jobsite. (Sp)

CNS 4922. Emerging Trends in Building Processes.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 2211. Students explore emerging sustainable construction practices, building methods, systems and products. Students evaluate LEED/sustainable building opportunities using value engineering and life cycle assessment to determine the benefit and cost in an integrated project delivery approach. (F)

CNS 4943. Field Work - Required.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing, majors only; permission. Utilize a construction work experience to prepare for construction management functions. Student is responsible for finding the construction-related activity and proposing a work-related project. Written and oral presentation is required. (Su)

CNS 4960. Directed Readings.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing, permission. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit eight hours. Subjects proposed by students or instructors may be used to expand knowledge beyond the normal core construction curriculum. Verbal or written presentation may be required to demonstrate successful completion of a subject unit. (F, Sp, Su)

CNS 4970. Undergraduate General Departmental Seminar.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing, permission. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit 12 hours. Special topics in construction science. (Irreg.)

CNS 4990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

CNS 4993. Construction Science Capstone.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 4133, CNS 4523. The capstone course is the culmination of the Construction Science undergraduate experience. Students apply all aspects of the construction project management process in an integrated manner to a construction project. Class interaction requires participants to utilize and extend knowledge of all areas of expertise used by construction managers. Teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration, and cooperation are required. (Sp) [V].

CNS 5003. Construction Fundamentals I.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of graduate liaison. Construction Management Fundamentals is designed to familiarize students with the basic foundations of construction management. These concepts include reading and understanding construction plans and specifications, implementing cost estimating techniques, as well as developing and manipulating project schedules as applied to design and construction project management. (F)

CNS 5013. Construction Fundamentals II.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Construction Management Fundamentals 2 is designed to continue to familiarize students with the basic foundations of the project management and control mechanisms from the owner's, the designer's and the construction contractor's perspective. These concepts include terms, vocabulary, and paperwork used in the construction industry, as well as construction site safety and construction methods. (Sp)

CNS 5023. Research Methods in Planning, Design and Construction.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of graduate liaison. Framework for understanding the processes, components and methods of empirical research used in the design and evaluation of planning, design and construction problems. Emphasis is on understanding the primary types of research methods, evaluating the pros and cons of each and developing the skills necessary to identify research questions and ways to answer research questions. (Sp)

CNS 5123. Fundamentals of BIM.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 5003 or permission of graduate liaison. This is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) course designed for the construction professional. Students will gain knowledge about the concepts, core business processes, and software involved in a building information model. BIM is presented as a methodology and a tool that provides for shared information across the facility's lifecycle. This course goes beyond the software applications in BIM to emphasize the knowledge required by the constructor to participate in the creation, production, and execution of a project using BIM. (F)

CNS 5143. Legal Issues in Construction.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of graduate liaison. An examination of current construction law as it pertains to the day-to-day management of the construction contract. Includes legal ramifications of construction bidding, contracts, changes, delays, and dispute resolution. Course emphasizes reduction of disputes through knowledge. (Sp)

CNS 5203. Emerging Trends in Building Processes.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 5003, CNS 5123 or concurrent enrollment or permission of graduate liaison . Explores emerging sustainable construction practices, building methods, systems and products. Evaluate LEED/sustainable building opportunities using value engineering and life cycle assessment to determine the benefit and cost in an integrated project delivery approach. (Sp)

CNS 5213. Design-Build Principles and Practices.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with CNS 4213) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Introduces design and construction students to the principles and practices of design-build. Course is approved by the Design-Build Institute of America. Students who successfully complete core course requirements will earn credit for the professional designation as Associate DBIA Professional. Students may not earn credit for both 4213 and 5213. (Sp)

CNS 5303. Lean Construction Management.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with 4303) Prerequisite: CNS 5003, and CNS 5013 or concurrent enrollment in CNS 5013; or permission of graduate liaison. Explores the lean concepts specifically tailored to the Architecture Engineering Construction (AEC) industry. Students will learn how lean concepts along with creative transformational thinking and technological advancement can improve and sustain performance in the construction industry. No student may earn credit for both 4303 and 5303. (Sp)

CNS 5403. Leadership in the Construction Industry.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with CNS 4403) Prerequisite: Graduate standing; majors only. A study of leadership styles and best practices found in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. The course is designed to educate students about individual, organizational, and process/structural leadership. No student may earn credit for both 4403 and 5403. (Sp)

CNS 5523. Pre-Construction Services.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: CNS 5003 or permission of graduate liaison. Pre-construction services provide owners with greater project clarity and expectations before their project begins. Efforts from the contractor begin well ahead of the first construction crew arriving at the jobsite. This course covers the practices performed during pre-construction to increase project success from both the owner's and contractor's side. Students will be introduced to pre-planning tools that are performed pre-construction, for example: developing feasibility reports, managing project risk, preparing a Quality Control plan, and estimating conceptually. (F)

CNS 5940. Construction Industry Practicum.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, majors only, and permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit 3 hours. Students will utilize construction work experience to prepare for construction management functions. Students will find an activity and propose a work-related project. (F, Sp, Su)

CNS 5952. Special Studies Presentation.2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: permission of committee chair. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Completion of research for the required special studies project selected by the student and advisory committee. (Irreg.)

CNS 5960. Directed Readings.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and senior or graduate standing. May be repeated once with change of content, maximum credit six hours. Studies in major field as approved by the individual instructor. (F, Sp, Su)

CNS 5970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

CNS 5980. Research for Master's Thesis.2-9 Credit Hours.

2 to 9 hours. May be repeated; maximum credit towards degree, five hours. (Fa, Sp, Su)

CNS 5990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

CNS 5993. Special Studies Research.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: permission of committee chair. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Credit for applied research for the special studies project selected by the student and advisory committee. (Irreg.)