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DLC107: Construction Materials and Processes (Fall, 2019)

by Construction Experts, Inc.

September 9 - November 24, 2019
30 PDH / 3.0 CEU

The course will start on the date stipulated. Once your registration is received, the instructor will be notified of your enrollment within one business day. Your textbook will be mailed to you, and by the time you receive it, you should receive login instructions by email from the instructor.
  • For US addresses, shipping will be by USPS and will take three to five days for delivery.
  • For Canadian and international addresses, shipping will also be by USPS but can take much longer. Tracking will be available.

Introduction
The purpose of this course is to give the student an overall and elementary understanding of construction materials and processes. We will study one specific material category, one specific construction process, and an overall construction system each week. The student will have the opportunity to expand the studies to include materials and processes which are normally encountered by the student in his/her work place.
In addition the student is expected to research and report on the session materials and processes with respect to sustainable or "green" construction.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this class you should:
  1. Be able to recognize quality control procedures for various materials.
  2. Be familiar with material manufacturing processes.
  3. Understand the physical limitations of the materials we are studying.
  4. Understand how the materials we are studying are used in construction.
  5. Know where to find information about materials when needed.
  6. Understand the regulatory environment under which materials are manufactured and incorporated into new structures.
  7. Know the relevant history of each material.
  8. Know the important aspects of how each material is used in construction processes.

Class Organization and Grading
The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.
Module Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1. Introduction To Construction Materials 25 1
2. Concrete as a Building Material 25 2
3. Concrete Placement and Handling 25 3
4. Brick and CMU 25 4
5. Masonry 2: Stone and Other Masonry 25 5
6. Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals 25 6
7. Wood and Lumber 25 7
8. Manufactured Wood Products 25 8
9. Waterproofing, Roofing, Insulation 25 9
10. Finishes and course wrap up 25 10
Total Points 250

It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed before the following Monday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance. Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in advance on the course calendar.

Grading Policies
Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at least two class discussions. Each quiz will count 10 points and class discussions will count 15 points per module. You can see that I consider class discussions to be a very important part of this course. For that reason, the regular weekly discussions are even more important than the weekly quizzes. Students should provide at least 3 contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum points.

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.

Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the total number of points you have accumulated on quizzes and assignments. The grading scale is as follows:
  • A 225 to 250 points
  • B 200 to 224 points
  • C 175 to 199 points
  • D 150 to 174
  • Anything less will be considered either failure or an unauthorized withdrawal from the course.
You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.

Withdrawals and Refunds
You may withdraw from this course by sending an email to education@aacei.org requesting to be dropped from the course. Non-attendance or notifying the instructor does not constitute officially dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who stop attending courses without officially dropping will receive a grade of U in the class. Refunds are not automatic. NO refunds are due unless the course is officially dropped within stated guidelines in the refund schedule.

Refund Schedule
  • Withdrawal received before the first day of class – total fee less a $125 cancellation fee.
  • Refund requests postmarked on or after the first day and no later than two weeks after the first day of class will be refunded 65% of the fee, after which time there is no refund.
  • Decision on withdrawals and refunds will be based on the date when the written withdrawal notice is received by AACE International.