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DLC203--Risk Management and Problem Solving (Spring Term)

by Construction Experts, Inc.

April 6 - June 14, 2020
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. You should receive login instructions by email from the instructor during the week before the course begins. Please order your textbook from the source noted in adequate time to allow receipt before the start of the course.

This 203 Risk Management and Problem Solving online course will focus on identifying, managing and solving risk related construction problems. You will learn how to utilize select methods to reduce risk, prevent loss, and ensure a safe working environment. We will study the delegation of responsibility for safety, equipment maintenance, and common construction hazards. You will learn how to proactively reduce risk within the construction work environment. We will review proactive and reactive problem solving strategies in addition to the documentation, insurance policies, and reference materials available to the construction supervisor.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this 203 Risk Management Problem Solving online class you should:
  • Understand the risk management duties of the construction supervisor
  • Recognize risk within the construction work environment.
  • Identify and encourage human factors to achieve a zero accident workplace.
  • Be able to explain the indirect and hidden costs of construction accidents.
  • Be able to establish a good construction safety program for your crew and job site even if your company does not have a formal safety program.
  • Understand the roles of commitment, attitudes, and training within an effective safety program.
  • Explain potential hazards similar to those that create the highest number of accidents and how they can be prevented.
  • Know where to find reference material and information about OSHA standards, Guide Publications, and regulatory information.
  • Understand how to manage crisis situations
  • Know how to conduct accident investigations.
  • Know how to prepare a plan for project loss control that includes construction insurance, protection of underground utilities, and controlling job site theft.
  • Explain Experience Modification Rate and determine the effect the rate has on your labor costs. Be able to perform calculations using the EMR.
  • Understand the role that construction contractual relationships play in controlling job site safety. This subject includes managing subcontractors for safety compliance.
  • Know how to recognize and control substance abuse on the job site.
  • Know how to participate in a safety inspection conducted by a regulatory agency.

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. Each week you will have online class discussions (15 points) and a quiz (10 points).
Module Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1. Introduction to Risk 25 1
2. Human Performance and Risk 25 2
3. Reactive Problem Solving 25 3
4. Proactive Problem Solving 25 4
5. Labor and Subcontractor Risk 25 5
6. Safety Risk Emergencies 25 6
7. Construction Crisis Management 25 7
8. Risk Management 25 8
9. Risk Specific Solutions 25 9
10. Documentation and Site Safety 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. Students should provide at least 4 contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum points. Students learn more and learn better when they discuss the topic at hand. For that reason, I consider the regular weekly discussions to be even more important than the weekly quizzes.

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 140 to 174 points
  • Anything less will be considered an F or an unauthorized withdrawal from the course.
You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.

Ordering the Textbook

STP Unit 6: Risk Management and Problem Solving - print version (also available as Kindle eBook)

The cost of each textbook is approximately US $155 plus shipping and handling (US $50 eBook). If you order a used book be sure you are getting the 6th edition.

Allow at least 5 working days between ordering the book and receiving it by the least expensive shipping. Foreign students should allow at least 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. You can have your book delivered more quickly by paying more for the shipping.

Reading Ahead

This table details the reading assignments for the entire course. This will give you opportunity to read ahead and get a jump on upcoming modules.
Module Reading Assignment
0. Student Orientation None
1. Introduction to Risk Read Unit 1
2. Human Performance and Risk Read Unit 2
3. Reactive Problem Solving Read Unit 3
4. Proactive Problem Solving Read Unit 4 4.1-4.13
5. Labor and Subcontractor Risk Read Unit 4 4.14-4.18
6. Safety Risk Emergencies Read Unit 6 6-1-6-19
7. Construction Crisis Management Read Unit 6 6.20-6.28 & additional resources
8. Risk Management Read Unit 7 6.19-6.26
9. Risk Specific Solutions Read Unit 8
10. Documentation and Site Safety In class resources 
Withdrawals and Refunds
You may withdraw from this course by sending an email to 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 emailed 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.