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DLC308--Construction Project Management (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.

The purpose of this 308 Construction Project Management online course is to provide a framework for understanding the project manager’s roles, responsibilities, processes and procedures. Students will learn the stages of the project, dispute resolution, project financing, feasibility, bidding, and contracting..

Students will also learn about cost and risk control as well as developing and applying policies and procedures. Other topics will include subcontractor management, purchasing and components of a good purchase order. Project start up and close out techniques will be covered.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this 206 Productivity and Cost Management online class you should:
  1. Know the different project delivery systems and how each affects the role of the project management team
  2. Understand owner feasibility studies, methods of delivery, programming and design
    Know how to manage the flow of project information during the various phases of the project.
  3. Be able to manage various types and sources of risk that are the primary responsibility of the project supervisor
  4. Understand the role of planning and scheduling in the pre-construction phase of a construction project
  5. Understand the how and why of estimating
  6. Be able to manage the mobilization and organization of a project in the field
    Understand the basics of expediting materials, equipment orders, and the inspection and approval processes
  7. Understand how project financing and insurance plays a role in modern construction management, cash flow, and project cost control
  8. Understand the typical contracts used in the construction industry
  9. Understand and recognize the Specifications and the Order of Precedence and its use in risk management
  10. Be able to coordinate the close out of a construction project.
  11. Determine the best course of action to getting paid
  12. Be able to apply subcontractor management techniques
  13. Understand how corporate policies and procedures can affect the management of the project.
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. Construction Sectors and Project Stages 25 1
2. Feasibility, Project Delivery, Design, Programming 25 2
3. Bidding and Contractors 25 3
4. Estimating 25 4
5. Contracts and Risk 25 5
6. Pre-construction, Mobilization, and Construction 25 6
7. Scheduling 25 7
8. Buying out the job, Changes in the work, Getting paid 25 8
9. Getting Paid, Claims, Disputes, Liens 25 9
10. Close-out, Occupancy, Operations, Maintenance, Warranties 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.

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 3 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
  • Anything less will be considered 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

Ordering the Textbook
Construction Project Management, A Complete Introduction by Alison Dykstra, AIA, CSI
ISBN 978-0-9827034-9-6

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. Setting the stage: Construction sectors, partnerships, project stages Read Chapters 1, 3, 4
2. Feasibility, Project Delivery, Design and Programming Read Chapters 5-7
3. Bidding and Contractors Read Chapters 8,9
4. Planning for Production and Support Read Chapters 10, 11
5. Contracts and Risk Read Chapters 12-16
6. Pre-construction, Mobilization and Construction Read Chapters 17,18
7. Scheduling Read Chapters 19, 20
8. Buying out the job, Changes in the work, Getting paid Read Chapters 21,22
9. Getting paid, Claims, Disputes, Liens Read Chapters 23, 24
10. Project Completion and Close-out Read Chapter 25 

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 dated 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. 
Student Reviews
"I already know a fair amount about managing a project, but I definitely learned more than I expected to. David is an awesome instructor – I look forward to having him as my instructor for my next course."

"This course has helped by introducing me to aspects of construction I have yet to participate in. I keep the book at work and reference it when I have something I don’t quite understand."

"The course has allowed me to develop in my current role. I have been able to apply the skills I’ve acquired in this course on my project. I’m fortunate to be in a position to learn and directly apply technical skills. I feel more confident when working with my colleagues and subcontractors. This was a course to build my foundational skills in construction." L. Lee-Hill