Construction Technology AS

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This program will prepare students for technical and supervisory positions in the construction of commercial, industrial and civil buildings and structures. The curriculum combines the technical knowledge and skills of building construction with key courses in applied management necessary to manage complex construction projects.

 

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2018 - 2019

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses 14-27 Credits
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1500
    Course Title:Construction Technology I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the technical mastery of the constructing of buildings and structure. Course learning objectives will be covered in the context of a specific construction craft.
    Construction Technology IView-CMSV1500n/a5
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1550
    Course Title:Construction Technology Field Experience      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the application of techniques necessary to construct buildings and structure. Course learning objectives will be covered in the context of a specific construction craft and will be completed during the construction of an actual industry project. It is strongly recommended that the following course(s) be taken prior to or concurrent with this course: CMSV1500 Construction Technology
    Construction Technology Field ExperienceView-CMSV1550n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1600
    Course Title:Construction Technology II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is an intermediate review and application of techniques necessary to construct buildings and structure. Course learning objectives will be covered in the context of a specific construction craft. It is strongly recommended that the following course(s) be taken prior to or concurrent with this course: CMSV1550 Construction Technology Field Experience I
    Construction Technology IIView-CMSV1600n/a5
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1650
    Course Title:Construction Technology Field Experience II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is an intermediate introduction to the application of techniques necessary to construct buildings and structure. Course learning objectives will be covered in the context of a specific construction craft and will be completed during the construction of an actual industry project. It is strongly recommended that the following course(s) be taken prior to or concurrent with this course: CMSV1600 Construction Technology II
    Construction Technology Field Experience IIView-CMSV1650n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1700
    Course Title:Construction Technology III      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is an advanced review and application of techniques necessary to construct buildings and structure. Course learning objectives will be covered in the context of a specific construction craft. It is strongly recommended that the following course(s) be taken prior to or concurrent with this course: CMSV1650 Construction Technology Field Experience II
    Construction Technology IIIView-CMSV1700n/a5
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1750
    Course Title:Construction Technology Field Experience III      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is an intermediate introduction to the application of techniques necessary to construct buildings and structure. Course learning objectives will be covered in the context of a specific construction craft and will be completed during the construction of an actual industry project. It is strongly recommended that the following course(s) be taken prior to or concurrent with this course: CMSV1700 Construction Technology
    Construction Technology Field Experience IIIView-CMSV1750n/a4
     
    General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1800
    Course Title:Construction Labor Topics      Goal Areas:09       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course examines current and historical topics and issues specific to construction industry labor relations. Students will take an active role in the research and presentation of topics in this course.
    Construction Labor TopicsView-CMSV180009 3
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:01,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal CommunicationView-COMM111001,07 3
    Course Subject: ECON         Course Number:1070
    Course Title:Principles of Microeconomics      Goal Areas:05       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course covers theories of consumer and producer behavior as well as market structure, the role of government in the economy, distribution of income, externalities, and taxes.
    Principles of MicroeconomicsView-ECON107005 3
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1940
    Course Title:Technical Writing      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course further develops writing skills as applied to technical subjects for a specialized or lay audience. Credit does not apply to the 40 MnTC credits required in the A.A. degree except in programs where students are permitted to substitute English 1940 for English 1112 or 1202. Prerequisite: Engl 1200 or Engl 1201
    Technical WritingView-ENGL1940n/a3
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:College Algebra      Goal Areas:04       Credits:3

    Course Description:This college-level course continues the study of algebra conducted in the developmental algebra courses. Topics include polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their applications. Additional topics include systems of non-linear equations, systems of linear equations, and matrices. Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 0970 or 0980 with grade of "C" or better
    College AlgebraView-MATH115004 3
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:General Psychology      Goal Areas:05       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides an overview of topics in psychology. Topics may include history of psychology, research methods, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and coping, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program.
    General PsychologyView-PSYC115005 3
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing or      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView-ENGL120001 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView-ENGL120101 4
    1 course from CHEM1010, PHYS1000, PHYS1030, EEVS1100
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1010
    Course Title:Introduction to Chemistry or      Goal Areas:03,10       Credits:4

    Course Description:An introduction to the basic concepts of Chemistry along with mathematical application, which include the atomic theory, periodic trends, stoichiometric relationships, kinetic-molecular theory, molecular structure, heat transfer, and chemical properties as related to the gas and liquid and solid phases. Additionally, this course will explore the role that chemistry plays in our personal and professional lives. This course enables students to think critically about current environmental issues in science. The lab portion contains experiments that includes observation, data collection and analysis, and mathematical applications that support the concepts being studied in class. The course is designed for non-science majors or students who have not completed chemistry in high school in order to prepare them to take Chem 1061 or courses in various health programs. Prerequisite: Math 0900 or Math 0980 with a grade of 'C' or better.
    Introduction to Chemistry orView-CHEM101003,10 4
    Course Subject: EEVS         Course Number:1100
    Course Title:Physical Geology or      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:A course examining the earth¿s formation, composition, structure and natural systems. Learners will practice making observations, forming scientific questions and posing hypotheses as they explore the earth¿s internal and external processes and how they shape the surface of the earth. Topics include: geologic time, plate tectonics, rock and mineral identification, introduction to topographic and geologic maps, surficial processes, climate change and environmental concerns. Course is open to all students. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4 Credits.
    Physical Geology orView-EEVS110003 4
    Course Subject: PHYS         Course Number:1000
    Course Title:Conceptual Physics or      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a combined lecture and laboratory course designed for people who want to learn about the fundamental laws and principles that form the basis of the working of the physical universe. This course helps the student understand and appreciate how and why a wide range of common and everyday physical phenomena occur. Topics include: laws of motion, work, energy, momentum, fluids, heat, vibration, wave motion, electricity, magnetism, and light. Some algebra is used in the presentation, so a mathematical preparation equivalent to Math 0902 is recommended. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
    Conceptual Physics orView-PHYS100003 4
    Course Subject: PHYS         Course Number:1030
    Course Title:Introduction to Physical Sciences      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:In this course, students will explore the basics of chemistry and physics by examining such concepts as understanding and measuring matter; atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures; physical and chemical properties of matter; states of matter; chemistry fundamentals, the periodic table; bonding and types of compounds; mixtures and solutions; chemical reactions; properties and sources of energy; heat; electricity, circuits, and power; properties of sound & light; the behavior of sound & light; forces and motion; work and simple machines. This course is intended for students who wish to complete a science course with a lab. It is not a prerequisite for any science or health programs. This course may not be used as a substitute for a chemistry course or a physics course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Math 0901 (Intro to Algebra) or basic math skills are highly recommended.
    Introduction to Physical SciencesView-PHYS103003 4
    1 course from PHIL1020, PHIL1200
    Course Subject: PHIL         Course Number:1020
    Course Title:Ethics or      Goal Areas:06,09       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course will introduce students to both the methods and issues connected with thinking about morality and ethical systems. Moral skepticism will also be examined. The aim of this class is to allow students to be more aware of their own ethical modes of thinking and the diversity of ways morality enters into human lives.
    Ethics orView-PHIL102006,09 3
    Course Subject: PHIL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Environmental Philosophy      Goal Areas:06,10       Credits:3

    Course Description:Environmental Philosophy is concerned with developing rational and moral theories of dealing with our environmental concerns and discussing ways of putting them into practice. Using a variety of specific philosophical perspectives, we will examine the effects of population growth, ecosystem destruction, species extinction, pollution, climate change, resource extraction, agriculture, etc. on humans and the environment. We will develop ways of understanding relationships between humans and the environment and ways of acting on our responsibilities to the natural world and its inhabitants.
    Environmental PhilosophyView-PHIL120006,10 3
     
    Program Technical Electives 13-16 Credits
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1000
    Course Title:Construction Professionalism Seminar      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is designed to be an introduction to careers in the construction industry. It will be an exploration of the breadth and depth of construction opportunities and the diversity of the occupational career pathways open to students. The differences between residential, commercial, civil, industrial, and specialty construction will be explored as well as exposure to the different occupation opportunities as a tradesperson, project manager, staff management specialist, design professional and business owner. Industry standards and expectations will be part of the course, and at its completion students will have had the opportunity to complete course work to receive an OSHA 10 hour training certification.
    Construction Professionalism SeminarView-CMSV1000n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Construction Graphics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Study of graphic solutions to problems conditioned by traditional and emerging construction document standards. Students will produce construction graphics using computer-assisted processes. The principles of construction graphics are applied to the visualization, communication, and graphical analysis of problems.
    Construction GraphicsView-CMSV1200n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1300
    Course Title:Legal Aspects of Construction      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Students will study the basic principles of law and its impacts on the business of construction contracting. Topics will include contracts, property law, mechanics liens, drafting a bid, ethics, employment issues, wage laws and hiring practices in both a union and a non-union work setting. The focus of the course is on construction contracting businesses, their employees and customers.
    Legal Aspects of ConstructionView-CMSV1300n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2100
    Course Title:Soils and Concrete Technology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course familiarizes students with the history and fundamentals of concrete, admixtures, soils and aggregates. The student will understand the interactions of concrete, weather, and soil conditions; the proper placement of concrete; bearing capacity of soils; and the basic principles of concrete and soil inspection.
    Soils and Concrete TechnologyView-CMSV2100n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2200
    Course Title:Construction Quality Assurance and Quality Control      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:Students will be introduced to QA/QC and the concept of Construction Quality Management in the residential, commercial and civil construction industries. It will emphasize QA/QC in civil construction and focus on the types of materials, construction methods and quality control necessary for building road, bridges, underground utilities and other types of civil construction projects. Students will have the option to obtain a Minnesota Department of Transportation Concrete Field 1 certification as part of this course. Prerequisite: CMSV 2100 Concrete and Soil Technology
    Construction Quality Assurance and Quality ControlView-CMSV2200n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2870
    Course Title:Construction Management      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Students in this course examine estimating, purchasing, bidding, scheduling, coordinating, expediting, and supervising work and dealing with public agencies, the design professions, suppliers, and subcontractors as these activities relate to the operation of a building contracting company.
    Construction ManagementView-CMSV2870n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2875
    Course Title:Mechanical and Electrical Systems      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course will prepare students to identify, analyze, and evaluate all aspects of building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The students will explore a variety of systems found typical in both residential and commercial buildings and will have the opportunity to gain detailed knowledge on how systems are designed, constructed, and perform. This course is designed for construction managers, project superintendants, code officials, and other construction related industry professionals.
    Mechanical and Electrical SystemsView-CMSV2875n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2885
    Course Title:Construction Estimating      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course explores the basic techniques and guidelines of estimating. The student will develop skills to prepare cost estimates considering the important aspects of material takeoffs, labor, equipment, and time. Practical, step-by-step cost estimating procedures will be applied to an actual building project.
    Construction EstimatingView-CMSV2885n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2890
    Course Title:Building Organization and Technology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the varied technology that comprise buildings and an exploration into the sequential process of building construction. Theories of building types, functional organizations, and material applications are presented. This course also includes the identification of historic basis for, and comparison between, basic building materials and construction methods. The importance of building assembly sequences also is presented.
    Building Organization and TechnologyView-CMSV2890n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2900
    Course Title:Construction Scheduling      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course explores the basic techniques and guidelines of the critical path method (CPM), and the precedence diagramming method (PDM) scheduling. The student will develop skills to prepare construction schedules by considering the important aspects labor, equipment, and time cost scheduling. Practical step-by-step scheduling techniques will be applied to an actual construction project.
    Construction SchedulingView-CMSV2900n/a3
     
                                   Total Credit Required60

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  • Degree Information

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    The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete the credentials for a specific career and/or prepare for transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree at a college or university with whom North Hennepin Community College has an articulation agreement. The A.S. degree provides a balance of general education courses and the required scientific, professional or technical courses in the degree program.


    A student shall:



    • Earn a minimum of 60 semester credits as required in the program, with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.

    • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College. A student must complete at least 50% of career specific courses at North Hennepin Community College.

    • Earn 30 credits in at least 6 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas.

    • Earn 30 professional/technical credits.

    • Have four years to complete the graduation requirements as published in the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. Students taking more than four years to complete their graduation requirements may follow any catalog published during the four-year period preceding their graduation.


    Completion of an A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


    Developmental Courses
    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information
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  • Accreditation

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    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the: Higher Learning Commission 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602-2504 1-800-621-7440

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