Construction Courses

CON 100 - Introduction to Construction (1 hour)
Introduction to the construction profession. Computer applications, problem solving concepts, design concepts and visualization, industry ethics, professional societies, and university services.

CON 132 - Construction Graphics (2 hours)
Symbols, conventions, details of construction drawings, and blueprint reading. Emphasis on interpretation and communication of requirements of contract drawings.

CON 200 - Construction Co-op (2 hours)
Full-time cooperative education assignment for construction students who alternate periods of full-time school with periods of full-time academic or career-related work in industry. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing in the College of Engineering and Technology, 2.0 overall grade point average at Bradley, approval of engineering and technology Co-op coordinator and Co-op faculty advisor.

CON 262 - Mechanical and Electrical Systems I (3 hours)
Survey of basic principles, methods, and equipment for building component systems related to human health and comfort. Introduces heating/cooling systems, electrical systems, plumbing, and lighting systems. Prerequisite: CON 132.

CON 270 - Construction Materials and Methods I (3 hours)
Characteristics and use of basic construction materials including concrete, metals, wood, masonry, and asphalt. Introduction to materials specifications, excavation, foundation systems, roofing, exterior and interior framing, doors and windows, glass and glazing, and finishes.

CON 272 - Construction Materials and Methods II (3 hours)
Applications of materials and construction techniques used in structural systems of wood, steel, concrete, and masonry. Placement of foundations, asphalt, cladding systems, and interior construction methods. Prerequisite: CON 270

CON 320 - Soil Mechanics (3 hours)
Introduction to soil mechanics and foundation construction. Soil index properties, classification, stress analysis, soil compaction, settlement, seepage, dewatering, excavations, and foundation construction. Prerequisite: IMT 222.

CON 326 - Construction Estimating (3 hours)
Feasibility estimates, design estimates, quantity takeoff, direct and overhead costing, and cost control. Material, equipment, and labor estimates of construction projects, bidding strategy, and basic concepts in management and business. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: CE 224.

CON 330 - Housing (3 hours)
Planning residential areas: geographic location, orientation, functions, and interrelationships of functions. Fundamentals of residential design which can result in quality living environments for all income levels. Prerequisite: CON 132.

CON 342 - Construction Equipment (3 hours)
Characteristics of construction equipment; includes types, methods for their efficient use, and production calculations. Risk and cost analysis. Prerequisite: CE 206; CON 320.

CON 352 - Sustainable Urban Environment (3 hours)
Principles of land utilization, feasibility, subdivision planning, and other elements related to planning and developing sustainable urban environments. Prerequisite: CON 132.

CON 356 - Construction Safety (3 hours)
Introduction to OSHA Construction Safety Standards. Design of a safety program, risk analysis of a company`s home office and field safety performance characteristics, potential problems, contingency planning, and safety audit analysis. Prerequisite: CON 262; CON 270.

CON 368 - Mechanical and Electrical Systems II (3 hours)
Survey of large scale integrated building component systems related to human health and comfort. Topics include lighting, electrical design and layout, vertical transportation, alarm and security systems, fire protection, total space conditioning, water treatment and sewage treatment, industrial piping design. Prerequisite: CON 262.

CON 372 - Construction Productivity (3 hours)
Principles and methods for productivity improvement; uses and limitations; personnel management; labor and equipment productivity and productivity modeling. Prerequisite: CON 270.

CON 380 - Construction Contracts (2 hours)
Introduction to AGC and AIA construction contract documents. Types of contracts; contents including specifications, general conditions, bidding requirements. Introduction to construction law, bonding, insurance, and DBE requirements. Preparation of contract documents.

CON 392 - Construction Scheduling (3 hours)
Economic considerations and tools of management: cost reporting; scheduling. Emphasis on network methods of scheduling: resource allocation and least-cost expediting. Introduction to computerized scheduling with emphasis on Primavera and MS Project. Prerequisite: CON 326; QM 262 or equivalent.

CON 394 - Construction Labor and Unions (3 hours)
Union and non-union activities in construction industry: history, analysis, organizing, bargaining, contract language, jurisdictional disputes, training, and restrictions on operating non-union.

CON 395 - Construction Claims and Change Orders (3 hours)
Review of contractual agreements. Regulations and types of potential claims and change orders. Documentation, presentation, risk analysis, partnering, CM, CM at risk, Cost-Plus, Design-Build, and dispute resolution.

CON 430 - Commercial Construction (3 hours)
Principles and practices of commercial construction. Traditional and green building practices, and methods for selection and installation of material assemblies used in commercial construction. Prerequisite: CON 270

CON 435 - Heavy and Highway Construction (3 hours)
Contractual obligations and funding of horizontal construction. Emphasis on estimating, environmental compliance analysis, excavation and earthwork operations, and safety of horizontal construction operations. Prerequisite: CON 270

CON 452 - Green Construction and LEED (3 hours)
Green design, construction, and operations from a project management standpoint. Introduction to the design and construction of high performance green buildings. Building-Community Interaction. Economical and ecological benefits of green buildings. Preparation for the LEED GA Exam. Prerequisite: CON 270 and CON 326.

CON 481 - Projects I (1-3 hours)
Supervised individual study of construction projects. Prerequisite: consent of advisor.

CON 482 - Projects II (1-3 hours)
Supervised individual study of construction projects. Prerequisite: consent of advisor.

CON 487 - Design of Steel and Concrete Structures (3 hours)
Introduction to structural analysis and design of steel and reinforced concrete members; application to construction problems. Prerequisite: IMT 324 or equivalent.

CON 489 - Design of Wood and Masonry Structures (3 hours)
Design and detailing of wood and masonry structures. Application to industry problems in bracing, formwork, and temporary excavation supports. Prerequisite: CON 487 or equivalent.

CON 490 - Special Topics I (1-3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topics are stated in the current Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: consent of advisor.

CON 491 - Special Topics II (1-3 hours)
Topics of special interest which may vary each time course is offered. Topics are stated in the current Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: consent of advisor.

CON 493 - Senior Project Planning (1 hour)
First of a two-semester course design project sequence. Discussions of the relationship between the owner, architect, consultant, superintendent, construction manager, general contractor, and subcontractors. Methods of project delivery, project concept through construction, design phases and project challenges. Leadership, ethics, public policy issues, LEED, and basic business management practices. Oral and written report of preliminary plan. Prerequisite: CON 380 and consent of advisor.

CON 494 - Construction Practice (3 hours)
Business ethics in construction; responsibilities and professionalism; construction business practices. Prerequisite: CON 380.

CON 498 - Senior Project (3 hours)
Application of construction principles to actual industry projects. Detailed estimate of the project, bidding strategies, site layout/development plan for construction staging, preparation of sample contracts using AIA and AGC formats, construction scheduling, project closeout plan, jobsite safety plan, and strategies to achieve LEED rating points. Prerequisite: CON 493.