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Courses - January 2023

Level 1

Course Details

Business Communication and Technical Writing
COMM8170

Description:

The course is designed to teach students business communications and technical writing skills. Emphasis is placed on analyzing audience, determining purpose, and ordering ideas effectively for various written communications such as letters, memoranda, meeting agenda and minutes, and technical and business reports in the trade environment. As well, all students are expected to participate in group work throughout the semester and are expected to give oral presentations. Students will also learn how to deal with customer service in a construction environment. The course material is focused to most administrative, supervisory and managerial positions.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Construction Planning and Scheduling
CONS8010

Description:

The course covers in detail project planning, scheduling and control. Topics covered include: project charter, developing work breakdown structure (WBS) and statement of work; developing project schedule; assign resource; perform resource and time constrained scheduling; estimate project cost and prepare project cost baseline; project monitoring and control; scheduling under uncertainty and computer application in project planning, scheduling and control.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Construction Materials and Methods
CONS8110

Description:

The course covers building construction systems in terms of materials, methods and technology. It reviews foundation types, structural systems of precast and pre-stressed concrete, steel and timber framing; building envelope: with more emphasis placed on exterior cladding and insulation materials, building science, curtain walls, window walls, glazing, roofing, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sprinkler systems. In addition, it examines selection of materials, systems and methods in terms of their efficiency, life cycle costing and cost effectiveness.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Quantity Takeoff and Measurement
CONS8120

Description:

The course covers fundamentals of blue print reading, specifications, master format divisions and material takeoff. The takeoff methods of materials will be demonstrated using residential and commercial building.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Construction Job Site Management
CONS8210

Description:

The course covers construction job site management from contractor’s point view. It introduces students to duties and responsibilities handled by construction superintendent, construction engineer throughout the project progress from start to closeout. Topics covered are: site team roles, field office mobilization and administration, construction documents on the jobsite, and record keeping at the jobsite, jobsite layout and control, meeting, negotiations and dispute resolution, jobsite labour relations and control, managing time and materials, jobsite equipment use, operation, and maintenance, personnel and safety management, sustainable construction practices, changes and claims, progress payments, and project closeout. The course will have regular site visits (every three weeks) in order students to observe and see jobsite management in practice.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Construction Economics and Financial Management
ECON8050

Description:

The first part of the course is an introduction to the basics of project investment analysis. Topics covered include: Time value of money, Cash-flow analysis, decision making among alternatives, Break-even analysis, life cycle costing, depreciation, after tax cash flow, Inflation and risk analysis. The second part of the course focuses on fundamentals of financial accounting and topics covered: elements of accounting systems, accounting cycle, balance sheet, income statement, cashflow statement, and financial statement analysis.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course Details

Co-op and Career Preparation
CEPR8200

Description:

This series of modules will prepare graduate certificate students for job searching for their co-op work terms with the guidance of a Co-op Advisor. Students will familiarize themselves with the co-operative education policies and procedures and will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace regarding social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues while deepening their awareness of self- reflective practices. Students will critically reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate available opportunities in the workplace. Successful completion of these modules is a requirement for co-op eligibility.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Ontario Building Code
CODE8000

Description:

The course introduces students to Ontario Building standards, codes and regulations of design and construction. Emphasis will be on Part 3 buildings as defined by the Ontario Building Code including concepts of health and safety, building envelope and environmental separation, unique structural requirements and heating and energy conservation requirements. In addition the planning processes used for land use and site plan control will be introduced. This course is designed to develop an ability of critical review to be applied to the term project leading up to preparation of working documents including specifications for a complete permit application package.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Construction Risk Management
CONS8000

Description:

This course covers the fundamental aspects of analytical tools including the basic processes of risk planning, risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning and risk monitoring and control. Tools and techniques of risk management will be studied and applied into small to major construction projects. Students will be required to complete a number of projects and apply risk simulation software.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Construction Procurement and Contract Administration
CONS8020

Description:

The first part of the course examines construction procurement processes and administration. Topics include: construction contracting methods, contractual relationship, types of contract, risk related to different contract type, request for proposal (RFP), bid invitation, bid evaluation, contract negotiation and award, contract administration. The second part of the course reviews practical application of basics of contract law as related to construction topics include: contract law, contract changes, payment delays and claims, surety bonds; warranty, construction insurance; construction liens, labour law and union contract, construction dispute resolution.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Cost Estimating and Bidding Procedures
CONS8030

Description:

The course provides students the principles and methods in preparation of unit costs for materials, labour and equipment and preparation of total tender price. Topics covered include: methods of approximate estimating, the cost of resources, contract clauses and their effect on estimate, the calculation of unit rates and total project cost, contractual arrangements and documentation, bid preparation and closing.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Construction Quality Management
CONS8050

Description:

The main purpose of this course is to guide the student through the project quality management processes. Topics include quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, continuous quality improvement and integration of quality activities into project life cycle, tools and techniques of data collection, data analysis, statistical concepts and techniques in quality control and ISO 9000 series.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Development Economics
CONS8060

Description:

This course primarily is concerned with the property development, investment and finances. Topics covered are development processes, site analysis and selection, market studies, estimating development cost, developing integrated financial cash flow, land development, lease, buy or build analysis, project economics during construction, financial modelling using MS Excel, risk analysis. The course also reviews the different types of project finance and delivery methods.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 3

Course Details

Co-op Work Term (Construction Management)
COOP8120

Description:

This co-op work term will provide students with college-approved work experience in an authentic, professionally relevant work environment. Students will be provided the opportunity to connect theory and practice by leveraging their academic knowledge to develop specialized vocational skills. The practical applications of this work term will promote students’ awareness of key concepts and terminology in their field, improve their competencies in problem-solving and decision-making, further their application of professional judgement, hone their leadership skills (independently or as part of team), and enhance their capacity to critically analyze and reflect on their demonstrated abilities in the workplace.

  • Hours: 420
  • Credits: 14
  • Pre-Requisites: CDEV8200 OR CEPR8200
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Level 4

Course Details

Applied Environmental Law and Construction Safety
CONS8070

Description:

This course provides an introduction to selected laws concerning environmental protection and construction safety. Key statutes, regulations and policies that relate to environmental management and construction safety in Ontario are examined in the context of industrial/commercial facilities, brownfields and new urban developments. The course reviews the relevance of environmental legislation as it relates to issues such as air and waste quality, hazardous waste management, site assessment and cleanup, emergency planning, spills, transportation of dangerous goods, noise, and vibration. Construction safety and liability will be explored in relation to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. The course will provide an understanding of the legal framework in Ontario for approvals, enforcement, penalties, liabilities and reporting requirements under selected applicable law. Case studies and guest speakers will be used to demonstrate the application of environmental and construction safety legislation.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Major Project in Construction Project Management
CONS8080

Description:

This course is designed as a capstone project to enable students to apply and synthesize the material learned in other courses. Working in a team, students will select a project, submit a project proposal and prepare a detailed project report. Interim written reports and group presentations will be required. Enrollment in this course is limited to students who are in their final semester of the program.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Building Information Management for Construction Project Managers
CONS8220

Description:

In this course the student will be introduced to the concept of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and will use BIM software to create an intelligent 3-dimensional Model. The student will use the model to create construction documents, collaborate with project stakeholders, perform clash detections and create virtual construction models. Furthermore, the students will use the model to apply 4D and 5D BIM techniques.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Lean Construction Management
CONS8230

Description:

The course is designed to provide students the principles, philosophy, and tools of lean design and construction. Students will learn how to reduce waste, minimize defects and rework and eliminate non-value-added activities. The students apply the Last Planner System© to ensure flow on the construction site. Furthermore, the students will develop techniques, concepts and principles of value engineering and sustainable construction practices.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Professional Exam Preparation
CONS8250

Description:

The course reviews the different project and construction management professional certifications related to the courses taken in the program. It mainly focuses on guiding students in the preparation of Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Gold-Seal Certified (GSC) and Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) certifications. Enrollment in this course is limited to students who are in their final semester of the program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Leadership in Project Management
MGMT8200

Description:

This course addresses essential leadership skills such as: human resource management, communication management and leadership styles and skills in project management. Students will learn skills and techniques of organizational planning, staff acquisition, team development, team motivation and evaluation, conflict resolution, negotiations, effective communication and personal productivity skills.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Program outcomes

  1. Evaluate requirements for development and construction planning and management based on stakeholder needs.
  2. Perform appraisals of private and public investment projects and finances to select viable projects.
  3. Plan, manage and execute a variety of construction projects according to defined project deliverables and stakeholder expectations.
  4. Evaluate construction project activities for compliance with relevant legal, regulatory and contractual obligations, and industry and organization standards, policies and codes for quality assurance, health and safety, and economic, social and environmental sustainability.
  5. Identify, analyze and mitigate risk through project life cycle.
  6. Align leadership strategies to manage relationships, resolve conflict and respond to issues that arise when managing collaborative construction projects.
  7. Use available technologies and applications to enhance work performance and support functions, processes and communications.
  8. Establish and manage strategic relationships with a diversity of stakeholders to achieve business goals and strategic objectives.
  9. Formulate project management strategies for optimal resource planning and utilization that meet the needs of stakeholders from multiple sectors of the economy to ensure project cost and timelines remain within desired limits.
  10. Manage construction procurement and supply chain to successfully minimize project costs and optimize other project requirements.
  11. Determine appropriate industry methods, processes, principles, codes, and materials in construction projects to facilitate planning and project delivery according to project requirements.