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Development of construction industry communication skills including the ability to read contract documents. Complete comprehension of working drawings, technical terminology including graphic symbols and abbreviations. Fundamentals of drafting principles, sketching, and dimensioning techniques.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 241, CNST 251, CNST 252, CNST 436, CONE 459
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to basic management principles and practices used in the control of manpower, materials, machinery and money in the construction of the built environment.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 251
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lecture 1
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Parallel registration in CNST 252 is recommended.
Introduction to earthmoving equipment and methods used in the U.S. construction industry. Labor, productivity, and economic aspects of site, excavation, and foundation work utilizing various mixes of manpower and machinery.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 242, CONE 481
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Parallel registration in CNST 251 is recommended. CNST 242 is a continuation of CNST 241.
The structure from grade to topping out. Functions and applications of material handling equipment from simple pulleys to large cranes. Methods of constructing concrete formwork in a variety of applications. Assembly and erection of steel, wood, precast concrete, and masonry structural elements. Material finishing methods and equipment.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 344, CONE 378
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Parallel registration in CNST 242 is recommended.
Introduction to construction materials. Physical, mechanical, and aesthetic properties of soils, concrete, masonry, metals, plastics, and other materials as they relate to in-service conditions and acceptability either individually or in combination with other materials. Proper methods of specifying to achieve design and construction goals, construction safety and inspection, and to meet zoning codes and environmental requirements.

This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 252, CNST 436
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Parallel registration in CNST 241 is recommended. Laboratory testing procedures emphasizing testing of aggregates, soil, and concrete.
Introduction to basic materials used in construction. Laboratory testing and evaluation of material properties. Inspection and quality control of construction materials. Material variation, testing procedures and characteristics of material types including aggregates.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
CNST 305
Prereqs:
PHYS 151 or permission.
Characteristics and performance of buildings with respect to thermal and psychrometric environment in buildings related to human comfort, heat gain/heat loss, ventilation, natural energy systems and sustainable design principles, and plumbing and life safety systems in the Built environment.
This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 435
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Fundamentals of electric power generation and distribution. Service and circuits in buildings, electrical equipment and systems in buildings, lighting principles and applications, and fire protection systems. Review of National Electric Code.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 406, CNST 415
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CNST 331/3310
Architectural Structures ICrosslisted as ARCH 331
Prereqs:
MECH 220/(UNO) 2200 and 324/(UNO) EMEC 3240.
Analysis and design of structural members in wood, steel, and concrete. Slabs, joists, beams, girders, and connections. Comparative building designs.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Studio
Course Delivery: Classroom
CNST 332/3320
Architectural Structures IICrosslisted as ARCH 332
Prereqs:
ARCH/CNST 331 (UNO) CNST 3310.
Analysis and design of structural members in wood, steel, and concrete. Columns, walls, footings, soils, trusses, and construction. Comparative building designs.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Studio
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Introductory construction site safety management including OSHA organization and inspection/enforcement procedures, injury and mortality rates and trends, accident causation theories, human costs of accidents and injuries, safety locus of control, construction site safety inspections and audits, competent person, worker’s compensation, job safety analysis, emergency planning and response, accident investigation and reporting, safety training programs, and 29CFR1926 OSHA Construction Safety and Health Regulations including OSHA record-keeping and reporting requirements.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CNST 378
Construction EstimatingCrosslisted as CONE 378/3780
Prereqs:
CNST 242 or (UNO) CONE 2420.
Preparation of detailed cost estimates based on contract documents. Identify and analyze cost components to perform a reliable quantity take-off. Recap components in their common trade areas for labor, material, and equipment pricing. Introduction to subcontractor bids and assembly of bid proposal.
This course is a prerequisite for: CONE 466, CONE 485
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Continuation of CNST 378 with emphasis on implementing basic elements of estimating, including: quantity survey, price extension, and bidding. Advanced computer applications of estimating to various construction projects.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 406, CNST 411, CNST 415, CNST 420, CNST 434, CNST 486, CNST 488, CNST 489
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Application of estimating principles, quantity take-off, bidding strategies, and computerization to the specialty field of mechanical construction.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Application of estimating principles, quantity take-off, bidding strategies, and computerization to the specialty field of electrical construction.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CNST 411/811
Prereqs:
An introduction to construction project administration. Ownership and organization of construction companies, construction documentation and specifications, type of contracts, take-offs, estimating, bidding, bonds, insurance, project management and administration, scheduling, time and cost management, labor law and labor relations, and project safety.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CNST 405 and CNST 406 are recommended.
Fundamentals of project management within the mechanical and electrical contracting industry. Codes, contract documents, productivity, coordination, project control and administration, scheduling, safety, and project closeout, from a specialty contracting perspective.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
This course is a prerequisite for or must be taken parallel with CNST 489.
Orientation to professional practice through the designers' and the contractors' relationships to society, specific clients, their professions, and other collaborators in environmental design and construction fields. Ethics, professional communication and responsibility, professional organization, office management, construction management, professional registration, and owner-designer-contractor relationships.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 489
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Prereqs:
CNST 379 or instructor permission.
The organizational, managerial, ethical and legal principles involved in design/build as a construction project delivery system. Advantages and disadvantages, growth, merits, and criticism of the design-build system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of how to research, interpret and apply building code requirements to the design and construction of both new and renovated structures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
CNST 378 for undergraduate students. Graduate students may enroll only if they have not completed a previous BIM course.
Introduction to object-oriented building development tools that use 5-D modeling concepts,information technology and software interoperability to design, construct and operate a building. Construction visualization used as a communication and collaboration tool to manage project details.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CNST 476
Project Budgets and ControlsCrosslisted as CONE 476
Prereqs:
CONE/CNST 378; ISMG 2060 (UNO).
ACCT 2020 (UNO) may be substituted toward degree requirements for CONE 476. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of: ACCT 2020 (UNO) and CONE 476.
The basic systems related to revenues and expenses associated with record keeping of construction contracts. Managerial accounting related to planning and control of construction projects.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 489
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing, CNST 378, and MNGT 300.
This course is a prerequisite for or must be taken parallel with CNST 489.
Motivation and productivity improvement methods in the management of construction workers in their typical job environments. Methods to improve working environments in the field and in the office. Procedures and mechanisms to implement human behavior and ergonomics concepts for enhanced productivity and safety.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 489
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CNST 482/882
Heavy and/or Civil ConstructionCrosslisted as CONE 482/882
Prereqs:
Senior or Graduate standing in ARCH, AREN, CIVE, CNST, or CONE.
Application of management principles to the construction of heavy and/or civil projects. History, theory, and methods of planning and constructing heavy and/or civil projects. Emerging equipment and new equipment capabilities. Economical use of equipment and managing costs associated with production.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CNST 485/885
Prereqs:
CONE 378/CNST 378; AE 2250 (UNO).
Planning and scheduling a construction project using the critical path methods (CPM) with computer applications. Project pre-planning, logic networks, network construction, time estimates, critical path, float time, crash programs, scheduling, and monitoring project activities.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 489, CONE 466
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Application of selected topics in systems analysis (operations research) to construction management.  Simulation, mathematical optimization, queuing theory, Markov decision processes, econometric modeling, neural networks, data envelopment analysis, decision analysis and analytic hierarchy processes as used in the construction industry.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Application of various strategies to real estate development including community and residential design, planning, site selection, land development, marketing and customer service.   Methods used by construction companies to analyze, bid, and market their developments to customers through the preconstruction and bidding process.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus: UNO
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
CNST 379; CNST 420, CNST 476/CONE 476, CNST 480 and CNST 485/CONE 485 must be completed as prerequisites or taken parallel.
CNST 489 is a capstone course.
Execution of a construction project involving conceptual design and location, estimating, bidding, site layout, construction organization, planning and scheduling, cost control, records management, and project completion and documentation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 6, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
For CNST 498: Permission. For CNST 898: Masters of engineering in construction or related discipline.
A signed student-instructor learning contract is required.
Individual or small group investigation of topics in construction management. Topics vary.
This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 498
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Open only to students in engineering, construction management, architecture, or other closely related fields.
Investigation of occupational health and safety hazards in the construction environment. Accident causation and illness exposure models, construction safety and health programs and contract requirements, project safety and health management, special problems in construction safety, OSHA/EPD/ADA regulation and compliance issues, health assessment and monitoring, safe building methods design, toxic substance exposures, abatement methods, and worker training and protection.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Open only to students in engineering, construction management, architecture, or other closely related fields.
Investigation, documentation, and application of current Design/Build processes and methodology used in commercial construction. Principles and practices of Design/Build as a project delivery system.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Graduate standing in ARCH, CET, CIVE, or CNST
Application of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) best practices in building procurement and delivery systems. History, theory, and state-of-the-art practices in designing and constructing green buildings. Basic principles required to make the multitude of decisions when designing or constructing a green building. LEED construction practices (emerging practices that are economical, produce esthetically pleasing structures, and are environmentally sound).
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Graduate standing in construction management or related discipline with instructor approval.
Fundamental knowledge of construction information management systems.  Construction project management software will be used including database design.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Graduate standing in construction management or related discipline with instructor approval.
Fundamental knowledge of visualization platforms of buildings and construction. Topics include construction visualization software, basic data structure and programming, interoperability, and building performance simulation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Quantity survey methods, production rate and cost analysis, bidding, contingency and risk analysis. Computer applications of estimating and research topics. Monte Carlo simulation, Virtual 3D, BIM applications relevant to construction estimating and risk analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Graduate standing in ARCH, CET, CIVE, or CNST
Building code permitting process associated with all projects. Phased projects that require one or more limited scope permits prior to receiving the final full construction permit. How to improve coordination and reduce the confusion and risk associated with managing the permitting process. The permitting process that is applicable to both large and small projects and that can be easily adapted and used in all jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Open only to students in engineering, construction management, architecture, or other closely related fields.
New models of construction leadership for the 21st Century. Application of transformational leadership to strategic planning and marketing in construction contracting. Leadership and strategic problem solving constructs and methods.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to the master of engineering degree program with an emphasis in construction, and permission
First course in a two-course sequence required for the masters degree.
Technical report, technical paper, or portfolio project, culminating in a final document and oral presentation.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Graduate standing in Construction Management or by instructor permission.
In-depth analysis of research methodology, interpretation and application of building code requirements associated with design and construction of both new and renovated structures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Graduate standing in AREN, CET, CIVE, CNST, or CONE.
A structured approach to thesis and dissertation methods, conducting a literature review, choosing appropriate analytical methods, and writing and presenting a construction research project.  Seminar course.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 24
Course Format: Independent Study
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom