|203P Construction Problem Solving and Decision Making|
Most construction supervisors will tell you they spend much of their day solving problems and making decisions. Many of them define their effectiveness based upon their ability to solve problems yet, most construction supervisors have not had any formal training in problem solving and decision making.
The truth is that most untrained construction supervisors spend way too much time solving problems and they are often not very good at it. Knowledge of the formal process of solving problems and making decisions is essential for the professional construction supervisor.
Each class is 10 weeks and on average a student can expect to spend 3-5 hours per class.
By the end of this class you should be able to:
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. Each week you will have online class discussions (15 points) and a quiz (10 points).
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.
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:
You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.
The textbook for this class is Unit 3, Problem Solving and Decision Making (S) 6th Edition, Participants Manual.
The cost of each textbook is approximately $155 plus shipping and handling. If you order a used book be sure you are getting the correct edition.
Allow at least 5 working days between ordering the book and receiving it by the least expensive shipping. Foreign students should allow at least 2 to 3 weeks for delivery. You can have your book delivered more quickly by paying more for the shipping.
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.
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a. Withdrawal postmarked at least one working day before the first day of class – total fee less a $20 handling fee.
b. Refund requests postmarked 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.