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107 Construction Materials and Processes

Class Syllabus

Learning Objectives
Class Organization and Grading
Grading Policies
The Textbook

Introduction --- $490 for Members, $535 for Non-Members

This 107 construction materials and processes online course will give the student an overall understanding of materials and methods.  Each week we will study one specific material category, one specific construction process, and an overall construction system.  The student will have the opportunity to expand the studies to include materials and processes which are normally encountered by the student in his/her work place.

In addition the student is expected to research and report on the session materials and processes with respect to sustainable or “green” construction.

Each class is 10 weeks and on average a student can expect to spend 3-5 hours per week / per class.


Learning objectives:

By the end of this class you should:

  1. Be able to recognize quality control procedures for various materials.
  2. Be familiar with material manufacturing processes.
  3. Understand the physical limitations of the materials we are studying.
  4. Understand how the materials we are studying are used in construction.
  5. Know where to find information about materials when needed.
  6. Understand the regulatory environment under which materials are manufactured and incorporated into new structures.
  7. Know the relevant history of each material.
  8. Know the important aspects of how each material is used in construction processes.


Class Organization and Grading

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.


Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1. Introduction To Construction Materials 25 1
2. Concrete as a Building Material 25 2
3. Concrete Placement and Handling 25 3
4. Brick and CMU 25 4
5.Masonry 2: Stone and Other Masonry 25 5
6.Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals 25 6
7.Wood and Lumber 25 7
8. Manufactured Wood Products 25 8
9. Waterproofing, Roofing, Insulation 25 9
10. Finishes and course wrap up 25 10
Total 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.   Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in advance on the course calendar.


Grading Policies

Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at least two class discussions.   Each quiz will count 10 points and class discussions will count 15 points per module.  You can see that I consider class discussions to be a very important part of this course.   For that reason,  the regular weekly discussions are even more important than the weekly quizzes.  Students should provide at least 3 contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum points.

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:

  • A  225 to 250 points

  • B  200 to 224 points

  • C  175 to 199 points

  • D 150 to 174

  • Anything less will be considered either failure or an unauthorized withdrawal from the course.

You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.


The Textbook- ( Not Included with purchase of class)

Detailed textbook information can be found at 



WITHDRAWAL POLICY: You may withdraw from a course by sending an email to  Non-attendance or notifying the instructor does not constitute officially dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who stop attending courses without officially dropping will receive a grade of U (unauthorized withdrawal) in the class. Refunds are not automatic. NO refunds are due unless the course is officially dropped within stated guidelines in the refund schedule. Please type your name in the text box agreeing to the withdrawal policy.


Refund Schedule

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.





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