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109 Practical Applications of Civil Construction

Class Syllabus


Learning Objectives
Class Organization
Grading Policies
The Textbook


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

This 109 Civil Construction online course focuses on understanding civil construction materials and methods. This includes civil site preparation and grading, excavation, back fill, compaction, trenching, paving, and de-watering. Discussions on the proper methods of determining earthwork quantities, estimating civil construction costs and safety implications will take place throughout the course.

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

Learning Objectives

By the end of this class you should

  1. Understand standard terminology and units of measurement used in heavy construction.
  2. Explain the properties of civil construction materials.
  3. Perform basic quantity take-offs and estimating for heavy civil construction.
  4. Calculate quantities and costs for site work, utilities and paving.
  5. Develop an awareness of construction safety related to earthmoving operations
  6. Explain and discuss a variety of storm water and run off methods
  7. Understand the procedures and processes of civil site work construction.

Class Organization

The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum point value a student can receive within each module and the week in which the modules must be finished.

Module Topic Point value Complete by end of week
0 Student orientation 0 Before start
1 Calculations, bunching, and mass diagrams 30 1
2 Earthmoving and compaction 30 2
3 Rock removal and crushing 30 3
4 Soil stabilization and de-watering 30 4
5 Trenching and pipework 30 5
6 Casing, jacking, and tunneling 30 6
7 Paving and rehabilitation I 30 7
8 Paving and rehabilitation II 30 8
9 Piles and vertical concrete 30 9
10 Manholes and conclusion 30 10
Total Points 300

Grading Policies

Graded assignments will consist of one homework, one quiz and participation in at least two class discussions for each module. Each quiz will count 10 points, each homework 10 points, and class discussions will count 10 points per module. 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 and can 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  270 to 300 points
  • B  240 to 269 points
  • C  210 to 239 points
  • D 180 to 209 points
  • 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- (included with purchase of class)

Means Heavy Construction Handbook: A Practical Guide to Estimating and Accounting Methods, Ringwald, 1993. (ISBN 978-0-87629-283-9)

Caterpillar Performance Handbook, 43rd Edition. Caterpillar, Inc., 2013


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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