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110 Civil Sitework Blueprint Reading and Materials

Class Syllabus


Learning Objectives
Class Organization and Grading
Grading Policies
The Textbooks


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

This purpose of this course is to give the student an overall and elementary understanding of civil construction blueprints and materials. This includes understanding and interpreting civil construction blueprints, reading specifications, manufacture and use of civil construction materials such as aggregates, concrete, asphalt, pipe, and geosynthetics.

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 be able to:

  1. Interpret construction documents (plans and specifications).
  2. Use plan sheets to determine work scopes and quantities
  3. Understand how aggregates are produced
  4. Explain concrete and asphalt mix designs and how they are used
  5. Differentiate between different pipe materials and fittings
  6. Illustrate how metals can be used in civil construction
  7. Describe how masonry and composite material are applied in civil construction

Class Organization and Grading

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.

In each module there are discussions (10 points), homework (10 points) and a quiz (10 points)

Module Topic Point value Complete by end of week
0 Student Orientation 0 Before start
1 Introduction to Construction Documents 30 1
2 Types of Construction Drawings 30 2
3 Special Drawings 30 3
4 Aggregates I 30 4
5 Aggregates II 30 5
6 Concrete 30 6
7 Asphalt 30 7
8 Pipe and Fittings 30 8
9 Masonry and Composites 30 9
10 Course Review 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- (NOT included with purchase of class)

Soil and Rock Construction Materials by Greg McNally. ISBN 0-203-78481-2 More information is provided on the Textbooks page

Colorado Department of Transportation, Basic Highway Plan Reading, 2004 (provided in classroom)


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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