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203P Construction Problem Solving and Decision Making

Class Syllabus

Learning Objectives
Class Organization and Grading
Grading Policies
Textbook Information
Reading Ahead

Introduction -- $405 for Members, $490 for Non-Members Book Not Included

This 203P Risk Management Problem Solving STP Unit 6 online course will focus on identifying, managing and solving risk related construction problems. You will learn how to utilize select methods to reduce risk, prevent loss, and ensure a safe working environment. We will study the delegation of responsibility for safety, equipment maintenance, and common construction hazards. You will learn how to proactively reduce risk within the construction work environment. We will review proactive and reactive problem solving strategies in addition to the documentation, insurance policies, and reference materials available to the construction supervisor.

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


Learning objectives:

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  • Understand the risk management duties of the construction supervisor

  • Recognize risk within the construction work environment.

  • Identify and encourage human factors to achieve a zero accident workplace.

  • Be able to explain the indirect and hidden costs of construction accidents.

  • Be able to establish a good construction safety program for your crew and job site even if your company does not have a formal safety program.

  • Understand the roles of commitment, attitudes, and training within an effective safety program.

  • Explain potential hazards similar to those that create the highest number of accidents and how they can be prevented.

  • Know where to find reference material and information about OSHA standards, Guide Publications, and regulatory information.

  • Understand how to manage crisis situations

  • Know how to conduct accident investigations.

  • Know how to prepare a plan for project loss control that includes construction insurance, protection of underground utilities, and controlling job site theft.

  • Explain Experience Modification Rate and determine the effect the rate has on your labor costs. Be able to perform calculations using the EMR.

  • Understand the role that construction contractual relationships play in controlling job site safety.  This subject includes managing subcontractors for safety compliance.

  • Know how to recognize and control substance abuse on the job site.

  • Know how to participate in a safety inspection conducted by a regulatory agency.


Class Organization and Grading

The following table lists the STP Unit 1 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).

Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1. Introduction to Risk 25 1
2. Human Performance and Risk 25 2
3  Reactive Problem Solving 25 3
4. Proactive Problem Solving 25 4
5. Labor and Subcontractor Risk 25 5
6. Safety Risk Emergencies 25 6
7. Construction Crisis Management 25 7
8. Risk Management 25 8
9. Risk Specific Solutions 25 9
10. Documentation and Site Safety 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.   


Grading Policies

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:

  • A  225 to 250 points

  • B  200 to 224 points

  • C  175 to 199 points

  • D 150 to 174 points

  • Anything less will be considered an F 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

The textbook for this class is Unit 6, Risk Management and Problem Solving 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. All 200 series textbooks are available on Amazon in a Kindle edition for $50.

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.


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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