Course Information

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153. Introduction to the Construction Industry

  • Characteristics of the construction industry; types of construction companies; contracts; people involved in a project, their responsibilities and interrelationships; evolution of a project; interpreting working drawings; construction bonds; contract documents.

175. Construction Graphics Communications

  • Visualization, interpretation and communication of graphical geometry in construction design and engineering; graphical analysis of problems; sketching applications, computer aided design, and fundamentals of information modeling software; introduction to common quantitative tools in construction. Prerequisite: COSL majors only.

202. Introduction to Housing

  • Overview of the social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts of housing on communities and nations; varied prospectives to understand the different facets of housing and their impacts on the human experience; critical thinking skills to gain knowledge and to be informed of housing choices.

253. Construction Materials & Methods I

  • Materials, methods and sequences of the construction process; emphasis on design, specification, purchase and use of concrete, masonry and wood.

254. Construction Materials & Methods II

  • Analysis of materials and methods used in the design and construction of buildings with a particular emphasis on structures using structural steel reinforced concrete and dimensional framing lumber. Prerequisite: COSC 253.

275. Estimating I

  • Systems approach to determining required quantities of constructionmaterials; quantification of various types of foundation systems, structural systems and building envelope systems; excerpts of contract documents from a variety of different building projects. Prerequisites: COSC 175; COSC 254.

284. Introduction to Applied Workplace Ethics, Etiquette and Communications

  • For students in an experiential learning environment; required reading assignments on topics concerning workplace ethics, etiquette and communications; apply and discuss reflective writing assignments in order to prepare to meet the professional expectations of employers upon graduation. Prerequisite: Engaged in an internship, co-op or other experiential learning opportunity working a minimum of 20 hours per week.

285. Directed Studies

  • Special project in construction science. Project must be approved by the department. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

291. Research

  • Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in construction science. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification; approval of instructor.

301. Construction Surveying

  • Practical applications of surveying to the practice of construction project management; distance, grade and angular measurement; surveying equipment and its application to construction layout and control; surveying documentation and field work; introduction to other three dimensional measurement and positioning systems. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

310. Design and Construction Leadership Education I

  • Promotion of personal leadership skills utilized within the design and construction professions; primary understanding and developing management skills with specific attention to developing personal attributes and skills necessary for achieving organizational goals.

321. Structural Systems I

  • Introduction to the physical principles that govern classical statics and strengths of materials through the design of timber and steel components of architectural structures; with computer applications. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

325. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems in Construction I

  • Building environmental systems with a major emphasis on the design and control of the heating, ventilation and cooling system, site planning and acoustical treatments. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

326. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems in Construction II

  • Building environmental systems with major emphasis on the design of plumbing and drainage systems, electrical, fire and lightening protection and lighting; design opportunities, calculations, equipment selection and economics as they relate to design and construction. Prerequisite: COSC 325.

353. Construction Project Management

  • An introduction to construction project management covering concepts of project selection, estimating bidding, scheduling, subcontracting practices, cost controls, project documentation, construction bonds, insurance, payments and the elements of close out; development of professional communication skills through prepared multi-media presentations. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

364. Construction Safety I

  • Administration and application of the OSHA Act in the construction industry; includes standards, the general duty clause, competent person, and hazard identification; fulfills the requirements for the ten-hour OSHA certifications. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

375. Estimating II

  • Quantification and pricing of direct field costs and general condition costs from construction documents; the preparation of complete lump sum bid package ready for project execution; complete set of contract documents required. Prerequisites: Admission to upper level in Construction Science; COSC 275.

381. Professional Ethics in the Construction Industry

  • Principles of ethical behavior in preparation for a professional internship with a construction or construction-related company; various construction company case studies emphasizing: personal accountability, integrity, moral courage, individual, association and company codes of conduct; accepted business practices, decision making, company cultures, peer pressure, public opinion. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

410. Design and Construction Leadership Education II

  • Development of competencies in various leadership and management practices that are useful in an array of situations; emphasis on organizational leadership and management development with specific attention to intragroup relationships and techniques for achieving group goals. Prerequisite: 310.

411. Seminar in Design and Construction Executive Leadership

  • Promotes an understanding of leadership and builds the capacity to understand and meet the challenges involved in developing and leading ethical and sustainable organizations in today’s economy; examination of theory, conceptualizing, reflection and application; share experiences in everyday life and learn to predict outcomes based on theoretical models. Prerequisite: 410.

421. Soil and Structural Analysis

  • Advanced structural analysis of steel and concrete members with an introduction to soil properties and constituents; utilizations of computer analysis tools. Prerequisite: COSC 321.

440. Interdisciplinary Capstone

  • A senior capstone for students preparing to enter the designbuild sector of the construction industry; integration of the design and construction processes into a single, cohesive project delivery system, starting with project inception, and carrying through construction, operation and maintenance of various types of construction projects. Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

441. Residential Capstone

  • A senior capstone course for students preparing to enter the residential construction industry; project management of residential projects, including: market analysis, site analysis, residential design, building codes, estimating, scheduling, financing, subcontracting, marketing, business planning and current trends in design and construction. Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

442. Commercial Capstone

  • A senior capstone course for students preparing to enter the commercial construction sector; project management of commercial construction projects, including: aspects of design, bidding/estimating. Presentation, value engineering, contracts/negotiation, subcontractor relations, cost controls, management during construction, close out, and post-construction requirements. Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

443. Industrial Capstone

  • A senior capstone course for students preparing to enter the industrial construction sector; project management of industrial construction projects including: project acquisition, planning and staffing, engineering, procurement, construction, start-up, close out, operations and maintenance, and turn-arounds. Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

446. Specialty Capstone

  • Senior capstone course for students preparing to enter the mechanical, electrical or other specialty construction company; project management of specialty contracts, including: project acquisition, schematic system design, estimating/bidding, scheduling, systems integration, value engineering, management during construction of crews and procurement, contract administration, business planning and current industry issues. Prerequisites: COSC 475; must be taken last full semester or summer before graduation.

450. Facility Management Principles and Practices

  • Principles of facility management; the life cycle of a project; strategic planning; performance measurements; life cycle cost approach; building sustainability; maintenance management; and industry practices. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

459. Industrial Construction

  • Industry specific knowledge such as concepts of developing construction management strategies of industrial projects, materials and methods, structural and mechanical components; preparation to effectively resolve challenges faced in the industrial construction sector. Prerequisites: Admission to upper level in construction science; COSC 375.

461. Building Information Modeling System

  • Exploration of a data-rich, object-oriented, and parametric digital representation of the facility, from which views and information can be extracted and analyzed for construction project acquisition, planning, and control. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

463. Introduction to Construction Law 

  • Introduction to basic contract and tort issues and their application in the construction industry; delineation of the various types of contracts and remedies available to parties involved in a construction project; additional related topics including bidding, delays, mechanics liens, site conditions, warranties and the Uniform Commercial Code as it relates to the construction industry, introduction to legal research and reasoning as used by professional constructors. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in Construction Science.

464. Construction Safety II

  • Administration and application of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act in the construction industry; includes: OSHA standards, the general duty clause, competent person, and hazard identification; fulfills the requirements for the thirty-hour OSHA, CPR and First Aid certifications. Prerequisite: Admission to upper-level in Construction Science.

465. Advanced Topics in Construction Law

  • Legal issues affecting construction, including the parties to construction work, contracting, responsibilities and risk, risk management, damages, handling of claims and disputes, indemnification, bonds, insurance, bankruptcy, labor and employment, and subcontract management; litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods regularly used in the construction industry. Prerequisite: COSC 463.

468. Risk Management in the Built Environment

  • Decision-making and risk analysis concepts in the context of the built environment and construction projects; major categories and tools of risk management regularly used in the construction industry such as contracts, insurance and bonds. Prerequisites: Admission to upper level in construction science and COSC 463 or concurrent enrollment.

474. Facility Management Summer Internship

  • Summer internship (10 weeks, 400 hours) in a facility management related position that exposes the student to facility management activities; daily logs, monthly reports, final report and completion letter required; distance education off-campus course. May not be enrolled in any other TAMU course while enrolled in COSC 474. Prerequisites: COSC 450; approval of internship faculty coordinator.

475. Construction Project Planning

  • Development of parameter cost estimates for activities that relate to the construction of a building project; work packages sequenced, planned and leveled to develop a working project execution document; development of procedures to monitor actual field progress. Prerequisite: COSC 353, COSC 375.

477. Construction Project Controls

  • Introduction to construction related financial documents including: schedule of values, labor and operations cost reports, income statements, balance sheets and construction budgets; emphasis on the development of techniques required to effectively monitor the financial aspects of a construction project. Prerequisite: COSC 353.

481. Seminar

  • Seminar discussion of construction equipment selection, utilization maintenance and operating cost. Prerequisite: Must be taken last full semester before graduation.

484. Summer Internship

  • Summer internship (10 weeks, 400 hours) with a construction or construction-related company that exposes the student to construction-related activities; daily logs, monthly reports, final report and completion letter required; distance education course with non-resident status. No other TAMU courses may be taken while enrolled in COSC 484. Prerequisites: COSC 364 and COSC 381; approval of internship faculty coordinator.

485. Directed Studies

  • Special problems in building construction. Prerequisite: Admission to upper-level in Construction Science.

489. Special Topics in... 

  • Selected topics in an identified field of construction science. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to upper-level in Construction Science.

491. Research

  • Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in construction science. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Admission to upper level in Construction Science and approval of instructor.

494. Internship

  • An internship (15 weeks, 600 hours) with a construction or construction-related company that exposes the student to construction-related activities, daily logs, monthly reports, final report and completion letter required; distance education course with non-resident status. No other TAMU courses may be taken while enrolled in COSC 494. Prerequisites: COSC 364 and COSC 381; approval of internship faculty coordinator.