Civil Construction

109 Practical Applications of Civil Construction,ENGR 044
Class Syllabus


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.

Learning objectives

By the end of this online class on you will:

  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 earth moving 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 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.

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 dewatering 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.

109 Practical Applications of Civil Construction Textbook

Link to: Means Heavy Construction Handbook, Richard C. Ringwald, 1993.

(ISBN 978-0-87629-283-9)

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

Student Reviews

I can actually participate more in meetings and understand the jargon in the engineering department! It was truly a perfect course for the construction industry. R. Seereeram.

Troy Dunow is a very supportive teacher for this course. He was always more than willing to assist. I really enjoyed learning every topic of this course and I look forward to taking more courses offered by this university.

I think the course does an excellent job in challenging applicable methods of research and calculation that we will continue to see in our careers. S. Nolen

I like how the modules were structured and how we knew what to expect each week. K., Bucher