Civil Site Work Blueprint Reading

110 Civil Site Work Blueprint Reading and Construction Materials, ENGR 046, Class Syllabus


This purpose of this 110 Civil Site Work Blueprint Reading and Construction Materials online course is to give the student an overall understanding of civil sitework construction 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 geo-synthetics.


Learning objectives

By the end of this Civil Sitework Blueprint Reading and Construction Materials online class you will 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 4 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.

110 Civil Site Work Blueprint Reading and Materials Textbook

Link to: Soil and Rock Construction Materials by Greg McNally.

ISBN 0-203-78481-2

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

Other course resources are available online and in the classroom.

Student Reviews

Everything covered was something that I needed a better understanding of, and flowed perfectly.

I enjoyed the interaction and volume of content in the course. It was challenging at times to research relevant projects and find the requested information. However, meeting this challenge helped me ask the right questions and understand the course material much better. S. Nolen

Everything we learned about is something I deal with at work. I enjoyed learning how they’re created to how they’re used together. For me, this covered a lot of items I had questions about. J. Gjokaj