100 introduction to construction Seminar Syllabus



This self-paced four module Introduction to Construction seminar is an introduction to the construction industry, its parties, and processes. Students will become familiar with the different types of construction, the diverse roles, stages, and processes of a construction project. Students will develop an awareness of safety regulations, safety inspection, construction documents and their uses.
Students will develop a working understanding of construction project management topics including estimating, project management, scheduling, close out and pay out.



A self paced course can be started at anytime. You must complete the course within 6 weeks but you can work through the course as quickly as you like. There are no weekly goals and no interaction with other students. Work at your own pace. Your unique completion date is included in the registration email you will receive from our office.


Learning objectives

By the end of this online introduction to construction seminar you should be able to:

  1. Understand and use standard construction terminology
  2. Identify the primary professions engaged in construction and their roles in the construction processes.
  3. Identify different types of construction
  4. Develop an understanding of the materials and processes used in construction
  5. Develop an awareness of construction safety regulations and the role of OSHA
  6. Explain and discuss the various types of contract documents
  7. Become familiar with building codes, zoning, and inspection.
  8. Understand basic concepts of estimating, project management and scheduling
  9. Identify and ascertain information about the careers in construction.


Seminar Organization and Grading

The introduction to construction seminar is organized into 4 learning modules. Plan to study one per week.

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 is a quiz (10 points). Half way through the seminar there is a written assignment (15 points). At the end of the seminar there is a practicum (20 points).


Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1. Construction Professions and Project Types 20 1
2.  Construction Materials and Regulatory Agencies 25 2
3.  Contract Documents, Codes, and Inspection 20 3
4.  Roles and Responsibilities: A Primer on Project Management 35 4
Total Points



It is important that the student keep up with the seminar and not fall behind.   Course modules will be released upon the completion of the quiz.

Grading Policies

Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module, submitting a mid term project, and final practicum. Each quiz will count 20 points, mid term project will count 15 points and final practicum will count for 15 points.

Quiz grades will automatically be posted.  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  100 to 89 points

  • B  88 to 79 points

  • C  78 to 69 points

  • D 69 to 59 points

  • F  Anything less than 59 points

You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.


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