This self-paced seminar is one of the building construction classes offered four times a year. The Introduction to Concrete course consists of six modules. This course provides an introduction to both Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) and Asphaltic Concrete.
PCC, hereinafter called concrete, is arguably the world’s most used construction material. This is one of many building construction classes that help students become familiar with the materials and properties of each type of concrete along the manipulators used, including formwork, additives, and reinforcement.
Students will develop an awareness of installation techniques for horizontal and vertical concrete. Also, they will review the uses for tilt-up and precast concrete which will provide the foundation to advance and continue their industry education in our other building construction classes.
Students will develop a working understanding of weather’s impact on concrete and the uses of asphaltic concrete. Students can expect this seminar to provide an introduction to concrete and an opportunity to deepen their industry knowledge of a material used all over the world in diverse conditions.
This self paced building construction classes and seminars can be started at any time. You must complete the course within 5 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 FOR INTRODUCTION TO CONCRETE
By the end of this online seminar you should be able to:
Understand and use standard construction terminology as it relates to concrete and asphalt.
Identify the materials used in Portland Cement Concrete.
Differentiate between the different manipulators used and their purposes.
Explain different installation techniques for horizontal and vertical concrete.
Describe the special considerations for adverse weather concreting in both cold and hot weather.
Recognize the uses for tilt-up concrete and precast concrete.
Identify the ingredients of Asphaltic Concrete and its use.
SEMINAR ORGANIZATION & GRADING
The seminar is organized into 6 learning modules with a capstone concrete project at the conclusion of the fourth module. Please plan to study one module per week.
The Concrete Handbook created by Steven Richardson, CPE, JD. Steven has placed concrete in the United States as well as Kwajalein Atoll, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has observed concrete work in Russia as well. His scientific approach to all things concrete will draw you into the world of concrete and give you a good foundation for understanding concrete and asphalt.
In each module there is a quiz. Half way through the seminar there is a written assignment (15 points). At the end of the seminar there is a practicum (20 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.
Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module, submitting a mid term project, and final practicum.
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.
You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.
The grading scale is as follows:
100 to 89 points
88 to 79 points
78 to 69 points
69 to 59 points
Anything less than 59 points
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