NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

CMSV 1000    Construction Professionalism Seminar     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to be an introduction to careers in the construction industry. It will be an exploration of the breadth and depth of construction opportunities and the diversity of the occupational career pathways open to students. The differences between residential, commercial, civil, industrial, and specialty construction will be explored as well as exposure to the different occupation opportunities as a tradesperson, project manager, staff management specialist, design professional and business owner. Industry standards and expectations will be part of the course, and at its completion students will have had the opportunity to complete course work to receive an OSHA 10 hour training certification.



CMSV 1200    Construction Graphics     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Study of graphic solutions to problems conditioned by traditional and emerging construction document standards. Students will produce construction graphics using computer-assisted processes. The principles of construction graphics are applied to the visualization, communication, and graphical analysis of problems.



CMSV 1300    Legal Aspects of Construction     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Students will study the basic principles of law and its impacts on the business of construction contracting. Topics will include contracts, property law, mechanics liens, drafting a bid, ethics, employment issues, wage laws and hiring practices in both a union and a non-union work setting. The focus of the course is on construction contracting businesses, their employees and customers.



CMSV 1990    Construction Mgmt/Supervision Special Topics     Credits  0         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.



CMSV 2100    Soils and Concrete Technology     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course familiarizes students with the history and fundamentals of concrete, admixtures, soils and aggregates. The student will understand the interactions of concrete, weather, and soil conditions; the proper placement of concrete; bearing capacity of soils; and the basic principles of concrete and soil inspection.



CMSV 2200    Construction Quality Assurance and Quality Control     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Students will be introduced to QA/QC and the concept of Construction Quality Management in the residential, commercial and civil construction industries. It will emphasize QA/QC in civil construction and focus on the types of materials, construction methods and quality control necessary for building road, bridges, underground utilities and other types of civil construction projects. Students will have the option to obtain a Minnesota Department of Transportation Concrete Field 1 certification as part of this course. Prerequisite: CMSV 2100 Concrete and Soil Technology



CMSV 2860    Building Construction Plan Reading     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The basic course in reading of construction working drawings emphasizes symbols used in the production of architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical drawings. Course includes interpretation of drawing details, sections, elevations, floor plans, etc. This course should be of value to students interested in drafting, estimating, and construction.



CMSV 2870    Construction Management     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Students in this course examine estimating, purchasing, bidding, scheduling, coordinating, expediting, and supervising work and dealing with public agencies, the design professions, suppliers, and subcontractors as these activities relate to the operation of a building contracting company.



CMSV 2875    Mechanical and Electrical Systems     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will prepare students to identify, analyze, and evaluate all aspects of building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The students will explore a variety of systems found typical in both residential and commercial buildings and will have the opportunity to gain detailed knowledge on how systems are designed, constructed, and perform. This course is designed for construction managers, project superintendants, code officials, and other construction related industry professionals.



CMSV 2880    Construction Estimating     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course explores the basic techniques and guidelines of estimating. The student will develop skills to prepare cost estimates considering the important aspects of material takeoffs, labor, equipment, and time. Practical, step-by-step cost estimating procedures will be applied to an actual building project.



CMSV 2885    Construction Estimating     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course explores the basic techniques and guidelines of estimating. The student will develop skills to prepare cost estimates considering the important aspects of material takeoffs, labor, equipment, and time. Practical, step-by-step cost estimating procedures will be applied to an actual building project.



CMSV 2890    Building Organization and Technology     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to the varied technology that comprise buildings and an exploration into the sequential process of building construction. Theories of building types, functional organizations, and material applications are presented. This course also includes the identification of historic basis for, and comparison between, basic building materials and construction methods. The importance of building assembly sequences also is presented.



CMSV 2895    Construction Management Internship     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Provides the student an opportunity to observe and participate in all aspects of construction management that are typically encountered in the construction workplace.



CMSV 2900    Construction Scheduling     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course explores the basic techniques and guidelines of the critical path method (CPM), and the precedence diagramming method (PDM) scheduling. The student will develop skills to prepare construction schedules by considering the important aspects labor, equipment, and time cost scheduling. Practical step-by-step scheduling techniques will be applied to an actual construction project.