NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

PUBW 1010    Office and Professional Skills for Public Works     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides an introduction to the office and professional skills needed for public works professionals. Course emphasis is on planning, organizing, preparing and delivering effective workplace and technical documents for use by the general public and elected officials. Specific types of documents may include field construction reports, requests for information, maintenance reports, status reports and interoffice memoranda. Students will also be introduced to basic office applications that may be used in the preparation of documents utilized by public works professionals.



PUBW 1020    Public Works Organization and Administration     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to give an individual a general overview of public works; its organizational structure, function, responsibilities, and inter-relationships and financing mechanisms within our governmental systems. It will also give an overview of the systems typically managed by the public works professional and will focus on the public works supervisor's role in managing those functions and activities including budgeting, performance measuring, management systems and computer applications.



PUBW 1030    Public Works Management and Communication     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to familiarize the student with general principles such as safety, liability, public relations to include dealing with the public sector, handling complaints, use of written communications and news media as well as securing citizen acceptance for projects that would be expected of a leadership position. It also covers the techniques for job interviewing and conducting public meetings.



PUBW 1040    Technical Aspects of Public Works     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides supervisory personnel the basic principles of public works engineering functions and overviews the engineering attributes of materials used in public works projects. Subjects covered include reading plans, elements of roadway design, surveying, proposals, specifications, bituminous and concrete construction, computer applications, pavement management, and public works systems.



PUBW 1050    Public Works Operations and Maintenance     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course relates to the delivery of maintenance and operations products and services to the public. It will cover the identification of equipment and personnel resource needs, the planning and scheduling of needed work, and the performance measures required to assure that efficiency and effectiveness are achieved. Discussions will include factors involved with making choices of preventive vs. breakdown maintenance, in-house vs. contract, rent vs. buying, and partnering as applied to street, highway, utility, equipment, grounds and building maintenance.



PUBW 1060    Public Administration Skills     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Introduces and develops an understanding of leadership and management theories and their application to public administration. Areas studied include budgeting and budget processes, techniques of personnel management, labor relations, and public policy analysis. Emphasis will be placed upon applying public administration topics by researching and preparing administrative reports and legal documents, formal presentations, and analyzing relevant data for elected official review. Students will acquire a broad-based understanding of public administration and the complexities of this occupational field. This course is designed for the public works supervisor or other governmental officials interested in the application of local government policies and how they pertain to public works.