Civil and Construction Engineering Technology

Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)



2 credits – This course introduces and provides the student an opportunity for hands-on experience in computer-aided drafting (CAD) to prepare two-dimensional drawings. Students focus on the architecture of computer systems, terminology, disk operating systems and procedures, and basic CAD drafting commands.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Fee: $38.00

CET122 Construction Drawings and Contracts

2 credits – The course examines typical building and civil construction plans and introduces the methods of bidding and contracting for building projects.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

CET133 Construction Methods and Resources

3 credits – Methods of and problems related to construction of highways and buildings are covered. Examination is done of the commonly utilized resources - money, materials, equipment, personnel - and their management. Production and handling costs are discussed. Productivity, construction scheduling, and construction safety are also covered briefly.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

CET142 PC Concrete, HMA, and Testing

3 credits – This course covers types, production, and physical properties of asphalt and portland cements, testing and selection of mineral aggregates and concrete mix designs, laboratory testing procedures of mix evaluation and quality control methods for asphalt and, portland cement concretes.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 48

CET160 Surveying

3 credits – Surveying includes the use of surveying instruments and note-keeping for level circuits, topographic surveys, traversing, and construction surveys. Computations to determine errors, distances, azimuths, bearings, angles, areas, volumes, and topics in photogrammetry are included.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 80

Pre-requisites: MAT122 College Algebra or MAT744 Technical Math

CET182 Structural Detailing Using CAD

2 credits – This course uses mostly computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer techniques to prepare drawings for highway structures which include structural steel, reinforced concrete, and structural timber. The course includes the preparation of bar bend details, reinforcing bar lists, and quantity calculations. Topics from the Department of Transportation Specifications are also covered.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 48

2015–2016 Course Fee: $146.00

CET213 Route Surveying/Roadway Design

3 credits – Route surveying covers horizontal and vertical curves (circular, parabolic, and spiral), earthwork, and elements of safety and photogrammetric applications. Fieldwork includes surveying for a grading project and drafting the plan and profile, cross-sections, and calculating and balancing earth volumes. Roadway design incorporates the use of a computer-aided roadway design software package and includes topographic mapping, highway design, and plotting project drawings.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 80

Pre-requisites: CET160 Surveying

CET223 Soils, Testing and Foundations

3 credits – Students study the origin, structure, identification, and engineering classification of soils, moisture-density relationships, standard laboratory testing procedures, compressive and shearing strength of soil and bearing capacity of soils, and piling.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: PHY162 College Physics I and MAT128 Precalculus

CET233 Fundamentals of GPS and GIS

3 credits – This course will introduce fundamental processes of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) including technical aspects of GPS satellites, differential corrections, and hardware. The specific application for mapping and data collection will be discussed and demonstrated. Fundamental processes and applications of Geographic Information Systems(GIS) will also be introduced, including file formats, data base management, spatial analysis, and manipulation of data.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: CET160 Surveying

CET253 Fundamentals of Construction Estimating

3 credits – Students learn the fundamental principles of construction estimating. The course stresses the organization of the estimate, the procedure of estimating costs in different divisions of the project, and determining the critical quantities of materials obtained from a set of plans.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

CET256 Land Surveying

3 credits – This course covers topics of the U.S. Public Land Survey System, Iowa laws regarding surveying and the preparation and recording of plats. Fieldwork is required to collect boundary measurements and field astronomy for a North azimuth. Calculations include astronomical bearings, traverse adjustment, area and partition of land. Computer drafting is used in the preparation of the plat.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: CET160 Surveying

CET262 Environmental Technology

3 credits – Topics covered include hydraulics, hydrology, water quality, water and sewer systems, storm water control, solid and hazardous waste, and air and noise pollution.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: PHY162 College Physics I and MAT122 College Algebra or MAT744 Technical Math

CET285 Structural Steel/Reinforced Concrete Design

3 credits – Structural Steel Design covers the design of beams, columns, bolted and welded connections, base and bearing plates, and tension members. Reinforced Concrete Design covers the strength and behavior of reinforced concrete in the design of such structural members as beams, slabs, walls, columns and footings

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace

3 credits – This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

CON266 Construction Safety

3 credits – This course includes the 30-Hour Construction Outreach Program as outlined by the OSHA Voluntary Outreach Program. Areas of study include General Safety and Health Provisions, Occupational Health and Environmental Controls (HAZCOM), job site safety, training requirements, and an overview of the 1926 Standards (OSHA rules), with emphasis on developing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive safety and health program.

Lecture Hours: 48

DRF113 Fundamentals of Technical Drafting

3 credits – This course introduces the student to the drafting environment and includes basic knowledge and fundamental skills of manual drafting. Special emphasis is placed on reproducible line quality, lettering, geometric constructions, and layout techniques.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

2015–2016 Course Fee: $188.00

EGT243 Statics and Strength of Materials

3 credits – Statics deals with forces on structural members at rest. Topics include vector and scalar quantities, free-body diagrams, equations of equilibrium, coplanar and non-coplanar force systems, resultant of a system of forces, equilibrium in force systems, and the laws of friction. Strength of materials deals with the relationship between stress and deformation; riveted, welded, and bolted joints; torsion; centroids and moments of inertia; shear; moments and deflections in beams; combined stresses; and columns.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

EGT460 Civil Engineering and Architecture

3 credits – This course introduces students to the interdependent fields of civil engineering and architecture; students learn project planning, site planning, and building design using specialized computer software (AutoDesk Revit).

Lecture Hours: 16

Pre-requisites: EGT400 Introduction to Engineering Design

ELT192 Introduction to EET Computer Science

3 credits – This course will introduce the student to the basic use of the personal computer. The course will include a study of DOS, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and BASIC programming language.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

MAT122 College Algebra

5 credits – Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Pre-requisites: MAT102 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT128 Precalculus

4 credits – This one-semester pre-calculus course is intended for the student with a solid algebra background who intends to take calculus. It is also beneficial (but not required) for the student to have a background in trigonometry. The course will emphasize functions using an analytical, numerical, and graphical approach. The student will study linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions along with their applications.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: Appropriate Placement Test Scores: ACT Math Score of 25 OR Compass Score of 51-100 in the College Algebra Domain or 31-50 in the Trigonometry Domain.

Other Requirements: Successful completion (C or better) of three years of high school mathematics including two years of algebra and one year of geometry and/or trigonometry, or appropriate mathematics placement score.

MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

3 credits – This course is the second course of a two-semester pre-calculus sequence. Topics include trigonometry and applications, vectors, analytic geometry, and polar and parametric equations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT122 College Algebra

MAT744 Technical Math

4 credits – This course exposes students to the real number system, solution of linear equations, formula rearrangement, solution of word problems, functions and graphs, polynomials, factors and factorization, exponent functions, and exponential equations. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra, appropriate COMPASS math placement score, or equivalent

MAT747 Technical Math II

4 credits – In this course students continue the study of mathematics in various technical applications including trigonometry, geometry, polynomials, vectors, and complex numbers.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C- in MAT744 Technical Math.

PHY162 College Physics I

4 credits – This course covers the fundamental concepts, principles and laws of physics and their applications. It covers kinematics, dynamics, force, linear and rotational motion, fluids, sound, temperature, and heat.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C- in MAT747 Technical Math II, MAT128 Precalculus, or MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, or a COMPASS score sufficient to enroll in MAT210.

PSY102 Human and Work Relations

3 credits – This course studies self and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of social science theories and research for the development of effective interpersonal and organizational relationships.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Kendra Wyatt-Koger
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Program Advisor

Paresh Shettigar
Buchanan Hall 128-G
319-296-2329 ext.1107
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Ray Beets
Butler Hall 104-A
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