Faculty of Extension
Below are the courses available from the EXCST subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times
Explore the steps in the construction process from the award to close-out. Topics in this course will include scope of work, bidding, start up, control system requirements, role of consultants and organizational structure. Other topics include contractors safety program, work changes and preventing delays.
In this course you will learn the fundamentals of estimating construction projects costs from concept to completion, including types of cost estimates, the tendering process, costing site overheads, and final assembly of tender. The roles of estimators and industrial cost engineers will be explored as well as value engineering and cost control processes and techniques. Cost risks inherent to Alberta conditions will also be discussed.
Through examining practical construction considerations, this course emphasizes critical path planning and scheduling methods. Topics will include network diagrams, time/resource/cost interrelationships, selection of crew, method and equipment, schedule monitoring, group planning techniques and monitoring, updating, and progress reporting.
Examine the principles of contract law as they relate to the construction industry. In particular, the course will deal with the creation and interpretation of contracts and the remedies available for breaches of contracts. There will be considerable emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of owners, contractors, and consultants in the bidding process. You will acquire knowledge and skills to administer projects with reduced legal difficulty and to resolve disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner.
The dynamics of today's business environment requires organizations to change, grow, and reinvent themselves. These new directions can only be achieved through the effective identification and implementation of projects. This seminar will provide you with a fundamental understanding of project management theory. You will develop an understanding of what projects are, what constitutes a complete project scope, how to develop an overall project schedule, what processes the project will have to follow, and what business systems will be required to ensure a successful outcome. A comprehensive project management model will be provided. As well, this seminar will address the human elements of project management.
This course will focus on the human elements of the construction industry is the focus. Topics will include: negotiation and communication strategies, methods, and styles; team building, collaboration, and the situational leadership model; conflict resolution, and strategies for dealing with issues such as intransigence, insubordination and absenteeism. Prior knowledge of project management and administrative controls is recommended, but not required.
Through modelling and practice, this 3 day journey will provide the special knowledge and skills required for planning a successful project. You will form a board and select a project using recognized project selection techniques. You will define the scope and set clear objectives. You will develop a concise project management plan including but not limited to: project budgets and schedules, communications plans, team development and risk analysis. A skilled project manager will guide you and your group through the project process to completion. Prerequisite: EXCST 4204
This seminar provides the principles of construction specifications including their role, related documents, and the needs of the consultant. This course is specifically intended for construction product representatives, contractors, cost consultants, architects, engineers, and owners. Skills required to aid in the reading, writing, and interpretation of specifications will be covered. Impacts of associated responsibilities including risk management arising from bidding procedures, the role of contract conditions and general requirements are also covered. In addition, the course will also offer identification of standard document formats used in specification writing, and how they are used in the various stages of pre-bid and construction.
Cost control is the key function to ensure project and budget success. Effective cost control includes monitoring budgets, costs and the implications of proposed work changes, along with analysis of cost-related trends; all from the earliest stages of the project. This course will cover concepts, tools and techniques of construction cost control within project management. This course Includes aspects from professional organizations such as the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, American Associations of Cost Engineers and Project Management Institute to provide a well-rounded understanding of the rationale used developing cost control systems.
Managing risk is a critical function to ensure successful construction projects. Construction is inherently risky including aspects such as: costs, time, physical (personal and property), environmental, jurisdictional, reputation, and general liability. Risk levels and sensitivity must be considered in detail for every project. This course will provide participants a solid foundation in the concepts, tools and techniques of construction risk management. The course draws from various perspective of the construction industry to give students a well-rounded approach to this process and an understanding of the rationale used in developing effective risk management systems.
This interactive seminar will cover the fundamentals of understanding and interpreting construction drawings and other related material. The seminar will deal with applying the basic knowledge that is required to interpret and extrapolate information from plans, elevations, sections, details and construction specifications.
Project-delivery methods are rapidly changing in the construction industry and the choice of project-delivery methods has major impact on the success of a project, projects must be delivered faster, at a lower cost, with higher quality, and with greater innovation. The complex tasks involved in construction project planning and execution will be covered including the roles and responsibilities of the owner, designer, construction manager, contractor(s), subcontractor(s), vendors, and delivery methodology, project delivery approach, construction manager selection, and managing project delivery to successfully determine the right project delivery methodology for your project.
Due to the nature of the issues, the topic of this course will change from term to term depending on the specific interest of faculty, or students, and according to the current issues facing the construction industry.