This program will prepare students for supervisory and management positions in the construction industry. The curriculum combines basic fundamentals with key courses in applied management, engineering, design, and business that are required to manage complex construction projects.



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2111
    Course Title:Financial Accounting      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of the accounting principles and concepts used to understand and develop financial statements. Topics include accruals and deferrals, revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, equities, and cash flows. The course will analyze current industry financial statements from the point of view of investors and creditors for profitability, liquidity and risk.
    Financial AccountingView-ACCT 2111n/a4
    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:2200
    Course Title:Principles of Management      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the functions of management: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. The course explores how each of the management functions are implemented to impact organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Local, national, and global environments are presented as strategic factors to be understood by contemporary managers. The importance of managing competitively and intelligently within a diverse environment is stressed. Situational cases are completed to reinforce decision-making in each of the function areas.
    Principles of ManagementView-BUS 2200n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Construction Graphics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description: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.
    Construction GraphicsView-CMSV 1200n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2100
    Course Title:Soils and Concrete Technology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description: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.
    Soils and Concrete TechnologyView-CMSV 2100n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2875
    Course Title:Mechanical and Electrical Systems      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description: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.
    Mechanical and Electrical SystemsView-CMSV 2875n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2885
    Course Title:Construction Estimating      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description: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.
    Construction EstimatingView-CMSV 2885n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2890
    Course Title:Building Organization and Technology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description: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.
    Building Organization and TechnologyView-CMSV 2890n/a3
    Program Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Program Electives - 6 credits
    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:1220
    Course Title:Effective Supervision      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course focuses on the skills necessary to be successful when supervising and collaborating with others. Students will apply and develop skills in management functions, decision making, time management, communications, conflict resolution, leadership, quality improvement, motivation and personnel development.BUS 1100 or BUS 1110 or business background recommended
    Effective Supervision orView-BUS 1220n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1000
    Course Title:Construction Professionalism Seminar      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description: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.
    Construction Professionalism Seminar orView-CMSV 1000n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:1300
    Course Title:Legal Aspects of Construction      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description: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.
    Legal Aspects of Construction orView-CMSV 1300n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2200
    Course Title:Construction Quality Assurance and Quality Control      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description: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
    Construction Quality Assurance and Quality Control orView-CMSV 2200n/a4
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2870
    Course Title:Construction Management      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description: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.
    Construction Management orView-CMSV 2870n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2895
    Course Title:Construction Management Internship      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Provides the student an opportunity to observe and participate in all aspects of construction management that are typically encountered in the construction workplace.
    Construction Management Internship orView-CMSV 2895n/a3
    Course Subject: CMSV         Course Number:2900
    Course Title:Construction Scheduling      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description: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.
    Construction SchedulingView-CMSV 2900n/a3
    General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ART         Course Number:2300
    Course Title:Architectural History      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course is a survey of the history of Western architecture from pre-history to the present day. The student will gain knowledge and understandings of the characteristics of the architecture of Western cultures, the ideas and intentions which motivated builders, as well as terminology related to architectural design and construction.
    Architectural HistoryView-ART 2300n/a2
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal CommunicationView-COMM 1110n/a3
    Course Subject: ECON         Course Number:1070
    Course Title:Principles of Microeconomics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course covers theories of consumer and producer behavior as well as market structure, the role of government in the economy, distribution of income, externalities, and taxes.
    Principles of MicroeconomicsView-ECON 1070n/a3
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView-ENGL 1200n/a4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView-ENGL 1201n/a4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1202
    Course Title:College Writing II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This class focuses on the research process, textual analysis of primary and secondary sources, rhetorical strategies for argument and persuasion, and successful integration of sources into a longer academic paper utilizing MLA (or other, as appropriate) documentation format. The class may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or topical in content, as noted on the class registration site.
    College Writing IIView-ENGL 1202n/a2
    Course Subject: PHYS         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:Principles of Physics I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is the first of an algebra-based two-semester introductory physics sequence.Topics to be covered include: motion in one and two dimensions, Newton's laws of motion, energy, momentum, rotational motion, static equilibrium, oscillations, gravitation, fluids. Concepts of right-triangle trigonometry will be introduced as needed. (4 hours lecture, 2 hours lab). Prerequisite: Successful completion of either MATH 1150 or MATH 1180 with a C or better OR eligibility for either MATH 1170 or MATH 1221 through College math placement score.
    Principles of Physics IView-PHYS 1201n/a5
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:General Psychology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides an overview of topics in psychology. Topics may include history of psychology, research methods, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and coping, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program. You must meet perquisites or obtain instructor permission to take this course.
    General PsychologyView-PSYC 1150n/a3
    Pre-Calculus or College Algebra and Pre-Calculus
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1170
    Course Title:Pre-Calculus      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This is a comprehensive course in trigonometry and extended topics in algebra. Topics include trigonometric functions and their graphs, inverse trigonometric functions and their graphs, trigonometric identities and equations, applications of trigonometry, conic sections, the binomial theorem, and sequences and series. Additional topics may include mathematical induction, combinations and permutations, and systems of nonlinear equations.Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 1150 with grade of C or better
    Pre-Calculus orView-MATH 1170n/a4
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1180
    Course Title:College Algebra and Pre-Calculus      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is a very accelerated combination of Math 1150 and 1170 in one semester. It is recommended for strong students or can be used also as a refresher course for students who have successfully completed those two courses in the past. Topics include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric functions, vectors, conic sections, and sequences and series. Additional topics may include polar coordinates or parametric equations.
    College Algebra and Pre-CalculusView-MATH 1180n/a5
    Ethics or Environmental Ethics
    Course Subject: PHIL         Course Number:1020
    Course Title:Ethics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course will introduce students to both the methods and issues connected with thinking about morality and ethical systems. Moral skepticism will also be examined. The aim of this class is to allow students to be more aware of their own ethical modes of thinking and the diversity of ways morality enters into human lives.
    Ethics orView-PHIL 1020n/a3
    Course Subject: PHIL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Environmental Philosophy      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Environmental Philosophy is concerned with developing rational and moral theories of dealing with our environmental concerns and discussing ways of putting them into practice. Using a variety of specific philosophical perspectives, we will examine the effects of population growth, ecosystem destruction, species extinction, pollution, climate change, resource extraction, agriculture, etc. on humans and the environment. We will develop ways of understanding relationships between humans and the environment and ways of acting on our responsibilities to the natural world and its inhabitants.
    Environmental PhilosophyView-PHIL 1200n/a3
    MnTC Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Electives to reach 30 MnTC credits and 60 total credits
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required60

    It is recommended that students intending to transfer to the University of Minnesota B.A.S. or Minnesota State University Moorhead B.S. program consult with a counselor about the best course selection options. Students may best be served by choosing MATH courses to fulfill the electives. University of Minnesota students should take MATH 1200 or 1221. Minnesota State University Moorhead students should take MATH 1200. It is further recommended that students intending to transfer to the Minnesota State University Moorhead B.S. program should select BUS 1220 and BUS 1300 as electives.

  • Program Outcomes

    Develop a foundation of essential knowledge about the cultural, social, and natural worlds, and individual wellbeing.

    • Understand and utilize information that describes and prescribes the physical basis, technical specifics and sequential process of building construction
    • Formulate a consistent system of actions involving the study of the construction process and the management of that process in an organized and knowledgeable manner

    Develop intellectual and practical skills, including:

    • Develop a basic understanding of building codes and regulations
    • Understanding of construction documents system and organization
    • Be able to prepare a construction project cost estimates
    • Be able to prepare construction project schedules
    • Apply the principles of the Critical Path Method
    • Organize and schedule construction activities
    • Refine communications skills with subordinates, peers and superiors
    • Deduce essential data that is required to prepare cost estimates from construction drawings
    • Evaluate and use computer technology in estimating and scheduling

    Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, including enhance personal development in:

    • Good work attitudes, values, and habits
    • Selfconfidence
    • Responsibility
    • Better understanding of career options
    • Realistic appraisal of strengths
    • Prepare, develop, and refine individual CPM and PDM networks in classroom exercises upon an individual and team bases
    • Gain firsthand experiences associated with supervisory and/or management roles in an industrial setting
    • Refine communications skills with subordinates, peers and superiors
    • Implement, develop and/or refine skills in production, management, and personnel matters

    Integrative Learning, including:

    • Apply construction management techniques to an actual construction management project
    • Apply the principles, knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to onthejob practices and procedures in the construction industry real life situations
    • Develop and refine problemsolving techniques
    • Formulate systematic and sequential plans, monitor plans, and evaluate projects to assure that quality control goals are achieved

  • Career Opportunities

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  • Transfer Information

    ‚ÄčIf you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete the credentials for a specific career and/or prepare for transfer to complete a bachelorandrsquo;s degree at a college or university with whom North Hennepin Community College has an articulation agreement. The A.S. degree provides a balance of general education courses and the required scientific, professional or technical courses in the degree program.

    A student shall:

    • Earn a minimum of 60 semester credits as required in the program, with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College. A student must complete at least 50% of career specific courses at North Hennepin Community College.
    • Earn 30 credits in at least 6 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas.
    • Earn 30 professional/technical credits.
    • Have four years to complete the graduation requirements as published in the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. Students taking more than four years to complete their graduation requirements may follow any catalog published during the fouryear period preceding their graduation.

    Completion of an A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504