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 Course Description - Construction Engineering and Management

CEM 510 Project Planning and Scheduling (3-0-3) 
Planning, scheduling, and control of construction projects using Critical Path Method (CPM) and Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT); Resource leveling; Scheduling with limited resources; Time-cost tradeoffs, Introduction to complex networks, Short interval production scheduling, and related Computer applications. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 511 Construction Estimating (3-0-3) 
Introduction to cost estimating of construction, types of cost estimating for construction projects, the estimating process, measuring quantity of construction works pricing construction works, pricing subcontractor works and general expenses, computer application for cost estimating, budget and elemental estimating, value analysis and lifestyle costing, recent development in construction cost estimating. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 512 Value Engineering (3-0-3) 
Value engineering concepts, function analysis system techniques (FAST), diagramming, creativity, matrix evaluation, design-to-cost, life cycle costing, Preliminary estimating methods, human relations and strategies for organizing, performing and implementing value engineering; Sustainability; Constructability; Computer Applications. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 513 Construction Productivity (3-0-3)
Components of the construction productivity system; measurements of productivity: Work sampling, Craftsman’s Questionnaire, Foreman Delay Survey, and related techniques. Construction methods improvement: Crew Balance, Chart, Flow Diagram and Process Chart, Quality Circles; safety workers’ motivation and productivity improvement programs. Application of above techniques on real construction projects. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 514 Modeling Construction Operations (3-0-3)
Model Development for construction operations at project site and the contractor organization level. The application of analytical techniques in construction management. Topics include linear programming , transportation model, assignment model, queuing theory, Inventory management, Monte Carlo Simulation and other applicable optimization Techniques. 
Note: Can not to be taken for credit with EM 520 or ARE 511. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 515 Project Quality Management (3-0-3)
Quality knowledge and Quality improvement methods, Quality standards, Quality needs and overall strategic plans, customer satisfaction and focus, tools for Quality Project Management, Statistical process control, tools for continuous improvement, recent developments in Quality in Constructed projects, ISO standards, survey of computer application software related to quality management. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing

CEM 516 Project Risk Management (3-0-3)
Putting risk into perspective, risk and uncertainty, risk management system, decision theory, game theory, utility and risk attitude, multi-criteria decision making models, simulation, risks and the construction project – money, time and technical risks, contracts and risks, Vulnerability, Computer applications. 
Note: Can not to be taken for credit with EM 530. 
Prerequisite: CRP 505 or equivalent, CEM 510, CEM 520 

CEM 517 Project Safety Management (3-0-3)
Safety management in Construction Projects, Importance of safety management to effective Construction Management. The course gives specific recommendations to overall improvement of construction safety and outlines steps to reduce accidents in construction site. Students are also exposed to the available safety software and other computer applications. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 518 Project Cost Management (3-0-3)
Application of scientific principles and techniques to the problems of cost planning and cost control. Issues in cost management including evaluating investment alternatives, life cycle costing, cost analysis methods, cost control, and computer applications. 
Note: Can not to be taken for credit with EM 510 or ARE 512. 
Prerequisite: CEM 511 

CEM 519 Sustainable Constructions (3-0-3)
Techniques and methods of sustainable construction. Integration of collaborative team effort from owners, architects, engineers, constructors, and consultants. Influences on the cost and schedule due to a sustainable construction project. LEED assessment process high performance building and green building materials, economical analysis of green building. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 520 Construction Contracting and Administration (3-0-3)
Basic characteristics of the construction industry; interrelationship of the design and construction processes, construction contract documents, bidding and awarding procedures, construction claims and disputes, national labor and procurement regulations, leadership. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 522 Globalization and Construction Industry (3-0-3) 
The course will expose the students to the differences in Construction systems, technology, management and culture among the advanced industrial countries, newly industrialized countries and local construction industry. Globalization movement and its effect on construction industry and local design and construction firms. Special aspects of International projects including investigation, planning, procurement, logistics, personnel and financing. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 525 Project Delivery Systems (3-0-3) 
The historical evolution of project delivery, the roles of procurement and contracting methods in project success, strengths and weaknesses of contemporary delivery system. Emphasis will be placed on new trends in the Project Delivery Systems such as Construction Management (CM), Design-Build (DB), Build Operate and Transfer (BOT), Build Own, 8 Operate and Transfer (BOOT), etc.: when to use, process variations, procurement, contracts and contracts language, performance specification, roles of parties, organization and management, conceptual estimating; Lean construction; Computer applications. Prerequisite: CEM 520 

CEM 527 Construction Claims and Dispute Resolution (3-0-3) 
Construction claims, Causes and types of construction claims, construction disputes, causes and types of construction disputes, disputes avoidance techniques, problems of traditional dispute resolution techniques, alternative dispute resolution techniques – Arbitration, mediation, conciliation, dispute review boards, mini trials, Ethics in the Construction Industry, Computer applications. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 530 Construction Engineering (3-0-3) 
Introduction to Construction Industry; construction projects; and the study of construction; types of construction works; Earthworks, Drilling, Lifting and Piling; Construction Equipment; Types of Equipment, Production Estimates, Selection of Equipment, Equipment Economic; Concrete Work and Forming System; Planning for Construction. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 531 Industrial Construction (3-0-3) 
Project Life Cycle for building Heavy Industrial Construction Facilities, power plants, chemical plants, oil refineries. Best practices for each stage in the project life cycle as per the Construction Industry Institute. Topics include: Job planning and organization including Pre Project Planning, Planning for Startup, Prefabrication Preassembly Modularization and Offsite Fabrication, knowledge management, Risk Management for Industrial Projects. 
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 532 Design and Construction of Temporary Support Structures (3-0-3) 
Planning and field engineering for temporary support structures. Design and Construction of concrete formwork, cofferdams, scaffolding, dewatering systems, and other temporary structures required by construction operations, Computer applications.
Prerequisite: Graduating Standing 

CEM 533 Intro to Construction of Harbor, Coastal and Ocean Structures (3-0-3)
Construction methods and equipment for construction of cofferdams, caissons, wharves, marine terminal, outfall sewers, power plants intakes and discharge, sub marine oil and gas pipelines, dredging, offshore platform, ocean structures, sub-sea and deep ocean facilities, case studies. Prerequisite: CEM 530 

CEM 540 Construction Project Management (3-0-3) 
An integrative perspective to Construction Project Management to tie together knowledge areas of Project Management that have been individually covered under various courses such as Planning and Scheduling, Cost Estimating, Quality Management, Human Resources Management and Risk Management. Other areas to be covered include Project procurement management, Project communication management, and Computer applications. Note: Can not to be taken for credit with EM 550. 
Prerequisite: CEM 510, CEM 511, CEM 520 9 

CEM 542 Technology and Innovation Constructions and Project Management (3-0-3) 
Technology concepts; terminology and classifications. Construction advanced technologies and construction applications. Technology management in construction: R&D; technological innovation; technology deployment; support techniques, Construction technology in Saudi Arabia; innovative behavior; strategy; policy; support system; university/industry interaction, sustainability, lean construction, Research projects for industry applications. 
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing 

CEM 547 Construction Management with Building Information Modeling (3-0-3) 
Fundamentals and practical use of information technologies in the construction industry; basic concepts of building information modeling (BIM); review of software and technology available for BIM; practical use of BIM including design and clash detection; impact of BIM on construction management functions; construction scheduling and sequencing using BIM; cost estimating using BIM; facility management with BIM; integrated approach to navigate BIM as a multi-disciplinary design, analysis, construction, and facility management technology; class exercise to create a BIM model and to use it in scheduling, sequencing, cost estimating, management, and simulation of a construction project. 
Prerequisite: CEM 510, CEM 511 

CEM 549 Computer Applications in Construction Engineering and Management (3-0-3) 
Use of the state of the practice applications for management of construction projects. Industry standard applications for planning and scheduling, cost estimation, 3D/4D planning, process improvement, Decision and Risk Analysis. Students work on a number of intensive construction problems. Prerequisite: CEM 510, CEM 511

CEM 590 Special Topics in Construction Engineering and Management (3-0-3) 
Advanced topics selected from the major areas of Construction Engineering and Management to provide the student with recent developments. 
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing 

CEM 599 Research Seminar (1-0-0) 
Introduction to the principles of scientific research: The research question, hypotheses, constructs and their operationalization, research design, internal and external validities of research findings, measurements and their reliability, data collection techniques, professional ethics; basic elements of the research proposal. Grades are pass or fail. 
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing 

CEM 600 Master of Engineering Report (0-0-3)
A report on an independent study performed under the supervision of a CEM faculty advisor. This report should include an introduction to the topic, literature review, research methodology, analysis of data, conclusions and recommendations, appendixes and references. The report will be presented and orally examined by a faculty committee. Prerequisite: CEM 599 10 

CEM 606 Independent Research (3-0-3)
This course is intended to allow the student to conduct research in advanced problems in his M.S .research area. The student taking the course should submit a research plan to be approved by his instructor . The student is expected to deliver a seminar and submit a report on his research outcomes at the end of the course. Graded on a Pass or Fail basis. 
Corequisite: CEM 599 
Prerequisite: Prior arrangement with an instructor

CEM 610 Thesis (0-0-6)
The student has to undertake and complete a research topic under the supervision of a graduate faculty member in order to probe in-depth a specific problem in Construction Engineering and Management. 
Corequisite: CEM 599

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