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 Course Description - Construction Engineering and Management

C​EM 510  Project Planning & 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 aspects of construction, Quantity take-off methods, labor and equipment production rates, Unit Costs, Overhead, and Profits as they relate to the preparation of construction estimates. Creation and coordination of cost control systems with regard to engineering, estimating constructing, purchasing and subcontracting procedures for construction projects, Conceptual Estimating, Computer applications.
Prerequisite:   Graduate 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, human relations and strategies for organizing, performing and implementing value engineering; Computer applications.
Prerequisite:   CEM 511
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, Computer applications.
Prerequisite:   Graduate Standing
CEM 514  Modeling of Construction Operations (3-0-3)
Introduction to business process reengineering. Investigation of quantitative methods used for the design and analysis of construction operations to maximize productivity and minimize resources idleness.  Discussions on queing theory, line of balance technique,  and simulation.  Comprehensive group projects involve modeling and analyzing actual construction operations, Computer applications. 
Prerequisite:   Graduate Standing
CEM 515  Project Quality Management (3-0-3)
The objective of this course is to expose students to Quality knowledge and Quality improvement methods.  Includes discussion on Quality standards, Quality needs and overall strategic plans, customer satisfaction and focus, tools for Quality Project Management, Statistical process control, tools for continous improvement, recent developments in Quality in Constructed projects, ISO standards, survey of computer application software related to quality management.
Prerequisite:   Graduate 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, multicriteria decision making models,  simulation, risks and the construction project – money, time and technical risks, contracts and risks, Computer applications.
Prerequisite:   OM 502 or Equivalent, CEM 510, CEM 520
CEM 517 Construction Safety Management (3-0-3)
The objective of this course is to explain how to manage safety in Construction Projects and show why safety management is a key part of an effective Construction Mangement. 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 softwares and other computer applications.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
CEM 518 Project Cost Management (3-0-3)
The course includes the application of scientific principles and techniques to the problems of cost planning and cost control. The course covers a variety of issues in cost management including evaluating investment alternatives, life cycle costing, cost analysis methods, cost control, and computer applications.
Prerequisite:   CEM 511
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, computer applications.
Prerequisite:   Graduate 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:   CEM 520
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, 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, professional ethics, and Computer applications. 
Prerequisite:   CEM 520
CEM 530 Construction Engineering (3-0-3)
Construction Engineering fundamentals, equipment economics, selection and efficient application of equipment, design and simulation of construction operations, analyzing production outputs and cost; Computer applications.
Prerequisite:   Graduate Standing
CEM 531 Heavy Industrial Construction (3-0-3)
Design interdependencies, procurement, construction and start-up of heavy industrial facilities, power plants, chemical plants, oil refineries. Design interfaces, specifications, drawings preparation. Procurement contracts, fabrications, quality control. Construction; Site, structural, piping and vessels, electrical, instrumentation. Job planning and organization. Facility start-up, case studies, Computer applications.
Prerequisite:   CEM 530
CEM 532 Design & Cons. 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: Graduate Standing
CEM 533 Intro. to Constr. of Harbor, Coastal & Ocean Structures (3-0-3)
Construction methods and equipment for construction of cofferdams, caissons, wharves, marine terminals, outfall sewers, power plant intakes and discharge, submarine oil and gas pipelines, dredging, offshore platforms, ocean structures, sub-sea and deep ocean facilities, case studies.
Prerequisite:   CEM 530
CEM 540 Project Management (3-0-3)
An integrative perspective to Construction Project Management to tie together knowledge areas of Project Mangement that have been individually covered under various courses such as Planning and Scheduling, Cost Estimating, Quality Management, Human Resourses Management and Risk Management. Other areas to be covered include Project procurement management, Project communication management, and Computer applications.
Prerequisite:   CEM 510, CEM 511, CEM 520
CEM 542 Technology and Innovation in Construction & Proj. Mgmt. (3-0-3)
Technology concepts; terminology and classifications. Construction advanced technologies. Emerging 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 549 Construction Management Information Systems (3-0-3)
Design of computerized Management Information System (MIS) in the construction industry. Students perform microcomputer database and spreadsheet programming to develop estimating, planning and scheduling, financial and cost accounting, and project control subsystems having common, integrated data structures, 3D/4D CAD, Project websites, e-business an supply chain management. Students implement subsystems as an integrated MIS, which they apply to construction problems and case studies.
Prerequisite:   CEM 510, CEM 511
CEM 590 Special Topics in Construction Engineering & 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, 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 paper 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
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.
Prerequisite: CEM 599