KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING & MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
Course: CEM 510, Construction Planning and Scheduling
Instructor: Dr Soliman Almohawis Office: 19/326
Office hours: S & M 4-5 PM
or by appointment
Textbook: Hinze, J. W., Construction Planning and Scheduling, 3rd Ed.,2008
Description: This course covers Critical Path Method (CPM) and Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) as management tools to plan, schedule, and control construction projects. Although both techniques will be covered in this course, CPM will be treated in greater details due to its wider use in construction.
Throughout the course, emphasis will be on the manual solution approach. However, computer applications will be covered as much as circumstances allow. See attached course syllabus and detailed course content.
Homework problems are due one week from the date they are assigned. Untidy and or late homework will not be accepted. If you have difficulty with any homework problem, please see me during my office hours. Homework will be graded by a Research Assistant, so if you have a question on your graded homework see him first. If you are not satisfied with the graderís feedback, see me.
b. Article Presentation:
Each student is required to present orally to the class a relevant and recent journal article (published within the last 3 years). More detailed information will be provided to you on a separate handout, and this link.
c. Group project:
Every group is required to write a short report on the planning and scheduling practices of a local construction contractor. At the end of the semester, each group will make an oral presentation of its findings to the class. As a substitute to the group project, any individual student may submit a review report and make an oral presentation on a relevant PC software. More detailed information regarding this requirement will be provided to you on a separate assignment sheet, and this link.
There will be two midterm and one final exams. The final exam will be comprehensive. Exams cover lectures, textbook, presentations.
Student's performance in this course will be evaluated as the following:
Homework 15 %
Article Presentation 05 %
Participation 05 %
Project 20 %
Midterm Exams (15% each) 30 %
Final Exam 25 %
Please note that DN will be given to students who miss (without acceptable excuses) 6 meetings or more.
Useful Links to relevant organizations:
American Society of Civil engineers www.asce.org
Project Management Institute www.pmi.org
Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering Intl www.aacei.org
Associated of General Contractors of America www.agc.org
Samples of Studentís works:
a. Samples of studentsí presentations of journal articles.
b. Samples of Studentsí projects.
c. Samples of Studentsí presentations of their projects.