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CMT 2220 - Syllabus

Construction Contracts & Specifications

Instructor: Jeff Plant, Asst. Professor
Office: ET 214K
Office/Voice Mail: (801) 626-7263
Fax: (801)626-7531
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4:00-5:15 (M-R) or by appointment

Course Objectives

Students will gain knowledge in the legal aspects of contracts and bidding; types of construction documents including bonds; interpretation of technical building specifications and their application to selection and installation of materials, equipment and systems.

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Explain the design and construction process and the roles of the different participants in the process.

2. Identify the different types of specification organizational formats used in the construction industry.

3. Outline the contents and relationship between the documents which make up the Construction Documents.

4. Describe the different types of contracts, the number of contracts, the method of contractor selection and the basis for contractor payment.

5. Explain the bidding process, including the documents included in the bidding requirements

6. Describe the Conditions of the Contract, their purpose, content, and relationship to other parts of the Project Manual.

7. Explain the distinct roles of Drawings and Specifications.

8. Describe the various methods of specifying.

9. Explain how substitutions affect the bids, initial cost, and product performance over the life of the project.

10. Explain the intent of a warranty, the various types, and the relationships between the parties involved in warranting specific parts of a project.

11. Describe the types and purpose of construction bonds and insurance.

12. Explain the concept of multiple prime contracts in a construction project.

13. Explain the Negotiated Contract delivery method with special emphasis on the use of fast-tracked construction.

14. Explain the concept of "Design-Build" as a construction delivery system and the preparation of the contract documents to facilitate this process.

Course Overview To the top of the page

This course is divided into separate units.  Each unit will include a reading accompanied by review questions and  important terms.  Two examinations will  be given over the semester. 

This course prepares the student for the Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) certification from the Construction Specifications Institute.   Interested students should make arrangements with the instructor prior to the registration deadline of February 15, 2001.

Any student requiring accommodations or services due to a disability must contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) in room 181 of the Student Service Center. SSD can also arrange to provide course materials (including this syllabus) in alternative formats if necessary.

Textbook to the top of the page

The required textbook for the course is:

Poage, Waller S., The Building Professionals Guide to Contract Documents, R.S.Means, 2000.

The following reading is also required :

Manual of Practice (MOP); Construction Documents Fundamentals and Formats Module; The Construction Specifications Institute; MOP is available from the library reserve desk under the instructors name (Plant). Summary of these modules are offered on the CMT 2220 website as Adode Reader .PDF files.

- The Manual of Practice has 2 reading modules designated FF & SP;

  • Note that FF/xxx and SP/xxx refers to readings from the Manual of Practice - Fundamentals and Formats Module & Specifications Practice Module.  In the past many students have made copies of this material to simplify their study.

  • Construction Documents Fundamentals and Formats Module (FF)

    • MOP FF/010 refers to readings from Manual of Practice - Unit FF/010

  • Construction Specifications Practice Module (SP)

    MOP SP/010 refers to readings from Specification Practice module of the Manual of Practice - Unit SP/010


Students are expected to work 6 hours minimally each week on homework, studies, and projects. Note that more hours might be necessary.

Late or missed homework WILL NOT be accepted unless the instructor was notified before the assigned due date with a valid reason for it being late.

Computer requirements

  • An Internet provider (IPS) and access to the CMT 2220 online website is required. If you do not have a computer or internet access from home, every registered student has access to the CMT open computer labs. Contact your intructor for further information on how to access the computer lab.

  • A CD-ROM containing all adobe MOP files and all printable files is available from the instructor for $5.00. Due to the time it takes to download Adobe Files I highly suggest purchasing this CD. Contact the instructor for more information.

  • Netscape 4.0 or higher, or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher

  • Adober reader 3.0 is required to read the MOP web documents.

  • An Email address will help with communication between the instructor and the student.

Exams & Quizzes

  • All Quizzes & Exams are "Date Sensitive " and will be disabled after the assigned due date.

  • Be sure to LOGIN using your Student ID. This is the student ID # the University gave you (starting with 88) not your SS#.
  • You can review your quizzes up to the day of the exams. .
  • Students will have a choice of whether to take the Final competency exam or the national CDT certification exam. If you take the CDT exam and pass with a 75% or more you will get an automatic "A" for the class and receive a "CDT certification". If you take it and don't pass you have an option of taking the competency exam or take the grade you got on the CDT exam. The CDT test will be given during finals week and must be taken at the Engineering Technology building testing site. There is an extra fee of $75.00. Interested students who wish to take this exam instead of the final exam must make arrangements with the instructor prior to February 15, 2001.
What is the CDT certification Program?

Why should Students take the CDT certification exam?



  • Grades can be seen your Online Gradebook.

  • Grades in this course will be based on the assigned activities and examinations as shown in the following table:
19 Unit Assignments 55 %
Midterm Examination 15 %
Final Competency exam
or CDT exam
30 %
Total Points 100 %

Challenge questions:

Any homework or exam questions or scores that are challenged by a student must be submitted in writing to the instructor within 7 days of the assignment. This challenge submittal must include proper documentation supporting the students reason for questioning the answer. All burden of proof resides on the student. Verbal challenges will not be accepted or considered without this documentation.

Letter grades for the course will be assigned approximately as follows:

94% or more A
90 - 93% A-
87 - 89% B+
83 - 86% B
80 - 82% B-
77 - 79% C+
73 - 76% C
70 - 72% C-
67 - 69% D+
63 - 66% D
60 -62% D-
59% or less E

Remember, a grade of C or better is required in all CMT

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