May 28, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AE 225 - Specification and Contracts

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Provides a working knowledge of principles for writing effective specifications and interpreting standard construction industry contracts. The course begins with a review of contract law fundamentals. Contract document standards, as related to the CSI MasterFormat, are studied. Students compare provisions of AIA and AGC contract provisions in the context of risk, ethical behavior, and administrative procedures. (prereq: AE 1231 , AE 1301 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the nature and responsibilities undertaken by parties to a contract
  • Describe typical construction project delivery methods
  • Understand the construction project process, such as how designers and constructors interact during the phases of construction
  • Provide typical conditions of contracts as produced by AIA and AGC
  • Organize, prepare, interpret, and write construction documents, especially specifications
  • Understand the ethical behavior and administrative procedures required for efficient and effective construction contracting
  • Understand the construction payment process, bidding and procurement practices, liens and contractors’ rights
  • Understand the different types of construction contracts and their most appropriate use

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Building Construction Materials and Methods

Course Topics
  • Project Delivery Methods (2 hours)
  • Contract and Specification Basics (1/2 hour)
  • Types of contracts (1/2 hour)
  • Organization of Specifications and Drawings (3 hours)
  • The Project Manual (1 hour)
  • Ethics in Construction Contracting (1 hour)
  • Types of Specifications (1/2 hour)
  • Specification Writing (1/2 hour)
  • Bidding Requirements (1 hour)
  • General Conditions (4 hour)
  • Supplementary Conditions (1 hour)
  • Bonds, Guaranties and Warranties (1 hour)
  • General Requirements (1 hour)
  • Modifications and Dispute Resolution (1 hour)
  • Specification Language and Resources (1 hour)
  • Product Selection (1 hour)
  • Issues of Real Property and Liability (1 hour)
  • Green Specs and LEED Specs (1 hour)
  • Building Information Modeling (1 hour)
  • Understanding Construction Documents (2 hours)
  • Course Review (2 hours)
  • Assessment (5 hours)

DeAnna Leitzke

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