Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BCT 132
Course Title:
Computer Applications for Construction
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Course Description

Covers information generation, processing, distribution and utilization for the management of construction projects and construction companies. Emphasizes the design of the information process, the role of information technology in construction, software selection and the ongoing evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of the information process. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  1. Engineer the process of how information flows within construction companies and projects and understand how software applications can assist.
  2. Have reasonable expectations and know what computer skills are needed for a chosen career, and how to gain them.
  3. Be able to research and select appropriate software applications.
  4. Be able to implement the software application and evaluate the implementation.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Individually interview a professional who currently uses computer software using questions developed by the student.
  2. In teams, develop criteria for the selection of an application for a business function.
  3. Individually use the criteria to research a specific software application and present it to their team.
  4. In teams, present findings and recommendations as part of a class presentation.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, issues and concepts
1. Accounting
2. Scheduling
3. Estimating
4. Bid solicitation
5. Project Administration
6. CAD
7. General Office Applications:
8. Word Processing
9. Spreadsheets
10. Database
11. E-Mail
12. Presentation Software
13. Specialty Applications:
14. Safety
15. RFP
16. Leads Software
17. Company Web Sites
18. Marketing
19. Design
Process Skills:
20. Process Design
21. Teamwork
22. Research
23. Evaluation
24. Persuasion
25. Networking
26. Interviewing
27. Critical Thinking
28. Computer Skills
29. Presentation
30. Learning How to Learn