• Course Title Construction Materials
  • Course Prefix and Number BCN 1210
  • Section/Class Number 06E4/11825
    • 06E4: 6 period on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  Online
  • Credits 3


  • Lectures Three lecture/discussion periods per week with corresponding reading assignments from the text. We will also discuss current issues, and articles may be posted to the class website for review. Although class is scheduled for three meetings per week, several Friday in class meetings will be substituted with construction site visits or individual/group projects.
  • Reading Students are responsible for the content of all reading materials whether or not the material is covered in class.
  • Assignments Text assignments should be done before the class in which they are discussed.
  • Exams Course exams will be…


  • INSTRUCTOR Aladdin Alwisy
    • Office Location 311 Rinker Hall
    • Email Address
    • Telephone Number (352) 273-1157
    • Office Hours TBA


  • The course provides a general overview of basic construction materials, properties, manufacture, and uses.


  • Students will learn elements relating to the principles of construction methods and techniques. Basic understanding of the built world that surrounds us and how it is constructed.


  • Junior standing in major required.


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  • Simmons, H. Leslie: Olin’s Construction Principles, Materials and Methods; John Wiley & Sons, Recent Edition


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  • Quizzes NO MAKEUP Quizzes. There will be Ten (10) quizzes given during the semester and a final. Test results must be discussed in person within 72 hours after the test has been graded and returned. After 72 hours the grade is final. Makeup exams will not be given. NO MAKEUP EXAMS.
  • Quiz Grades The lowest quiz grade not counting the final will be omitted from the final grade
  • Final Exam Final exam will be given during the last day of class.
  • Team Project Reports Teams of 2-4 students will identify a construction project around campus or the Gainesville area, and submit 3 progress reports during the semester. Late submissions will be accepted up to 48 hours after due date with a 50% penalty. After 48 hours, nothing will be accepted for credit. Digital photo reports may be substituted for written reports with approval from instructor. 5 to 10 photos may be submitted (labeled by Project title, team initials, and brief description).
  • Bonus points Bonus points opportunities will be given through the semester in class.
  • Individual Course Paper This paper will be based on individual research covering a topic of the student’s choice. Late submissions will be accepted up to 48 hours after due with a 50% penalty. After 48 hours, nothing will be accepted for credit.
  • Grade Makeup
    Final grades will be calculated as follows:
    Top three of four in-term exam grades @ 100 points 300
    Final exam (or 4th semester exam) 100
    Team Project Reports (3 @ 25 points each)  75
    Individual Course Paper 100
  • Attendance Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found at:


  • Grades will be given according to the following scale. Divide the total points you earn by 575 total possible points. Decimal points will not be rounded.
  • Grading Scale
    Letter Grade A B+ B C+
    Numeric Grade 91-above 88-90 81-87 78-80
    Letter Grade C D+ D E
    Numeric Grade 71-77 68-70 60-67 Below 60
  • UF grading policies for assigning grade points:


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  • Course Conduct Students are expected to arrive to class on time and behave in a manner that is respectful to te instructor and to fellow students. Please avoid the use of cell phones and restrict eating to outside of the classroom. Opinions held by other students should be respected in discussion, and conversations that do not contribute to the discussion should be held at minimum, if at all. Rude and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Tech Support For issues with technical difficulties for E-learning, please contact the UF Help Desk at:
    • (352) 392-HELP (4357)
  • Honor Code UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” The Honor Code ( specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.
  • Accommodating Students with Disabilities Students with disabilities who experience learning barriers and would like to request academic accommodations should connect with the disability Resource Center by visiting It is important for students to share their accommodation letter with their instructor and discuss their access needs, as early as possible in the semester.
  • Academic Resources
  • Health and Wellness
    • U Matter, We Care: If you or someone you know is in distress, please contact, 352-392-1575, or visit to refer or report a concern and a team member will reach out to the student in distress.
    • Counseling and Wellness Center: Visit or call 352-392-1575 for information on crisis services as well as non-crisis services.
    • Student Health Care Center: Call 352-392-1161 for 24/7 information to help you find the care you need, or visit
    • University Police Department: Visit or call 352-392-1111 (or 9-1-1 for emergencies).
    • UF Health Shands Emergency Room / Trauma Center: For immediate medical care call 352-733-0111 or go to the emergency room at 1515 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608;
  • Course Evaluations Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at Students will be norified when the evalutation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or via Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at


  • This schedule of work is provided as an initial guide and will very likely undergo changes as the semester progresses. For actual dates, consult the course Canvas website.
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