• Course Title History of Construction
  • Course Prefix and Number BCN 3012
  • Section/Class Number 064G, 24E0, 09HB/11856, 11857, 21098
    • 064G, 24E0, 09HB: ARRANGE.  Online
  • Credits 3


  • The course material will be presented using readings, videos, and voice over power points. Students will read each chapter or assigned text and take an on-line quiz. Students will be expected to participate in weekly discussion forums. All the quizzes, discussions, and tests will be held online, through e-learning. The questions will be in multiple choice, true/false, and matching relationships format. The tests are non-cumulative, but will assume that you have understood everything in the previous chapters.


  • INSTRUCTOR Mark Russell
    • Office Location 125 Rinker Hall
    • Email Address
    • Telephone Number (352) 273-1151
    • Office Hours TBA


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  • Students will demonstrate their ability to:
    • Evaluate the key characteristics of major historic buildings and construction projects throughout the world.
    • Evaluate the evolution of materials and technology in a context of history and resilience principles.
    • Analyze how globalization, urbanization, mass migration, and human conflict have affected modern building technology.


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  1. Buildings: 3,000 Years of Design, Engineering, and Construction. Bill Addis. ISBN-10: 9780714869391, Phaidon press


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  • WEEK Topic/Assignment
    1 Introduction
    2 Building and Engineering in Ancient Times: 1000 B.C. – A.D. 500
    3 The Medieval Era: 500 – 1400
    4 The Renaissance: 1400 – 1630
    5 Global Trading and the Age of Reason and Enlightenment: 1630 – 1750
    6 Engineering Becomes a Profession: 1750 – 1800
    7 The Harmony of Theory and Practice: 1800 – 1860
    8 The Birth of the Modern Building: 1860 – 1920
    9 Architectural Engineering: 1920 – 1960
    10 The Computer Age and the Greening of Construction: 1960 – present
    11 International Construction
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  • Coursework and Participation
    • Instructor Response Time: The instructor will routinely check the course for postings or emails, Monday – Friday (8 am – 11 am) and sometimes on the weekend. You can anticipate a 24 to 48 hour response, Monday –Thursday.
    • Discussion boards will be used to promote student interaction on topics every week in the course. To promote better interaction, it is recommended that your initial post for each discussion board be made by Thursday at the middle of the week the discussion is assigned. The comments on your classmate posts for each discussion board is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday at the end of that week.
    • Exams and quizzes will be timed from the commencement of the exam. Closing and reentering the exam/quiz will not be permitted. Thus, it is recommended that you set aside the appropriate amount of time before commencing the exam.
  • Weekly Discussion Board Each week the students will be expected to comment on at least one posts from the previous week. The initial posts would be between 100 to 200 words. Your comments should be meaningful and significant to hold a conversation. Comments like “good job” and “great work” will not be accepted.
  • Grading Policy Grades for this course will be determined by a combination of quizzes, and exams. No late assignments will be accepted. There will be no make-up work provided, unless there is a documented medical emergency. Please keep in contact with the Course Instructor through the e-Learning email system about anticipated conflicts with submitting work in a timely manner. Flexibility is much more feasible prior to submission deadlines than after the fact.
  • Grade Release You score for your quizzes will be available immediately following your submission, however, you will not see the questions and/or answers. Your test scores will be released after the timed period is over. Again, only your score will be released. All timed assessments will release to ‘Gradebook’ after the availability period has ended.
  • Make-Up Policy You are responsible for staying on top of your coursework throughout the semester. Be aware of the closing dates of the quizzes and tests as you WILL NOT be allowed to make up quizzes if you miss the availability period.
  • Canvas This course utilizes Canvas as a repository for all course material including lecture notes, quizzes, and grades. It is the student’s responsibility to take advantage of the university resources to learn how to utilize Canvas.
  • 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:


  • All tests & quizzes are on Canvas
    Quizzes 15 @ 10 points = 150 points
    Tests 4 @ 50 points = 200 points
    Discussion 15 @ 10 points = 150 points
    Total Points 500 points
  • Letter Grade A A- B+ B B- C+
    Numeric Grade 93-100 90-92.99 87-89.99 83-86.99 80-82.99 77-79.99
    Points 465-500 450-464 435-449 415-434 400-414 385-399
    Letter Grade C C- D+ D D- E
    Numeric Grade 73-76.99 70-72.99 67-69.99 63-66.99 60-62.99 0-59.99
    Points 365-384 350-364 335-349 315-334 300-314 0-299
  • UF grading policies for assigning grade points:


  • Course Conduct Although this is an online course, all students are expected to act as if it were a traditional course. Course communication should be civilized and respectful to everyone and relevant to the course content, material, and E-Learning system. The means of communication provided to you through ELearning (e-mail, discussion posts, course questions, and chats) are at your full disposal to use in a respectful manner. Abuse of this system and its tools through disruptive conduct, harassment, or overall disruption of course activity will not be tolerated. Conduct that is deemed to be in violation with University rules and regulations or the Code of Student Conduct will result in a report to the Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution for a conduct code infraction.
  • 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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