• Course Title Soils and Concrete
  • Course Prefix and Number BCN 3223C
  • Section/Class Number 18F1, 18F2/11885, 22935
    • 18F1: 2 period on Monday, Wednesday, and 3-4 periods on Thursday.  Online
    • 18F2: 4 period on Monday, Wednesday, and 6-7 periods on Thursday.  Online
  • Credits 3


  • Lectures  In this course, lectures will delivered live by the instructor via Zoom during the scheduled course meeting times. Attendance is encouraged and expected. No recordings of the lectures will be available.
  • Quizzes  Weekly quizzes will be given online and should be completed before class on the designated due date.
  • Assignments  In-class assignments will be given by the instructor. These assignments should be completed in-class when possible, or by the beginning of the next course meeting if additional time is required.
  • Exams Course exams will be given online during the scheduled course meeting time.


  • INSTRUCTOR Larry Muszynski
    • Office Location 327 Rinker Hall
    • Email Address
    • Telephone Number (352) 273-1160
    • Office Hours TBA


  • This course will familiarize students with the construction process that includes, site clearing, soil mechanics, testing, foundations, concrete mix design, concrete construction practice, testing, safety, and ethics.


  • Upon completion of the course students will demonstrate their ability to:
    1. Understand the basic principles of concrete construction in hot/cold weather including concrete making materials, concrete mix design, and concrete testing (ACCE SLO 8 and 15).
    2. Understand how concrete embodied energy can be reduced by replacing Portland cement with fly ash/slag and other pozzolanic materials (ACCE SLO 18).
    3. Perform basic plastic and hardened concrete tests (ACCE SLO 8 and 15).
    4. Prepare accurate report and interpret concrete and soil test data (ACCE SLO 1).
    5. Understand the basic principles of soil mechanics, including soil classification, soil compaction, soil testing and reading soil borehole logs (ACCE SLO 8).
    6. Understand basic principles of design and construction of shallow and pile foundations (ACCE SLO 19).


  • BCN 1210 and BCN 2405. Junior standing in major required.


  1. Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, Portland Cement Association, (15th edition).
  2. Soils and Foundations, Liu and Evett (8th edition).
  3. Powerpoints


  1. none


  1. Building Code Requirements for Reinforced Concrete, American Concrete Institute, (latest edition).
  2. Soils in Construction, Schroeder, Dickenson & Warrington, 5th edition


  • WEEK Topic/Assignment
    1 and 2 Introduction to Soil, Soil Exploration and Reports  |  Ch. 1 & 3
    3 Properties of Soils • Laboratory 1 : Soils Classification  |  Ch. 2
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  • Attendance
    • For every three absences, your final grade will be lowered one-half grade. The reason for this policy is simple: unlike some of your classes, this is a skills-based course. In other words, practice makes all the difference to writing and speaking skills; the more you write, or speak in public, the better you become at these tasks. Consequently, the effects of this course are cumulative and frequent absences will affect your progress and success dramatically. Even if you have an excused absence, you should make every attempt to turn assignments in on time.
    • The policy of the University Writing Program is that if you miss more than six periods during the term, you will fail the entire course.
    • Tardies: Three tardies count as one unexcused absence. Please be on time to class.
    • 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:
  • Participation
    • Students should bring current assignments/projects to each class, ready to work. On the days that we write in class, you are expected to work for the entire class period.
    • Cell phones should be turned off/silenced during class.
  • Writing Assignments (counts as a 6,000 word university writing requirement course)
    • Memo and Email revision  In this assignment, students revise poorly written email messages and memos using effective writing strategies learned in class. (300 words)
    • Writing Situations  Students are given two situations typical of the construction industry (an accident has occurred on the job site, a worker must be disciplined, materials have not been delivered, etc.). Role-playing as a supervisor, the student must inform another party of the situation, choosing the proper format and wording to convey the message in the most effective manner. (600 words)
    • Resume and Application Letter  Students create a resume and application letter to use to apply for a construction internship. (500 words)
    • Annotated Bibliography  Students locate eight sources to be used for the proposed assignment and write annotations for each source. (800 words)
    • Request for Information (RFI)  Using proper formatting, students create an RFI seeking clarification from an architect regarding building specifications. (150 words)
    • Proposal  Working in teams, students plan, design, and write one-third of a 50-page proposal in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP). (4,000 words)
    • Scope of Work  Each student writes a detailed description of a specific job he or she will complete as part of a building contract between his or her company and the client. (300 words)
    • Meeting Agenda  Each student plans and writes an agenda for one in-class team meeting. (250 words)
    • Progress Report  Team members compose a memo to the team leader regarding progress on proposal; leader writes memo to instructor. (200 words)
  • Exams ….
  • Make-up ….


  • Grading Scale
    Written Assignments
    Memo revision30 Points
    Email revision30
    Writing Situation 135
    Writing Situation 235
    Resume/Application Letter100
    Annotated Bibliography100
    Progress Report50
    Scope of Work25
    Meeting Agenda25
    Draft of proposal section50
    Team Proposal150
    Speaking Assignments
    Courtroom Scenario50
    Lead Team Meeting25
    Proposal Presentation150
  • 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 930-1000 900-929 870-899 830-869 800-829 770-799
    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 730-769 700-729 670-699 630-669 600-629 0-599
  • Course grades have two components. To receive Writing Requirement credit, a student must receive a grade of C or higher and a satisfactory completion of the writing component of the course. UWP policy further stipulates that to receive a C or higher in the course, the Writing Requirement must be met.
  • UF grading policies for assigning grade points:


  • Course Specific ….
  • 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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