Construction Planning & Scheduling

Joe Dusek, Instructor

Prerequisite: none


Required: Hintze, Jimmie W., Construction Planning and Scheduling, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall.

Study and practice the planning, scheduling and monitoring of construction projects from the simple process of listing and sequencing to more complicated systems in practice today. Primavera Sure-Trac Software and Microsoft Project software will be taught.

Course Outline:

Planning and scheduling basics
Introduction to Sure-Trac and Microsoft Project software for scheduling
Scheduling system basics
Listing and sequenciing
Bar graph systems
Precedence diagram system
Critical path method
Critical path planning and phases
Diagramming systems – arrow diagrams & block diagrams
Microsoft Project software application to projects
Microsoft Project – exercise number 1
Sure-Trac software application
Sure-Trac exercise number 1
Sure-Trac exercise number 2

Click Here for Explanation of the Department Policy



Course Objectives

It is presumed that students will spend a minimum of 2 hours outside study for each hour in class in order to meet the following objectives.

By the end of the class a student should be able to define various words associated with the materials studied in this class and discuss various topics and characteristics related to the materials studied in this class.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to arrive on time. If you are unable to attend a class you are responsible for all material covered in that class. Attendance is taken at each class. The third unexcused absence will result in a one-letter grade reduction to the student’s grade. The fourth absence (excused or not) will result in the automatic withdrawal of that student.

Letter Grades:
A: 90-100 Breakdown:
B: 80-89 Attendance/Daily Assignments 20%
C: 70-79 2 Term Papers /Projects 30%
D: 60-69 Midterm 20%
F: 59 or below Comprehensive Final Exam 30%

Grading will NOT be done “on a curve.” All assignments, quizzes and quarter, mid-term and final examinations will be closed book, closed note tests of knowledge. All material either in the textbook or discussed in class may be appear on any quiz or examination.

The daily assignments may be given prior to the lecture. Therefore, it is essential that students review the assigned material before coming to class.

Course Schedule

January 27th
Introductions, Triton College policies and procedures, Student Services, and course overview will be discussed.
Lecture: Chapter 1, Introduction to Scheduling (Primavera)
Chapter 1, Focusing on Your Success (MS Project)

February 3rd
Lecture: Chapter 2, Rough Diagram Preparation – An Overview (Primavera)

February 10th
Lecture: Chapter 3, Schedule Calculations (Primavera)
Chapter 4, Bar Chart Creation (Primavera)
February 17th
Lecture: Chapter 5, Bar Chart Format (Primavera)
Project #1: Assigned, topic and details to be discussed in class
February 24th
Lecture: Chapter 6, Resources (Primavera)
Project #1: Due at the beginning of class

March 2nd
Project #1: Discussion and feedback
Lecture: Chapter 7, Costs (Primavera)

March 9th
Lecture: Chapter 8, Bar Chart Hard Copy Prints (Primavera)

March 16th Midterm Examination

SPRING BREAK – Triton College will be closed from Monday, March 22nd to Sunday, March 28th.

March 30th Midterm Examination – discussion and feedback
Lecture: Chapter 9, PERT Diagrams (Primavera)

April 6th
Lecture: Chapter 10, List Reports (Primavera)

April 13th
Lecture: Chapter 11, Updating the Schedule (Primavera)

April 20th
Lecture: Part 2, Okay, Let’s Plan Your Project (MS Project)

April 27th
Lecture: Part 3, Optimizing Your Plan (MS Project)
Project #2: Assigned, topic and details to be discussed in class

May 4th
Project #2: Due at the beginning of class
Lecture: Part 4, Managing for Success (MS Project)
Part 5, Dealing with Problems and Staying on Track (MS Project)

May 11th
Project #2, Discussion and Feedback
Final Exam review, study session, question and answer

May 18th Final Exam