Course Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from CONST 291 to CONST 315. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


In this course, students will be introduced to the concepts of construction planning and scheduling.



Student must complete the following courses:

  • ARCH 270 - Construction Documents
  • CONST 285 - Construction Estimating

Required Resources

Required Resources
Resource Title/Description
(books, software, etc.)
Author/Provider Ed./Vol. 13-Digit ISBN (if applicable) Cost
Construction Scheduling Newitt, Jay S. 2nd 13-978-0133002997 $39.99 Auto Access
Microsoft Excel Microsoft 2019 To download for free see Office 365 below. Free (see notes below)
Microsoft Projects Microsoft 2019 Free (see notes below)
  • Microsoft Excel
    • Watch What is Office 365? to learn the difference between the options and select the best option for your situation.
    • If you choose the download option, follow the instructions on downloading Microsoft Office for free.
    • If you choose to use Office 365, access it by logging into your portal, selecting Email, and then selecting Excel from the waffle icon on the far left of the screen.
  • Microsoft Project
    • Follow the instructions in the article, How Do I Get Started with Microsoft Project?, to gain access to Microsoft Project on your computer.
    • Be mindful that you will need a good internet connection and certain system requirements (as outlined in the syllabus) to run Microsoft Project.
    • Watch the video on how to install MS Project Professional. 

System Requirements to Run Software

Microsoft 365 subscription plans

Computer and processor

  • Windows OS: 1.6 GHz or faster, 2-core 
  • macOS: Intel processor


  • Windows OS: 4 GB RAM; 2 GB RAM (32-bit)
  • macOS: 4 GB RAM

Hard disk

  • Windows OS: 4 GB of available disk space
  • macOS: 10 GB of available disk space; HFS+ hard disk format (also known as macOS Extended) or APFS Updates may require additional storage over time.


  • Windows OS: 1280 x 768 screen resolution (32-bit requires hardware acceleration for 4K and higher)
  • macOS: 1280 x 800 screen resolution


  • Windows OS: Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9 or later, with WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10 (or WDDM 1.3 or higher for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update). Skype for Business requires DirectX 9 or later, 128 MB graphics memory, and 32-bits-per-pixel-capable format.
  • macOS: No graphics requirements.

Operating system

  • Windows OS: Windows 10 SAC, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019 or Windows Server 2016. Please note Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise will be supported on Windows Server 2019 or Windows Server 2016 through October 2025.
  • macOS: One of the three most recent versions of macOS. When a new version of macOS is released, the macOS requirement becomes one of the then-current three most recent versions: the new version of macOS and the previous two versions.


Course Outcomes (CO)

  1. Plan and organize construction activities based on project documents.
  2. Schedule construction activities and identify the critical path.
  3. Control resources for construction activities and projects.
  4. Communicate schedules and resource allocations to project leaders.
  5. Master software tools to plan and manage construction activities.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignments
Major Assignment Description CO#
Practice: Excel Skill All the Excel Skill practice activities take about 30 minutes or less to complete. The skills learned prepare a student to complete the larger Shop and Residential Projects. 5
Shop Project A scheduling project for an attached garage that takes two weeks in the course. 1, 2
Residential Project A scheduling project for a new residential home that takes three weeks in the course. 1, 2, 3
Microsoft Projects [Phase] Schedule A commercial project that uses the second half of the course and Microsoft Projects to schedule out. Students use the Kimball building plans for BYUI as the focus for this project. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions.

Weekly Patterns
Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare Study Review content material.
Midweek Prepare Quiz Quiz on content.
Midweek Teach One Another Group Meetings Small group meetings to teach one another.
End of Week Ponder and Prove Project Weeks 02–06 work on elements of a residential project. Weeks 07–13 work on elements of a commercial project.
End of Week Ponder and Prove Weekly Schedule Update Manage changes to a project schedule.

*If you are not in the Mountain Time Zone, these due dates will be adjusted to your time zone if you have updated your Canvas Profile and set your time zone. Once this is done, you may use the Calendar and your To-Do list to see the exact due dates and times for your location.

Learning Model

You are encouraged to learn by study and also by faith (D&C 88:118). The three processes of the Learning Model will help you deepen your learning experience.

In this course, the Prepare phase of the Learning Model is delivered through the study material (textbook and other reading materials). The Teach One Another phase is facilitated through group work. The Ponder and Prove phase is measured through the weekly project assignments.

The Five Principles of the learning model is where you, the student, can take personal responsibility and invite the spirit to be part of your study strategies and learning process.



You can expect to receive grades and feedback within seven days of the due date for all assignments.


The BYU-Idaho standard for the student workload in courses is about 3–4 hours per week per credit hour (for example, this 3-credit course would require approximately 9–12 hours of work per week). Do not try to do a week's worth of assignments in one day. Set time aside in your daily schedule to work on the course.

Group Work

Small group work is expected each week to help teach one another. In Week 02, you will form your own groups.

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. 

Grading Scale

Grading Scale
Letter Grade Percent
A 100% – 93%
A- 92% – 90%
B+ 89% – 87%
B 86% – 83%
B- 82% – 80%
C+ 79% – 77%
C 76% – 73%
C- 72% – 70%
D+ 69% – 67%
D 66% – 63%
D- 62% – 60%
F 59% and lower

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

BYU-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by BYU-Idaho Disability Services. If you need assistance or feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established policy and procedures.

 This course contains visual elements and activities. If you have a disability preventing you from accessing or completing these course activities, please contact Disability Services.

If you have any disability that may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact Disability Services as soon as possible, preferably before the beginning of the semester, in order to ensure you receive appropriate accommodations.

Disability Services Contact Information:

Other University Policies

Go to the Student Resources module to review the university policies regarding honesty, online etiquette, communication expectations, etc.

Course Summary:

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