Course Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from CONST 320 to CONST 221. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

Course Description

Employee safety is critical to the successful completion of any construction project! This course introduces you to OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. Special emphasis will be placed on recognizing the most common safety hazards in the construction industry. Students will NOT receive an OSHA 30-hour construction course completion card after completing this online Construction Safety course. (3 Credit Hours)



Course Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course the students will be able to:

  • Recognize the construction safety hazards associated with various construction processes, materials, and equipment.
  • Identify the most common causes of accidents and fatalities in hazardous areas of construction.
  • Recommend abatement techniques for hazards found in construction.
  • Understand the OSHA standards and the enforceable requirements for worker safety and health.
  • Locate and identify the correct OSHA Standards in 29 CFR 1926.
  • Develop hazard-specific safety training and present it to the class.
  • Prepare a Company Safety Manual in accordance with OSHA requirements.

Required Materials

  1. OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926) United States Department of Labor as found at (free)
  2. Since this is an online course, it is your responsibility to arrange to use a computer with internet access. (The higher speed you have for your internet access, the easier the course will be for you to complete.) It is also your responsibility to make sure you have the word processing and presentation software required to complete your assignments.
  3. You must have access to a computer and a webcam.

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instructions on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article.

Course Layout

This course has been designed to follow a weekly schedule in which students complete one module per week. You are expected to complete all of the learning activities for each week in the order they are listed. You are welcome to review upcoming assignments, but except for the major projects, you should not work ahead. For example, complete all the learning activities in Week 01 before beginning any learning activities in Week 02. The instructor may shift the order of completion for some assignments, and may even extend the deadlines on a few assignments if circumstances warrant it for the whole class.

It is expected that each student should spend three to four hours per credit every week studying and completing assignments. This means that, for a 3-credit class, students are expected to study between 9 to 12 hours each week.

Construction 221 is a very rigorous course. On average, students should expect to spend approximately 9 hours of study time to complete all the learning activities for each week. This is the amount of time that you should expect to put into this class each week if you want to get a passing (C) grade. If you want a higher grade, you may need to put in more study time, maybe even beyond 12 hours per week. Students working towards an A or B grade will usually need to put in more study time than 9 hours a week. Therefore, in order to keep up with the assignments and master the material from this class, you should schedule about 1 to 2 hours a day to study for this class. Also, be aware that with this course, there is no “time off” for holidays that might occur during the week. Consequently, you should make sure to arrange your study schedule so that any holiday activities do not keep you from completing learning activities by the posted due dates and times.

Course Patterns

You can access all materials in I-Learn. There are 14 weeks. Each week contains an introduction, an opportunity to discuss the week's topics, and a presentation. There are usually one or more quizzes each week. Over the term, you will be expected to complete three major projects.


The assessment of desired outcomes will be by means of OSHA Subpart quizzes, examinations, safety presentations, and research assignments. Students will gain research and teaching experience by preparing and presenting safety meeting presentations to the entire class.


There will be exams given throughout the semester as indicated on the course schedule. Exams will cover the OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926) and information from course material. Exams will be taken on the dates specified. The final exam is an open-book comprehensive exam.


Grades will be figured on a straight percentage of the total points possible in the class.

You may check your progress in the course at any time by accessing the gradebook.

In assigning final grades for this course, the instructor will use the BYU-Idaho Standard Grade Definition criteria listed below.


The grade of “A” represents outstanding understanding, application, and integration of subject material and extensive evidence of original thinking, skillful use of concepts, and ability to analyze and solve complex problems. It demonstrates diligent application of the Learning Model principles, including an initiative in serving other students.


The grade of “B” represents considerable/significant understanding, application, and incorporation of the material, which would prepare a student to be successful in next level courses, graduate school, or employment. The student participates in the Learning Model as applied in the course.


The grade of “C” represents sufficient understanding of subject matter. The student demonstrates minimal initiative to be prepared for class. Sequenced courses could be attempted, but mastering new materials might prove challenging. The student participates marginally in the Learning Model.


The grade of “D” represents poor performance and initiative to learn, understand, and apply course materials. Retaking a course or remediation may be necessary to prepare for additional instruction in this subject matter.


The grade of “F” represents failure in the course.

Grading Scale:

Letter Grade Percentage Range
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% – 0%

Course Policies

You should read the following course policies and make sure that you understand what these policies mean to you regarding your interactions with the instructor and other students in this course. If you have questions about any of these policies, you should contact your instructor immediately.

Late Work

All assigned work is to be handed in ON or BEFORE the published due date. If you are unable to complete the assignment on time, you have up to one week to submit the assignment, but you will be penalized 20%.

Exams must be taken as scheduled.

No late work is accepted after the final exam date.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course requires synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
    • Student with Disabilities
    • Complaints and Grievances
    • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.


The syllabus represents a tentative plan for this class. The instructor reserves the right to make changes, deletions, corrections, or additions during the course. You will be given notice in advance of any course changes. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of these changes.

Course Summary:

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