CEE 337, Construction Materials, is a
laboratory-oriented materials class that attempts to familiarize students
with the physical behavior of common construction materials. The course
starts with a basis in theoretical behavior of materials, which is followed
by an actual examination of physical properties of specific materials
in both the lecture and the laboratory. The materials covered include
metals (carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum) and composites (asphalt
concrete, portland cement concrete, and wood). The course includes hands-on
laboratory activities in order to help the students understand various
aspects of material behavior and material evaluation.
The course meets twice per week for 2-hour
lectures, and the students are also broken down into laboratory sections
(maximum 20 persons per section) which meet once per week for 2 hours.
Students learn to prepare graphs for data presentation and incorporate
those graphs into the weekly lab memos, which are expected to answer specific
questions related to both lab and lecture.
All work (unless specifically told otherwise)
should be individual work. Students are permitted to discuss assignments,
etc. with other students, but the work turned in should be individual
work. For example, a student can talk with another student about a spreadsheet
being used to analyze lab data, but each student should produce their
own spreadsheet. Homeworks and lab memos must be turned in at the beginning
of the class period that they are due. Since one goal of this class is
to develop professionalism, late assignments will be penalized 10% per
day (or portion of a day) that they are late. The exams will be closed-book;
equations, tables, and design charts will be provided where necessary.
The final exam will be cumulative over the entire course.