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Concrete Industry Management

A joint initiative between MTSU and leaders from the concrete industry, the Concrete Industry Management program provides students opportunities to enter a broad field that has an urgent need for skilled professionals. Changing to meet a need, MTSU is the first university to integrate a technical education in concrete with business and communication skills needed to advance in the industry.

This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.

A mix of networking and fun

A mix of networking and fun

MTSU's American Concrete Institute (ACI) student chapter hosts guest speakers and visits plants, job sites, and industry functions. Members coordinate actual concrete placements for community services projects. The ACI student chapter also participates in different events, such as the ACI Cube competition and the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition.

It pays to be unique...

It pays to be unique...

Since the Concrete Industry Management program is one of a kind, some out-of-state students can apply to enroll in qualifying programs on an in-state tuition basis, thanks to the Academic Common Market (ACM). This option is currently open to students from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Even with the recent recession's impact on building industries worldwide, CIM graduates enjoy a robust employment and retention rate. Examples include

  • Building cost estimator
  • Building/construction inspector
  • Building manager
  • Concrete specialist
  • Construction worker
  • Field engineer
  • General contractor
  • Home builder
  • Manufacturer's field representative
  • Marketing representative (for concrete industry)
  • Planner
  • Production manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Quality control technician
  • Technical sales representative

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bell & Associates
  • Batten & Shaw
  • Cemex
  • Chaney Enterprises
  • Irving Materials Inc. (IMI)
  • Kiewit
  • Lithko Contracting
  • Maschmeyer Concrete
  • McCarthy Concrete
  • Oldcastle
  • Rinker Materials
  • S&ME
  • Turner Construction
  • Vector Group
  • Vulcan Materials

 

Students in the CIM program can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S. degree) in Concrete Industry Management with concentrations in one of two areas: Concrete Contracting or Production, Sales, and Service.

Students may pursue a certificate program in Road Construction Technology.

Graduate students can pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A. degree) in Concrete Industry Management with 5 years of work experience required (degree offered in conjunction with the College of Business).

Concrete Contracting Concrete Production, Sales, and Service Road Construction Technology Certificate


Concrete Industry Management, Concrete Contracting Concentration, B.S.

Department of Concrete Industry Management
615-904-8060
Heather Brown, program coordinator
Heather.Brown@mtsu.edu
www.mtsucim.com/

The major in Concrete Industry Management is designed to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates, grounded in basic science and mathematics, who are knowledgeable about concrete technology and techniques and are able to manage people and systems and to promote products or services related to the concrete industry. Examples of opportunities in the field include technical sales of products used to manufacture concrete; operations management of a concrete production facility; sales and marketing of production, construction, and finishing equipment; product distribution, supply chain management, and logistics; project management for a concrete or general contractor; work as a concrete specialist in an architectural/engineering firm or government entity; and support positions such as writer or editor for a technical magazine or professional/trade association management.

The Concrete Contracting concentration offers preparation for entry-level positions with general and concrete contractors, project management firms, masonry contractors, precast erection firms, or government agencies responsible for construction projects. Position opportunities include project management, estimating, field supervision, planning and scheduling, and various other management positions.

Core classes in the major include CIM 1010, CIM 1050, CIM 3000, CIM 3050, CIM 3060, CIM 3100, CIM 3300, CIM 4030, CIM 4150, CIM 4200, and CIM 4910.

 Grading Policy

Students majoring in the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program must receive grades of C (2.00) or better in all CIM courses in order for the courses to count toward graduation. A minimum grade of C (2.00) is required in all CIM classes that are prerequisites to other CIM classes.

Curriculum: Concrete Industry Management, Concrete Contracting

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

 

  • GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science  3 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: GEOL 1031. The earth and its relationship to its space and environment emphasized. Forces and processes which combine to mold the face of the earth and its atmosphere, as well as the internal constitution of the earth. Three hours lecture. Together, GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 satisfy 4 hours of the Natural Sciences portion of the General Education requirement.

OR

  • GEOL 1040 - Physical Geology  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    GEOL 1040 - Physical Geology

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: GEOL 1041. The origin, composition, and structure of the solid earth: rock-forming minerals; igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; earthquakes and plate tectonics; surface processes; geologic time. Identification and description of minerals and rocks in hand sample. Use of topographic and geologic maps. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

 

  • CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: CHEM 1011. For students with no prior courses in chemistry; to be taken before CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of chemistry: measurements, matter, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, solutions, and electrolytes. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry.

OR

  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: High school chemistry. Corequisite: CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometric relationships, periodic properties of the elements, thermochemistry, and properties of gases. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

 

  • CIM 1010 - Introduction to the Concrete Industry

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Overview of the history, career opportunities, job functions, and professional organizations in the concrete industry. Introduction to the concrete industry management curriculum, instructional exceptions, and methodologies.

  • CIM 1050 - Blueprint Reading  1 credit hour credit hours  

    CIM 1050 - Blueprint Reading

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Provides a broad-based background in interpreting blueprints. Typical plans for both residential and commercial building reviewed.

  • CSCI 1150 - Computer Orientation

    3 credit hours

    A general introduction to computers with an emphasis on personal computing, database, word processing, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and Internet tools. Does not count for Computer Science major or minor.

  • MATH 1720 - Plane Trigonometry  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1720 - Plane Trigonometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Strong background in algebra recommended. Trigonometric functions of the acute and general angle, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric and inverse functions, identities, solutions of right and general triangles, equations, complex numbers, and vectors. Not open to those who have had MATH 1730. Graphing calculator required.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  recommended (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

Subtotal: 28 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. PSY 3030 may be required. (See online schedule.) Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

  • BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods  3 credit hours  OR

    BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1630 or MATH 1810. The application of collecting, summarizing, and analyzing data to make business decisions. Topics include measures of central tendency, variation, probability theory, point and interval estimation, correlation and regression. Computer applications emphasized.

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics  3 credit hours  recommended (Soc/Beh Sci)

    ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • CIM 3000 - Fundamentals of Concrete: Properties and Testing

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111; CIM 1010 or CMT 1100. Concrete testing, admixtures, placing, and finishing. Effects of concrete-making materials on properties of fresh and hardened concrete materials. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • CIM 3050 - Concrete Construction Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000 or CMT 1100. Forming and shoring, placing and reinforcing; transporting, placing, consolidating, finishing, jointing, and curing concrete for cast-in-place foundations, pavements, slabs on ground, structural frames, and other structural members; erecting precast concrete members; waterproofing concrete foundations.

  • CIM 3070 - Site Planning, Layout, and Preparation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:  CIM 1010 and General Education Math requirement. Activities required to successfully prepare a site for concrete work. Includes initial site investigation, surveying, groundwork, subbase preparation, and elevations. Exposes students to modern technological tools and methods such the use of GPS, EDM, and lasers. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

NOTE:

CIM 3300, Concrete Industry Internship, will be taken sometime after the sophomore year for two credit hours.

Junior

 

  • CIM 3060 - Understanding the Concrete Construction System

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Detailed look at how the concrete construction industry works. Includes review of model building codes, building officials and their function, concrete industry codes and standards, concrete construction processes, quality assurance systems, contract documents, and concrete construction markets.

  • CIM 3080 - Formwork Design and Computerized Drafting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Overview of costs and safety with regard to formwork selection, design, and construction. Reviews the various forming systems available and how they may be integrated for use in specific project circumstances. Includes a basic review of CAD drafting techniques and their applications.

  • CIM 3100 - Applications of Concrete Construction

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  CIM 3050. Details many uses of concrete in the construction of buildings, pavements, and other facilities. Emphasis on the advantages, disadvantages, and unique problems faced by materials suppliers, contractors, and design professionals when concrete is chosen for specific applications.

  • CIM 3200 - Concrete Project Estimating

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 2050 and General Education Math Requirement. Project drawings to prepare both basic and detailed estimates. Activities include practice implementing the printreading, estimating, and other skills acquired using actual sets of finished drawings. Projects will become more complicated as the semester progresses and will include below-grade, flatwork, and above-grade examples.

  • CIM 4030 - Issues in the Concrete and Construction Industry: A Legal and Ethical Perspective

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Involves a case study approach to critically analyzing historical and current events in the concrete and construction industry. Particular emphasis on developing a managerial decision-making process incorporating ethical, legal, financial, and other business perspectives.

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

  • FIN 3000 - Principles of Financial Management

    3 credit hours

    Will not substitute for FIN 3010. An overview of the fundamental concepts and tools for financial decision making within a business firm. (Not open to business majors.)

  • FIN 3010 - Business Finance  3 credit hours  

    FIN 3010 - Business Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theory of corporate finance, emphasizing wealth creation, valuation, risk, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

 

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

  • ENGR 3920 - Engineering Safety  3 credit hours  (formerly ET 4420)

    ENGR 3920 - Engineering Safety

    3 credit hours

    Safety and health in the manufacturing, construction, and utilities industries, including pertinent laws, codes, regulations, standards, and product liability considerations. Organizational and administrative principles and practices for safety management and safety engineering, accident investigation, safety education, and safety enforcement.

    NOTE: This was formerly ET 4420 - Industrial Safety.

 

  • CIM 3090 - Computer Applications in Concrete and Construction Industries

    3 credit hours

    Studies most commonly used computer software applications being used by the concrete and construction industries. Upon completion students will have working knowledge of the software in the advanced CIM classes as well as the industry.

  • CIM 4400 - Decorative Concrete  3 credit hours  OR

    CIM 4400 - Decorative Concrete

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Understanding and utilizing decorative concrete design applications, production, stamping, staining, and sealing. Manufacturing of concrete countertops, as well as vertical, flooring, and ornamental applications.

  • CIM 4500 - Masonry  3 credit hours  OR

    CIM 4500 - Masonry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Use, types, and manufacture of concrete masonry units. Discusses common techniques and technical considerations relating to construction using concrete masonry. Reviews typical laboratory testing procedures used for very specific compliance of concrete masonry units for use in construction.

  • CIM 4600 - Design, Production, and Manufacture of Precast Concrete

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Covers all relevant topics within the precast concrete industry including design, manufacture, handling, transportation, safety, quality, and erection of precast concrete productions. Helps minimize learning curve as a new professional in the precast industry.

  • SPAN 1010 - Elementary Spanish I

    3 credit hours

    A foundation course in reading, writing, speaking Spanish with an emphasis on conversation.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • BLAW 3400 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Presentation of the dynamic nature of law in responding to the changing social, ethical, political, regulatory, and international environment. Includes the development and nature of the legal system; business crimes; the law of torts and product liability; constitutional limitations on regulatory powers; legislative, judicial, and administrative control of business activity through the laws of business organizations, securities regulations, antitrust laws, employment laws, labor and safety laws, and consumer protection.

  • CIM 4010 - Design and Construction Issues

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3200. A review of concrete construction materials and their physical and mechanical properties. Special emphasis placed on the concepts of mechanics of materials and resolving design/construction mismatches.

  • CIM 4070 - Concrete Contracting Personnel Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CIM declared major and senior standing. Application of personnel management techniques in the contracting business. Emphasis on adapting management styles to various employee personality traits, training techniques, personal management, effective and efficient management of equipment and other resources, and leadership development.  

  • CIM 4100 - Field Management and Supervision

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing. Offers knowledge and skills to effectively manage concrete construction jobsite activities. Emphasis on safety, equipment identification and use, maintenance, contingency plans, and worksite productivity.

  • CIM 4150 - Concrete Problems: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Dispute Resolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Diagnosing and preventing problems related to concrete production, testing, construction, and performance. Identifying causes of fresh and hardened concrete problems such as fast and slow setting, air content variations, low strength, cracking, and scaling. Pre-job conferences and dispute resolution methods.

  • CIM 4200 - Senior Concrete Lab

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CIM 3000 and senior standing.  Opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of concrete and cement chemistry in a laboratory environment. The student will be evaluated by his/her ability to investigate a concrete situation and resolve the issue with a laboratory project. Graded activities include in-class exercises, written reports, and oral presentations. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • CIM 4910 - Capstone  3 credit hours  

    CIM 4910 - Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CIM 3300 and senior standing; to be taken last semester.  Intensive study of a problem(s) appropriate to the major and the student's career interest. Solution(s) for problem(s) presented to a committee of concrete industry representatives. Presentation must emphasize depth of analysis, completeness and effectiveness of solution, and presentation skills.

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  OR

    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

  • COMM 3230 - Professional Public Speaking

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or permission of instructor. Students will create a variety of live and mediated presentations that offer preparation for leadership in professional situations.

  • HSC 3020 - Presentation Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Principles and techniques of effective presentations and demonstrations. Opportunities for experience in presenting demonstrations to the public through mass media. Three hours per week.

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Cognate elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 29 Hours

 

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Concrete Industry Management, Concrete Contracting, B.S, Academic Map  

Concrete Industry Management Cognate Courses

Production, Sales, and Service students must choose any four courses from below. Concrete Contracting students must choose one course.

Agribusiness and Agriscience

  • ABAS 3140 - Real Property Law for Commerce and Agriculture

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BLAW 4470/FIN 4470.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and limitations of ownership of property, estates, titles, methods of transferring titles, abstract of titles, mortgages, leases, easements, restrictions on the use of property, real estate development, application of contract law to real property, and the role of real estate in the administration of estates. Emphasis on specific application to agricultural businesses and farms.

  • ABAS 3340 - Soil  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 3340 - Soil

    3 credit hours

    Physical, chemical, and biological properties. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 3360 - Irrigation and Drainage

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. Comparative evaluation and interpretation of irrigation and drainage systems; water supply development; interrelationships of the environment and plants; scheduling irrigation; examination of economic and legal factors. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 3370 - Soil Analysis  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 3370 - Soil Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. Analysis of soils in laboratory. Lecture/lab.

Advertising

  • ADV 3020 - Principles of Advertising

    3 credit hours

    Overview of advertising principles and practices including the role of advertising in society and the marketplace, consumer behavior, advertising media, budgeting and planning, and the creation and production of advertising messages.

Business Communications

  • BCED 1400 - Introduction to Business

    3 credit hours

    Survey of business economic units of our society; the problems of business such as ownership, social responsibility, physical factors, personnel, marketing, and managerial controls. Includes exploration and analysis of business careers.

  • BCED 2010 - Career Decision Making  1 credit hour credit hours  

    BCED 2010 - Career Decision Making

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Skills in and knowledge of the career decision-making process; aspects of career development theories; how interests, skills, and values relate to career choices; and information about how educational options and career clusters are organized.

  • BCED 2020 - Job Search Communication  1 credit hour credit hours  

    BCED 2020 - Job Search Communication

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Skills needed to efficiently and effectively search for a job, create professional resumes and career materials, use social media for job search purposes, and job interviewing skills.

  • BCED 2030 - Workplace Etiquette and Protocol  1 credit hour credit hours  

    BCED 2030 - Workplace Etiquette and Protocol

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Provides students with workplace etiquette skills needed during the job-search process and throughout their careers. Topics will include nonverbal and interpersonal communication skills, table manners, protocol, and other career-related skills.

  • ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship  3 credit hours  

    ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BCED 1400 recommended. The mechanics and operational skills needed for organizing and operating an enterprise.

Communication

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict negotiation, romantic relationships, and diversity.

  • COMM 3210 - Argumentation and Debate

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of advocacy with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class debating on questions of fact, value, and policy.

  • COMM 3340 - Interview Communication

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ORCO 3340.) Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A critical study of professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

  • COMM 3350 - Diversity in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Communication and intergroup relationships among people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States.

  • COMM 4320 - Theories of Persuasive Communication

    3 credit hours

    Includes theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

Concrete Industry Management

  • CIM 3090 - Computer Applications in Concrete and Construction Industries

    3 credit hours

    Studies most commonly used computer software applications being used by the concrete and construction industries. Upon completion students will have working knowledge of the software in the advanced CIM classes as well as the industry.

  • CIM 4400 - Decorative Concrete

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Understanding and utilizing decorative concrete design applications, production, stamping, staining, and sealing. Manufacturing of concrete countertops, as well as vertical, flooring, and ornamental applications.

  • CIM 4500 - Masonry  3 credit hours  

    CIM 4500 - Masonry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Use, types, and manufacture of concrete masonry units. Discusses common techniques and technical considerations relating to construction using concrete masonry. Reviews typical laboratory testing procedures used for very specific compliance of concrete masonry units for use in construction.

  • CIM 4600 - Design, Production, and Manufacture of Precast Concrete

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Covers all relevant topics within the precast concrete industry including design, manufacture, handling, transportation, safety, quality, and erection of precast concrete productions. Helps minimize learning curve as a new professional in the precast industry.

For Production, Sales, and Service:

  • CIM 3070 - Site Planning, Layout, and Preparation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:  CIM 1010 and General Education Math requirement. Activities required to successfully prepare a site for concrete work. Includes initial site investigation, surveying, groundwork, subbase preparation, and elevations. Exposes students to modern technological tools and methods such the use of GPS, EDM, and lasers. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • CIM 3080 - Formwork Design and Computerized Drafting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Overview of costs and safety with regard to formwork selection, design, and construction. Reviews the various forming systems available and how they may be integrated for use in specific project circumstances. Includes a basic review of CAD drafting techniques and their applications.

  • CIM 4010 - Design and Construction Issues

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3200. A review of concrete construction materials and their physical and mechanical properties. Special emphasis placed on the concepts of mechanics of materials and resolving design/construction mismatches.

  • CIM 4070 - Concrete Contracting Personnel Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CIM declared major and senior standing. Application of personnel management techniques in the contracting business. Emphasis on adapting management styles to various employee personality traits, training techniques, personal management, effective and efficient management of equipment and other resources, and leadership development.  

  • CIM 4100 - Field Management and Supervision

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing. Offers knowledge and skills to effectively manage concrete construction jobsite activities. Emphasis on safety, equipment identification and use, maintenance, contingency plans, and worksite productivity.

For Concrete Contracting:

  • CIM 4050 - Management of Concrete Products: Ordering and Delivering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding on managing order and delivery processes common to all concrete products. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Key differences in the order and delivery functions of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, pre-cast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe supplemented by product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

  • CIM 4060 - Management of Concrete Products: Production Facilities

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding of managing the manufacturing process common to all concrete products production facilities. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Review of key differences in manufacturing process of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, precast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe explained through product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

Economics

  • ECON 3210 - The Financial System and the Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2410; junior standing. Basic introduction to the functions of financial institutions and markets in the conduct of domestic and international economic transactions. Within financial market context, focus on special role that money plays as an asset and a determinant of the price level, the cause of inflation and inflation's effects on interest rates and borrowing costs, and the influence of Federal Reserve actions (monetary policy) on money and interest rates.

  • ECON 4400 - Economics of Antitrust and Regulation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2420; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Economic analysis of the antitrust laws and their enforcement: price-fixing, collusion, mergers, monopolization, and vertical arrangements. Economics theories of regulation/deregulation applied to actual regulatory policies: natural monopoly; price and entry regulation; health, safety, and environmental regulation; and intellectual property. Includes historical development as well as current applications.  

  • ECON 4420 - Labor and Human Resource Economics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2410 or ECON 2420; junior standing; and admission into the College of Business. Current issues and theories, returns to training and education (human capital), earnings differences; union impacts and government regulation of labor relations and labor markets; human resource information system modeling, including applied PC or mainframe data analysis and integration of Internet information sources.

Environmental Sustainability and Technology

  • EST 2810 - Introduction to Environmental Science

    3 credit hours

    The technical, economic, and political aspects of environmental science. Introduction to specific problems dealing with many pollution issues. Specific monitoring, abatement techniques, and equipment. An overview of energy production processes, industrial pollution problems, air, noise, solid and hazardous wastes, along with economic and environmental concerns. Field trips, lecture, and research projects and/or papers highlight specific topics of special interest to students.

  • EST 4810 - Energy and the Environment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 4 hours chemistry and 3 hours mathematics or consent of instructor. Sources and methods of energy production and classifications of energy usages, with emphasis on usage trends, energy conservation strategies, and alternate energy utilization.

  • EST 4820 - Solar Building Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 4 hours science and 3 hours mathematics or consent of instructor. Broad introduction to the environmental and economic impact of solar energy for residential and light industrial construction including day lighting, passive solar design, and hot water heating.

  • EST 4840 - Energy Auditing  3 credit hours  

    EST 4840 - Energy Auditing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 4 hours chemistry and 3 hours mathematics or consent of instructor. Types of energy consumption and classifications of energy usages, with emphasis on conservation strategies and total management for residential and industrial plants.

Engineering/Engineering Technology

  • ENGR 3970 - Engineering Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Development of capital budgets. Justification of capital projects using time value of money concepts. Replacement analysis. Review of justification of actual capital projects and computer applications. Introduces economic risk assessment and Lean Six Sigma from an economic viewpoint.

    NOTE: This was formerly ET 4970.

  • ET 2310 - Computer-Assisted Drafting and Design I

    3 credit hours

    Covers basic technical drawing/sketching and drafting concepts using personal computers, plotters, and appropriate CAD software. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.  

  • ET 3360 - Computer-Assisted Drafting and Design II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CMT 3320 or ET 2310. Utilizes PC and CAD software to develop skills in the creation and analysis of mechanical solid models for design and production purposes. Includes the use of shading and rendering to enhance three-dimensional model display and the extraction of two-dimensional engineering drawings. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 4330 - Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ET 3360 or permission of instructor. Topics include customizing menus, 3-D concepts and surface modeling, AutoLisp, rendering, and slide shows. Interactive computer drafting and design using advanced AutoCAD software and add-ons. Primarily for students who want to increase their capabilities using CAD. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.

Finance

  • FIN 4110 - Managerial Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing; FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00); and admission into the College of Business. A case course emphasizing the financial aspects of management. Topics include financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

Foreign Language (choose one language)

  • Elementary I and II or equivalent
  • Intermediate I and II or equivalent

Geology

  • GEOL 3000 - Mineralogy  5 credit hours  

    GEOL 3000 - Mineralogy

    5 credit hours

    Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or permission of instructor. Crystallography and crystal chemistry. Physical and chemical properties of silicate and non-silicate mineral groups. Examination of the common rock-forming minerals in hand sample and thin section. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

  • GEOL 4000 - Petrology and Petrography

    5 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 3000. Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Theories of formation and evolution based upon mineralogical and geochemical evidence. Examination and classification of rocks in hand sample and thin section. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

  • GEOL 4120 - Environmental Geology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or PGEO 1030 or consent of instructor. Application of geologic information to minimize possible environmental degradation and maximize utilization of resources in the natural and modified environment; local examples and field trips. Topics include engineering properties of earth materials, natural hazard prediction and reduction, water supply, solid and hazardous wastes, mineral resources, global change, land-use planning, environmental impact analysis. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

Global Studies and Cultural Geography

  • GS 2010 - Introduction to Cross-Cultural Experiences

    3 credit hours

    Required of all Global Studies majors or minors and Cultural Geography majors. Establishes a broad-based foundation for understanding varying perspectives and values in a culture other than one's own. Differing global and international views on cultural and environmental issues past, present, and future. The student's cultural background will be used for comparative purposes.

  • GEOG 4370 - Urban Geographies: Key Trends, Problems, and Solutions

    3 credit hours

    Explores different geographies of cities through contemporary socioeconomic processes that shape urban development. Cityscapes of North America and abroad surveyed to determine how cultural, economics, globalization, infrastructure, race, geography, and policy influence urban growth. Global networks and associations emphasized.

Information Systems

  • INFS 2400 - Web Development  3 credit hours  

    INFS 2400 - Web Development

    3 credit hours

    Web development using HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and multimedia Web content. Covers planning, design, development, and publishing of a Web site.

  • INFS 3200 - Business Application Development

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Foundation knowledge of microcomputer applications; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. An applications-oriented course; extensive laboratory work and development of projects.

Leadership Studies

  • LEAD 2000 - Introduction to Leadership Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the basic concepts of contemporary leadership with a focus on emergent leadership in informal settings. Assists students with leadership identity development while applying concepts of relational and ethical processes in a diverse society.  

Management

  • ENTR 3650 - New Venture Creation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENTR 2900 or MGMT 3610; junior standing; admission to the College of Business. Examines the process of new venture formation. Topics include recognizing and testing opportunity, developing the business concept, analyzing risks, and financing the new venture.

  • ENTR 4920 - Small Business Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Analysis of problems and considerations involved in planning, organizing, and operating small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Emphasis on environmental issues, growth strategies, process management activities, and human resource management.

  • MGMT 3630 - Organization Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610; admission to the College of Business. The organization as a system. Emphasis on the external environment, performance measurement, structure (including contingency theory of organization design), bureaucracy, and the impact of behavioral aspects on organization theory.

  • MGMT 3710 - Management of Quality

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. Introduction to design, operation, and control of quality systems; implementation approaches including behavioral and technical issues; strategic importance; quality improvement tools and their use; supplier certification; awards and recognition. NOTE: Should take with or have completed MGMT 3620.

  • MGMT 3730 - Management of Innovation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Business. Examines the management of the process of forecasting, acquiring, and integrating emerging technologies into the firm's products/services and processes. Particular emphasis given to rapid prototyping (e.g., 3D printing) technologies for products and services, learning from failure, and idea generation/screening. Course structure may vary.

  • MGMT 3750 - Advanced Supply Chain Strategies

    3 credit hours

    (Same as MKT 3750.) Prerequisites: MGMT 3620; admission to the College of Business. Design, operations, and control of global and local supply chains; implementation approaches including behavioral and technical issues; implementation approaches including behavioral (especially cross-functional) and technical issues; implementation of Plan-Source-Make-Deliver-Return model for supply chains. NOTE: Should take with or have completed MGMT 3620.

  • MGMT 3810 - Human Resources Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business. The organization, functions, and administration of a human resources management department, including selection, training, placement, promotion, appraisal, pay incentives, and laws affecting the human resource function.

  • MGMT 3890 - Managerial Decision Making

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Investigates the decision-making processes of business professionals to gain an understanding of how decisions are made. Emphasis on creative problem solving, critical thinking, problem formulation, and decision analysis.

  • MGMT 4490 - Industrial Relations Legislation

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BLAW 4490 and ECON 4490.) Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business. Economic background and effects of government regulation of labor relations; emphasis on a detailed examination of the National Labor Relations Act as amended or expanded by the Labor Management Relations Act, the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosures Act, and Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act.

  • MGMT 4500 - Employment Discrimination Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BLAW 4500.) Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business.  A detailed examination of the legal rights and responsibilities of employers and employees with respect to fair employment practices; emphasis on significant statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions forming the body of antidiscrimination law.

  • MGMT 4510 - Unions and Collective Bargaining

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ECON 4510.) Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission to the College of Business. The decision-making processes in the industrial relations system and their impact upon the American economy. Particular emphasis on collective bargaining, contract administration, and impasse procedures both in the public and private sectors.

  • MGMT 4640 - Human Resources Planning and Staffing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610; MGMT 3810; admission to the College of Business. Basic concepts, principles, and practices involved in the acquisition of human resources: identifying employment needs, forecasting human resource requirements, recruiting employees internally and externally, and selecting qualified candidates and matching them with appropriate jobs.

  • MGMT 4680 - Organization Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Human behavior in organizations. Emphasis on motivation, leadership, communication, group processes, and methods for managing change. Understanding human behavior allows student to learn better employee utilization strategies resulting in a more effective and efficient organization.

  • MGMT 4700 - Problems in Supply Chain Operations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Business. Current issues in managing modern supply chain operations such as supply chain strategy, capacity management, facilities location, and inventory management systems. Addresses special topics related to the Supply Chain Model: Plan-Source-Make-Deliver-Return. Topics covered and course structure vary.

  • MGMT 4710 - International Business

    3 credit hours

    (Same as MKT 4710 .) Prerequisites: MGMT 3610; MKT 3820; admission to the College of Business. International organizational structures and managerial processes. Cultural, political, economic, and legal environments of global marketing. World market patterns and international trade theory.

  • MGMT 4730 - Global Comparative Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Cross-cultural dimensions of management theories and the applicability of these theories in a multicultural and multinational environment. Topics include cross-cultural communications, motivation, leadership, and decision making. The role of MNCs in economic development and their relationship with host countries also examined.

Marketing

  • MKT 3840 - Professional Selling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission to the College of Business. Principles, problems, and role of personal selling in the business environment. Buying motives, persuasion techniques, and steps of selling process are considered as they relate to different types of sales activities and products.

  • MKT 3850 - Promotion  3 credit hours  

    MKT 3850 - Promotion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission to the College of Business. Psychological, sociological, legal, and marketing environments of promotion; the promotion mix consisting of advertising, publicity, personal selling, and sales promotion; and the development of promotion objectives, strategies, and plans.

  • MKT 3860 - Purchasing  3 credit hours  

    MKT 3860 - Purchasing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820 or approval of instructor, and admission into the College of Business. Purchasing management of materials and equipment in industry and government. Includes the optimum of quality, price, source, quantity, and time.

  • MKT 3870 - Principles of Transportation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820 and admission into the College of Business. Transportation development in the United States and internationally. A historical, economic, and regulatory perspective.

  • MKT 3900 - Social Media Marketing and E-Commerce

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business. Direct marketing and its strategic use in the development of an integrated marketing communications plan. Topics include traditional direct marketing techniques such as direct mail, broadcast and print media, and telemarketing; Web-based marketing; and technology's impact on direct marketing communications techniques.

  • MKT 3910 - Consumer Behavior  3 credit hours  

    MKT 3910 - Consumer Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business. Buyer behavior as an influence in marketing decisions; special attention given to the processes of motivation, perception, attitude, learning, and interaction.

  • MKT 3930 - Marketing Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820;  BIA 3620/BIA 3621; admission into the College of Business. Modern research methods and their application in gathering information for marketing decisions. Special emphasis given to the implementation of marketing surveys and experiments.

  • MKT 3950 - Business-to-Business Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business. Survey of managerial decisions involved in the business-to-business marketing of goods and services.

  • MKT 3960 - Marketing Channels Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business. Interrelationships and interdependencies among the various institutions and agencies composing marketing channels. Emphasis on analysis of alternative strategies of different channel members for optimum efficiency within a given distribution system.

  • MKT 4800 - Sales Management  3 credit hours  

    MKT 4800 - Sales Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; MKT 3840; admission into the College of Business. Management functions as applied to field sales force. Includes sales organization structures, selection and training of sales personnel, sales compensation, supervision and stimulation of the sales force, and evaluation of sales performance.

  • MKT 4850 - Advanced Selling  3 credit hours  

    MKT 4850 - Advanced Selling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; MKT 3840; admission into the College of Business. The sales function as it relates to business-to-business selling and strategic relationship development. Topics include relational selling, account management, negotiation, team selling, handling conflict and ethical dilemmas, and selling to buying committees. Learning through interactive lecture, role-playing, and sales force automation software.

  • MKT 4870 - Services Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820 and admission into the College of Business. The role and scope of marketing in service entities, including impact, issues, and domestic and global trends.

  • MKT 4880 - Applied Marketing Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3930 and admission into the College of Business. Applies marketing research concepts and tools learned in the introductory marketing research class to "real-life" marketing problems. Emphasis on planning and implementing research activities as well as oral and written presentation of results and conclusions based on marketing research.

MBA Preparatory

  • ACTG 3020 - Managerial Accounting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ACTG 2120 or ACTG 3000; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Analysis of costs of products and services, recognition of quantitative techniques relating to management objectives, overview of master budgeting, and planning and control techniques. Designed for nonaccounting majors. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3310 or Accounting majors.)

  • BIA 3620 - Introduction to Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIA 2610 or equivalent, junior standing. Corequisite: BIA 3621. Introduction to the concepts and application of data analytics in business. Spreadsheet software and associated analytic tools will be utilized to visualize, model, and analyze business data using a hands-on-approach.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

Organizational Communication

  • ORCO 3240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. An overview of organizational communication theories and processes examined through a hands-on approach. Includes communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • ORCO 3250 - Organizational Communication in Communities

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

  • ORCO 3500 - Strategic Communication in Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • ORCO 3650 - Conflict and Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. The role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Examines workplace violence, fraud, mediation, grievances, substance abuse, and discrimination.

Philosophy

Physical Geography

  • PGEO 4490 - Remote Sensing  4 credit hours  

    PGEO 4490 - Remote Sensing

    4 credit hours

    The various aspects of remote sensing such as radar, satellite imagery, and infrared data. Use of data in preparation of maps and application to land use and environmental problems examined. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

  • PGEO 4530 - Geographic Information Systems

    3 credit hours

    Lecture and laboratory work relative to computer-manipulated geographic data base. Laboratory work will involve experience in practical application of a geographic information system (GIS) to problem solving.

Public Relations

  • PR 2040 - Public Relations Principles

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the practice of public relations, including its fundamental concepts and theories, historical development, and current issues.

    NOTE: This was formerly PR 3040.

Transportation

  • TRNS 1610 - Introduction to Transportation

    3 credit hours

    Transportation development, identification, and evaluation of the elements of the transportation system including historical, legislative, and trend analysis. Fall only.

  • TRNS 2620 - Transportation Freight Systems

    3 credit hours

    An overview of cargo systems and transportation freight rates. Includes an analysis of transportation issues and the relationship between the shipper, the modes of transportation, and the consumer. Spring only.

  • TRNS 3630 - Transportation Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: TRNS 1610 or TRNS 2620 or permission of instructor. An overview of the structure and management of a logistics distribution system. Distribution logistics as a function area and as a strategic element of the total transportation system. Fall only.

University Seminar

  • UNIV 4010 - MTSU Institute of Leadership Excellence

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; 3.0 cumulative GPA; must have completed 60 credit hours by start of course. An intensive learning experience in leadership excellence. Involves significantly more clock hours than the typical three-credit-hour course but offers a remarkably unique experience. The institute has three primary objectives: academic study of leadership theory and practice, with an emphasis on application; extensive exposure to accomplished leaders; and completion of a substantial student project, a part of which will be a personal action plan for leadership growth. Participants must be prepared to attend morning, afternoon, and evening sessions for three weeks during S1-May Term.


Concrete Industry Management, Production, Sales, and Service Concentration, B.S.

Department of Concrete Industry Management
615-904-8060
Heather Brown, program coordinator
Heather.Brown@mtsu.edu

 www.mtsucim.com/

The major in Concrete Industry Management is designed to produce broadly educated, articulate graduates, grounded in basic science and mathematics, who are knowledgeable about concrete technology and techniques and are able to manage people and systems and to promote products or services related to the concrete industry. Examples of opportunities in the field include technical sales of products used to manufacture concrete; operations management of a concrete production facility; sales and marketing of production, construction, and finishing equipment; product distribution, supply chain management, and logistics; project management for a concrete or general contractor; work as a concrete specialist in an architectural/engineering firm or government entity; and support positions such as writer or editor for a technical magazine or professional/trade association management.

The Production, Sales, and Service concentration is geared toward developing technical managers for ready mix, block, and precast concrete production facilities as well as their suppliers, such as admixture, aggregate, cement, and equipment companies. Position opportunities include operations management, sales and sales management, marketing management, human resource management, technical service and quality control, or environmental and safety management.

All students in the Production, Sales, and Service concentration are required to choose a business-related cognate from the list below in addition to the CIM major requirement of completing a Business Administration minor. Twelve (12) hours must be successfully completed in a single chosen cognate area prior to graduation.

Core classes in the major include CIM 1010, CIM 1050, CIM 3000, CIM 3050, CIM 3060,CIM 3100, CIM 3300, CIM 4030, CIM 4150, CIM 4200, CIM 4910.

Grading Policy

Students majoring in the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program must receive grades of C (2.00) or better in all CIM courses in order for the courses to count toward graduation. A minimum grade of C (2.00) is required in all CIM classes that are prerequisites to other CIM classes.

Curriculum: Concrete Industry Management, Production, Sales, and Service

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

 

  • MATH 1630 - College Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT greater than 25 or MATH 1710. Topics include solving systems of linear equations, Leontief models, linear programming, mathematics of finance, set theory, and probability theory.

  • MATH 1720 - Plane Trigonometry  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1720 - Plane Trigonometry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Strong background in algebra recommended. Trigonometric functions of the acute and general angle, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric and inverse functions, identities, solutions of right and general triangles, equations, complex numbers, and vectors. Not open to those who have had MATH 1730. Graphing calculator required.

  • GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science  3 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    GEOL 1030 - Introduction to Earth Science

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: GEOL 1031. The earth and its relationship to its space and environment emphasized. Forces and processes which combine to mold the face of the earth and its atmosphere, as well as the internal constitution of the earth. Three hours lecture. Together, GEOL 1030 and GEOL 1031 satisfy 4 hours of the Natural Sciences portion of the General Education requirement.

OR

  • GEOL 1040 - Physical Geology  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    GEOL 1040 - Physical Geology

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: GEOL 1041. The origin, composition, and structure of the solid earth: rock-forming minerals; igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; earthquakes and plate tectonics; surface processes; geologic time. Identification and description of minerals and rocks in hand sample. Use of topographic and geologic maps. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

 

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • CIM 1010 - Introduction to the Concrete Industry

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Overview of the history, career opportunities, job functions, and professional organizations in the concrete industry. Introduction to the concrete industry management curriculum, instructional exceptions, and methodologies.

  • CIM 1050 - Blueprint Reading  1 credit hour credit hours  

    CIM 1050 - Blueprint Reading

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Provides a broad-based background in interpreting blueprints. Typical plans for both residential and commercial building reviewed.

 

  • CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: CHEM 1011. For students with no prior courses in chemistry; to be taken before CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of chemistry: measurements, matter, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, solutions, and electrolytes. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry.

OR

  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: High school chemistry. Corequisite: CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometric relationships, periodic properties of the elements, thermochemistry, and properties of gases. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

 

  • CSCI 1150 - Computer Orientation

    3 credit hours

    A general introduction to computers with an emphasis on personal computing, database, word processing, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and Internet tools. Does not count for Computer Science major or minor.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  recommended (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

Subtotal: 28 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • ENGR 3920 - Engineering Safety  3 credit hours  (formerly ET 4420)

    ENGR 3920 - Engineering Safety

    3 credit hours

    Safety and health in the manufacturing, construction, and utilities industries, including pertinent laws, codes, regulations, standards, and product liability considerations. Organizational and administrative principles and practices for safety management and safety engineering, accident investigation, safety education, and safety enforcement.

    NOTE: This was formerly ET 4420 - Industrial Safety.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • CIM 3000 - Fundamentals of Concrete: Properties and Testing

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111; CIM 1010 or CMT 1100. Concrete testing, admixtures, placing, and finishing. Effects of concrete-making materials on properties of fresh and hardened concrete materials. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • CIM 3050 - Concrete Construction Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000 or CMT 1100. Forming and shoring, placing and reinforcing; transporting, placing, consolidating, finishing, jointing, and curing concrete for cast-in-place foundations, pavements, slabs on ground, structural frames, and other structural members; erecting precast concrete members; waterproofing concrete foundations.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics  3 credit hours  recommended (Soc/Beh Sci)

    ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

 

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. PSY 3030 may be required. (See online schedule.) Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics and their applications.

  • BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods  3 credit hours  OR

    BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1630 or MATH 1810. The application of collecting, summarizing, and analyzing data to make business decisions. Topics include measures of central tendency, variation, probability theory, point and interval estimation, correlation and regression. Computer applications emphasized.

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

Choose 6 hours from

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

NOTE:

CIM 3300, Concrete Industry Internship, will be taken sometime after the sophomore year for two credits.

Junior

 

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

  • CIM 3060 - Understanding the Concrete Construction System

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Detailed look at how the concrete construction industry works. Includes review of model building codes, building officials and their function, concrete industry codes and standards, concrete construction processes, quality assurance systems, contract documents, and concrete construction markets.

  • CIM 3100 - Applications of Concrete Construction

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  CIM 3050. Details many uses of concrete in the construction of buildings, pavements, and other facilities. Emphasis on the advantages, disadvantages, and unique problems faced by materials suppliers, contractors, and design professionals when concrete is chosen for specific applications.

  • CIM 4030 - Issues in the Concrete and Construction Industry: A Legal and Ethical Perspective

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Involves a case study approach to critically analyzing historical and current events in the concrete and construction industry. Particular emphasis on developing a managerial decision-making process incorporating ethical, legal, financial, and other business perspectives.

  • CIM 4050 - Management of Concrete Products: Ordering and Delivering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding on managing order and delivery processes common to all concrete products. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Key differences in the order and delivery functions of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, pre-cast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe supplemented by product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

  • BLAW 3400 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Presentation of the dynamic nature of law in responding to the changing social, ethical, political, regulatory, and international environment. Includes the development and nature of the legal system; business crimes; the law of torts and product liability; constitutional limitations on regulatory powers; legislative, judicial, and administrative control of business activity through the laws of business organizations, securities regulations, antitrust laws, employment laws, labor and safety laws, and consumer protection.

 

  • FIN 3000 - Principles of Financial Management

    3 credit hours

    Will not substitute for FIN 3010. An overview of the fundamental concepts and tools for financial decision making within a business firm. (Not open to business majors.)

  • FIN 3010 - Business Finance  3 credit hours  

    FIN 3010 - Business Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theory of corporate finance, emphasizing wealth creation, valuation, risk, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

 

  • ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing  3 credit hours  OR

    ENGL 3605 - Applied Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Develops reading and writing strategies for examining individual writing processes and solving writing problems posed in university studies across the disciplines: essays, reports, reviews, analyses, memos, proposals. May not be used toward the English major, English minor, or Writing minor.

  • ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

  • COMM 3230 - Professional Public Speaking

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or permission of instructor. Students will create a variety of live and mediated presentations that offer preparation for leadership in professional situations.

  • HSC 3020 - Presentation Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Principles and techniques of effective presentations and demonstrations. Opportunities for experience in presenting demonstrations to the public through mass media. Three hours per week.

  • JOUR 2710 - Media Writing  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 2710 - Media Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.

 

  • CIM 3090 - Computer Applications in Concrete and Construction Industries

    3 credit hours

    Studies most commonly used computer software applications being used by the concrete and construction industries. Upon completion students will have working knowledge of the software in the advanced CIM classes as well as the industry.

  • CIM 4400 - Decorative Concrete  3 credit hours  OR

    CIM 4400 - Decorative Concrete

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Understanding and utilizing decorative concrete design applications, production, stamping, staining, and sealing. Manufacturing of concrete countertops, as well as vertical, flooring, and ornamental applications.

  • CIM 4500 - Masonry  3 credit hours  OR

    CIM 4500 - Masonry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Use, types, and manufacture of concrete masonry units. Discusses common techniques and technical considerations relating to construction using concrete masonry. Reviews typical laboratory testing procedures used for very specific compliance of concrete masonry units for use in construction.

  • CIM 4600 - Design, Production, and Manufacture of Precast Concrete

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Covers all relevant topics within the precast concrete industry including design, manufacture, handling, transportation, safety, quality, and erection of precast concrete productions. Helps minimize learning curve as a new professional in the precast industry.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • Cognate 12 credit hours
  • CIM 4060 - Management of Concrete Products: Production Facilities

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding of managing the manufacturing process common to all concrete products production facilities. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Review of key differences in manufacturing process of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, precast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe explained through product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

  • CIM 4150 - Concrete Problems: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Dispute Resolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Diagnosing and preventing problems related to concrete production, testing, construction, and performance. Identifying causes of fresh and hardened concrete problems such as fast and slow setting, air content variations, low strength, cracking, and scaling. Pre-job conferences and dispute resolution methods.

  • CIM 4300 - Concrete Mixture Design

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. A detailed study on the standard practices of designing and proportioning various types of concrete mixtures. Addresses the basic principles that govern the use of different types of cements, aggregates, supplementary cementitious materials, and chemical admixtures in concrete mixture design.

  • CIM 4910 - Capstone  3 credit hours  

    CIM 4910 - Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CIM 3300 and senior standing; to be taken last semester.  Intensive study of a problem(s) appropriate to the major and the student's career interest. Solution(s) for problem(s) presented to a committee of concrete industry representatives. Presentation must emphasize depth of analysis, completeness and effectiveness of solution, and presentation skills.

  • CIM 4200 - Senior Concrete Lab

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CIM 3000 and senior standing.  Opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of concrete and cement chemistry in a laboratory environment. The student will be evaluated by his/her ability to investigate a concrete situation and resolve the issue with a laboratory project. Graded activities include in-class exercises, written reports, and oral presentations. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 3910 - Introduction to Operations Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A foundation course in manufacturing and service operations management. Problem-solving applications emphasized.

  • MGMT 3620 - Supply Chain Operations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Focuses on the integration between supply chain operations strategies/decisions and their impact on other business functions in an organization. Examines operations management concepts using a global supply chain perspective. Covers topics such as inventory management, lean/just in time, project management, and supply-demand matching. Overarching goal of using supply chain operations strategies to develop a business competitive advantage reinforced. This is a writing-intensive course.

Subtotal: 28 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

NOTE:

Students should consult their advisors each semester to plan their schedules. The advisor listing can be found at www.mtsucim.com/.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Concrete Industry Management, Production, Sales, and Service, B.S., Academic Map  

Concrete Industry Management Cognate Courses

Production, Sales, and Service students must choose any four courses from below. Concrete Contracting students must choose one course.

Agribusiness and Agriscience

  • ABAS 3140 - Real Property Law for Commerce and Agriculture

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BLAW 4470/FIN 4470.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and limitations of ownership of property, estates, titles, methods of transferring titles, abstract of titles, mortgages, leases, easements, restrictions on the use of property, real estate development, application of contract law to real property, and the role of real estate in the administration of estates. Emphasis on specific application to agricultural businesses and farms.

  • ABAS 3340 - Soil  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 3340 - Soil

    3 credit hours

    Physical, chemical, and biological properties. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 3360 - Irrigation and Drainage

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. Comparative evaluation and interpretation of irrigation and drainage systems; water supply development; interrelationships of the environment and plants; scheduling irrigation; examination of economic and legal factors. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 3370 - Soil Analysis  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 3370 - Soil Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. Analysis of soils in laboratory. Lecture/lab.

Advertising

  • ADV 3020 - Principles of Advertising

    3 credit hours

    Overview of advertising principles and practices including the role of advertising in society and the marketplace, consumer behavior, advertising media, budgeting and planning, and the creation and production of advertising messages.

Business Communications

  • BCED 1400 - Introduction to Business

    3 credit hours

    Survey of business economic units of our society; the problems of business such as ownership, social responsibility, physical factors, personnel, marketing, and managerial controls. Includes exploration and analysis of business careers.

  • BCED 2010 - Career Decision Making  1 credit hour credit hours  

    BCED 2010 - Career Decision Making

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Skills in and knowledge of the career decision-making process; aspects of career development theories; how interests, skills, and values relate to career choices; and information about how educational options and career clusters are organized.

  • BCED 2020 - Job Search Communication  1 credit hour credit hours  

    BCED 2020 - Job Search Communication

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Skills needed to efficiently and effectively search for a job, create professional resumes and career materials, use social media for job search purposes, and job interviewing skills.

  • BCED 2030 - Workplace Etiquette and Protocol  1 credit hour credit hours  

    BCED 2030 - Workplace Etiquette and Protocol

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Provides students with workplace etiquette skills needed during the job-search process and throughout their careers. Topics will include nonverbal and interpersonal communication skills, table manners, protocol, and other career-related skills.

  • ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship  3 credit hours  

    ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BCED 1400 recommended. The mechanics and operational skills needed for organizing and operating an enterprise.

Communication

  • COMM 2300 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental theories and principles for communicating effectively with others in everyday relationships. Topics include development of self-concept, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, conflict negotiation, romantic relationships, and diversity.

  • COMM 3210 - Argumentation and Debate

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of advocacy with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class debating on questions of fact, value, and policy.

  • COMM 3340 - Interview Communication

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ORCO 3340.) Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A critical study of professional interviewing techniques for employment, recruiting, counseling, persuasion, and appraisal.

  • COMM 3350 - Diversity in Communication

    3 credit hours

    Communication and intergroup relationships among people of different ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States.

  • COMM 4320 - Theories of Persuasive Communication

    3 credit hours

    Includes theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

Concrete Industry Management

  • CIM 3090 - Computer Applications in Concrete and Construction Industries

    3 credit hours

    Studies most commonly used computer software applications being used by the concrete and construction industries. Upon completion students will have working knowledge of the software in the advanced CIM classes as well as the industry.

  • CIM 4400 - Decorative Concrete

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Understanding and utilizing decorative concrete design applications, production, stamping, staining, and sealing. Manufacturing of concrete countertops, as well as vertical, flooring, and ornamental applications.

  • CIM 4500 - Masonry  3 credit hours  

    CIM 4500 - Masonry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Use, types, and manufacture of concrete masonry units. Discusses common techniques and technical considerations relating to construction using concrete masonry. Reviews typical laboratory testing procedures used for very specific compliance of concrete masonry units for use in construction.

  • CIM 4600 - Design, Production, and Manufacture of Precast Concrete

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Covers all relevant topics within the precast concrete industry including design, manufacture, handling, transportation, safety, quality, and erection of precast concrete productions. Helps minimize learning curve as a new professional in the precast industry.

For Production, Sales, and Service:

  • CIM 3070 - Site Planning, Layout, and Preparation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:  CIM 1010 and General Education Math requirement. Activities required to successfully prepare a site for concrete work. Includes initial site investigation, surveying, groundwork, subbase preparation, and elevations. Exposes students to modern technological tools and methods such the use of GPS, EDM, and lasers. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • CIM 3080 - Formwork Design and Computerized Drafting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Overview of costs and safety with regard to formwork selection, design, and construction. Reviews the various forming systems available and how they may be integrated for use in specific project circumstances. Includes a basic review of CAD drafting techniques and their applications.

  • CIM 4010 - Design and Construction Issues

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3200. A review of concrete construction materials and their physical and mechanical properties. Special emphasis placed on the concepts of mechanics of materials and resolving design/construction mismatches.

  • CIM 4070 - Concrete Contracting Personnel Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CIM declared major and senior standing. Application of personnel management techniques in the contracting business. Emphasis on adapting management styles to various employee personality traits, training techniques, personal management, effective and efficient management of equipment and other resources, and leadership development.  

  • CIM 4100 - Field Management and Supervision

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing. Offers knowledge and skills to effectively manage concrete construction jobsite activities. Emphasis on safety, equipment identification and use, maintenance, contingency plans, and worksite productivity.

For Concrete Contracting:

  • CIM 4050 - Management of Concrete Products: Ordering and Delivering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding on managing order and delivery processes common to all concrete products. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Key differences in the order and delivery functions of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, pre-cast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe supplemented by product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

  • CIM 4060 - Management of Concrete Products: Production Facilities

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding of managing the manufacturing process common to all concrete products production facilities. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Review of key differences in manufacturing process of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, precast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe explained through product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

Economics

  • ECON 3210 - The Financial System and the Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2410; junior standing. Basic introduction to the functions of financial institutions and markets in the conduct of domestic and international economic transactions. Within financial market context, focus on special role that money plays as an asset and a determinant of the price level, the cause of inflation and inflation's effects on interest rates and borrowing costs, and the influence of Federal Reserve actions (monetary policy) on money and interest rates.

  • ECON 4400 - Economics of Antitrust and Regulation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2420; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Economic analysis of the antitrust laws and their enforcement: price-fixing, collusion, mergers, monopolization, and vertical arrangements. Economics theories of regulation/deregulation applied to actual regulatory policies: natural monopoly; price and entry regulation; health, safety, and environmental regulation; and intellectual property. Includes historical development as well as current applications.  

  • ECON 4420 - Labor and Human Resource Economics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECON 2410 or ECON 2420; junior standing; and admission into the College of Business. Current issues and theories, returns to training and education (human capital), earnings differences; union impacts and government regulation of labor relations and labor markets; human resource information system modeling, including applied PC or mainframe data analysis and integration of Internet information sources.

Environmental Sustainability and Technology

  • EST 2810 - Introduction to Environmental Science

    3 credit hours

    The technical, economic, and political aspects of environmental science. Introduction to specific problems dealing with many pollution issues. Specific monitoring, abatement techniques, and equipment. An overview of energy production processes, industrial pollution problems, air, noise, solid and hazardous wastes, along with economic and environmental concerns. Field trips, lecture, and research projects and/or papers highlight specific topics of special interest to students.

  • EST 4810 - Energy and the Environment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 4 hours chemistry and 3 hours mathematics or consent of instructor. Sources and methods of energy production and classifications of energy usages, with emphasis on usage trends, energy conservation strategies, and alternate energy utilization.

  • EST 4820 - Solar Building Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 4 hours science and 3 hours mathematics or consent of instructor. Broad introduction to the environmental and economic impact of solar energy for residential and light industrial construction including day lighting, passive solar design, and hot water heating.

  • EST 4840 - Energy Auditing  3 credit hours  

    EST 4840 - Energy Auditing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 4 hours chemistry and 3 hours mathematics or consent of instructor. Types of energy consumption and classifications of energy usages, with emphasis on conservation strategies and total management for residential and industrial plants.

Engineering/Engineering Technology

  • ENGR 3970 - Engineering Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Development of capital budgets. Justification of capital projects using time value of money concepts. Replacement analysis. Review of justification of actual capital projects and computer applications. Introduces economic risk assessment and Lean Six Sigma from an economic viewpoint.

    NOTE: This was formerly ET 4970.

  • ET 2310 - Computer-Assisted Drafting and Design I

    3 credit hours

    Covers basic technical drawing/sketching and drafting concepts using personal computers, plotters, and appropriate CAD software. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.  

  • ET 3360 - Computer-Assisted Drafting and Design II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CMT 3320 or ET 2310. Utilizes PC and CAD software to develop skills in the creation and analysis of mechanical solid models for design and production purposes. Includes the use of shading and rendering to enhance three-dimensional model display and the extraction of two-dimensional engineering drawings. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 4330 - Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ET 3360 or permission of instructor. Topics include customizing menus, 3-D concepts and surface modeling, AutoLisp, rendering, and slide shows. Interactive computer drafting and design using advanced AutoCAD software and add-ons. Primarily for students who want to increase their capabilities using CAD. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.

Finance

  • FIN 4110 - Managerial Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing; FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00); and admission into the College of Business. A case course emphasizing the financial aspects of management. Topics include financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

Foreign Language (choose one language)

  • Elementary I and II or equivalent
  • Intermediate I and II or equivalent

Geology

  • GEOL 3000 - Mineralogy  5 credit hours  

    GEOL 3000 - Mineralogy

    5 credit hours

    Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or permission of instructor. Crystallography and crystal chemistry. Physical and chemical properties of silicate and non-silicate mineral groups. Examination of the common rock-forming minerals in hand sample and thin section. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

  • GEOL 4000 - Petrology and Petrography

    5 credit hours

    Prerequisite: GEOL 3000. Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Theories of formation and evolution based upon mineralogical and geochemical evidence. Examination and classification of rocks in hand sample and thin section. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

  • GEOL 4120 - Environmental Geology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: GEOL 1030/GEOL 1031 or GEOL 1040/GEOL 1041 or PGEO 1030 or consent of instructor. Application of geologic information to minimize possible environmental degradation and maximize utilization of resources in the natural and modified environment; local examples and field trips. Topics include engineering properties of earth materials, natural hazard prediction and reduction, water supply, solid and hazardous wastes, mineral resources, global change, land-use planning, environmental impact analysis. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

Global Studies and Cultural Geography

  • GS 2010 - Introduction to Cross-Cultural Experiences

    3 credit hours

    Required of all Global Studies majors or minors and Cultural Geography majors. Establishes a broad-based foundation for understanding varying perspectives and values in a culture other than one's own. Differing global and international views on cultural and environmental issues past, present, and future. The student's cultural background will be used for comparative purposes.

  • GEOG 4370 - Urban Geographies: Key Trends, Problems, and Solutions

    3 credit hours

    Explores different geographies of cities through contemporary socioeconomic processes that shape urban development. Cityscapes of North America and abroad surveyed to determine how cultural, economics, globalization, infrastructure, race, geography, and policy influence urban growth. Global networks and associations emphasized.

Information Systems

  • INFS 2400 - Web Development  3 credit hours  

    INFS 2400 - Web Development

    3 credit hours

    Web development using HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and multimedia Web content. Covers planning, design, development, and publishing of a Web site.

  • INFS 3200 - Business Application Development

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Foundation knowledge of microcomputer applications; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. An applications-oriented course; extensive laboratory work and development of projects.

Leadership Studies

  • LEAD 2000 - Introduction to Leadership Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the basic concepts of contemporary leadership with a focus on emergent leadership in informal settings. Assists students with leadership identity development while applying concepts of relational and ethical processes in a diverse society.  

Management

  • ENTR 3650 - New Venture Creation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENTR 2900 or MGMT 3610; junior standing; admission to the College of Business. Examines the process of new venture formation. Topics include recognizing and testing opportunity, developing the business concept, analyzing risks, and financing the new venture.

  • ENTR 4920 - Small Business Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Analysis of problems and considerations involved in planning, organizing, and operating small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Emphasis on environmental issues, growth strategies, process management activities, and human resource management.

  • MGMT 3630 - Organization Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610; admission to the College of Business. The organization as a system. Emphasis on the external environment, performance measurement, structure (including contingency theory of organization design), bureaucracy, and the impact of behavioral aspects on organization theory.

  • MGMT 3710 - Management of Quality

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. Introduction to design, operation, and control of quality systems; implementation approaches including behavioral and technical issues; strategic importance; quality improvement tools and their use; supplier certification; awards and recognition. NOTE: Should take with or have completed MGMT 3620.

  • MGMT 3730 - Management of Innovation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Business. Examines the management of the process of forecasting, acquiring, and integrating emerging technologies into the firm's products/services and processes. Particular emphasis given to rapid prototyping (e.g., 3D printing) technologies for products and services, learning from failure, and idea generation/screening. Course structure may vary.

  • MGMT 3750 - Advanced Supply Chain Strategies

    3 credit hours

    (Same as MKT 3750.) Prerequisites: MGMT 3620; admission to the College of Business. Design, operations, and control of global and local supply chains; implementation approaches including behavioral and technical issues; implementation approaches including behavioral (especially cross-functional) and technical issues; implementation of Plan-Source-Make-Deliver-Return model for supply chains. NOTE: Should take with or have completed MGMT 3620.

  • MGMT 3810 - Human Resources Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business. The organization, functions, and administration of a human resources management department, including selection, training, placement, promotion, appraisal, pay incentives, and laws affecting the human resource function.

  • MGMT 3890 - Managerial Decision Making

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Investigates the decision-making processes of business professionals to gain an understanding of how decisions are made. Emphasis on creative problem solving, critical thinking, problem formulation, and decision analysis.

  • MGMT 4490 - Industrial Relations Legislation

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BLAW 4490 and ECON 4490.) Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business. Economic background and effects of government regulation of labor relations; emphasis on a detailed examination of the National Labor Relations Act as amended or expanded by the Labor Management Relations Act, the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosures Act, and Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act.

  • MGMT 4500 - Employment Discrimination Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as BLAW 4500.) Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business.  A detailed examination of the legal rights and responsibilities of employers and employees with respect to fair employment practices; emphasis on significant statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions forming the body of antidiscrimination law.

  • MGMT 4510 - Unions and Collective Bargaining

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ECON 4510.) Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission to the College of Business. The decision-making processes in the industrial relations system and their impact upon the American economy. Particular emphasis on collective bargaining, contract administration, and impasse procedures both in the public and private sectors.

  • MGMT 4640 - Human Resources Planning and Staffing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610; MGMT 3810; admission to the College of Business. Basic concepts, principles, and practices involved in the acquisition of human resources: identifying employment needs, forecasting human resource requirements, recruiting employees internally and externally, and selecting qualified candidates and matching them with appropriate jobs.

  • MGMT 4680 - Organization Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Human behavior in organizations. Emphasis on motivation, leadership, communication, group processes, and methods for managing change. Understanding human behavior allows student to learn better employee utilization strategies resulting in a more effective and efficient organization.

  • MGMT 4700 - Problems in Supply Chain Operations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the College of Business. Current issues in managing modern supply chain operations such as supply chain strategy, capacity management, facilities location, and inventory management systems. Addresses special topics related to the Supply Chain Model: Plan-Source-Make-Deliver-Return. Topics covered and course structure vary.

  • MGMT 4710 - International Business

    3 credit hours

    (Same as MKT 4710 .) Prerequisites: MGMT 3610; MKT 3820; admission to the College of Business. International organizational structures and managerial processes. Cultural, political, economic, and legal environments of global marketing. World market patterns and international trade theory.

  • MGMT 4730 - Global Comparative Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Cross-cultural dimensions of management theories and the applicability of these theories in a multicultural and multinational environment. Topics include cross-cultural communications, motivation, leadership, and decision making. The role of MNCs in economic development and their relationship with host countries also examined.

Marketing

  • MKT 3840 - Professional Selling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission to the College of Business. Principles, problems, and role of personal selling in the business environment. Buying motives, persuasion techniques, and steps of selling process are considered as they relate to different types of sales activities and products.

  • MKT 3850 - Promotion  3 credit hours  

    MKT 3850 - Promotion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission to the College of Business. Psychological, sociological, legal, and marketing environments of promotion; the promotion mix consisting of advertising, publicity, personal selling, and sales promotion; and the development of promotion objectives, strategies, and plans.

  • MKT 3860 - Purchasing  3 credit hours  

    MKT 3860 - Purchasing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820 or approval of instructor, and admission into the College of Business. Purchasing management of materials and equipment in industry and government. Includes the optimum of quality, price, source, quantity, and time.

  • MKT 3870 - Principles of Transportation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820 and admission into the College of Business. Transportation development in the United States and internationally. A historical, economic, and regulatory perspective.

  • MKT 3900 - Social Media Marketing and E-Commerce

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business. Direct marketing and its strategic use in the development of an integrated marketing communications plan. Topics include traditional direct marketing techniques such as direct mail, broadcast and print media, and telemarketing; Web-based marketing; and technology's impact on direct marketing communications techniques.

  • MKT 3910 - Consumer Behavior  3 credit hours  

    MKT 3910 - Consumer Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business. Buyer behavior as an influence in marketing decisions; special attention given to the processes of motivation, perception, attitude, learning, and interaction.

  • MKT 3930 - Marketing Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820;  BIA 3620/BIA 3621; admission into the College of Business. Modern research methods and their application in gathering information for marketing decisions. Special emphasis given to the implementation of marketing surveys and experiments.

  • MKT 3950 - Business-to-Business Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business. Survey of managerial decisions involved in the business-to-business marketing of goods and services.

  • MKT 3960 - Marketing Channels Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission into the College of Business. Interrelationships and interdependencies among the various institutions and agencies composing marketing channels. Emphasis on analysis of alternative strategies of different channel members for optimum efficiency within a given distribution system.

  • MKT 4800 - Sales Management  3 credit hours  

    MKT 4800 - Sales Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; MKT 3840; admission into the College of Business. Management functions as applied to field sales force. Includes sales organization structures, selection and training of sales personnel, sales compensation, supervision and stimulation of the sales force, and evaluation of sales performance.

  • MKT 4850 - Advanced Selling  3 credit hours  

    MKT 4850 - Advanced Selling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; MKT 3840; admission into the College of Business. The sales function as it relates to business-to-business selling and strategic relationship development. Topics include relational selling, account management, negotiation, team selling, handling conflict and ethical dilemmas, and selling to buying committees. Learning through interactive lecture, role-playing, and sales force automation software.

  • MKT 4870 - Services Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820 and admission into the College of Business. The role and scope of marketing in service entities, including impact, issues, and domestic and global trends.

  • MKT 4880 - Applied Marketing Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3930 and admission into the College of Business. Applies marketing research concepts and tools learned in the introductory marketing research class to "real-life" marketing problems. Emphasis on planning and implementing research activities as well as oral and written presentation of results and conclusions based on marketing research.

MBA Preparatory

  • ACTG 3020 - Managerial Accounting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ACTG 2120 or ACTG 3000; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Analysis of costs of products and services, recognition of quantitative techniques relating to management objectives, overview of master budgeting, and planning and control techniques. Designed for nonaccounting majors. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3310 or Accounting majors.)

  • BIA 3620 - Introduction to Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIA 2610 or equivalent, junior standing. Corequisite: BIA 3621. Introduction to the concepts and application of data analytics in business. Spreadsheet software and associated analytic tools will be utilized to visualize, model, and analyze business data using a hands-on-approach.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

Organizational Communication

  • ORCO 3240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. An overview of organizational communication theories and processes examined through a hands-on approach. Includes communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • ORCO 3250 - Organizational Communication in Communities

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Theories and techniques involving communication between organizations and their constituencies. Identification and analysis of communication involving corporate philanthropy and fundraising, fundraising events, volunteers, image, and grant writing. Possible topics include health organizations, art organizations, and nonprofits.

  • ORCO 3500 - Strategic Communication in Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • ORCO 3650 - Conflict and Organizations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. The role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals and groups. Examines workplace violence, fraud, mediation, grievances, substance abuse, and discrimination.

Philosophy

Physical Geography

  • PGEO 4490 - Remote Sensing  4 credit hours  

    PGEO 4490 - Remote Sensing

    4 credit hours

    The various aspects of remote sensing such as radar, satellite imagery, and infrared data. Use of data in preparation of maps and application to land use and environmental problems examined. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

  • PGEO 4530 - Geographic Information Systems

    3 credit hours

    Lecture and laboratory work relative to computer-manipulated geographic data base. Laboratory work will involve experience in practical application of a geographic information system (GIS) to problem solving.

Public Relations

  • PR 2040 - Public Relations Principles

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the practice of public relations, including its fundamental concepts and theories, historical development, and current issues.

    NOTE: This was formerly PR 3040.

Transportation

  • TRNS 1610 - Introduction to Transportation

    3 credit hours

    Transportation development, identification, and evaluation of the elements of the transportation system including historical, legislative, and trend analysis. Fall only.

  • TRNS 2620 - Transportation Freight Systems

    3 credit hours

    An overview of cargo systems and transportation freight rates. Includes an analysis of transportation issues and the relationship between the shipper, the modes of transportation, and the consumer. Spring only.

  • TRNS 3630 - Transportation Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: TRNS 1610 or TRNS 2620 or permission of instructor. An overview of the structure and management of a logistics distribution system. Distribution logistics as a function area and as a strategic element of the total transportation system. Fall only.

University Seminar

  • UNIV 4010 - MTSU Institute of Leadership Excellence

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; 3.0 cumulative GPA; must have completed 60 credit hours by start of course. An intensive learning experience in leadership excellence. Involves significantly more clock hours than the typical three-credit-hour course but offers a remarkably unique experience. The institute has three primary objectives: academic study of leadership theory and practice, with an emphasis on application; extensive exposure to accomplished leaders; and completion of a substantial student project, a part of which will be a personal action plan for leadership growth. Participants must be prepared to attend morning, afternoon, and evening sessions for three weeks during S1-May Term.


Road Construction Technology Certificate

Department of Concrete Industry Management
615-904-8060
Heather Brown, program coordinator
Heather.Brown@mtsu.edu
www.mtsucim.com/

The Road Construction Technology certificate offers students an opportunity to advance their knowledge in this specialized area of construction. This one-year program requires 15 hours.

Road Construction Technology Certificate (15 hours)

  • CIM 1500 - Basic Road Construction Safety

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department. The study of best-known safe work practices in the road construction industry. Upon successful completion of the course, student will have a working knowledge of how to be safe as well as maintain a safe work environment. Offers preparation for the MSHA and OSHA certification exams.

  • CIM 2500 - Road Construction Problem Solving and Decision Making

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department. Study of various problem solving and decision making methodologies as well as best-known customer service practices. Upon successful completion of this course, student will have a working knowledge of how to quickly analyze the situation and resolve it by using superior communication and negotiation skills.

  • CIM 2510 - Fundamentals of Road Construction

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department. Develops fundamental skills in the areas of construction science, building and construction design, material resources, technical writing, applied math, and basic computer skills.

  • CIM 2520 - Advanced Road Construction

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department. Further develops skills acquired from CIM 2510 in the areas of construction science, building and construction design, material resources, technical writing, applied math, and computer skills.

  • CIM 3310 - Road Construction Internship I

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department. This 400-hour, hands-on training will consist of working with earth moving equipment, pavers, compaction equipment, milling and cutting equipment, crushing equipment, recycling/stabilizing equipment, below grade construction. Trained MTSU faculty and industry professionals will lead this effort and put the interns through highly structured training program.

  • CIM 3320 - Road Construction Internship II

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department. This 400-hour, hands-on training will further enhance the training received in CIM 3310. It will consist of working with earth moving equipment, pavers, compaction equipment, milling and cutting equipment, crushing equipment, recycling/stabilizing equipment, below grade construction. Trained industry professionals will lead this effort and put the interns through highly structured training program. This training will take place at the participant's dealer location.

Ayaz Ahmed
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Dr. Heather Brown
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Jon Huddleston
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Dr. Marcus Knight
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Dr. Zhifu Yang
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Concrete Industry Management

CIM 1010 - Introduction to the Concrete Industry
1 credit hour credit

Overview of the history, career opportunities, job functions, and professional organizations in the concrete industry. Introduction to the concrete industry management curriculum, instructional exceptions, and methodologies.

CIM 1050 - Blueprint Reading
1 credit hour credit

Provides a broad-based background in interpreting blueprints. Typical plans for both residential and commercial building reviewed.

CIM 1500 - Basic Road Construction Safety
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. The study of best-known safe work practices in the road construction industry. Upon successful completion of the course, student will have a working knowledge of how to be safe as well as maintain a safe work environment. Offers preparation for the MSHA and OSHA certification exams.

CIM 2050 - Advanced Blueprint Reading
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 1050. Further develops the skills presented in CIM 1050.

CIM 2500 - Road Construction Problem Solving and Decision Making
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Study of various problem solving and decision making methodologies as well as best-known customer service practices. Upon successful completion of this course, student will have a working knowledge of how to quickly analyze the situation and resolve it by using superior communication and negotiation skills.

CIM 2510 - Fundamentals of Road Construction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Develops fundamental skills in the areas of construction science, building and construction design, material resources, technical writing, applied math, and basic computer skills.

CIM 2520 - Advanced Road Construction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Further develops skills acquired from CIM 2510 in the areas of construction science, building and construction design, material resources, technical writing, applied math, and computer skills.

CIM 3000 - Fundamentals of Concrete: Properties and Testing
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111; CIM 1010 or CMT 1100. Concrete testing, admixtures, placing, and finishing. Effects of concrete-making materials on properties of fresh and hardened concrete materials. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

CIM 3050 - Concrete Construction Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000 or CMT 1100. Forming and shoring, placing and reinforcing; transporting, placing, consolidating, finishing, jointing, and curing concrete for cast-in-place foundations, pavements, slabs on ground, structural frames, and other structural members; erecting precast concrete members; waterproofing concrete foundations.

CIM 3060 - Understanding the Concrete Construction System
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Detailed look at how the concrete construction industry works. Includes review of model building codes, building officials and their function, concrete industry codes and standards, concrete construction processes, quality assurance systems, contract documents, and concrete construction markets.

CIM 3070 - Site Planning, Layout, and Preparation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:  CIM 1010 and General Education Math requirement. Activities required to successfully prepare a site for concrete work. Includes initial site investigation, surveying, groundwork, subbase preparation, and elevations. Exposes students to modern technological tools and methods such the use of GPS, EDM, and lasers. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

CIM 3080 - Formwork Design and Computerized Drafting
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Overview of costs and safety with regard to formwork selection, design, and construction. Reviews the various forming systems available and how they may be integrated for use in specific project circumstances. Includes a basic review of CAD drafting techniques and their applications.

CIM 3090 - Computer Applications in Concrete and Construction Indu
3 credit hours

Studies most commonly used computer software applications being used by the concrete and construction industries. Upon completion students will have working knowledge of the software in the advanced CIM classes as well as the industry.

CIM 3100 - Applications of Concrete Construction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  CIM 3050. Details many uses of concrete in the construction of buildings, pavements, and other facilities. Emphasis on the advantages, disadvantages, and unique problems faced by materials suppliers, contractors, and design professionals when concrete is chosen for specific applications.

CIM 3200 - Concrete Project Estimating
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 2050 and General Education Math Requirement. Project drawings to prepare both basic and detailed estimates. Activities include practice implementing the printreading, estimating, and other skills acquired using actual sets of finished drawings. Projects will become more complicated as the semester progresses and will include below-grade, flatwork, and above-grade examples.

CIM 3300 - Concrete Industry Internship
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Opportunity for students to gain supervised, practical work experience in their particular field of interest within the concrete industry. The student will be evaluated by his/her supervisor, and a final report will be submitted by the student detailing the internship experience.

CIM 3310 - Road Construction Internship I
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. This 400-hour, hands-on training will consist of working with earth moving equipment, pavers, compaction equipment, milling and cutting equipment, crushing equipment, recycling/stabilizing equipment, below grade construction. Trained MTSU faculty and industry professionals will lead this effort and put the interns through highly structured training program.

CIM 3320 - Road Construction Internship II
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. This 400-hour, hands-on training will further enhance the training received in CIM 3310. It will consist of working with earth moving equipment, pavers, compaction equipment, milling and cutting equipment, crushing equipment, recycling/stabilizing equipment, below grade construction. Trained industry professionals will lead this effort and put the interns through highly structured training program. This training will take place at the participant's dealer location.

CIM 3600 - Advanced Concrete Project Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3060. A continuation of the construction management concepts taught in CIM 3060. Emphasis on application of advanced project management concepts. A group activity involving management of a complex concrete construction project.

CIM 4010 - Design and Construction Issues
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3200. A review of concrete construction materials and their physical and mechanical properties. Special emphasis placed on the concepts of mechanics of materials and resolving design/construction mismatches.

CIM 4030 - Issues in the Concrete and Construction Industry: A Leg
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Involves a case study approach to critically analyzing historical and current events in the concrete and construction industry. Particular emphasis on developing a managerial decision-making process incorporating ethical, legal, financial, and other business perspectives.

CIM 4050 - Management of Concrete Products: Ordering and Deliverin
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding on managing order and delivery processes common to all concrete products. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Key differences in the order and delivery functions of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, pre-cast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe supplemented by product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

CIM 4060 - Management of Concrete Products: Production Facilities
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding of managing the manufacturing process common to all concrete products production facilities. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Review of key differences in manufacturing process of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, precast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe explained through product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

CIM 4070 - Concrete Contracting Personnel Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CIM declared major and senior standing. Application of personnel management techniques in the contracting business. Emphasis on adapting management styles to various employee personality traits, training techniques, personal management, effective and efficient management of equipment and other resources, and leadership development.  

CIM 4100 - Field Management and Supervision
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Senior standing. Offers knowledge and skills to effectively manage concrete construction jobsite activities. Emphasis on safety, equipment identification and use, maintenance, contingency plans, and worksite productivity.

CIM 4150 - Concrete Problems: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Dispute R
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Diagnosing and preventing problems related to concrete production, testing, construction, and performance. Identifying causes of fresh and hardened concrete problems such as fast and slow setting, air content variations, low strength, cracking, and scaling. Pre-job conferences and dispute resolution methods.

CIM 4200 - Senior Concrete Lab
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: CIM 3000 and senior standing.  Opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of concrete and cement chemistry in a laboratory environment. The student will be evaluated by his/her ability to investigate a concrete situation and resolve the issue with a laboratory project. Graded activities include in-class exercises, written reports, and oral presentations. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.

CIM 4300 - Concrete Mixture Design
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3100. A detailed study on the standard practices of designing and proportioning various types of concrete mixtures. Addresses the basic principles that govern the use of different types of cements, aggregates, supplementary cementitious materials, and chemical admixtures in concrete mixture design.

CIM 4400 - Decorative Concrete
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Understanding and utilizing decorative concrete design applications, production, stamping, staining, and sealing. Manufacturing of concrete countertops, as well as vertical, flooring, and ornamental applications.

CIM 4500 - Masonry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Use, types, and manufacture of concrete masonry units. Discusses common techniques and technical considerations relating to construction using concrete masonry. Reviews typical laboratory testing procedures used for very specific compliance of concrete masonry units for use in construction.

CIM 4600 - Design, Production, and Manufacture of Precast Concrete
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Covers all relevant topics within the precast concrete industry including design, manufacture, handling, transportation, safety, quality, and erection of precast concrete productions. Helps minimize learning curve as a new professional in the precast industry.

CIM 4800 - Special Problems in Concrete Industry Management
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Permission of department and declared CIM major. Opportunity to pursue projects of individual interest in concrete industry management. Projects may be technical and/or managerial in nature and may require any combination of literature reviews, lab work, field studies, and other research methods. A faculty member will approve a formally submitted proposal for the study, supervise progress, and grade a report and a presentation which are required upon completion of the project. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of undergraduate credit.

CIM 4910 - Capstone
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CIM 3300 and senior standing; to be taken last semester.  Intensive study of a problem(s) appropriate to the major and the student's career interest. Solution(s) for problem(s) presented to a committee of concrete industry representatives. Presentation must emphasize depth of analysis, completeness and effectiveness of solution, and presentation skills.

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