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Course Outlines

PUBW 1001 Introduction to Public Works Operations

School School of Construction and the Environment
Program Certificate in Civil Engineering Technology
Course Credits 1
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date January 11, 2021
End Date February 22, 2021
Total Hours 18
Total Weeks 6
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
CRN 10570

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Ken Zeleschuk
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location N/A
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course starts with a broad overview of the different levels of government, their inter-relationships and influence on local city operations. Weekly sessions then provide broad information on roads, drainage, sanitary sewers, water distribution, and solid waste collection, with emphasis on public works operations. The course will conclude with concepts of asset and maintenance management of municipal infrastructure. On completion, students will be eligible to continue with additional courses in wastewater collection, water distribution, stormwater management or roadworks maintenance.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship of Public Works to other levels of government.
  • Identify detailed elements of a road classification system and typical maintenance activities.
  • Describe general concepts of stormwater management and sanitary waste collection.
  • Discuss the general concepts of a water distribution system and typical maintenance activities.
  • Discuss the general concepts of solid waste collection and recycling operations.
  • Discuss the general concerns for safety and attributes of good public relations.
  • Describe the primary objectives of asset management and its relationship to maintenance activities.

Learning Resources

Secure internet connection and hardware/software for online course delivered through Learning Hub platform. Pen, paper, word processor.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Quiz 115
Quiz 215
Quiz 315
Quiz 415
Final exam40

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

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Guidelines for School of Construction and the Environment

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Ken Zeleschuk, BCIT School of Construction and the Environment
January 08, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Steven Kuan, Associate Dean
January 08, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.