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    The University of Texas at Austin Spring 2003 Department of Civil Engineering

    Capital Facility Finance

    CE395 U.1

    Unique Number 13838 (3 hrs.)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and College of Engineering; or COI

Professor: Dr. G. Edward (Edd) Gibson, Jr.

    ECJ, Rm. 5.208

    (512) 471-4522; FAX (512) 471-3191


    Meetings: Lecture: 1:00 2:15 Monday and Wednesday, Room ECJ 5.418

    (Alternative meeting time: Friday 1:00 2:15, TBA)

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 2:30-4:00 pm.

     Or by appointment

    Course Catalog Description: Corporate and project budgeting; Pre-project planning of capital facilities; Cash flow analysis; Principles and applications of construction project financing and

    accounting; International project finance.

Course Objectives:

1. To give the student a knowledge of financing and financial implications of capital projects from

    the perspective of the major participants--owners, designers, constructors, and financial institutions.

    This perspective will follow the lifecycle of a project.

2. To give the student an intimate understanding of the project life cycle and particularly pre-project

    planning and its impact on and relationship with project finance.

3. To give the student a chance to apply course concepts in selected case study applications.

4. To meet the course objectives set by the students.

     Others to be determined by the class and refined as the course evolves.

     The large majority of this class will be survey-type lectures and group exercises. The

    objectives as defined will be met through informal classroom lectures, guest lecturers, videos, class

    discussion, individual research papers, group exercises, short homework assignments, and student

presentations. Each student will therefore be given the opportunity to influence the direction of the


Interactive references: course ID: 2993, password: 13838


Available through Dr. Gibson and required:

    Construction Industry Institute (1995). Pre-Project Planning Handbook, Special Publication 39-2,

    Austin, TX.


Selected articles and references; TBA

    Other reference material used in preparation of lectures:

Adrian, J. J. (1986) Construction Accounting: Financial, Managerial, Auditing, and Tax, 2d Edition,

    Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

    Bringham, E. (1984) Financial Management Theory and Practice, 4th edition, The Dryden Press,

    New York.

    Clark, F. and Lorenzoni, A. (1997) Applied Cost Engineering, 3

    rd Edition, Marcel Dekker, Inc.,

    New York.

    Construction Industry Institute (1987). Project Materials Management Handbook, Special

    Publication 004, Austin, TX.

    Cushman, R. F. (1978) Construction Business Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York.

    Halpin, D. W. (1985) Financial and Cost Concepts for Construction Management, John Wiley &

    Sons, New York.

    Horngren, C. T. (1984) Introduction to Management Accounting, 6th edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc.,

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

    Newell, J. (1979). Builders Guide to Construction Financing, Craftsman Books, Carlsbad, CA.

    Palmer, W., Coombs, W. and Smith, M. (1995). Construction Accounting and Financial

    Management, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill, New York.

    Pyle, W. and Larson, K. (1981). Fundamental Accounting Principles, 9th edition, Richard D. Irwin,

    Inc., Homewood, IL.

    Riggs, H. (1994). Financial and Cost Analysis for Engineering and Technology Management, John

    Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.

    Shtub, A., Bard, J., and Globerson, S. (1994). Project Management, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs,


    Thomsett, M. (1987). Builders Guide to Accounting, 2d edition, Craftsman Books, Carlsbad, CA.


     Thorne, H. C. and Piekarski, J. A. (1995). Techniques for Capital Expenditure Analysis, Marcel

    Dekker, Inc., New York.

    Van Horne, J. (1980). Fundamentals of Financial Management, 4th edition, Prentice-Hall,

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Grading: 2/3 Term Exam 30%

    Report 1 (individual) 15%

    Report 2 (individual) 15%

    Group Projects 35%

    Homework/participation 5%


    Course Letter Grades: Numerical Grade 91-100 A

     81-90 B

     71-80 C

     60-70 D

     0-59 F

Academic Honesty

     All exams are closed book, closed notes unless otherwise indicated. The instructor reserves

    the right to adjust letter grades, upward only, based on individual attendance and class participation

    if numerical grade warrants such consideration. Students who violate University rules on scholastic

    dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and

    dismissal from The University. Since dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity

    of The University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced. ((See General

    Information, The University of Texas at Austin, 2001-2002, Appendix C, Subchapters 11-801 and 11-802, Student Standard of Conduct, pg 173-4 (or see Remember,

    individual assignments are not group projects and do not build on the efforts of others without due reference.

    Students with Disabilities:

    The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate academic adjustments

    for qualified students with disabilities. Any student with a documented disability (physical or

    cognitive) who requires academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with

    Disabilities area of the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 as soon as possible to request an

    official letter outlining authorized accommodations. For more information, contact that Office, or

    TDD at 471-4641, or the College of Engineering Director of Students with Disabilities at 471-4321.


    Web-based, password-protected class sites may be associated with all academic courses

    taught at the University. Syllabi, handouts, assignments and other resources are types of information

    that may be available within these sites. Site activities could include exchanging email, engaging in

    class discussions and chats, and exchanging files. In addition, electronic class rosters will be a

    component of the sites. Students who do not want their names included in these electronic class

    rosters must restrict their directory information in the Office of the Registrar, Main Building, Room


1. For information on restricting directory information, see the Course Schedule, Undergraduate

    Catalog or go to:

    Course Evaluations:

     Each student will be given the opportunity to evaluate the course using the standard

    course/instructor evaluation form during the last week of classes.

Exam Policy:

     Exams will include material covered in reading assignments and class discussions. Exam

    make-up's will be given only in the event of a verified emergency or doctor-verified sickness.

    Assignments turned in late will be counted off 20 percent per day--only exceptions listed previously.

    The student is responsible for all reading assignments and class handouts whether or not covered in

    class or listed on the syllabus.

    Important Dates:

     The following list ? of important course dates is for your information: ? No classes on

    January 20 for MLK holiday or during the week of March 10 due to spring break. January 29 is the

    last day to drop a class for a possible refund. February 10 is the last day to drop a class without a

    possible academic penalty. March 24 is the last day to change the course to/from Credit/No Credit

    or pass/fail. May 2 is the last day a graduate student may, with the approval of the instructor, the

    graduate adviser, and the graduate dean, drop a course. ?

    2/3 term Exam: 14 April

    Final Exam: none

    Individual Reports: TBA

    Group Projects: TBA FILENAME: FIN_SYL_s03.doc


The University of Texas at Austin Spring 2003

    Department of Civil Engineering



     Week 1, 13 January

    Introduction/terminology Misc. Handouts; Pub. 39-1, Tab 5 notes,

    Halpin (ch. 1) handout, Thorne (ch. 1) Forms

    of Organization handout, Brigham No lecture on 13 January Make-up on Friday 17 January

     Week 2, 20 January

    No class held on 20 January MLK Holiday (no makeup)

    Introduction/terminology (cont’d) Misc. Handouts; Pub. 39-1, Tab 5 notes,

    Halpin (ch. 1) handout, Thorne (ch. 1) Forms

    of Organization handout, Brigham

     Week 3, 27 January.

    Pre-Project PlanningOverview Handouts, Tab 5-7 Notes, CII Sp. Pub. 39-2;

    PDRI usage

     Class held on 27, 29, 31 January

     Week 4, 3 February

    No class held on 5 February 14 February

    PDRI Handouts, notes in Prometheus


     Week 5, 10 February

    Financial Issues Misc. Handouts; Brigham, Shtub, Van Horne,

    Thorne, Tab 7 of notes (reference) Financial Accounting; Balance sheet, Income Stmt. Misc. Handouts

    Financial Planning & Analysis Tab 1-2 Notes, Misc. Handouts; Brigham ch.8-


Week 6, 17 February

    Financial Planning & Capital Budgeting Tab 3 Notes, Misc. Handouts; Brigham ch.8-10

     Week 7, 24 February

    Funding Sources Misc. Handouts; Van Horne (ch 14) handout,

    Brigham ch.8-10; Tab 4 of notes


     Week 8, 3 March

    International Financing and risk assessment Misc. Handouts

    Business Planning Exercise Misc. Handouts

    No classes held week of 10 March Spring break (no makeup)

     Week 9, 17 March

    No class held on 17 March Makeup 31 January No class held on 19 March Makeup 18 April


     Week 10, 24 March

    Pre-Project PlanningOrganizing for PPP; Handouts, Tab 5-7 Notes, CII Sp. Pub. 39-2 alignment

    No class held on 24 March Makeup 28 March

     Week 11, 31March

    Pre-Project PlanningSelecting Alternatives Handouts, Tab 5-7 Notes, CII Sp. Pub. 39-2 No class held on 2 April Makeup 4 April

     Week 12, 7 April

    Pre-Project PlanningDeveloping a Project Handouts, Tab 5-7 Notes, CII Sp. Pub. 39-2 Definition Package

     Week 13, 14 April

    2/3 term exam 14 April

    Pre-Project PlanningMaking the Decision Handouts, Tab 5-7 Notes, CII Sp. Pub. 39-2

     Classes on 14, 16, and 18 April

     Week 14, 21 April

    Pre-Project PlanningRisk Implications Handouts, Tab 5-7 Notes, CII Sp. Pub. 39-2

Week 15, 28 April

    Closing Remarks


    Evaluation of course

    Final Examination: none


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