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DeVry PROJ 595 Course Project

Course Project Part I


Select from one of the following major projects:

  1. Construction of the tallest building in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa
  2. Construction of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta
  3. Construction of the New Orleans levee improvements after hurricane Katrina
  4. Deployment of the Keystone Pipeline System
  5. Development of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket used to supply the International Space Station
  6. Launch of the Curiosity Rover on Mars
  7. Identification of the Human Genome Project
  8. Development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Create two fault or event trees (or one of each) that would support the exploration of risk for one of the above major construction projects (See Chapter 17, pages 216-220). The fault or event tree should offer at a minimum a listing of potential risks and impacts in the event of two smaller failures.  For example, a smaller failure could be the loss of water pressure or a fire in a construction project rather than examining what risk was involved with the collapse of the construction project.

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Write a discussion of risks that supports the fault trees that have been created.  Make a separate write up for each of these smaller risks (Review Chapter 27, pages 357-369 for risks and treatments).  Your paper should have a general introduction that should introduce the two fault or event trees that will be discussed and then the paper should have a discussion regarding each fault or event tree. The discussion write up regarding the identified risks should be from 3-5 pages in length.  Note that this page length is a guideline and if you find that your paper supporting the risk tree is longer, there will be no penalty as the final assignment will need to be from 15-20 pages in length.

Sample outline of typical course project paper part I

  1. Title Page
  2. Introduction
  3. Fault Tree One
  4. Discussion of Fault Tree One
  5. Fault Tree Two
  6. Discussion of Fault Tree Two
  7. Conclusions
  8. Works cited


Course Project Part II


Building upon the first part of the course project, consider that you are an appointed contractor to construct your chosen project.  At this time, you will need to address and explain the following:

1.  Identify sources of risk, including any issues that may impede or impair the completion of the project (See Chapter 9, page 103, Review Chapter 10 for examples and lists of potential project risks).

2.  Given the sources of risk in the point above, offer details regarding the systems that the contractor should have in place in order to avoid the identified risks (See Chapter 9, page 103-104, Review Chapter 10 for examples and risk treatment options).

3.  Create a fault tree that will discuss the risks associated with the catastrophic failure of the project (either during construction or after completion). Create a write up for this type of failure and address how these risks can be avoided, mitigated or otherwise reduced. (Review Chapter 27 for listings of risks and treatments)

The paper could also include any other risk worksheets, tables, charts or diagrams that would support any of these concepts or ideas.  Do not limit yourself to just what is in the text or course as there is a wealth of information regarding risk and risk treatment available in the library.

Sample outline of typical course project paper part II

    1. Title Page
    2. Table of Contents
    3. Introduction
    4. Sources of construction project risk
      1. Timeline
      2. Costs
      3. Disruptions
      4. Force majeure
    5. Systems to address construction project risk
      1. Technology
      2. People
      3. Planning
    6. Catastrophic failure fault tree
    7. Discussion of fault tree
      1. Reduce risks
      2. Mitigate risks
      3. Avoid risks


  1. Course Project Part I (blend in the smaller risks after the catastrophic risk, except conclusion)
  2. Risk tables, charts, sheets
  3. Conclusions (blend in conclusions from course project part I)
  4. Works cited
  • The course project is broken down into two parts.  The first part is due by the end of Week Three and will be 3-5 pages long.  The final major assignment will be 15-20 pages long, including the original 3-5 pages and is due by the end of Week Six.
  • Papers must be in 10 point font, double-spaced, include a cover page, table of contents, introduction, body of the report, summary or conclusion and works cited.
  • Even though this is not a scientific-type writing assignment, and is mostly creative in nature, references are still very important.  At least 6 authoritative, outside references are required (anonymous authors or web pages are not acceptable). These should be listed on the last page titled “Works Cited”.
  • Appropriate citations are required.
  • All DeVry University policies are in effect including the plagiarism policy.
  • The first part of the assignment is due during Week 3 of this course. The final completed project is due during Week 6 of this course.
  • Any questions about this paper may be discussed in the weekly Q&A Discussion topic.
  • This first part is worth 60 total points and the second part will be worth 150 points.  The course project will be graded on quality of research topic, quality of paper information, use of citations, grammar and sentence structure.

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