Construction Management

Construction Management: Summer 2017

Construction Management

CM 654-1: Capstone Project Integration

Credits: 6 Prerequisites: CM603 and CM653

Corequisite: CM604

Schedule: Online

This course requires the graduating student to creatively use and integrate the construction management topics learned in the program. Students work on teams to develop a comprehensive strategy for the construction of a commercial building. The purpose of the capstone project is for students to review learned processes, demonstrate competency in construction management practice, and propose solid solutions designed to improve the construction industry.

CM 602-1 Implementing Building Information Modeling

Credits: 6 Prerequisites: None

Schedule: Online

This course explores crucial construction tasks, such as estimating, staging, sustainability testing, multiple-model trade coordination, and digital detail resolution using building information modeling and other advanced computing methods. Legal controversies and regulatory issues are also included. This course is offered early in the program so that students will be able to use skills learned and appropriate software for the remainder of the program.

CM 653-1: Leadership Challenges Construction Management

Credits: 6 Prerequisites: CM652

Schedule: Online

In this course, a comprehensive approach to construction leadership is presented and how leadership is different from management in the construction process. Job-site labor regulatory issues are included in this course. Leadership skill building includes recognizing potential changes in project direction, formulating a new vision for the project, aligning resources for completion, and motivating labor in times of crisis.

CM 604-1 Project Feasibility and Cost Controls

Credits: 6 Prerequisites: CM603 and CM653

Corequisite: CM654

Schedule: Online

This course gives the student an understanding of how the use of capital is perceived by individual stakeholders in the built environment, why and how a financial feasibility assessment is performed, who should be involved, where and when it should be performed, what data should be used, and how financial assessments should be presented. Additionally, this course involves creative cost control discussions and legal and regulatory topics.

CM 651-1 Commercial Design & Construction Methods

Credits: 6 Prerequisites: None

Schedule: Online

This is an advanced course designed so that the Construction Management student will have an understanding of various architecture design practices and management, including the materials and methods used in commercial construction. Discussions focus on the management point of view, allowing students to understand the overall commercial construction process, players, materials, and quality standards. Legal and regulatory issues associated with the implementation of the architects design are also discussed.

CM 153-1: Introduction to Construction Management & Team Building

Credits: 3 Prerequisites: None

Schedule: 3 hours weekly: Lecture (3)

This course is an introduction to the construction industry, the various types of construction, and the roles of the different professions involved. A brief description of the construction process is also provided. Students analyze the characteristics of an effective team model, review the role of a construction manager in the building team, and study the various career paths available to the Construction Management graduate.

CM 603-1: Emerging Trends in Project Management

Credits: 6 Prerequisites: CM652

Schedule: Online

This course exposes the student to innovative approaches in developing a construction project plan: defining and confirming the goals and objectives, identifying construction activities, and explaining how quality tasks can be planned and achieved. Students will also practice quantifying the resources needed and determining cash flow and a sound schedule for completion. Productivity measurements including work sampling, crew balance charts, process charts, flow diagram, and others are discussed. The course also includes external factors affecting labor productivity, such as change orders, over staffing, stacking of trades, and weather. An integral part of this course is the impact of safety on productivity.

CM 601-1 Current Practice in Construction Management

Credits: 6 Prerequisites: None

Schedule: 6 hours weekly: Lecture (6)

This foundational course is an up-to-date review of current construction management methods, legal theory, and regulatory influences on a project. This course is a creatively presented overview of construction management, focusing on cost estimating and project scheduling as practiced by current professionals in the commercial sector. It is designed as a leveling course for students without a construction management undergraduate degree and a course to update construction management professionals on current practices, filling gaps in knowledge required for more advanced courses.

CM 652-1: Advanced Project Delivery Systems

Credits: 6 Prerequisites: None

Schedule: Online

This course gives an in-depth view of the various project delivery systems used in U.S. and international construction procurement. The course will help students develop an advanced and strategic understanding of the traditional processes, such as design/build, integrative project delivery, design/build/operate/turnover, and hybrid systems. In addition to providing the basic definition of the systems and an understanding of the organizational structures, the course will highlight strategic decision making for choosing the best delivery system for the project. Legal ramifications of the various systems are also included.

CM352: Construction Finance and Accounting

Credits: 4