Fundamentals of Construction Management
CMG300 intends to teach students the theory and practice of construction management, from conception through the end of the construction phase. This course is designed to give the students an overview of the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to direct construction projects toward their successful completion. It will provide an overview of the construction industry and its typical business relationships. The course will provide the foundational processes required for construction managers to implement different business practices and strategies, to ensure construction projects can successfully be implemented. The course also provides an overview of the construction industry’s roles, responsibilities, and risks from perspectives of the key parties and stakeholders involved in construction projects. Other topics to be taught are project delivery systems and contract types, construction phases, planning and scheduling, coordination, time and cost control, supervision of project sites, productivity studies, safety and health. Case studies are utilized to explore the related issues and to provide real-world scenarios to reinforce the course’s learning objectives and materials.
Construction Cost Estimating
This course covers cost estimating for residential, light commercial, heavy, and highway construction projects. Students will learn how to prepare competitive bids with detailed quantity take-off and pricing of materials, labor, equipment, and subcontracts. Additionally, students will evaluate three complete sets of drawings and specifications in order to reinforce their understanding of quantity take-offs while using spreadsheet and computerized estimating software throughout the course to complete project cost estimates.
Materials Used in Construction
This course focuses on providing each student with a general idea of how materials are employed within construction projects, including a study of properties, uses, and methods of assembly of different types of building materials within design concepts. Students will explore the different uses of construction materials, such as, Portland cement, asphalt, wood, steel, and masonry. Areas of study include the investigation, testing, classification, and engineering properties of materials as well as the modification techniques according to ASTM standards and government laws and regulations.
This is an interdisciplinary course that provides students with an understanding of the main concepts of sustainability, sustainable-development principles, and key challenges and solutions to meet sustainable-development goals, including economic, social, and environmental initiatives. Students in this course will gain an in-depth insight into the environmental issues, including climate change, natural resource consumption, and ecosystems issues resulting from industrial development. Students will also learn about the policies, standards, technologies, methodologies, and best practices that offer sustainability solutions to economic and social development problems. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
Construction Project Management
This course intends to teach key aspects of construction project management, including the theory, methods, and quantitative tools used to effectively plan, organize, and control construction projects; efficient management methods revealed through practice and research; and practical project management knowledge from on-site situations. To achieve this objective, the course provides a basic project management framework in which the project lifecycle is broken into preconstruction and planning, execution, monitoring, controlling, and closing, based on lessons learned from previous projects. Within this framework, students will learn the methodologies and tools necessary for each aspect of the process, as well as the theories upon which these are built. By the end of the term, students will be able to adapt and apply the framework to effectively manage a construction project in an Architecture/Engineering/Construction n (A/E/C) firm. Prerequisite: CMG300.