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2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Construction Management Department

E. Scott Sumner, Chair
Annex South, Room 008F


The Construction Management program provides students with both the education and work experience to enter the construction profession as productive team members who possess the potential to become innovative technical problem-solvers and industry leaders. The program offers a curriculum which emphasizes instruction that challenges, shapes and encourages students to think about and apply their expanding technical knowledge and organizational skills to the solution of contemporary problems. This approach is supported by the educational mission of the Institute that emphasizes physics and mathematics, both theoretical and applied, humanities and social sciences, communication skills, and computer science. Students are prepared through their educational experience to adapt to changes in society, technology, and the profession.

There are several goals of the Construction Management program:

  • Deliver a Construction Management educational program that is nationally accredited, and continuously assessed and improved.
  • Regularly meet with and advise students on their status related to the curriculum to ensure they understand the requirements for degree completion.
  • Provide courses which develop the analytical tools and technical knowledge to evaluate information and solve problems as supervisors and managers in the construction industry.
  • Provide courses which develop the skills to lead and serve as members of interdisciplinary teams, as well as communicate in written, spoken, and visual formats.
  • Instill the professional ethical responsibilities of leaders and managers in the construction industry.

The following are the learning objectives that will be used to assess the Construction Management program.

  • Create oral presentations appropriate to the Construction Discipline.
  • Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
  • Apply construction management skills as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
  • Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
  • Demonstrate the basic principles of structural behavior.
  • Demonstrate the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
  • Explain the basic principles of sustainable construction.
  • Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
  • Create construction project schedules.
  • Create construction project estimates.
  • Explain construction accounting and cost control.
  • Explain construction risk management.
  • Explain the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to managing a construction project.
  • Create a construction project safety plan.
  • Analyze professional decisions based upon ethical principles.
  • Apply electronic–based technology to manage the construction process
  • Analyze different methods of project delivery and roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
  • Explain construction quality assurance and control.
  • Explain construction project control processes.


Construction Management (BSCM)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

The Construction Management program provides a background of technical skills to apply to a construction project from conception to completion. Students are taught the skills necessary to manage resources, time, cost, and quality with emphasis on team building. Skills developed during the program include management, budgeting and cost control, cost estimating, scheduling, engineering fundamentals, and the development of analytical and communication skills. In addition, the Construction Management program is a cooperative education program where hands-on experience is acquired. Career opportunities for the construction manager are found throughout the industry and include positions with construction companies, government agencies, architectural and engineering firms, industrial firms, and manufacturing and materials suppliers.

Credits for Degree: 134

This is a four-year, American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) accredited program that begins in the fall of the student’s first year and is planned to finish in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

This period includes two semesters of cooperative work experience.  A graduate of this program can receive a 30-hour OSHA certificate, and a Construction Manager in Training Certificate, a first step in gaining a Certified Construction Manager professional registration.

Please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog for information regarding the English sequence and the Humanities/ Social Science elective requirement.

Students should contact their academic advisor or academic department office for information regarding the construction management elective.

Special Graduation Requirement

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program must demonstrate completion of a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30-hour training course in Construction Safety & Health. Submission to the Registrar of a photocopy of either the signed and dated card or verification and dating of entrance ticket or receipt indicating that the student actually attended the training will serve as adequate proof.

Construction Management (BSCM)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

CONM1000, Introduction to Construction Management
CONM1200, Building Construction
CHEM 1000, Chemistry for the Built Environment
MATH 1000, College Mathematics I
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

CONM 1500, Construction Graphics
CONM 1600, Heavy Construction Equipment
PHYS 1000, College Physics I
MATH 1500, Precalculus
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

CONM 2000, Construction Surveying
CONM 2100, Statics and Strength of Materials
CONM 2200, Estimating
MGMT 2700, Financial Accounting
ECON 4102, Principles of Economics

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15)

CONM 2500, Building Systems
CONM 2600, Wood and Steel Analysis & Design
MATH 2100, Statistics and Applications
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

CONM 3000, Materials Testing and Quality Control
CONM 3100, Construction Project Management
CONM 3200, Construction Project Scheduling
MGMT 3000, Managing & Leading Organizations

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP 3500, Co-op Work Term I

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP 4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

CONM 4000, Construction Project Control
CONM 4100, Construction Business and Finance
CONM 4200, Construction Safety and Risk Management
MGMT 4100, Power and Leadership
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 14)

CONM 5500, BSCM Senior Project
CONM 4600, Construction Law and Government Regulations
MGMT 3600, Labor Relations
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

*NOTE: The three Humanities/Social Science elective courses must include at least one Humanities course and one Social Science course.


The minor in construction management provides students with a greater knowledge of the discipline that compliments their major courses.

To earn the minor, the student must complete the following five courses:

CONM1500, Construction Graphics
CONM1200, Building Construction
CONM2200, Estimating
CONM3200, Construction Project Scheduling
CONM3100, Construction Project Management
Total credits for Minor: 18


Construction Management (MSCM)
Leading to the Master of Science degree

Philip Hammond, Director of Graduate Programs
Dobbs Hall, Room 107



The practicing professionals of our Department are experienced industry leaders who add significantly to the MSCM classes.


The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program is designed to educate students in fundamental post-graduate management principles. Students will gain a strong understanding of construction and business management concepts, from pre-design through construction closeout.

The MSCM program is designed for working professionals, with online and on campus delivery format options that allow students to complete the degree in less than two years while still being able to work full time and fulfill their personal responsibilities.

A key feature of the program is the opportunity to build strong professional relationships. Our instructors are proven leaders in the field and many of them work full time in the construction industry.  Our students also work in construction and related industries, creating an ideal learning environment in which students learn from both their instructor and their peers.

Mission, Goals, Outcomes, and Student Resources


The ACCE-accredited Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) offered through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) is geared toward construction professionals. The program is designed to educate students in foundational post-graduate management principles.  It combines relevant construction education with experience in topics that are specific to preparing and advancing professionals’ skills in administrative and executive leadership positions in design and construction companies and related disciplines. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available which allow for a variety of employment or educational opportunities including but not limited to working for general contractors, real-estate developers, sub-contractors, construction management and architectural and engineering firms, as well as advanced education and teaching options.


  • Prepare students with analytical reasoning skills for decision making, for advanced management and leadership positions, to pursue advanced educational opportunities, and to develop metacognitive and lifelong learning skills.
  • Expose students to subject matter, to industry experts, and to the latest technological, managerial and leadership advancements and their effects on the construction industry.
  • Prepare and develop students from related disciplines to advance in the field of construction management.

Student Learning Outcomes

As MSCM graduates seek out advanced managerial and leadership positions in construction related careers, they will be able to:

  • Analyze and integrate information to conduct critical, reasoned arguments.
  • Design, evaluate, and implement strategies using advanced construction management concepts and practices.
  • Produce effective and professional communication in written and oral formats.
  • Put into practice computer systems, productivity tools, software, and other information and communication technology.
  • Apply practical management decision-making tools and techniques and leadership best practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge from industry experiences and keep up-to-date on developments, best practices, and tools and techniques in the field.
  • Recognize, weigh, and analyze risks associated with complex construction projects.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas in construction and apply practical skills to ethical situations.
  • Develop and conduct valid, data-supported, and appropriate research in construction management.

CONM7050, Research Methodology for CM
CONM7000, Executive Management for CM
CONM7250, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
CONM7300, Real Estate Development
CONM7200, Construction Law
CONM7100, Modern Const Delivery Mthds
CONM8000, Capstone Research in CM
CONM8900, MSCM Thesis
MGMT7000, Bus Relations and HR Mgmt
MGMT7050, Business Finance and Investment
MGMT7150, Bus Operations and Process Mgmt
MGMT7300, Economics and Int'l Business

The MSCM program, delivered on campus and online, educates students in foundational business management principles and construction education and allows those who want to pursue an advanced terminal degree the opportunity to do so. Students must complete a minimum of 10 courses (30 credits) and may also choose to complete a 2-course (6 credits) thesis option. To fully integrate both academic and practical learning, each course will utilize both industry professionals as well as academic experts. This is a cohort-based, part-time program that can be completed in less than two years. Additionally, the program has an optional thesis designed to prepare students who want to pursue advanced study and subsequent teaching opportunities.

Total credits for degree: 30

This is a five-semester program that begins in the fall semester of the student’s first year and is planned to end after the spring semester of their second year. An optional thesis may be taken in the following summer semester.

Construction Management Electives

During the MSCM program, students take one elective in the spring semester of the second year from offerings that may include: CONM7250, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation for CM; CONM7050, Research Methods for CM; CONM 7500, International Construction; a class from the MS in Facility Management program; or a class from the MS in Technology Management program.

Construction Management (MSCM)

First Year, Fall Semester (total credits 6)

MGMT7000, Business Relations & Human Resources Management
CONM 7000, Executive Management for CM

First Year, Spring Semester (total credits 6)

MGMT 7050, Business Finance & Investment
MGMT7300, Economics and International Business

First Year, Summer Semester (total credits 6)

MGMT 7150, Business Operations & Process Management
CONM 7100, Modern Construction Delivery  Methods

Second Year, Fall Semester (total credits 6)

CONM 7200, Construction Law for CM
CONM 7300, Real Estate for CM

Second Year, Spring Semester (total credits 6)

Construction Management
Facility Management
Technology Management
CONM8000, Capstone Research in CM

Second Year, Summer Semester (total credits 6)

CONM 8000, Construction Management Thesis (optional)