2014-2015 Academic Catalog: Construction Management Department

E. Scott Sumner, Chair
Annex South Room 008F

617-989-4259

FACULTY

Professors

Mark Hasso, Ph.D., P.E.

 

Associate Professors

Ilyas Bhatti, P.E.

E. Scott Sumner, CCM

Cristina Cosma, Ph.D., P.E.

Thomas A. Taddeo

Monica Snow, Ph.D., P.E.

 

Assistant Professors

Payam Bakshi, Ph.D.

Bill Kearney, CCM

Todd Johnson, CPC

Erik Simon, Ph.D.

DEPARTMENT VISION/MISSION STATEMENT/GOALS

The mission of the Construction Management program is to provide the student with both the education and work experience to enter the construction profession as a productive team member with the potential to become an innovative technical problem-solver and industry leader. The philosophy of the program is to offer 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 philosophy is supported by the educational mission of the Institute that emphasizes physics and mathematics, both theoretical and applied the 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.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Construction Management

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. During the program, the skills developed 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 the following: construction companies, government agencies, architectural/engineering firms, industrial firms, and manufacturing/materials suppliers.

DEGREE DETAILS

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 Co-op.  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 starting on page xxx for information regarding the English sequence and the Humanities and Social Sciences 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

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

Freshman Year

CONM105

Introduction to Construction Management

2

CONM118

Construction Graphics

3

 

CONM136

Building Construction

4

CONM150

Heavy Construction Equipment

4

CHEM120

Chemistry for the Built Environment

4

PHYS210

College Physics I

4

MATH205

College Mathematics I

4

MATH250

Precalculus

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

 

19

Sophomore Year

CONM201

Construction Surveying

4

CONM290

Building Systems

4

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

CONM242

Statics and Strength of Materials

4

CONM404

Wood and Steel Analysis & Design

3

 

CONM265

Estimating

4

MATH130

Statistics and Applications

4

MGMT390

Financial Accounting

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ECON315

Principles of Economics

4

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

19

 

15

Junior Year

CONM360

Materials Testing and Quality Control

4

COOP400

Co-op Work Term I

0

CONM430

Advanced Estimating and Bid Analysis

4

CONM410

Construction Project Management

4

 

CONM473

Concrete Analysis & Design

4

CONM420

Construction Project Scheduling

4

PSYC425

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

4

MGMT412

Managing & Leading Organizations

4

ELECTIVE

Construction Management

3

TOTAL CREDITS

16

 

0

 

15

Senior Year

COOP600

Co-op Work Term II

0

CONM580

Construction Project Control

3

CONM645

BSCM Senior Project

4

 

CONM595

Construction Business and Finance

4

CONM670

Construction Law and Government Regulations

3

CONM625

Construction Safety and Risk Management

3

MGMT490

Labor Relations

3

MGMT520

Power and Leadership

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

0

 

18

 

14

               

 

 

Minor

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:

 

Course

 

Credits

Courses

CONM118

Construction Graphics

3

CONM136

Building Construction

4

CONM265

Estimating

4

CONM406

Construction Project Scheduling

3

CONM410

Construction Project Management

4

TOTAL CREDITS FOR MINOR

18

 

Construction Management

Leading to the Master of Science degree

Philip Hammond, Director of Graduate Programs
Dobbs Hall Room 107

617-989-4594

FACULTY

Instructors

Joshua Anderson

Hossein Noorian

Payam Bakhshi, Ph.D,

Erik Simon, Ph.D

Ilyas Bhatti, PE

Cathy Shanks, Esq.

Ronald E. Fionte

Monica Snow, Ph.D, PE

Mary Kaitlin McSally, Esq.

Cindy Stevens, Ph.D.

Practicing Professionals

James Becker

Dave Perini

Michael Dukakis

Thomas Richert

John Macomber

Fredrick Salvucci

These practicing professionals are experienced industry leaders who add significantly to the MSCM classes.

PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT/GOALS

The mission of the Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program is to provide a course of study for construction professionals that seek to prepare them for executive positions in construction related firms.  It educates students in foundational post graduate management principles combined with relevant construction education and experience in topics that are specific to preparing and advancing professionals’ skills in administrative and senior leadership positions. 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, government agencies, construction management and architectural/engineering firms, as well as advanced education and teaching options.

To accomplish this mission, the MSCM program has adopted the following goals to prepare students for professional and personal success:

  • Prepare students for advanced management and leadership positions.
  • Prepare students to pursue advanced educational opportunities.
  • Develop analytical reasoning skills for decision making.
  • Develop metacognitive and life-long learning skills.
  • Expose students to nationally and internationally recognized subject experts.
  • Expose students to the latest technological and managerial/leadership advancements and their effects on the construction industry.
  • Prepare and develop students from related disciplines such as planning, engineering and architecture to move into the field of construction management                               

The MSCM program 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.

DEGREE DETAILS

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: CONM820, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation for CM; CONM850, International Construction for CM; a class from the MS in Facility Management program; a class from the MS in Technology Management program.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

First Year

MGMT800

Business Relations & Human Resources Management

3

MGMT 810

Business Finance & Investment

3

MGMT 820

Business Operations & Process Management

3

CONM 810

Executive Management for CM

3

MGMT830

Economics and International Business

3

CONM 860

Modern Construction Delivery  Methods

3

TOTAL CREDITS

6

 

6

 

6

Second Year

CONM 840

Construction Law for CM

3

ELECTIVE

Construction Management

3

CONM 990

Construction Management Thesis (optional)

6

CONM 830

Real Estate for CM

3

CONMM 890

Capstone Research in CM

3

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

6

 

6

 

6