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2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Construction Management Department

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



  • Mark Hasso, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professors

  • Ilyas Bhatti, P.E
  • Cristina Cosma, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Monica Snow, Ph.D., P.E.
  • E. Scott Sumner, CCM
  • Thomas A. Taddeo
  • Payam Bakhshi, Ph.D

Assistant Professors

  • Ashley Wisse, MS, LEED
  • Todd Johnson, CPC
  • Bill Kearney, CCM
  • Erik Simon, Ph.D

Department Vision/Mission Statement/Goals

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.

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