B.S. in Construction Management Construction Management Course Descriptions
ACCE Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) designated by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) are measured throughout the curriculum.
Upon graduation from an accredited ACCE bachelor’s degree program, graduates shall be able to:
- Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
- Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
- Create a construction project safety plan.
- Create construction project cost estimates.
- Create construction project schedules.
- Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles.
- Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
- Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process.
- Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
- Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
- Understand construction accounting and cost control.
- Understand construction quality assurance and control.
- Understand construction project control processes.
- Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.
- Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
- Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
- Understand the basic principles of HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems.
CON 101 Introduction to Construction Management 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the construction industry; including methods, practices, trends, careers, and constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
- Describe the various segments of the construction industry and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
- Describe the different methods of project delivery and project selection.
- Explain the project management functions of estimating, scheduling, quality management, and safety management.
- Describe current trends in construction technology.
- Explain concepts of sustainable construction practice. (ACCE SLO 15)
CON 131 Graphic Communications for Construction 2 (0-4-0)
DESCRIPTION: Reading technical drawings, 2D/3D visualization, manual drafting techniques, introduction to design software applications.
- Demonstrate ability to visualize objects in two-dimensional as well as three-dimensional representations.
- Understand basic plan reading techniques and begin to effectively communicate by graphic means.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of manual drawing instruments.
- Demonstrate beginning-level competence in design software (ACCE SLO 8).
CON 151 Construction Materials and Methods 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: The information covered in this course will include principle materials and methods utilized in the construction of the built environment.
- Review and describe the history of materials.
- Identify and describe materials, methods, and systems used in design and construction.
- Identify and describe the physical properties and specifications of construction materials.
- Review and analyze common material failures.
CON 192 Construction Management Seminar 1 (0-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the construction management major, career paths, industry sectors, campus resources, and tools for academic success. Information and skills necessary to succeed in the construction management major.
- Describe the construction management major and its curriculum.
- Summarize college and department-level student resources and support services.
- Utilize construction technologies and demonstrate entry-level skill in spreadsheet management.
- Identify and describe the common sectors and career opportunities of the construction industry.
CON 251 Materials Testing and Processing 2 (1-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Testing of construction materials for standards and quality. Conduct material tests, document, and interpret results.
- Explore and describe mechanical properties, physical properties, and methods of
processing selected materials.
- Conduct specific test standards on selected materials and interpret data. (ACCE SLO 7)
- Analyze and select appropriate material for given applications.
CON 253 Surveying and Construction Layout 2 (0-2-1)
DESCRIPTION: Surveying fundamentals related to construction: building layout, measurement procedures, vertical controls, line and grade, surveying instrument operation.
- Explain the concepts of land and construction surveying as they apply to construction.
- Apply the essential elements of surveying practices, layout, and control. (ACCE SLO 9)
- Demonstrate use of various surveying instruments and equipment.
CON 265 Plan Reading and Quantity Survey 3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Practice in construction document reading, interpretation, and analysis for quantity surveying and material quantity organizing using industry-recognized methods including, but not limited to, a project manual-based work breakdown structure.
- Demonstrate the ability to interpret construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
- Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of construction documents through quantity survey techniques.
CON 267 Construction Management Pre-Internship 1 (0-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Skills and concepts related to successful internships within the construction management industry.
- Identify career opportunities in the construction industry.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication integral to the job search process.
- Apply project administration processes to perform the responsibilities of intern and entry level positions.
CON 270 Introduction to Road Construction 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Introduces the steps necessary to construct a paved roadway from conception, land acquisition, finance through paving operations, and trafficking.
- Understand the process for planning a new roadway pavement.
- Recognize the complexities associated with financing new roadways.
- Appreciate the interdisciplinary skills needed to construct a roadway.
- Identify the differences between un-surfaced, Portland cement concrete
and asphalt concrete roadways.
- Understand the processes needed to maintain a paved roadway.
CON 317 Safety Management 2 (2-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Construction safety management, accident prevention, and hazard control. Federal, state, and local regulation compliance.
- Recognize and interpret Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
- Identify and document safety hazards and unsafe work practices.
- Apply Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to job-specific Activity Hazard Analyses (AHA).
- Perform Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) to create a construction project-specific safety plan. (ACCE SLO 3)
CON 352 Metal Fabrication for Construction 2 (1-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Shaping, cutting, and joining of structural and nonstructural metal. Emphasis on job site safety, economics, and efficiency.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course the student will have the knowledge and understand the theory and applications of the following construction processes.
- Interpret architectural structural drawings and shop drawings used for structural steel fabrication.
- Quantify and estimate all direct and indirect costs associated with fabrication of a steel structure.
- Demonstrate a level of proficiency in joining metals with the following processes: Oxyacetylene, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and Tungsten Inert Gas welding.
- Design and construct a fabricated metal project.
CON 353 Field Management for Construction 2 (1-2-1)
DESCRIPTION: Applications of materials and methods in construction; administrative and organizational planning for construction field practice.
- Understand and analyze construction sequences.
- Apply surveying techniques to construction project layout and control.
- Apply knowledge of plan reading concepts to construct details from a plan set.
- Understand and analyze means and methods for construction.
- Recognize and describe permitting and inspection processes.
- Interpret and analyze models, drawings, and blueprints to visualize construction components and elements.
CON 358 Structural Systems for Construction I 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Behavior of structural components and systems, overview of structural engineering analysis, and the design process for construction.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the structural behavior of components and systems. (ACCE SLO 16)
- Calculate forces and stresses in structural components and systems. (ACCE SLO 16)
- Design structural steel beams, columns, and connections. (ACCE SLO 16)
CON 360 Electrical Systems in Construction 3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Electrical terminology, theory, components, systems, and applications within the construction industry.
- Recognize and apply terminology, theory, and components of electrical systems in commercial and residential buildings and construction applications. (ACCE SLO 17)
- Perform plan reading and quantity survey of electrical systems for commercial and residential construction.
- Create an electrical estimate for a construction project.
CON 365 Construction Estimating 3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Industry-recognized methods for work item analysis, quantity surveying, resource estimating, and bid development using a work breakdown structure.
- Describe various estimate types and demonstrate the ability to apply estimating concepts to construction projects.
- Quantify, document, price, and adjust pricing for construction components using manual techniques.
- Implement technology to quantify, document, price, and calculate the cost of construction components.
- Create cost estimates for construction assemblies and projects using a work breakdown structure. (ACCE SLO 4)
- Explain the integration of construction estimating within planning, organizing, directing, and controlling of construction projects.
CON 366 Construction Equipment and Methods 3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Equipment and methods used in heavy-highway, heavy-civil, and utility construction. Equipment and crew productivity. Equipment ownership and operating costs. Estimating, planning, and directing heavy construction operations.
- Recognize the processes involved in roadway paving including materials and manufacturing operations.
- Recognize the interrelated components of infrastructure and site construction.
- Recognize and evaluate heavy equipment capabilities and productivity for overall cost and time estimates.
- Analyze the various aspects of earth-moving operations, including soil type, volume quantification, and haul distances.
- Evaluate construction equipment ownership and operating costs and their relationship to the time value of money.
- Explain safety measures related to construction equipment utilization and operations.
CON 367 Construction Contracts/Project Administration 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Construction contracts and clauses, stakeholder responsibilities, disputes, resolution methods, and risk. Utilization of construction administration documents, systems, and procedures to meet project requirements.
- Differentiate between construction project delivery systems, procurement methods, and contracting formats.
- Analyze the risks in construction projects.
- Analyze project issues and generate appropriate documentation required for construction project administration.
- Interpret construction contracts to determine roles and responsibilities of parties and recognize the contract law and regulatory environment for construction. (ACCE SLO 10 and ACCE SLO 14)
- Apply procedures to minimize project related conflicts and disputes; evaluate and select an appropriate alternative dispute resolution procedure.
- Utilize computer applications for effective and efficient contract and project administration.
- Recognize the importance of business ethics in the construction industry and utilize various codes of ethics to resolve ethical dilemmas. (ACCE SLO 6)
CON 370 Asphalt Pavement Materials and Construction 3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Constituents of asphalt pavements; manufacture of asphalt cement, emulsions, and cutbacks; material properties and behavior.
- Relate the complex processes involved in the manufacture of asphalt binders used for paving construction.
- Optimize performance of asphalt paving mixtures.
- Optimize economy of asphalt paving mixtures.
- Analyze the construction processes for asphalt pavements.
- Analyze the maintenance processes for asphalt pavements.
- Describe the failure mechanisms of asphalt pavements.
CON 371 Mechanical and Plumbing Systems 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, and fire suppression in the built environment.
- Identify and recognize terminology, theory, and components of plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and fire protection systems. (ACCE SLO 17)
- Interpret mechanical and plumbing information from construction drawings and specifications.
- Apply project document reading skills to perform quantity take-off of mechanical and plumbing systems.
- Summarize quality control requirements for mechanical and/or plumbing systems.
CON 372 Concrete Material Properties and Construction 3 (2-1-0)
DESCRIPTION: Concrete material properties and behavior, analysis of concrete mixtures, advanced concrete applications for construction, forensic analysis of concrete reports, concrete construction quality assurance and quality control.
- Perform concrete tests and analyze the results for each component of concrete mixtures.
- Interpret field inspection reports and analyze concrete placement and protection strategies.
- Compute the proportion of concrete mixture components based on current standards and project requirements.
- Apply concrete inspection reports and test results to construction project decision making.
- Apply concrete test results to construction quality assurance and quality control processes.
CON 458 Structural Systems for Construction II 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Review and analysis of shop drawings and details for structural systems. Overview of cast-in-place and prestressed concrete systems. Design of structural wood systems, connections, and formwork for cast-in-place concrete.
- Demonstrate knowledge of shop drawings and details for structural components and systems.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete.
- Design structural wood components and connections.
- Design wood formwork for cast-in-place concrete.
CON 461 Construction Scheduling 3 (2-2-0)
DESCRIPTION: Strategies and techniques for efficient project control, scheduling of project activities, and projects with an emphasis on Critical Path Method.
- Generate project activities based on the work breakdown structure. (ACCE SLO 5)
- Generate a project network with precedence relationships. (ACCE SLO 5)
- Determine schedule parameters based on Critical Path Methodology (CPM). (ACCE SLO 5)
- Assess and critique project schedule constraints. (ACCE SLO 5)
- Evaluate the impact of production deviations and delays on the project schedule.
- Assess the benefits and limitations of existing scheduling methodologies and software.
- Analyze and communicate the effect of schedule changes on original project plan and goals.
CON 462 Financial Management for Construction 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Financial statements, financial ratios, time value of money, cash flow analysis, construction financing, and financial reporting.
- Recognize and apply the content and uses of financial statements within the construction industry. (ACCE SLO 11)
- Analyze a construction company’s financial data to assess its financial status. (ACCE SLO 11)
- Apply the time value of money principles to the evaluation of capital investments.
- Forecast the cash flow and cost controls at the project level. (ACCE SLO 11, ACCE SLO 13)
- Differentiate accounting and revenue recognition methods for applicable organizational structures of construction firms.
- Recognize the financing options available to construction companies.
CON 464 Construction Leadership 3 (1-0-2)
DESCRIPTION: Leading projects and people in a construction business and application of skills in a construction-based community service learning project.
- Develop a leadership style, principles, and habits which will be used during their lifelong careers.
- Identify responsibilities and tasks that a project team will encounter and are necessary to lead volunteer-based projects.
- Evaluate volunteer project issues and generate appropriate documentation required for construction project administration.
- Apply administrative procedures to minimize project-related conflicts and communication issues.
- Apply contract administration and project administration techniques throughout the life cycle of a volunteer construction project.
CON 465 Construction Management Professional Practice 3 (1-0-2)
DESCRIPTION: Professional practice using an understanding of the contractual and working relationships among all participants in the design/construction process.
- Apply the roles and responsibilities of a professional constructor.
- Collaborate in a construction team environment.
- Evaluate project issues and generate appropriate documentation required for construction project administration. (ACCE SLO 2)
- Apply appropriate construction management and contractual documents.
- Analyze the legal relationships and apply methods of communication among the responsible parties in a construction project. (ACCE SLO 2)
- Examine and assess dispute resolution methods.
- Create and deliver a presentation as part of a multidisciplinary construction team.
CON 469 Soil Mechanics for Construction 3 (2-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Analysis of the physical characteristics and properties of soil for construction project decision making. Interpretation of soils reports, conducting of testing procedures, and evaluation of soils for use as a construction material. Assessment of the impact of soil characteristics on construction activities and project risk.
- Analyze the physical characteristics and properties of soil. (ACCE SLO 1)
- Classify soil types and analyze soil behavior for use as a construction material.
- Compute analysis for soils and recognize how soil properties relate to construction projects. (ACCE SLO 12)
- Interpret and use the information presented in a soils report for construction project decision making and risk management.
- Practice construction industry quality assurance tests and evaluate soil samples based on control standards.
CON 471 Project Management for Mechanical Systems 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Fundamental principles of mechanical systems. Presentation and practice of management principles relevant to mechanical projects.
- Identify the specific needs of specialty contractors in order to avoid common pitfalls within the project management phases.
- Avoid unnecessary cost expenses due to scheduling conflicts.
- Streamline the process of coordinating all stakeholders, material, and time-essential tasks within the overall scope of the project.
CON 476 Sustainable Practices-Design and Construction 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Major components of sustainable design/construction: energy, healthy buildings, cultural, natural resources, use, other environment/economic issues.
- Examine the breadth of sustainable design and construction as the field evolves.
- Recognize the scope and complexity of sustainable principles (systems thinking, life-cycle assessment, waste = food, etc.) as applied in professional practice.
- Demonstrate the use of sustainable principles and practices in:
- Land-use planning, site, and landscape development
- Building design and construction
- Healthy building systems
- Explain the decision-making processes when incorporating sustainable principles.
- Explore real-world sustainable practice through project examples and professional guest speakers.
- Identify current sustainable technologies, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of emerging practices.
- Practice the collaboration skills that are essential to sustainable design and construction projects.
CON 477 Residential Aging-in-Place and Green Building 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Aging-in-place and green building aspects of the residential construction market.
- Assess a project from a whole house approach and design solutions for their client based on national green building standards.
- Evaluate the rapidly expanding aging-in-place market segment and appraise the special needs of this population.
- Incorporate health care professionals in the decision-making process for aging-in-place projects.
- Propose appropriate contractual requirements for both green building and aging-in-place projects.
- Assess project-specific needs
CON 492A Seminar: Emerging Construction Technologies 1 (0-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Emerging technologies in construction management practice. Applications of current and cutting-edge software, hardware, processes, tools, and equipment in the industry.
- Describe emerging construction technologies.
- Evaluate new technologies and explain their application to construction management practice.
- Apply technologies to complete construction management tasks and present best practices and/or lessons learned.
CON 492B Seminar: Construction Issues and Trends 1 (0-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Issues and trends impacting construction project management and field operations. The impact of current trends on project management practice, risk mitigation, and project controls.
- Describe current issues and trends impacting the construction industry.
- Explain the impact of current issues and trends on various construction project stakeholders.
- Explain the impact of current issues and trends on construction management practice.
CON 492C Seminar: Heavy Civil Project Management 1 (0-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Applications of project management practice for heavy civil construction projects. Exploration of heavy civil construction project management principles and concepts through industry-specific case studies, processes, and tutorials.
- Explain project management principles in heavy civil construction.
- Apply construction project management practices to heavy civil construction project examples.
- Explain the impact of heavy civil construction industry lessons learned and best practices on project outcomes.
CON 492D Seminar: Commercial Project Management 1 (0-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Applications of project management practice for commercial construction projects. Exploration of commercial construction project management principles and concepts through industry-specific case studies, processes, and tutorials.
- Explain project management principles in commercial construction.
- Apply construction project management practices to commercial construction project examples.
- Explain the impact of commercial construction industry lessons learned and best practices on project outcomes.
CON 492E Seminar: Residential Project Management 1 (0-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Applications of project management practice for residential construction projects. Exploration of residential construction project management principles and concepts through industry-specific case studies, processes, and tutorials.
- Explain project management principles in residential construction.
- Apply construction project management practices to residential construction project examples.
- Explain the impact of residential construction industry lessons learned and best practices on project outcomes.
CON 502 Research in Construction Management I 3 (2-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Research, discuss, and present current issues and trends in the construction industry related to business, management, engineering, and technology.
- Recognize the components of a thesis/professional paper and the process of writing a thesis/professional paper.
- Develop research questions relevant to areas of interest.
- Perform thorough literature reviews focused on current issues and trends in construction using published books, journals, and electronic media.
CON 503 Research in Construction Management II 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Models and methods of disciplined inquiry used in diverse application-based organizations. Preparation to use disciplined inquiry methods to solve applied problems in construction management or related fields. Topics include problem/topic selection, writing research questions and objectives, literature reviews, selection of research methods, data collection and analysis, and conclusions and implications.
- Develop research topics and research questions meaningful to themselves and to society.
- Design appropriate inquiry methods to solve contextual problems.
- Critically analyze selected pieces of applied research.
- Formulate research interests and begin to develop a basic research proposal.
- Develop and support research questions, goals, and objectives.
- Critique, compare, and synthesize foundational knowledge to facilitate the completion of an individual research study.
- Select research designs tailored to their specific research needs.
- Prepare written and oral approaches to communicating their research.
CON 511 Project Procurement and Preconstruction 3 (2-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Advanced project procurement procedures with a focus on early design phase planning applications and preconstruction management techniques.
- Summarize the advanced preconstruction processes and interpret project stakeholder interests.
- Identify advanced preconstruction practices and the integration of techniques to assess and mitigate risk.
- Evaluate the project procurement and preconstruction process using appropriate software applications.
- Analyze and develop advanced project procurement and bidding strategies.
- Analyze and assess construction project feasibility using advanced techniques, such as: life-cycle cost assessment, cost benefit analysis, resource loaded schedules, probabilistic estimation and scheduling, and similar advanced tools.
CON 512 Post-Award Construction Management 3 (2-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Advanced topics related to post-award construction management issues with a focus on multiple project controls and project risk management.
- Explain the terminology used in advanced construction project management.
- Describe the advanced organizational steps required in setting-up construction projects.
- Recommend the tools and techniques used for planning the execution of construction projects.
- Compare and contrast the advanced tools and techniques used for construction project controls.
- Discuss the features of newer techniques in construction project management.
- Evaluate the construction project management process using appropriate software applications.
- Apply risk management techniques for proper construction project management.
- Create written and oral reports to analyze the current status and possible performance improvements of a particular construction project.
CON 521 Sustainable Building and Infrastructure Systems 3 (2-0-1)
DESCRIPTION: Issues and state-of-the-art resources needed to construct, remodel/retrofit, operate, and maintain the built environment (buildings and infrastructure). Specifically, resources will include major materials, components, and technologies, as well as energy and water resources that are needed in the different life-cycle phases of the building or infrastructure project.
- Explain sustainable resources (materials, components and technologies) and strategies used during building design, construction, operation and maintenance, remodeling/retrofitting, and deconstruction phases and develop a working vision of how sustainable resources and strategies can be applied to various building types across a variety of climates to address stakeholder needs.
- Formulate sustainable building strategies, practices, and resources surrounding:
- Design alternatives and analysis
- Healthy building materials, systems and technologies
- Construction and finish material technologies
- Categorize various infrastructure systems and explain how they relate to sustainability in terms of their relative performance according to criteria such as first- and life cycle cost, constructability, maintainability, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), among others.
- Analyze sustainable strategies and technologies in group and team settings and teach peers sustainable best practices as emerging or proven technologies.
- Recommend characteristics for building or infrastructure systems to meet specific contextual requirements, and support those recommendations with convincing evidence and well-organized analysis considering the three concepts of sustainability (environmental, economic, and social). Deliver the recommendations and analysis in a professional fashion.
CON 561 Applied Productivity Improvement (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Existing and emerging tools for productivity enhancement in project and production environment.
CON 565 Legal Aspects of Construction Process (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Common points of dispute; methods of avoiding disputes among owner, architect, engineer, and contractor.
CON 568 Construction Industry Institute Practices 3 (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Senior executives from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) present best practices developed by CII over the last 25 years.
- Perform thorough literature reviews focused on current issues and trends in construction management using published books, journals, and electronic media.
- Assess the quality of the literature reviewed.
- Synthesize, compare, and contrast the literature into coherent written and oral presentations about issues and trends in construction management.
- Identify and evaluate issues and trends that will challenge and/or create opportunities for the construction industry.
- Discover and/or explore personal areas of interest for further research.
CON 569 Regulatory Impact on Construction (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Role government plays in the design and construction of the built environment.
- Understand the function and role of local, state and national government in the US federal system.
- Become familiar with specific policy mechanisms.
- Become aware of specific policy trends and controversies.
- Understand the role of extra-regulatory policy mechanisms, including financial incentives and disincentives.
- Understand how to research laws, regulations, and other regulatory requirements as appropriate in industry.
CON 571 Facility Planning and Management (3-0-0)
DESCRIPTION: Planning, organizing and managing large educational and/or commercial facilities.
- Be exposed to the components of a facility management system such as: space and equipment planning, life safety and security management, and building systems planning and management.
- Understand the major components required to develop a facility management plan.
- Be required to work on a project team to develop a comprehensive facility plan. The project will include space utilization plans, building layout, equipment and furniture plans, and building systems and materials schematics.
- Develop an understanding of the tools and techniques of planning and managing facilities, including working knowledge of a facilities management software program.