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Construction Management Courses

CNS 5003, Construction Fundamentals I

Construction Management Fundamentals is designed to familiarize students with the basic foundations of construction management. These concepts include reading and understanding construction plans and specifications, implementing cost estimating techniques, as well as developing and manipulating project schedules as applied to design and construction project management. (F)

Pre-requisite: Graduate standing

Course Objectives:

1. To develop the ability to interpret the project control requirements inherent to a typical construction contract through plan and specification review.

2. To be able to accurately estimate projects costs and complete a detailed cost estimate in support of the project’s bidding requirements.

3. To develop the ability to prepare a project execution plan based on schedule and cost requirement information and present that plan in a professional manner.

4. To understand cost and resource loaded schedules as the basis for measuring project time and cost performance.

5. To familiarize students with computer software as an aid in project controls. This will include integration possibilities into BIM software systems.

 

 

CNS 5013, Construction Fundamentals II:

Construction Management Fundamentals 2 is designed to continue to familiarize students with the basic foundations of the project management and control mechanisms from the owner’s, the designer’s and the construction contractor’s perspective. These concepts include terms, vocabulary, and paperwork used in the construction industry, as well as construction site safety and construction methods. (Sp)

Pre-requisite: Graduate standing

Course Objectives:

1. To develop the ability to interpret the project control requirements inherent to a typical construction contract through plan and specification review.

2. To become familiar with all the paperwork involved in construction both during preconstruction and during construction.

3. To understand construction safety and recognize as well as proper steps to resolve any unsafe conditions on a construction site.

4. To understand methods of construction by each of the major trades commonly utilized during construction.

5. To familiarize students with computer software as an aid in project controls.

 

 

CNS 5023, Research Methods in Planning, Design and Construction:

Framework for understanding the processes, components and methods of empirical research used in the design and evaluation of planning, design and construction problems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the primary types of research methods, evaluating the pros and cons of each and developing the skills necessary to identify both research questions and appropriate ways to answer research questions. The course will be of interest to master's level thesis students and all students who are beginning their graduate projects. (Sp)

Pre-requisite: Graduate standing

Course Objectives: The primary objectives of the course are to improve the capability of students to understand the complex issues associated with both designing qualitative and quantitative research methods.

1. Understand the processes of research from an interdisciplinary perspective.

2. Understand the role of research in improving practice in the planning, design and construction industries.

3. Introduce students to the varied types of research methods.

4. Examine some of the challenges to collecting and interpreting data (understanding threats to valid and reliable findings).

5. Introduce students to methods, standards and ethics involved in empirical research.

 

 

CNS 5143, Legal Issues in Construction: 

The course will explore what constitutes a contract and learn about the different types of delivery systems. The course will examine the legal issues that are important to each phase of a construction project and learn how to avoid and resolve construction disputes. (Sp)

Pre-requisite: Graduate standing

Course Objectives:

1. Understand what constitutes a contract and learn about the different types of delivery systems.

2. Know the legal issues that are important to each phase of a construction project.

3. Learn how to avoid and resolve construction disputes.

 

 

CNS 5523, Pre-Construction Services:

Pre-construction services provide owners with greater project clarity and expectations before their project begins. Efforts from the contractor begin well ahead of the first construction crew arriving at the jobsite. This course covers the practices performed during pre-construction to increase project success from both the owner’s and contractor’s side. Students will be introduced to pre-planning tools that are performed pre-construction, for example: developing feasibility reports, managing project risk, preparing a Quality Control plan, and estimating conceptually. (F)

Pre-requisite: CNS 5003 or with special permission

Course Objectives:

1. Understand the project life cycle and process from concept to construction.

2. Gain an understanding of the feasibility and concept phases of a project.

3. To understand the role of the constructor and its collaboration with design professionals and owners during the preconstruction phase on alternative project delivery methods.

4. Develop the ability to conceptually estimate at all levels of pre-construction including budget development, conceptual, schematic, design development.

5. To understand project pre-planning processes which can minimize surprises and align expectations.

6. Develop the ability to identify risk, analyze risk, and strategize risk solutions.

7. To understand how risk impacts the construction estimate, including: financial risk, operational risk, statetegic  risk, and hazardous risk.

8. Additionally, the ethical issues that confront contractors during pre-construction will be discussed.

 

 

CNS 5203, Emerging Trends in Building Processes:

Explores emerging sustainable construction practices, building methods, systems and products. Evaluate LEED/sustainable building opportunities using value engineering and life cycle assessment to determine the benefit and cost in an integrated project delivery approach. (Sp)

Pre-requisite: CNS 5003, CNS 5123 or concurrent enrollment or with special permission

Course Objectives:

1. Determine and analyze project options using the basics of sustainable construction practices.

2. Understand the importance and use of value engineering and life cycle assessment as an evaluation tool in a collaborative project.

3. Understand the importance and use of technology tools as applied in the preconstruction phase of a project.

4. Understand the importance and use of technology tools as applied in the construction phase of a project.

 

 

CNS 5303, Lean Construction Management:

The purpose of this course is to explore the Lean concepts specifically tailored to the AEC industry. The students will learn how lean concepts along with creative transformational thinking and technological advancement can improve and sustain performance of the construction industry. (Sp)

Pre-requisite: CNS 5003, CNS 5123, and CNS 5013 or concurrent enrollment in CNS 5013, or with special permission

Course Objectives:

1. Understand the essential features of contemporary construction management techniques and their shortcomings.

2. Understand the principles of lean construction management and how they influence quality and production of construction.

3. Learn about the tools enabling lean construction management.

 

 

CNS 5123, Fundamentals of BIM:

This is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) course designed for the construction professional. Students will gain knowledge about the concepts, core business processes, and software involved in a building information model. BIM is presented as a methodology and a tool that provides for shared information across the facility’s lifecycle. This course goes beyond the software applications in BIM to emphasize the knowledge required by the constructor to participate in the creation, production, and execution of a project using BIM. (F)

Pre-requisite: CNS 5003 or concurrent enrollment or with special permission

Course Objectives:

1. Referencing the concepts and principles learned from the assigned reading material, in-class presentations, and class discussions, students will apply their knowledge to address and/or solve typical construction problems in a variety of modeling scenarios.         

2. Students will apply their prior knowledge of construction documents to create a BIM from a set of traditional documents so that the BIM meets the stated project requirements for each scenario.       

3. Given a project statement, students will demonstrate the ability to generate a construction model for a variety of uses, such as - constructability review, cost estimating, sequencing, site layout, and operations and maintenance.

4. Given multiple software applications available for use, students will select the appropriate tool to convey information, solve problems, and meet project requirements as required by course assignments.  

 

 

CNS 5313, Advanced BIM:

The Advanced Building Information Modeling course is designed to develop in depth knowledge of BIM as a tool and as a method for the design, construction, and operations and maintenance phases in a facility’s lifecycle of a project. Strategies for implementation and adoption are emphasized throughout the course. (S)

Pre-requisite: CNS 5203, CNS 5123, CNS 5303

Course Objectives:

1. To develop the ability to interpret the project control requirements inherent to a typical construction contract through plan and specification review.

2. To become familiar with all the paperwork involved in construction both during preconstruction and during construction.

3. To understand construction safety and recognize as well as proper steps to resolve any unsafe conditions on a construction site.

4. To understand methods of construction by each of the major trades commonly utilized during construction.

5. To familiarize students with computer software as an aid in project controls.

 

 

CNS 5353, Leadership in the Construction Industry:

Students will define leadership and its importance in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry as they explore their own leadership style. The study of past and current construction industry leaders is used as the basis for analyzing the role of teams and required leadership in the rapidly changing AEC Industry. (Sp)

Pre-requisite: Graduate standing

Course Objectives:

1. Understand leadership styles and techniques.

2. Identify and explore opportunities to become a better leader.

3. Understand the importance and dynamics of team leadership in the AEC Industry.

4. Explore leadership though interaction with current AEC leaders.

 

 

CNS 5960, Directed Readings:

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and senior or graduate standing. May be repeated once with change of content, maximum credit six hours. Studies in major field as approved by the individual instructor. (F, Sp, Su)

 

 

CNS 5970, Special Topics/Seminar:

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

 

 

CNS 5940, Construction Industry Practicum:

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission. Utilize construction work experience to prepare for construction management functions. Student is responsible for finding the activity and proposing a work-related project. (Sp)

 

 

CNS 5993, Special Studies Research:

Prerequisite: permission of committee chair. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Credit for applied research for the special studies project selected by the student and advisory committee. (Irreg.)

 

 

CNS 5952, Special Studies Presentation:

Prerequisite: permission of committee chair. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Completion of research for the required special studies project selected by the student and advisory committee. (Irreg.)

 

 

CNS 5980, Research for Master’s Thesis:

2 to 9 hours. May be repeated; maximum credit towards degree, five hours. (Fa, Sp, Su)