Course Description

MCM-600: Construction Estimate and Scheduling 3 credits

Utilizing pertinent case studies, this course focuses upon the planning and scheduling stages of the building process, with particular emphasis upon reading construction documents and basic estimating principles applied to small-scale, residential and commercial projects. Construction site procedures, as well as techniques for estimating unit quantities and costs of materials, labor and equipment, are introduced, and given industry application utilizing building specifications and computer software.

MCM-602: Construction Information Modeling 3 credits

Technological advances within the construction industry demand that today’s managers possess proficiency in current building methodologies and literacy in current computer software. This course concentrates upon the use of sustainable construction methods and materials to produce cost-effective projects with emphasis upon resource efficiency, environmental protection and waste minimization. Innovative methods of documentation and digital techniques, principally Integrated Practice and Building Information Modeling (BIM) are given comprehensive coverage, relative to the application of the software to the actualization of the built form.

MCM-603: Construction Law: Roles and Responsibilities 1.5 credits

Current legal problems associated with the construction industry are investigated from management’s perspective through consideration of the roles assigned to the various project participants. The entire building process from pre-design to owner use is scrutinized, highlighting case law and statutory information, contractual relationships, licensing issues, design through build, bidding and procurement rules, mechanics liens, insurance and surety bonds, and liability awareness. Available methods of dispute resolution are evaluated, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation with emphasis upon claim avoidance.

MCM-604: Project Finance and Cost Control 3 credit  

Utilizing pertinent case studies, this course probes the economics of construction and analyzes project control systems used to effectively manage cost and time. Principles drawn from cognate business fields, specifically accounting, finance, and taxation, are given real-life application relative to construction projects of multiple types and scales. Key budgetary issues are examined in-depth, including financial statements and balance sheets, variance analysis and optimum cash flow methods, as well as efficient cost reporting systems. Additional topics include internal controls, financial analysis and presentation, contractor surety and lending, and fraud, with particular emphasis upon cost-effective methods to procure and deliver construction projects including lump sum, unit price, cost-plus, and design-build.

MCM-606: Construction Risk Management 3 credits 

This course examines the key concepts, models, codes, tools and techniques used in managing risks within the architecture, construction and engineering industries. The course will focus on planning for the effective implementation of the risk management process, identification and qualitative and quantitative assessment of risks, appropriate strategies to respond to risks and how to sustain the risk management process throughout the life of a construction project.

MCM-608: Construction Environmental Management 3 credits

This course examines the key concepts, systems, laws, tools and techniques used in managing environmental risks within the architecture, construction and engineering industries. The course will focus on environmental issues from a construction business management perspective and include analytical techniques, management processes and business strategies that aid successful reconciliation of environmental and economic performance goals for construction operations. Through a combination of real-life cases, readings, lectures, videos, and simulations, class sessions will seek to engage students in discussions aimed at developing systems of corporate environmental management, covering compliance, environmental risk management, pollution prevention, product stewardship, supply chain management, and communication. 

MCM-612: Advanced Construction Project Management  3 credits

Through detailed case studies drawn from contemporary practice, this course provides in-depth study of the principles and methods critical to the management and integration of the design and construction processes. Planning, scheduling, bidding, professional/client relationships, and contractor selection. Theoretical and practical aspects of project planning are charted, incorporating such essential steps as feasibility studies, estimating project costs, cash flows and cost control through critical path methodologies, risk analysis methods and current techniques for value engineering.

MCM-791: Construction Management Internship 1 credit

To ensure competency in the field before graduation, each student must complete 400 hours of professional construction management experience with a firm in the building industry. This requirement may be waived for entering students with equal or greater professional experience. Additional requirements may apply; see program director or Career Services Office for more information. Prerequisite: MCM 602, MCM-603, MCM-604

MCM-901: Masters Project 3 credits

Construction managers today are part of a team-oriented enterprise, working in collaboration with architects, clients, developers and sub-contractors in the conceptualization and realization of the built environment. This independent study serves as the culminating experience in the program and requires the student to translate the design intentions of the architect and the expectations of the client into sustainable built form. Working in consultation with a committee of academic and professional advisors drawn from both architecture and construction, the student must choose a specific project and produce a comprehensive manual that addresses design concerns, sustainable systems and materials, construction methodologies as well as financial, legal, and safety standards operative in each phase of the construction process. An oral defense, supported by visual documentation realized via relevant digital technologies, will be presented for review and critique by a jury of committee members, faculty and students. Prerequisites: MCM 602, MCM-603, MCM-604, MBA-625, SDN-601, SDN-603