Construction Management

Charles A. Dana Professor Michael Puddicombe; Professors Thomas Descoteaux and Edwin Schmeckpeper (Chair); Associate Professors Michael Kelley, Tara Kulkarni, Jack Patterson, and Adam Sevi; Assistant Professors Nadia Al-Aubaidy and Moses Tefe.

In any given construction project the disciplines of architecture, engineering, and management converge. Recognizing this fact is a student’s first step towards becoming a real-world leader in the fields of project and construction management. The second step is taken by enrolling in Norwich University’s Construction Management degree program, where students learn the foundational skills necessary to take projects from the conceptual stage straight through to the grand opening ceremony.

Mission:
  • Prepare students to excel in construction management and related fields.
  • Make clear to students that above all else, the Construction Management profession is committed to bettering the world.
  • Provide fundamental, hands-on education in the construction management field.
  • Foster creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities and motivate students to consider the impact of their work on society
  • Enable students to be leaders in their profession, community, nation, and the world.

Goals:

Construction Management students are taught to assess, strategize, and execute projects from an interdisciplinary approach in which facets of architecture, engineering, and management are taken into account. Along with business, engineering, and architecture courses, students are required to take Construction Management courses specifically designed to prepare students for situations they may encounter while on the job site and in the office. Additionally, core studies include courses in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and sciences.

The Goals [Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)] for graduates of the Construction Management Program are to:

  • Lead project teams in their chosen field progressively rising to positions of technical or managerial leadership.
  • Be respected and recognized for technical and managerial competence in the creation of solutions that balance sustainability, societal and economic issues.
  • Become active citizens in their profession, community, the nation and the world.
  • Communicate to both technical and non-technical audience.
  • Actively engage in continuing education throughout life.

Outcomes:

Students who are awarded the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, may sit for the Associated Constructors (AC) and/or the Construction Management in Training Exams (CMIT) exams, and have a foundational understanding of:

  • Construction project management from pre-design through commissioning;
  • project life-cycle and sustainability;
  • health and safety, accident prevention, and regulatory compliance;
  • law, contract documents administration, and dispute prevention and resolution;
  • materials, labor, and methods of construction;
  • finance and accounting principles;
  • planning and scheduling;
  • cost management, plan reading, quantity takeoff and estimating;
  • project delivery methods;
  • leadership and people managment; and
  • business and communication skills


Student Outcomes for graduates of the Construction Management Program are an ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of science, mathematics, and applied sciences.
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  • Formulate and design a system, process or program to meet desired needs.
  • Function on a multidisciplinary team, and be able to assume leadership roles on the team.
  • Identify and solve applied science problems.
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Utilize the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a societal and global context.
  • Recognize the need for and demonstrate an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Be knowledgeable of contemporary issues.
  • Utilize the techniques, skills and modern scientific, and technical tools necessary for professional practice.
  • Recognize that with the knowledge that construction changes society, construction managers must understand that they are leaders.

Careers for this Major:

Graduates from this program manage varying job demands and requirements and are capable of adapting to rapidly changing technology. Whether working for a private construction firm, engineering firm, government agency, real estate developer, or Industry, there are many areas in which construction managers can focus. A few of the major specialties include:

  • Construction management
  • Construction supervision
  • Construction inspection
  • Safety inspection
  • Project estimation
  • Project development

To learn more about employment opportunities in Construction Management, please visit: http://careers.asce.org.

Accreditation:

In the Fall of 2016 the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET conducted their review of the B.S. Construction Management Program.  ABET will present the results of their program review by the end of August 2017.  ABET, http://www.abet.org, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, (410) 347-7700.

B.S. in Construction Management - Curriculum Map 2017-2018 Catalog

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Freshman
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 103 General Chemistry I or GL 110 (General Education Lab Science)4AP 111 Fundamentals of Architecture4
EG 109 Introduction to Engineering I3EG 110 Introduction to Engineering II or EM 1013
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
MA 107 Precalculus Mathematics (General Education Math)4MA 108 Applied Calculus or 121 (General Education Math)4
 General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities3
Semester Total Credits14Semester Total Credits17
Sophomore
FallCr.SpringCr.
AP 225 Introduction to Passive Environmental Systems3AP 325 Materials, Construction, and Design3
CE 211 Surveying3CE 214 Site Development and Engineering4
CE 264 Specifications and Estimating1EM 210 Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practices4
EC 202 Principles of Economics (Micro) (General Education Social Science)3EM 220 Advanced Project Estimating3
EN 204 Professional and Technical Writing3QM 213 Business and Economic Statistics I or MA 2323
PS 201 General Physics I (General Education Lab Science)4 
Semester Total Credits17Semester Total Credits17
Junior
FallCr.SpringCr.
AP 327 Active Building Systems I3AP 328 Active Building Systems II3
CE 336 Introduction to Transportation Engineering3CE 457 Wood, Steel, and Concrete Structures4
CE 351 Statics and Mechanics of Materials4EM 320 Construction Productivity3
CE 460 Construction Management3EM 322 Construction Safety3
EG 350 Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis3General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities3
Semester Total Credits16Semester Total Credits16
Senior
FallCr.SpringCr.
CE 321 Materials Laboratory1EM 480 Construction Management Practices3
CE 458 Structural Issues for Construction3CE 446 Soils in Construction4
EM 401 Pre-Construction Management3MG 310 Production/Operations Management3
EM 461 Project Management3MG 351 Organizational Behavior3
EM 475 Senior Project Planning1General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities3
MG 309 Management of Organizations3 
MG 341 Business Law I (General Education Ethics)3 
Semester Total Credits17Semester Total Credits16
Total Credits For This Major: 130
 

Construction Management Minor Curriculum Map 2017-2018 Catalog

Engineering majors may choose this minor. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

A) Two courses from either one of the following lists:
List of Architecture Courses
Architectural Design I5
Architectural Design II5
Site Development and Design3
Human Issues in Design3
Introduction to Passive Environmental Systems3
Architectural Design III5
Architectural Design IV5
Materials, Construction, and Design3
Architectural Design V5
Architectural Design VI5
List of Civil Engnieering Courses
Surveying3
Site Development and Engineering4
Soil Mechanics4
Engineering Hydrology3
Introduction to Transportation Engineering3
Structural Analysis3
Foundation Engineering3
Environmental Engineering4
Waste and Water Treatment3
Design of Steel Structures3
Reinforced Concrete Design3
B) Plus four courses from the following:12
Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis3
Construction Management3
Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practices4
Advanced Project Estimating (formerly EM 302-Supply Chain Management)3
Construction Productivity3
Construction Safety3
Pre-Construction Management3
Project Management (formerly EM 301-Project Management)3
Total Cr.18

Courses

EM 101 Introduction to Construction Project Management 3 Cr.

This course provides a broad overview of the managerial, technological and physical processes that are involved in the creation of the built environment. It specifically focuses on understanding the issues in the management of a construction project. (Prerequisites: none. 3 credit-hours - 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab).

EM 210 Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practices 4 Cr.

Use of Building Information Modeling technologies for facility design, visualization, quality estimation, cost estimation, scheduling, coordination, construction, operation, management and maintenance. Current BIM technologies will be covered, as well as BIM tools such as Autodesk Revit: Structural, Architectural, and MEP. Creation of 4-D animations using Autodesk NavisWorks and 3-D models created in Autodesk Revit: Structural. Examination of the technical logistics required to set up successful projects using BIM technologies. Classroom 3 hours plus 3 hours lab. Prerequisite: EG 110 and CE 264.

EM 220 Advanced Project Estimating 3 Cr.

The course covers the principles and practices of estimating integrated with supply chain management with particular emphasis on issues related to engineering and construction projects. Students will learn the principles of supply chain management, estimating, and purchasing in an environment characterized by inter firm relationships. 3 hours of class time per week. Prerequisite: CE 264. Co-requisite: AP 325.

EM 320 Construction Productivity 3 Cr.

This course focuses on the planning and execution of the construction of vertical and horizontal construction projects. The course emphasizes the means and methods associated with heavy civil projects, earthwork, and the construction of the project’s structural elements. Equipment selection and methods will be a major focus. Prerequisites: Junior standing. 3 credit-hours lecture.

EM 322 Construction Safety 3 Cr.

Administration and application of the OSHA Act in the construction industry; includes standards, hazard identification and the development of a safety plan. Fulfills the requirements for the 30-hour OSHA safety training certifications. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: junior or senior status.

EM 399 Special Construction Systems 3 Cr.

EM 401 Pre-Construction Management 3 Cr.

This course addresses the initial phases of the building creation process. It focuses on addressing the owner’s design and construction needs and the delivery of value to the owner. Business development, estimating, planning and presentation skills are emphasized. A Design/ Build model is employed to encompass the full spectrum of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) requirements. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisites: EM 302 and CE 460.

EM 461 Project Management 3 Cr.

The course covers the principles and practices of project management with particular emphasis on issues related to engineering and construction projects. Students will learn the principles of project management within the firm and in an environment characterized by inter firm relationships. 3 hours of class time per week. Prerequisite: CE 460.

EM 475 Senior Project Planning 1 Cr.

Each student will work with a mentor and together will define and analyze a project so that an efficient design can be completed. The project scope will be developed, tasks will be laid out, and a schedule to complete the project will be created. All of this will be presented orally and in written form in a project proposal. Prerequisite: Senior status. Corequisite: CE 460.

EM 480 Construction Management Practices 3 Cr.

A capstone and practicum course in construction management engineering that explores the processes of management as applied to actual construction projects. Topics will be reviewed in the seminar and students will work in teams to review how these topics were applied in an actual construction project and to design a construction management plan for a proposed project during laboratory. Two 1.5 hour seminar periods and a 3 hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: EM 220 and EM 461.