Construction Management

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

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.

  • 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.


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 Program Educational Objectives (PEO's) of the Construction Management Program are to produce graduates who, within two to four years after graduation are able 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.

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.  These students must 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 management
  • business and communication skills
At the time of graduation, students in the Construction Management Program will be expected to have developed and demonstrated an ability to:
  1. identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline
  2. formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs
  3. develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions
  4. communicate effectively with a range a audiences
  5. understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts
  6. function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines and analyze risk and uncertainty
  7. acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

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

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The Construction Management Program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET,, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, (410) 347-7700.

Construction Management (B.S.) – Curriculum Map 2020-2021 Catalog

New PlanGrids
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
CH 103 General Chemistry I (General Education Lab Science)
or GL 110 Introduction to Geology
4EG 110 Introduction to Engineering II3
EG 109 Introduction to Engineering I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3MA 108 Applied Calculus (General Education Math)
or 121 Calculus I
MA 107 Precalculus Mathematics (General Education Math)4SA 112 Foundations of Art and Architecture II (General Education Arts & Humanities)3
General Education Leadership1-3 General Education History/Literature3 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 15-17Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
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 232 Elementary Statistics
PS 201 General Physics I (General Education Lab Science)4   
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 17Spring Semester Total Cr.: 17
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
AP 327 Active Building Systems I3CE 457 Wood, Steel, and Concrete Structures4
CE 336 Introduction to Transportation Engineering3EM 320 Construction Productivity3
CE 351 Statics and Mechanics of Materials4EM 322 Construction Safety3
CE 460 Construction Management3EM 324 Special Construction Systems3
EG 350 Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis3General Education History/Literature3 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
CE 321 Materials Laboratory1EM 480 Senior Design Project II (Capstone)3
CE 458 Structural Issues for Construction3CE 446 Soils in Construction4
EG 044 Conference0MG 310 Production/Operations Management3
EM 399 Pilot Course3MG 351 Organizational Behavior3
EM 401 Pre-Construction Management3Free Elective3 
EM 461 Project Management3   
EM 479 Senior Design Project I3   
MG 341 Business Law I (General Education Ethics)3   
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 19Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16

Construction Management Minor 2020-2021 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 Engineering Courses
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
Special Construction Systems3
Pre-Construction Management3
Project Management (formerly EM 301-Project Management)3
Total Cr.18


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. Lecture 2 hours, Lab 3 hours.

EM 188 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

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, 3 hours lab. Prerequisite: EG 110, 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 lecture hours. Prerequisite: CE 264; AP 325, or concurrent enrollment.

EM 288 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

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. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisites: Junior status or higher.

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. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing or higher.

EM 324 Special Construction Systems 3 Cr.

An introduction to mechanical, electrical, control systems and plumbing and their application in the construction industry. Concepts of plumbing, HVAC, electrical systems are discussed and analyzed for their affects upon the construction of structures. BIM is applied for calculating a structures energy efficiency, design of HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, and hands-on labs. Plan reading and quantity take-offs of mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems are conducted. Lecture 2 hours, Lab 2 hours. Prerequisites: CE 264, PS 201 or 211. (Spring).

EM 388 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

EM 399 Pilot Course 3 Cr.

A course is permitted to run as a pilot, without seeking faculty approval for one academic year. The section will include the title of the course. A student will not earn credit for a pilot course and the course when approved as its own course.

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. Lecture 2 hours, Lab 3 hours. Prerequisites: EM 220, 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. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: CE 460.

EM 479 Senior Design Project I 3 Cr.

This course is the first in the two semester construction management capstone design project sequence. Each student will work with a mentor and together will define analyze a project so that an efficient design can be completed. The project scope and design criteria will be developed, the tasks required to complete the project will be identified and scheduled, data collected, and preliminary design proposals will be developed. The design process involves exploring alternate solutions and optimization of the design based upon project criteria and constraints such as economic, political and social factors. The course requires 9 hours per week of directed reading, data collection, research, calculation, and experimentation. All of this will be presented orally and in written form in a project proposal. Prerequisite: CE 460 (Fall).

EM 480 Senior Design Project II 3 Cr.

This course is the second in the two semester construction management capstone design project sequence. 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. Lecture 3 hours, Lab 3 hours. Prerequisites: EM 220, EM 461 and EM 479.

EM 488 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.