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2011-2012 Catalog

Construction Management Department

E. Scott Sumner, Chair
Annex South Room 008F
Phone: 617-989-4259



  • Mark H. Hasso, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professors

  • Ilyas Bhatti, P.E.
  • Monica Snow, Ph.D., P.E.
  • E. Scott Sumner, CCM
  • Thomas A. Taddeo

Assistant Professors

  • Payham Bakshi, Ph.D.
  • Cristina Cosma, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Todd Johnson, P.E.
  • Rogelio Palomera-Arias, Ph.D.
  • John Sanzi, J.D.

Department Vision/Mission Statement/Goals

The mission of the Construction Management program is to provide the student with both the education and work experience to enter the construction profession as a productive team member with the potential to become an innovative technical problem-solver and industry leader. The philosophy of the program is to offer a curriculum which emphasizes instruction that challenges, shapes and encourages students to think about and apply their expanding technical knowledge and organizational skills to the solution of contemporary problems. This philosophy is supported by the educational mission of the Institute that emphasizes physics and mathematics, both theoretical and applied the humanities and social sciences, communication skills and computer science. Students are prepared through their educational experience to adapt to changes in society, technology and the profession.

There are several goals of the Construction Management program:

  • Leadership - to graduate entry-level construction professionals who have the potential to grow in their positions and assume leadership roles within the construction industry.
  • Communication - to produce graduates that meet industry expectations and standards for the communicative ability of construction professionals.
  • Theory and Practice - to maintain a balance of theory and practice with the combination of classroom, laboratory and work experience, plus the role of the faculty as teachers and practicing professionals. 85
  • The Construction Process - to provide a learning environment and curriculum which produces graduates who understand the total construction process from concept through completion, including the roles of the owner, designer and constructor.
  • Interpersonal Skills and Social Awareness - to foster a climate both within the Construction Management Program and the Institute at large that is supportive of educating the “whole person.” This recognizes that future construction professionals should have an education that not only provides technical skills but also promotes an awareness of social issues, an understanding of human behavior and a commitment to intellectual pursuits.
  • Ethics - to provide a learning environment and curriculum that fosters professionalism, integrity and high ethical standards.
  • Experiential Learning - to employ a “hands-on” or experiential approach to instruction consistent with the mission of the Institute, recognizing its value as a tool for student motivation and as an effective means for achieving a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts and their application.
  • Facilities - to employ and maintain state-of-the-art instructional facilities that support the Program mission and are responsive to the changing needs of industry.
  • Faculty - to encourage faculty development and creative activity that will provide opportunities for faculty to remain abreast of the latest pedagogical and industry trends and methodologies.
  • Academic Advising - to provide as a framework of academic instruction, counseling and advising that can allow students to pursue their educational and career objectives.
  • Industry Interaction - to establish and maintain strong ties with industry, in particular alumni/ae of the Construction Management Program which will enable today‘s professionals to assist in the development of future generations of constructors.

Degree Programs

Construction Management: Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
CCEV113 Life in the Construction Lane 0 4 2
CCEV136 Building Construction 3 2 4
CHEM120 Chemistry for the Built Environment 3 2 4
ENGL100 English I 4 0 4
MATH205 College Mathematics I 4 0 4
Total 14 4 18
Spring Semester Course R L C
CCEV118 Construction Graphics 1 4 3
CCEV206 Heavy Construction 3 2 4
ENGL115 English II 3 0 3
MATH250 Precalculus 4 0 4
PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
Total 14 4 18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
CCEV201 Construction Surveying 2 4 4
CCEV265 Estimating 3 2 4
CCEV235 Mechanical Building Systems 2 2 3
MGMT390 Financial Accounting 3 0 3
ECON110 Economics 3 0 3
Total 13 8 17
Spring Semester Course R L C
CCEV242 Statics and Strength of Materials 3 2 4
MATH130 Statistics and Applications 4 0 4
CCEV140 Electrical Building Systems 2 2 3
COMM400 Technical Communications 3 0 3
ENGL350 Writing Competency Assessment 0 0 0
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Total 15 4 17
Summer Semester Credits
COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
CCEV402 Wood & Steel Analysis & Design 3 2 4
CCEV406 Construction Project Scheduling 2 2 3
CCEV410 Construction Project Management 3 2 4
MGMT410 Management of Contemporary Organizations 4 0 4
CCEV360 Materials Testing and Quality Control 2 4 4
Total 14 10 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Summer Semester R L C
CCEV430 Advanced Estimating & Bid Analysis 3 2 4
CCEV473 Concrete Analysis & Design 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Construction Management Elective - - 4
PSYC425 Industrial-Organizational Psychology 4 0 4
Total - - 16

Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Spring Semester Course R L C
CCEV580 Construction Project Control 2 2 3
CCEV595 Construction Business and Finance 3 2 4
CCEV625 Construction Safety and Risk Management 2 2 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
MGMT520 Power and Leadership 4 0 4
Total 15 6 18
Summer Semester Course R L C
CCEV645 BCMT Senior Project 3 2 4
CCEV670 Construction Law and Government Regulations 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
MGMT490 Labor Relations 3 0 3
Total 14 2 15

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

Construction Management: Leading to the Master of Science Degree

Carl Sciple, P.E., CCM, Director
Annex South Room 008A
Phone: 617-989-4817



  • Joshua Anderson
  • Michael Dunlop, Ph.D.
  • Ronald E. Fionte
  • Mark H. Hasso, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Mary Kaitlin McSally, Esq.
  • Thom L. Neff, Ph.S.
  • Hossein Noorien
  • Cathy Shanks, Esq.
  • Cindy Stevens, Ph.D.

Practicing Professionals

  • Jack Blaisdell
  • Paul Hewins
  • Nancy LaBier
  • George Mastaby
  • Payham Bakshi, Ph.D.
  • Cristina Cosma, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Todd Johnson, P.E.
  • Rogelio Palomera-Arias, Ph.D.
  • John Sanzi, J.D.

These practicing professionals are experienced industry leaders who add significantly to the MSCM classes.

Program Mission Statement/Goals

The mission of the Master of Science in Construction Management program is to provide a course of study for construction professionals that seek to prepare them for executive positions in construction related firms. It educates students in foundational post graduate management principles combined with relevant construction education and experience in topics that are specific to preparing and advancing professionals’ skills in administrative and senior leadership positions. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available which allow for a variety of employment or educational opportunities including but not limited to working for general contractors, real-estate developers, sub-contractors, government agencies, construction management and architectural/engineering firms, as well as advanced education and teaching options.

To accomplish this mission, the MSCM program has adopted the following goals to prepare students for professional and personal success:

  • Prepare students for advanced management and leadership positions.
  • Prepare students to pursue advanced educational opportunities.
  • Develop analytical reasoning skills for decision making.
  • Develop metacognitive and life-long learning skills.
  • Expose students to nationally and internationally recognized subject experts.
  • Expose students to the latest technological and managerial/leadership advancements and their effects on the Construction Industry.
  • Prepare and develop students from related disciplines such as planning, engineering and architecture to move into the field of Construction Management

The MSCM program educates students in foundational business management principles and construction education and allows those who want to pursue an advanced terminal degree the opportunity to do so. Students must complete a minimum of 10 courses (30 credits) and may also choose to complete a 2-course (6 credits) thesis option. To fully integrate both academic and practical learning, each course will utilize both industry professionals as well as academic experts. This is a cohort-based, part-time program that can be completed in less than two years. Additionally, the program has an optional thesis designed to prepare students who want to pursue advanced study and subsequent teaching opportunities.

Construction Management (MSCM)

First Year

Fall Semester

Course Course Name R L C
MGMT800 Business Relations & HR Management - - 3
MGMT810 Business Finance & Investments - - 3
Total - - 6

Spring Semester

Course Course Name R L C
MGMT820 Business Operations & Process Management - - 3
MGMT830 Economics & International Business - - 3
Total - - 6

Summer Semester

Course Course Name R L C
CCEV800 Research Methodology for CM - - 3
CCEV810 Executive Management for CM - - 3
Total - - 6

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course Course Name R L C
ELECTIVE CM Elective I - - 3
ELECTIVE CM Elective II - - 3
Total - - 6

Spring Semester

ELECTIVE CM Elective III - - 3
CCEV980 Capstone Research or Project Topics in CM - - 3
Total - - 6

Summer Semester (Optional)

CCEV990 Thesis - - 6

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

Construction Management Electives

During this two year MSCM program, students take three electives. Students take two of the following four electives in the second year, fall semester, and then in the following spring semester, they will take one more:

  • CMGT820 Conflict Resolution & Negotiation for CM
  • CMGT830 Real Estate Development for CM
  • CMGT840 Construction Law for CM
  • CMGT850 International Construction for CM

Other electives under consideration include: Construction Informatics for CM; Biotech and Health Buildings for CM; Advanced Building Systems for CM; Advanced Topics for CM; Claims for CM; Sustainability for CM.

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