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Construction Management Department

E. Scott Sumner, Chair
Annex South Room 008B

617-989-4259

FACULTY

Professors

Mark Hasso, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professors

Ilyas Bhatti, P.E.

E. Scott Sumner, CCM

Cristina Cosma, Ph.D., P.E.

Thomas A. Taddeo

Monica Snow, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professors

Payam Bakshi, Ph.D.

Erik Simon, Ph.D.

Todd Johnson, CPC

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:

  • Deliver a construction management educational program that is nationally accredited and continuously assessed and improved.
  • Regularly meet with and advise students on their status related to the curriculum to ensure they understand the requirements for degree completion.
  • Provide courses which develop the analytical tools and technical knowledge to evaluate information and solve problems as supervisors and managers in the construction industry.
  • Provide courses which develop the skills to lead and serve as members of interdisciplinary teams, as well as communicate in written, spoken and visual formats.
  • Instill the professional ethical responsibilities of leaders and managers in the construction industry.

The following are the learning objectives that will be used to assess the Construction Management program:

  • Formulate oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
  • Complete written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
  • Apply construction management skills as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
  • Identify the purposes of individuals, companies and agencies involved in the construction process.
  • Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
  • Recognize the basic principles of structural behavior.
  • Recognize the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
  • Identify the basic principles of sustainable construction.
  • Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
  • Develop construction project schedules.
  • Develop construction project estimates.
  • Explain construction accounting and cost control.
  • Summarize construction risk management.
  • Describe the legal implications of contract, common and regulatory law to managing a construction project.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Construction Management

Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

The Construction Management program provides a background of technical skills to apply to a construction project from conception to completion. Students are taught the skills necessary to manage resources, time, cost, and quality with emphasis on team building. During the program, the skills developed include management, budgeting and cost control, cost estimating, scheduling, engineering fundamentals, and the development of analytical and communication skills. In addition, the Construction Management program is a cooperative education program where “hands-on” experience is acquired. Career opportunities for the construction manager are found throughout the industry and include the following: construction companies, government agencies, architectural/engineering firms, industrial firms, and manufacturing/materials suppliers.

DEGREE DETAILS

Credits for Degree: 135

This is a four year American Council for Construction Education, (ACCE) accredited  program that begins in the fall of the student’s first year and is planned to finish in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

This period includes two semesters of Co-op.  A graduate of this program can receive a 30 hour OSHA certificate, and a Construction Manager in Training Certificate, a first step in gaining a Certified Construction Manager professional registration.

Please refer to Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate for information regarding the English sequence and the Humanities and Social Sciences elective requirement.

Students should contact their academic advisor or academic department office for information regarding the construction management elective.

Special Graduation Requirement

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program must demonstrate completion of a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30-hour training course in Construction Safety & Health. Submission to the Registrar of a photocopy of either the signed and dated card or verification and dating of entrance ticket or receipt indicating that the student actually attended the training will serve as adequate proof.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

Freshman Year

CONM105

Introduction to Construction Management

2

CONM118

Construction Graphics

3

 

CONM136

Building Construction

4

CONM150

Heavy Construction Equipment

4

CHEM120

Chemistry for the Built Environment

4

PHYS210

College Physics I

4

MATH205

College Mathematics I

4

MATH250

Precalculus

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

18

19

Sophomore Year

CONM201

Construction Surveying

4

CONM140

Electrical Building Systems

3

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

CONM235

Mechanical Building Systems

3

CONM242

Statics and Strength of Materials

4

 

CONM265

Estimating

4

MATH130

Statistics and Applications

4

MGMT390

Financial Accounting

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ECON315

Principles of Economics

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS

18

15

Junior Year

CONM404

Wood & Steel Analysis and Design

3

COOP400

Co-op Work Term I

0

CONM430

Advanced Estimating and Bid Analysis

4

CONM406

Construction Project Scheduling

3

 

CONM473

Concrete Analysis & Design

4

CONM410

Construction Project Management

4

PSYC425

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

4

CONM360

Materials Testing and Quality Control

4

ELECTIVE

Construction Management

3

MGMT410

Management of Contemporary Organizations

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS

18

0

15

Senior Year

COOP600

Co-op Work Term II

0

CONM580

Construction Project Control

3

CONM645

BSCM Senior Project

4

 

CONM595

Construction Business and Finance

4

CONM670

Construction Law and Government Regulations

3

CONM625

Construction Safety and Risk Management

3

MGMT490

Labor Relations

3

MGMT520

Power and Leadership

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS

0

18

14

Minor

The minor in construction management provides students with a greater knowledge of the discipline that compliments their major courses.

To earn the minor, the student must complete the following five courses:

 

Course

 

Credits

Courses

CONM118

Construction Graphics

3

CONM136

Building Construction

4

CONM265

Estimating

4

CONM406

Construction Project Scheduling

3

CONM410

Construction Project Management

4

TOTAL CREDITS FOR MINOR

18

 

Construction Management

Leading to the Master of Science degree

Philip Hammond, Director of Graduate Programs
Dobbs Hall Room 107

617-989-4594

FACULTY

Instructors

Joshua Anderson

Thomas Massimo

Erik Simon

Payam Bakhshi

Mary Kaitlin McSally, Esq.

Monica Snow

Ilyas Bhatti

Richard A. Moore, P.E.

Cindy Stevens, Ph.D.

Cristina Cosma

Hossein Noorian Clifford A. Tishler

Gautham Das

Gary Osmond Frederick Trilling

Ronald Fionte

Sandra L. Owen Cynthia C. Y. Tsao

Practicing Professionals

Dan Anderson

Dr. Davis Jordan

Richard Moore

James Becker

Thomas Kinton

Dave Perini

Jack Blaisdell

Nancy LaBier Thomas Richert

Luciana Burdy

Fred Laskey Jill Rothernberg

Peter Campot

Paul Levy Frederick Salvucci

Andrea D'Amato

Hal Macomber William Seery

Michael Dukakis

John Macomber, Esq. Sam Sleima

Robert France

George Mastaby David Umstot

Michael Gnazzo

Steve McLaughlin Peter Zuk

Paul Hewins

Maureen McDonough, Esq.

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 (MSCM) 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.

DEGREE DETAILS

Total credits for degree: 30

This program is planned to be completed in five semesters. An optional thesis may be taken in the summer semester following the fifth semester.  The program will begin every fall in our traditional model and both fall and spring in our online model.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

First Year

MGMT800

Business Relations & Human Resources Management

3

MGMT820

Business Operations & Process Management

3

CONM860

Modern Construction Delivery Methods

3

MGMT810

Business Finance and Investments

3

MGMT830

Economics and International Business

3

CONM810

Executive Management for Construction Managers

3

TOTAL CREDITS

6

6

 

6

Second Year

CONM830

Real Estate Development for CM

3

CONM890

Capstone Project in Construction Management

3

Optional Thesis

6

CONM840

Construction Law for CM

3

ELECTIVE

Construction Management

3

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

6

6

 

6

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:

CONM800 Research Methodology for CM
CONM820 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation for CM
CONM850 International Construction for CM

Students may also have the option to take an appropriate course from the Master of Science in Facility Management program.

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