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Advanced Certificate in Construction Management Course Descriptions

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The courses of the Graduate Certificate in Construction Management are designed to ensure that every graduate has a grasp of the essential elements of the specialized legal, planning, financial, procurement, risk management, and project management skills required in today’s construction industry, and prepares them for positions of leadership and responsibility within private and public organizations overseeing projects.

Required Courses

The 12-credit core curriculum is designed to ensure that every graduate has a grasp of construction methods and materials, legal, cost estimating, scheduling, pre-construction planning, risk assessment and management, project controls, and project delivery. Students are required to complete all 6 courses in the core.

Ideal course sequence:

Construction Contracts, Claims and Dispute Resolution REAL5050 (7 weeks)
Learn essential elements of commonly used contracts including the rights, duties and obligations of the owner and contractor. Review legal documents and understand and evaluate the terms and conditions of construction contracts to minimize the risk of project disruptions, claims, disputes and litigation.

Construction Cost Estimating and Bidding Strategies REAL5054 (7 weeks)
Learn how to prepare accurate and persuasive construction cost estimates and final project bids. Students will begin with an understanding of key terminology and progress into core topics including pre-construction and detailed estimates, planning for the estimate, design and constructability review, general conditions, predesign, conceptual and preliminary budgets, cost of labor, pricing of material, time/cost analysis design review, unit prices, lump-sum bids, direct and indirect costs, mark-up, overhead, profit, bonds, insurance, and internal and external management considerations.

Construction Scheduling and Impact Analysis REAL5056 (7 weeks)
This course covers a variety of network-based scheduling principles and tools including advanced Critical Path Method (CPM) construction scheduling techniques and the Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM). Topics include project resource allocation, resource leveling, schedule development, schedule updating, schedule impacts of date constraints, project time and cost trade-offs, activity duration estimating, work breakdown structures, and an overview of construction contract scheduling specifications.

Pre-Construction Project Planning and Development REAL5058 (14 sessions)
Preconstruction project planning and development efforts play a key role in the overall success of a project as they provide the opportunity for discovery, risk assessment and strategic planning. This early planning can have a significant impact on project outcomes and offer substantial time and cost savings. This course examines the essential planning and analyses performed prior to the construction phase of a project to determine project scope, schedule and cost estimate. It offers the knowledge to define project objectives, determine feasibility, manage risks, and analyze schedule and cost impacts to ensure optimal project performance and customer satisfaction.

Construction Project Delivery REAL5060 (14 sessions)
This course examines best practices for construction project administration and execution. Students will be presented with concepts and techniques to coordinate, monitor and supervise work during the construction and close out phases of a project with a focus on leadership, scope, schedule, quality, inspection, safety and costs. The course explores how and why various practices should be implemented and discusses the benefit from the perspective of the owner, contractor, and construction manager.

Construction Financial Management REAL5052 (7 weeks)
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the key factors of effective construction financial and cost control. Students develop cost control and tracking methods to monitor and control project budgets for successful project outcomes.

Elective Courses

The 3-credit elective course requirement offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in specialized topics of their choice.

Construction Technology: Methods and Materials REAL6050 (7 weeks)
This course examines the methods, materials, systems and technology used in the building industry during the construction process. Students gain an understanding of key building core, shell and interior methods and materials, as well as the essential elements of construction drawings.

Adaptive Reuse and Sustainability REAL6004 (7 weeks)
Utilizing sustainable principles and building practices, this comprehensive course challenges students to think critically about reusing existing building stock and maintaining historic structures. It encourages adaptive reuse by owners and developers entering the design review process. The goal is to help developers think critically about the opportunities presented by adaptive reuse.

Development Project Leadership, Management and Communications REAL6006 (7 weeks)
Gain essential leadership, management and reporting skills and strategies to effectively control the design and construction process, ensuring that every decision is made in the owner’s best interest. Become acquainted with different types of reporting, and learn best practices and tools needed to improve performance, standards and timely project delivery.

Development Project Finance REAL6010 
In this course, students acquire best practiecs for submitting a loan request to a lender for interim construction loan project financing, long-term permanent "take-out" financing and mini-perm financing. Students will become familiar with the presentation of project pro forma, construction loan types, the requirements of a development team, the lender’s credit criteria, the loan proposal, hard and soft cost budgets, valuation, project feasibility and documentation. 

The Real Estate Development Process REAL5104 
This course provides a practical analysis of the phases of the real estate development process including conceptualization, site acquisition, planning and design, construction, financing, leasing and marketing. Leadership, management and control of the development team are featured issues.

Special Topics REAL6022
These courses, which will be offered periodically, are designed to enhance the student’s educational experience by supplementing the standard array of courses with topics that are very highly specialized. Areas of study will include real estate finance, investment and development. In most cases, they will be of interest to those students who desire a more intense exposure to a particular field of study.