Construction Management, Bachelor of Science

Construction Management
 

Construction management (CNST) is a complete undergraduate degree program available to students within The Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction located at Nebraska Hall on the Lincoln City Campus and at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) in Omaha. Construction is one of the largest and most diversified industries in the country, accounting for approximately 4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The key professional in this vast enterprise is the “constructor,” a term given to leaders and managers in the construction industry who are responsible for planning, scheduling and building the projects designed by architects and engineers. These highly specialized efforts are indispensable in meeting the country’s growing need for new structures, infrastructure, and environmental controls that are of high quality, and are cost effective, efficient, and sustainable.

Construction firms vary in size from large corporations to small proprietorships and partnerships. These are often classified according to the kind of construction work they do: general contractors, heavy and highway contractors, specialty contractors—including mechanical and electrical—and residential builders and developers. Many firms engage in more than one category of work. Some larger companies incorporate the architectural and engineering design functions as part of their role as a design/build firm. Collectively, constructors manufacture our entire built environment—buildings for housing, commerce and industry, highways, railroads, waterways, airports, power plants, energy distribution systems, military bases and space center complexes. Thus, the construction management field is broad, requiring a unique educational background for its professional practitioners.

Although the range of construction activities appears wide and diverse, the general educational requirements for construction management are universal regardless of a particular firm’s area of specialization. Since construction is primarily a business enterprise, the graduate must have a sound background in business management and administration, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of architecture and engineering as they relate to project design and the actual construction process in the field. Professional expertise lies in the fields of construction science, methods, and management. A working knowledge of structural design, mechanical and electrical systems, methods and materials, soil mechanics, and construction equipment is also essential.

The Construction Management curriculum embraces a course of study in:

  1. construction project management from pre-design through commissioning;
  2. project life-cycle and sustainability;
  3. health and safety, accident prevention, and regulatory compliance;
  4. law, contract documents administration, and dispute prevention and resolution;
  5. materials, labor and methods of construction;
  6. finance and accounting principles;
  7. planning and scheduling;
  8. cost management including plan reading, quantity take offs and estimating;
  9. project delivery methods;
  10. leadership and managing people; and
  11. business and communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Durham School Construction Management program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET, Inc. Technical and humanities electives provide a well-rounded education that leads to a rewarding career in the construction industry. Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate construction management skills and knowledge with:

  1. An ability to 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. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.

NOTE: Numbers are references to ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission outcomes (1 through 6).

The long-term program educational objectives are to produce graduates who, as leaders in the field who can:

• Develop construction project objectives and plans including delineation of scope, budget, and schedule.

• Select project participants and set performance requirements.

• Maximize resource efficiency through judicious procurement and management of labor, materials and equipment.

• Implement and complete construction activities through coordination and control of scheduling, contracting, estimating and cost control.

• Develop effective communication protocols and mechanisms for resolving conflicts associated with the construction process, and

• Ensure quality and safety through design, measurement, analysis, and control.

Educational standards and criteria for construction education are established by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) which is the accrediting agency for construction education programs at all levels. The program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, having met these standards and criteria, is currently fully accredited by ACCE.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

Construction Management students must pass all courses offered within the College of Engineering and all math and science courses with a grade of “C” or higher. 

Students must complete 28 semester hours or be classified as a sophomore before applying for admission to the CM Degree Program.

ACE Requirements

The CNST program follows the UNL ACE general education requirements. Because of the specific needs of the program, most of these courses are specified in the curriculum. Please contact Melissa Hoffman at melissa.hoffman@unl.edu or 402.554.4482, if you are interested in more information about this program.

Exit Examination

Senior students enrolled in the Capstone are required to participate in the American Institute of Constructors' Level I examination during their last semester. Students who pass the exam will be reimbursed a majority portion of their exam registration fee.

Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
CNST 1310 INTRODUCTION TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY 1
ENGL 1160/1164 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3
GEOL 1170 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY 4
MATH 1950 CALCULUS I 5
ENGR 100 FRESHMAN ENGINEERING SEMINAR 0
ACE Elective 1 3
 Credits16
Second Semester
CNST 1120 CONSTRUCTION COMMUNICATIONS 3
ENGL 3980 TECHNICAL WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES 2 3
MATH 1530 INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 3
PHYS 1050 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS 3 4
PHYS 1054 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS LABORATORY 3 1
 Credits14
Third Semeseter
CONE 2210/CIVE 221 GEOMETRIC CONTROL SYSTEMS 3
CNST 2510 CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND SPECIFICATIONS 3
CNST 2410 CONSTRUCTION METHODS & EQUIPMENT I 3
CNST 2520 CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND TESTING 3
CNST 2250 INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING 3
ENGR 200 SOPHOMORE ENGINEERING SEMINAR 0
 Credits15
Fourth Semester
CNST 2420 CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND METHODS II 3
CMST 2010 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3
ECON 2200 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MICRO) 3
ACCT 2010 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I 3
ACE Elective 1 3
 Credits15
Fifth Semester
CNST 3350Structural Mechanics 3
CNST 4440 CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY MANAGEMENT 3
CNST 3050 BUILDING ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICAL SYSTEMS I 3
CNST/CONE 3780 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING 3
MGMT 3490 MANAGEMENT 3
 Credits15
Sixth Semester
CNST 3360 STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATION 3
CNST 3060 BUILDING ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICAL SYSTEMS II 3
CNST 3790 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING II 3
CONE 2060 ENGINEERING ECONOMICS 3
LAWS 3930 BUSINESS LAW FUNDAMENTALS 3
 Credits15
Seventh Semester
ECON 2220 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MACRO) 3
ENTR 3710 ENTREPRENEURIAL FOUNDATIONS 3
CNST 4200 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND ETHICS 3
CNST/CONE 4850 CONSTRUCTION PLANNING, SCHEDULNG, AND CONTROLS 3
CNST/CONE 4760 PROJECT BUDGETS AND CONTROLS 3
 Credits15
Eighth Semester
CNST 4800 PRODUCTIVITY AND HUMAN FACTORS IN CONSTRUCTION 3
CNST 4890 SENIOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT 3
ACE Elective 1 3
Construction Management Elective 3
Technical/Design Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120