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PROJECT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE
(22 SEMESTER HOURS)


REQUIRED CORE COURSES - (11-12 SEMESTER HOURS)

CM 2000

Construction Graphics 

2-2-3

A study of the fundamentals of graphic language used by construction professionals with an emphasis on developing skills in expressing concepts in visual form and in reading architectural and engineering construction documents.


CM 3000
Computer Applications in Construction
2-3-3

An introduction to microcomputers and commercial software. Students learn DOS and Windows manipulations, spreadsheets, word processing, visualization, and presentation software by actively using tutorials and help screens in a structured laboratory setting. Scheduling and estimating software are introduced.


CM 3110
Building Techniques and Methods I
2-2-3
Prerequisite: CM 2000

A study of materials, techniques, and methods used in residential and light construction. Foundations, wood frame and masonry structural systems, interior and exterior finishes, residential electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems are included. Also included are residential building code requirements.

OR

CM 3160
Building Techniques and Methods II
2-2-3
Prerequisite: CM 2000

A study of the materials, techniques, and methods used in non-residential construction. Foundations, structural frames, interior and exterior finishes, and specialties are included. Special attention is given toan introductory study of mechanical, electrical and conveying systems used in commercial buildings. Basic design of these systems and their major components is presented including: plumbing, HVAC, electrical power, lighting, alarm systems, elevators and other conveying systems.


CM 4560
Construction Project Management
3-0-3

Prerequisite: CM 3160

A study of the management of field operations and administration of the construction contract. Contract documents, project organization, supervision, working with owners and design professionals, control of cash flow, procurement, management of subcontractors, job records, contract changes and payment procedures are discussed.


ELECTIVE COURSES - TWO REQUIRED (8 SEMESTER HOURS)

 
CM 3410
Construction Estimating I
2-2-3

Prerequisite: CM 3160, CM 3000

A study of techniques in the process of construction estimating, with an emphasis on development of the quantity survey. The completion of a specification takeoff and a quantity survey of commercial construction are required.


CM 3420
Construction Estimating II
3-2-4

Prerequisite: CM 3410

The continued study of the estimating process emphasizing pricing the general contractor’s work, including estimating procedures, development of direct and indirect unit costs, evaluation of subcontractor bids, bidding strategy and bid opening. The completion of an estimate, bid submission, and development of a schedule of values are required. Also included is an introduction to conceptual estimating.


CM 4510
Scheduling
2-2-3

Prerequisite: CM 3000

A study of the management techniques used in controlling the time and cost of construction projects, including development of schedules and budgets, organization and presentation of project information, and updating and monitoring progress using critical path methodology. Development of a construction schedule and budget is required. Commonly used commercial software packages are introduced.


CM 4710
Construction Safety 
4-0-4

A study of construction safety and loss control principles and practices. Topics include project security control, construction accident prevention, safety information sources, weather precautions, emergency planning, and OSHA procedures and regulations.


CM 4760
Construction Law
3-0-3

Prerequisite: CM 4560

A study of Construction Contract Documents and Claims. Topics include: analyses of AIA B141, A101, A201, and contractual graphic and technical documents. Other supporting construction contract documents such as bid bonds, payment and performance bond and construction modifications are studied. The traditional tri-union construction contract formation process is examined in relation to the owner, contractor, material, men, and subcontractors. Discussions regarding damages for differing and unforeseen conditions, defective workmanship, and construction delay claims are surveyed in conjunction with AAA construction arbitration rules regarding emerging construction manager contracting processes.

 

LAND DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE
(21 SEMESTER HOURS)

CORE COURSES REQUIRED – ( 14 SEMESTER HOURS)

*CM 3160
Building Techniques and Methods II
2-2-3

A study of the materials, techniques, and methods used in non-residential construction. Foundations, structural frames, interior and exterior finishes, and specialties are included. Special attention is given to an introductory study of mechanical, electrical and conveying systems used in commercial buildings.  Basic design of these systems and their major components is presented including: plumbing, HVAC, electrical power, lighting, alarm systems, elevators and other conveying systems.


*CM 3310
Introduction to Development
3-0-3

An overview of Land Development and planning including introduction to real property land development principles and processes. The roles of professionals involved in the process will be investigated. The relationship of land development to urban planning, community organization, housing, and economic land development will be explored.


CM 3710
Site Planning
3-2-4

An integrated theory and applications course which provides an exposition of theoretical principles associated with the site planning process, and then involves the students in hands-on application exercises. The inter-relationship between site planning decisions and their potential consequences will be demonstrated through practical exercises.


CM 4570
Land Development Process I
4-0-4

This course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the market forces that shape real estate land development. The course will provide a familiarity of the principles and procedures employed in determining the feasibility of improvement of real property and with an elementary knowledge of the project appraisal process. Different tools and analysis techniques used in land development feasibility are the main focus of this course.


* May take course from electives category if needed knowledge and expertise in this area can be documented to satisfaction of CM department curriculum committee.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES (7 SEMESTER HOURS minimum.)

CM 2000
Construction Graphics   
  2-2-3

A study of the fundamentals of graphic language used by construction professionals, with an emphasis on developing skills in expressing concepts in visual form and in reading architectural and engineering construction documents.


CM 3110
Building Techniques & Methods I
2-2-3

Prerequisite: CM 2000

A study of materials, techniques, and methods used in residential and light construction. Foundations, wood frame and masonry structural systems, interior and exterior finishes, residential electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems are included. Also included are residential building code requirements.


CM 3410
Construction Estimating I
2-2-3

Prerequisites: CM 3160

A study of techniques in the process of construction estimating, with an emphasis on land development of the quantity survey. The completion of a specification takeoff and a quantity survey of commercial construction are required.


CM 3430
Construction Estimating III
2-2-3

Prerequisite: CM 3410

A study of quantity take-off techniques and equipment productivity analysis necessary to land development. Small scale land development project budgeting will be analyzed from the developer viewpoint. Initial conceptual design budget is based on square foot or assembly pricing for the various construction systems and detailed estimate for the infrastructure costs including site work and utilities. Indirect costs associated with zoning, local codes, and ordinances, as well as soft cost associated with design and engineering will be discussed.


CM 4510
Scheduling
2-2-3

A study of the management techniques used in controlling the time and cost of construction projects, including land development of schedules and budgets, organization and presentation of project information, and updating and monitoring progress using critical path methodology. Land development of a construction schedule and budget is required. Commonly used commercial software packages are introduced.


CM 3620
Construction Finance & Feasibility
4-0-4

Prerequisites: CM 4570

A study of Financial Management for the Contractor, and Builder/Developer Organization. Topics include: balance sheet analysis using Percentage of Completion Method, Completed Contract Method with Absorption Analyses, and Work in Process Accounting regarding construction progress payments in excess of costs and estimated earnings. Ratio analysis for construction industry and bid and payment/bond performance. Cash flow projection for construction projects. Also included is building construction economics in terms of: Value Engineering, Constructability, building delivery systems and real estate processes for the Builder/Developer and Construction Management organizations. Graduate students will do additional work on construction cost accounting.

 

SPECIALTY CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE
(21 SEMESTER HOURS)

CORE COURSES REQUIRED – (19 SEMESTER HOURS)

CM 3180
Building Techniques and Methods III
4-0-4

A study of mechanical and electrical system types, how they are built, and how they affect the construction project. Topics will include air conditioning, heating, plumbing, fire protection, electrical power, electrical lighting and building control materials and systems. The analysis of current construction drawings will be integrated into each topic.


CM 3280
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Codes and Loads
4-0-4

Building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing loads and applicable codes.  Emphasis is placed on how they affect the construction process.  Topics will include air conditioning, heating, plumbing, fire protection, electrical power, electrical lighting and building control systems.  The analysis of current construction drawings will be integrated into each topic.


CM 3480
Construction Estimating IV
4-0-4

A continuation of the study of the estimating process emphasizing the specialty contractor portion of the construction project. Topics covered will include the estimating procedure, soft costs, using standard industry references and software, and bidding strategy. A current set of Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical plans will be estimated.


CM 4480
Design Build
3-0-3

The course focuses on the design-build delivery method of construction projects starting with details of the process and how it differs from other project delivery methods. Topics will include building mechanical and electrical systems (A/C. heating, plumbing, electrical power, electrical lighting and building control) and how they are finalized and delivered in a design-build project. The analysis of current construction drawings also will be part of the course.


CM 3190
LEED Building Techniques and Methods IV
4-0-4

Prerequisite: CM 3180
The principles of construction project management applied to the LEED new building certification process. Emphasis will be placed on how LEED project certification influences the overall construction project. Topics will include LEED certification techniques for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design. The following MEP systems will be covered from a LEED perspective ventilation, air conditioning, heating, electrical lighting and building control systems. The student will study, and analyze how management and LEED techniques are applied to current construction projects.


ELECTIVE COURSES ONE REQUIRED (2 SEMESTER HOURS min.)

CM 3620
Construction Finance and Feasibility
4-0-4

A study of Financial Management for the Contractor, and Builder/Developer Organization. Topics include: balance sheet analysis using Percentage of Completion Method, Completed Contract Method with Absorption Analyses, and Work in Process Accounting regarding construction progress payments in excess of costs and estimated earnings. Ratio analysis for construction industry and bid and payment/bond performance. Cash flow projection for construction projects. Also included is building construction economics in terms of: Value Engineering, Constructability, building delivery systems and real estate processes for the Builder/Developer and Construction Management organizations. Graduate students will do additional work on construction cost accounting.


CM 3500
Building Codes
2-0-2

An introduction to the building codes used in the construction industry.  Emphasis is placed on the understanding of and practical implementation of code requirements.  Specific codes addressed in detail are the Standard Building Code and the Standard Fire Prevention Code, both with Georgia amendments.   An overview of relevant plumbing, mechanical, and electrical codes is given.


CM 4510
Scheduling
2-2-3

A study of the management techniques used in controlling the time and cost of construction projects, including development of schedules and budgets, organization and presentation of project information, and updating and monitoring progress using critical path methodology.  Development of a construction schedule and budget is required.  Commonly used commercial software packages are introduced.


CM 4710
Construction Safety
4-0-4

A study of construction safety and loss control principles and practices.  Topics include project security control, construction accident prevention, safety information sources, weather precautions, emergency planning, and OSHA procedures and regulations.

 

HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE
(24 SEMESTER HOURS)

CORE COURSES REQUIRED – (21 SEMESTER HOURS)

CE 3701
Geotechnical Engineering
3-0-3

Prerequisites: ENGR 3131, ENGR 3132 and ENGR 3343

Introduction to fundamental knowledge of soil/foundation engineering for construction projects such as commercial building, highway, bridge, airport, and water/wastewater treatment plant.  Course topics will include composition of soils, subsurface investigation, soil classification systems, groundwater flow, permeability, compaction, stress/strain analysis, shear strength, consolidation/settlement, shallow and deep foundations, earth retaining structures, slope stability, and ground modification methods.


CE 3501
Materials for Civil & Construction Engineering
3-0-3

Prerequisites: ENGR 3131 and ENGR 3132

A study of different materials used for light and heavy construction projects, such as aggregates, woods, metals, concretes, masonry, and bituminous materials. An overview of materials science will be introduced, as well.


CM 2000
Construction Graphics
2-3-3

A study of the fundamentals of graphic language used by construction professionals, with an emphasis on developing skills in expressing concepts in visual form and in reading architectural and engineering construction documents.


CM 3410
Construction Estimating I
2-2-3

Prerequisites: CM 3160

A study of techniques in the process of construction estimating, with an emphasis on land development of the quantity survey. The completion of a specification takeoff and a quantity survey of commercial construction are required.


CM 4510
Scheduling
2-2-3

Prerequisite: CM 3000

A study of the management techniques used in controlling the time and cost of construction projects, including development of schedules and budgets, organization and presentation of project information, and updating and monitoring progress using critical path methodology. Development of a construction schedule and budget is required. Commonly used commercial software packages are introduced. 

 

CM 4560
Project Management
3-0-3

Prerequisite: CM 3160

A study of the management of field operations and administration of the construction contract. Contract documents, project organization, supervision, working with owners and design professionals, control of cash flow, procurement, management of subcontractors, job records, contract changes and payment procedures are discussed

 

 

CM 4760
Construction and Real Property Law
3-0-3

Prerequisite: CM 4560

A study of Construction Contract Documents and Claims. Topics include: analyses of AIA B141, A101, A201, and contractual graphic and technical documents. Other supporting construction contract documents such as bid bonds, payment and performance bond and construction modifications are studied. The traditional tri-union construction contract formation process is examined in relation to the owner, contractor, material, men, and subcontractors. Discussions regarding damages for differing and unforeseen conditions, defective workmanship, and construction delay claims are surveyed in conjunction with AAA construction arbitration rules regarding

 

ELECTIVE COURSES ONE REQUIRED (3 SEMESTER HOURS min.)

CM 3420
Construction Estimating II
3-2-4

Prerequisite: CM 3410

The continued study of the estimating process emphasizing pricing the general contractor’s work, including estimating procedures, development of direct and indirect unit costs, evaluation of subcontractor bids, bidding strategy and bid opening. The completion of an estimate, bid submission, and development of a schedule of values are required. Also included is an introduction to conceptual estimating.


CM 4710
Construction Safety
4-0-4

A study of construction safety and loss control principles and practices.  Topics include project security control, construction accident prevention, safety information sources, weather precautions, emergency planning, and OSHA procedures and regulations.


CM 3260
Applied Structures II
2-2-3

A study of structural design and analysis concepts of temporary structures used in the construction process. Topics include formwork design, scaffolding, and material handling equipment and staging.

 
 
 FACILITY CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE
(22 SEMESTER HOURS)
 
CORE COURSES REQUIRED – (19 SEMESTER HOURS)

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CM 3180
Building Techniques & Methods III
3-2-4

Prerequisite: CM 3160

A study of mechanical and electrical system types, how they are built, and how they affect the construction project.  Topics will include air conditioning, heating, plumbing, fire protection, electrical power, electrical lighting, and building control materials and systems.  The analysis of current construction drawings will be integrated into each topic.

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CM 3190
Sustainable Construction LEED
3-0-3

Prerequisite: CM 3180

This course will emphasize the techniques and methods of sustainable construction.  Importance of a collaborative team effort from owners, architects, engineers, constructors, and consultants will be integrated into the course.  Influences on the cost and schedule due to a sustainable construction project will be analyzed.  Topics will include performance certification techniques for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design.  MEP systems such as ventilation, air conditioning, heating, electrical lighting and building control systems will be covered from a sustainable perspective.

  
 
CM 3620
Construction Finance and Feasibility
2-2-3

Prerequisite: CM 3210

A study of structural design and analysis concepts of temporary structures used in the construction process. Topics include formwork design, scaffolding, and material handling equipment and staging.

 
 
CM 3290
Facilities Management
4-0-4

Prerequisite: CM 3180

This course will emphasize the techniques and methods used in facility management.  Importance of a collaborative team effort from owner, developers, architects, engineers, constructors, technicians and consultants will be integrated into the course.  Influences on the environment, society, budget and schedule due to construction, maintenance and energy needs will by analyzed.  Topics will include LEED green building operations and maintenance, facility financial forecasting and management, construction management, maintenance management, energy management and real estate considerations.  MEP systems such as ventilation, air conditioning, heating, electrical lighting and building control systems will be discussed from a sustainable construction, maintenance, and energy perspective.

 

   
 
CM 4190
Sustainable Operation & Management
3-2-4

Prerequisite: CM 3180

This course will emphasize the techniques and methods used in sustainable operations and maintenance. Importance of a collaborative team effort from owner, occupant, facility management, and maintenance providers will be integrated into the course. Influences on the environment, society, maintenance and energy needs will be analyzed. Topics will include LEED green building operations and maintenance (Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation In Operations). MEP systems such as ventilation, air conditioning, heating, electrical lighting and building control systems will be discussed from a sustainable operations and maintenance perspective.

 

 
 
 ELECTIVE COURSES ONE REQUIRED (3 SEMESTER HOURS min.)
 

 
CM 3310
Introduction to Development
3-0-3

Prerequisite: CM 3180

An overview of Land Development and planning including introduction to real property land development principles and processes. The roles of professionals involved in the process will be investigated. The relationship of land development to urban planning, community organization, housing, and economic land development will be explored. 


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CM 3410
Construction Estimating I
3-2-4

Prerequisites: CM 3000 & CM 3160

A study of techniques in the process of construction estimating, with an emphasis on land development of the quantity survey. The completion of a specification takeoff and a quantity survey of commercial construction are required.

 
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CM 4620
Development Process II
3-2-4

Prerequisite: CM 3310

The course is divided into four parts:

Part one delineates the real estate system including, space markets, asset markets and real estate as an investment.

Part two focuses on present value mathematics, return analysis and return calculations as well as analysis of mortgage dynamics and financing decisions. Various components of net present value, internal rate of return, duration and cash flow will be analyzed.

Part three represents the core and basic foundation of the class. It contains the fundamental principles, concepts and methods of micro-level and owner level real estate valuation and investment analysis. The student will learn to develop individual computer models to perform a comprehensive real estate investment analysis.

Part four focuses on the valuation of real estate developments and the difference in valuation compared to the standard investment analysis model.

 


 
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