Kennesaw State University is located in Metro Atlanta, which is the major air and rail hub for the southeastern United States. Atlanta is the center of the largest construction market in the region and provides excellent internship opportunities for students who prefer to earn while they learn. The Department of Construction Management has an excellent job placement program for graduates.
At KSU, we focus on how to apply knowledge and use technology for solving real world construction problems. Local construction projects, combined with strong industry support, provide vast laboratory opportunities and educational resources for our students.
The mission of the Department of Construction Management at Kennesaw State University is to develop students for professional construction leadership positions, with a sense of ethical and environmental responsibility, as well as prepare them for advanced degree programs.
In order to accomplish the Department of Construction Management's mission, we use the following plan:
Our programs are modeled to reflect the organization of the construction industry by offering concentrations in Land Development, General Contracting, Specialty Construction (Electrical & Mechanical), Heavy Construction and Facilities Management. This organization not only covers the different facets of the construction industry, but also encompasses the entire life cycle of buildings and facilities.
We endeavor to exceed the accreditation (ABET, ACCE, SACs, IFMA) standards for BS and MS programs to not only stay competitive, but remain a leader among institutions offering one or more similar degrees or concentrations.
Through professional development activities of the Construction Management faculty, we ensure that the quality of instruction and related technologies stays current on innovations that continuously reshape the construction industry. All Construction Management tenure-track faculty members publish in peer-reviewed publications and participate in regional, national and international conferences related to their field of specialization.
For quality assurance and enhancement, the department, in collaboration with the Industry Advisory Board, undertakes surveys of stakeholders, which include students, graduates, employers, and alumni. The results of these surveys are shared periodically with the board and faculty to identify the improvements required at the course, department and the institutional level.
The Department of Construction Management encourages faculty to be well informed and conversant with current industry issues. We position the size and offerings of the program to:
- Serve the changing needs of the construction industry and an expanding national and international student population
- Be a positive force in the local and national construction industry through collaboration with other institutions and participation in professional and community organizations
- Add to the body of construction management knowledge through scholarly research and publications
- Support the strategic and academic direction of Kennesaw State University
Department Long Term Goals
- Continue to improve curriculum to reflect global and national construction industry needs
- Improve managerial/ business skills of students to take leadership roles
- Enhance and sustain the department
Department Short Term Goals
- Prepare students for successful construction industry career
- Meet accreditation agency requirements for curriculum
- Encourage students to take business fundamentals courses
- Increase financial support for the department
- Increase the number of faculty achieving tenure and promotion within the college and departments
- Increase visibility and awareness of the CM Department
Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes
- Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline
- Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline
- Create a construction project safety plan
- Create construction project cost estimates
- Create construction project schedules
- Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles
- Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes
- Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects
- Apply construction management skills as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
- Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process
- Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control
- Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process
- Understand construction risk management
- Understand construction accounting and cost control
- Understand construction quality assurance and control
- Understand construction project control processes
- Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project
- Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction
- Understand the basic principles of structural behavior
- Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and piping systems
Graduate Program Learning Outcomes
- Prepare bids and estimates for construction projects
- Prepare construction schedule and manage project risks
- Carry-out project management related tasks
- Conduct research and disseminate findings through publications
- Pursue advanced degree programs