Courses

  • Degree Requirements

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management must complete all requirements according to their selected concentration. For a complete list of University degree requirements, please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

    Complete Course Listings

    • CM 1000 - Orientation to Construction and Development

      An introduction to construction industry careers; an overview of construction industry sectors and the industry's impact on the economy; and discussion of the basics of the construction process. Also includes a preview of the construction degree curriculum and an overview of Kennesaw State University policies, procedures, and resources.

      Credits: 2

    • CM 2000 - Construction Graphics

      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.

      Prerequisites: CM 1000 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 2210 - Introduction to Structures

      The study of basic structural design and analysis. Primary aim of this course is to develop and present structural concepts, introduce structural theory, provide a sound understanding of statics and strength of materials to establish a basis for understanding structural principles as it relates to building components.

      Prerequisites: PHYS 1111 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3000 - Computer Applications in Construction

      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.

      Prerequisites: CM 2000 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3040 - Building Information Modeling I

      A course on study of building information modeling for pre-construction applications. The course will enable the students to develop and modify building information models. It includes integration of estimates and schedules with building information models. It also prepares the students to identify conflicts caused by architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems during pre-construction stages.

      Prerequisites: (CM 2000  and CM 3000 ) or (EDG 2160  and CE 2003 )

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3110 - Residential and Light Construction Methods

      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.

      Prerequisites: CM 2000 or EDG 2160 or EDG 1211 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3160 - Construction Equipment

      Study of the basic principles, practices, and techniques used in the construction industry for selecting and managing construction equipment. Focuses on understanding the time value of money, estimating equipment ownership and operating costs, selecting the proper equipment for specific construction tasks, and estimating equipment production.

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3170 - Heavy Construction Practices

      Introduction to the various heavy construction systems such as roads, bridges, sewer/water treatment facilities, and other transportation systems.  Topics include: contract analysis, work breakdown, equipment selection, site logistics planning, and project scheduling, cost productivity and performance management, quality control, and risk management.

      Prerequisites: CM 3110 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3180 - Mechanical and Electrical Building Systems

      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.

      Prerequisites: CM 3110 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3190 - Sustainable Construction

      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.

      Prerequisites: CM 3180 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3210 - Applied Structures

      A study of structural design analysis and design concepts used in steel and concrete construction. Topics include selection of structural systems and the design of columns, beams, and other structural components.

      Prerequisites: CET 2200 

      Credits: 4

    • CM 3230 - Heavy Materials & Temporary Structures

      Materials commonly used and the various methods employed with an emphasis on heavy, civil and highway construction.Ê An introduction to the materials, methods, and techniques associated with the design of temporary structures used to support construction operations such as shoring systems, cofferdams, underpinning, slurry walls, and construction dewatering systems.Ê Lab exercises of heavy construction operations with emphasis on productivity enhancement focusing on an integrated approach to planning, modeling, analysis, and design of construction operations, and the use of simulation models and other analytical tools.

      Prerequisites: CET 2200 

      Credits: 4

    • CM 3260 - Temporary Structures

      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.

      Prerequisites: CM 2210

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3270 - Facility Management Strategies

      Students in this course will learn about the history, practice and profession of Facility Management (FM). Core competencies of the FM profession as detailed by key FM organizations such as IFMA, BIFM, and FMAA will be introduced and analyzed for similarities and differences. Students will also learn about the organizational, ethical, and leadership strategies for the delivery of facility management services.

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3280 - Building Mechanical and Electrical Codes and Loads

      Study of building mechanical and electrical system loads and applicable codes. Emphasis on how they affect the construction project. 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.

      Prerequisites: CM 3180 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3290 - Facilities Management Practices

      Students in this course will study the methods and techniques for managing facilities. The core consists of knowledge on process and techniques for strategic planning, estimating and budgeting, life cycle costing, and integrated decision making. Students also learn about the role and responsibilities of facility manager in different business forms and organization models. FM technology and its future is discussed and explored. 

      Prerequisites: CM 3270 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3310 - Real Estate Development Practices

      The course provides an overview of the land development process and provides a foundation for the advanced land development courses. The course focuses on the steps in planning and carrying out the land development project and on the legal issues encountered in the land development profession. The course includes lectures, readings from the texts and closed library reserves, class discussion, problems, exercises and student presentations.

      Prerequisites: ACCT 2100, CM 3110 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3400 - Risk and Quality Management

      This course focuses on Exposure analysis, risk management, risk transfer and the costs associated with each. The costs of safety and the lack of it is examined. Workers' compensation insurance cost is integrated into the issues of safety along with the development of a comprehensive risk management plan.

      Prerequisites: CM 3110 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3410 - Construction Quantity Surveying

      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.

      Prerequisites: CM 3110  and (CM 3000 or CE 2003 )

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3411 - Construction Estimating Software

      Hands-on computer application of commonly used commercial construction estimating software to construction projects. Instruction in use of the software.

      Prerequisites: CM 3410 

      Credits: 2

    • CM 3420 - Construction Estimating and Bid Preparation

      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.

      Prerequisites: CM 3410 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3430 - Construction Estimating for Development

      A study of quantity take-off techniques and equipment productivity analysis necessary to development. Small scale 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.

      Prerequisites: CM 3410 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3440 - Heavy Estimating

      Advanced estimating techniques and bid preparation for heavy construction projects. Study of the principles used in developing cost estimates for heavy construction projects. Includes interpretation of contact documents, quantity take-off, pricing, and preparation of unit-price bid documents. Introduction and practice with takeoff software for bidding earthwork, paving, utilities, roads, and bridges.

      Prerequisites: CM 3410 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3480 - Mechanical and Electrical Systems Estimating

      A continuation of the study of the estimating process emphasizing the specialty contractors 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.

      Prerequisites: CM 3280 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3500 - Building Codes

      This course will provide an overview of building codes from the perspective of construction managers and superintendent. Various issues related to building codes, which must be considered by the PM/CM/superintendent, will be discussed and follow the scheduled reading assignments.

      Prerequisites: CM 3110 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3620 - Construction Finance and Feasibility

      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.

      Prerequisites: ACCT 2100 

      Credits: 4

    • CM 3710 - Market and Site Analysis

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

      Prerequisites: CM 3310 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3800 - Construction Finance

      Students in this course study the management of company and project finances. They learn the fundamentals of construction accounting and depreciation, prepare financial statements, analyze company's financial health, conduct cost and profit center analysis, prepare and forecast cash flows, and use the technique of time value of money for economic decision making.

      Prerequisites: ACCT 2100 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3810 - Advanced Construction Practice

      This course will prepare students to participate in formal interdisciplinary competitions against other Construction Management/Architecture/ Civil Engineering programs at the 4 year university level. At these competitions students are given a real life project from which they must be able to prepare a preliminary design (Design/Build competitions only), complete estimate, CPM schedule and staffing plan and present these items both in a formal bound written report, as well as a formal oral presentation. The first nine (9) weeks of the course involves intensive instruction in the areas of writing, oral presentation, estimating, scheduling and preliminary design skills as part of the pre-competition preparation process. During the final third of the course students will be expected to make corrections to their competition submittal package based on feedback from the judges at the competition. Following the competition, additional topics involving the use of Building Information Modeling importance of a collaborative team effort from owner, developers, architects, engineers, constructors, technicians and consultants is the overall focus of this course.

      Prerequisites: CM 2000, CM 3000 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 3912 - Workplace Law

      A study of the legal constraints encountered in the workplace. Topics included are drugs and drug testing, sexual harassment, labor management cooperation, discrimination, worker compensation, foreign labor regulation, minority/women's business enterprises and professional regulation.

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4190 - Sustainable Operation & Maintenance

      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.

      Prerequisites: CM 3180 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4230 - Heavy Materials & Temporary Structures

      Origin, classification, and physical properties of soil as used in engineering and construction applications, together with loads and stresses of soil on, and the more common types of engineering structures. To include an introduction of field sampling and testing for earthwork construction.

      Prerequisites: CM 3170 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4480 - Design/Build MEP Systems

      A study of the design-build delivery method applied to construction projects. The study starts with details of the process and how it differs from other project delivery methods. Topics will include building MEP systems (air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, plumbing, electrical power, electrical lighting and building control) and how they are planned and delivered in a design-build project. The analysis of current construction drawings will be integrated into the course.

      Prerequisites: CM 3280 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4510 - Construction Scheduling

      A study of the management techniques used in controlling the progress of construction projects, including development of a commercial project schedule, as well as simulation of updating and monitoring progress using critical path methodology. Commonly used commercial software packages are introduced.

      Prerequisites: CM 3110, CM 3410 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4511 - Construction Scheduling Software

      Hands-on computer application of commonly used commercial construction scheduling software to construction projects. Instruction in use of the software.

      Prerequisites: CM 4510 or approval of the Department Head

      Credits: 2

    • CM 4560 - Construction Project Management

      A study of traditional, design-build and construction management delivery methods, the management of field operations and administration of the construction contracts. Contract documents, project organization, supervision, working with owners and design professionals, procurement, management of subcontractors.

      Prerequisites: CM 4510, CM 3410 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4570 - Development Process I

      A study of development as a process with special emphasis on teams built around the developer. The various issues that must be considered by the development team will be discussed. These include conformity of the development process to sound business principles, adherence of development activities to relevant zoning and permitting requirements, and the potential environmental impact of the considered development.

      Prerequisites: CM 3310 

      Credits: 4

    • CM 4620 - Development Process and Finance

      Students in this course will study financial feasibility and economic desirability of income producing properties. They will learn various financial feasibility analysis techniques and prepare financial pro-forma models for various stages of the development process. The concepts that will be covered are net operating income, time value of money, different forms of financing, and business entities for development process. Acquisition, development, and construction (ADC) loans will be studied and student will prepare their loan amortization schedule.

      Prerequisites: CM 3800 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4639 - Construction Safety & Law

      A study of construction safety and law as they pertain to day to day needs of the construction professional. Topics include but are not limited to safety and loss control principles and practices, contract documents and claims, insurance and dispute resolutions.

      Credits: 4

    • CM 4660 - Advanced Scheduling & Project Management

      Course focuses on Communication, Industry Software, Target Value Design and other best Practices as they pertain to Project Management. Erosion Control Supervisor, and Work Zone Traffic Control Certification requirements are examined. Skills generally required for sound project management in a variety of management settings are studied in addition to specific management issues typically associated with construction companies.

      Prerequisites: CM 4510, CM 4560 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4710 - Construction Safety

      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.

      Prerequisites: (CM 3110  and CM 3180 ) OR (PHYS 2212  and PHYS 2212L and CM 3110  and ENGR 3343  and ENGR 3345  and CE 3501  and CE 3502 )

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4760 - Construction and Real Estate Property Law

      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 bonds 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.

      Prerequisites: BLAW 2200  or ENGR 3324 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4800 - Construction Management Technique

      Simulations and case studies of events that affect the construction organization and project. Topics and event simulations will include problems typically encountered in the construction industry such as changed conditions, strikes, inconsistencies in documents, and surety assumption of the contract. Presentations by prominent industry representatives pertinent to the event being simulated are included.

      Prerequisites: For General Concentration: CM 3420, CM 4510, CM 4560, CM 4710, CM 3620 For Specialty Concentration: CM 4510, CM 4560, CM 4710, ACCT 2100, CM 3480 

      Credits: 3

    • CM 4900 - Capstone Project

      Simulations and case studies of events that affect the construction organization and project. Topics and event simulations will include problems typically encountered in the construction industry such as changed conditions, strikes, inconsistencies in documents, and surety assumption of the contract. Presentations by prominent industry representatives pertinent to the event being simulated are included.

      Prerequisites: CM 3800, CM 4560, CM 4510 

      Credits: 3

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