Land Development Certificate

In addition to providing a students with a core knowledge of construction materials and methods, the Certificate in Land Development is designed for those with an interest in the pre-construction process, including market analysis, site planning, development law and finance. This Certificate program requires 18 credit hours and can potentially be completed in one year.

Program Requirements

    • 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.

      Credits: 3

      • 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.

        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.

          Credits: 3

          • 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.

            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.

              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.

                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.

                  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.

                    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.

                      • 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.

                        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.

                          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.

                            Credits: 3


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