Overview

The KSU Department of Construction Management offers both a Bachelor's and Master's degree, a Minor and four undergraduate Certificate Programs.

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.

Mission

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.

Strategy

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, Facilities Management and Residential Construction. 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

Goals & Outcomes

    1. Continue to improve curriculum to reflect global and national construction industry needs
    2. Improve managerial/ business skills of students to take leadership roles
    3. Enhance and sustain the department
    1. Prepare students for successful construction industry career
    2. Meet accreditation agency requirements for curriculum
    3. Encourage students to take business fundamentals courses
    4. Increase financial support for the department
    5. Increase the number of faculty achieving tenure and promotion within the college and departments
    6. Increase visibility and awareness of the CM Department
    1. Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline
    2. Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline
    3. Create a construction project safety plan
    4. Create construction project cost estimates
    5. Create construction project schedules
    6. Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles
    7. Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes
    8. Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects
    9. Apply construction management skills as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
    10. Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process
    11. Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control
    12. Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process
    13. Understand construction risk management
    14. Understand construction accounting and cost control
    15. Understand construction quality assurance and control
    16. Understand construction project control processes
    17. Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project
    18. Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction
    19. Understand the basic principles of structural behavior
    20. Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and piping systems
  • Graduate Program Objectives:

    PO1: Prepare bids and estimates for construction projects
    PO2: Prepare construction schedule and manage project risks.
    PO3: Carry-out project management related tasks.
    PO4: Conduct research and disseminate findings through publications.
    PO5: Pursue advanced degrees
    PO6: Maintain MS program ACCE accreditation
    PO7: Increase visibility and awareness of the CM Department

    Graduate Student Learning Outcomes:

    SLO 1 - Critical thinking and creativity
    SLO 2 - Problem solving and decision making
    SLO 3 - Effective and Professional oral and written communication
    SLO 4 - Use of information and communication technology
    SLO 5 - Principles of leadership in business and management
    SLO 6 - Current issues in construction
    SLO 7 - Complex project decision making and associated risk management
    SLO 8 - Professional ethics including application to situations and choices
    SLO 9 - Advanced construction management practices
    SLO 10 - Research methods

    Correlation of MS Program Objectives with Department Long and Short Term Goals and with Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Graduates understand the FM history, practice and profession
    2. Graduates can plan and manage projects
    3. Graduates can manage building systems, facility operations, occupant services and maintenance operations
    4. Graduates apply assessment, management and leadership principles of facility organizations and their stakeholders
    5. Graduates apply fiscal management tools to the facility program and organization
    6. Graduates apply human factor principles to the facility operation and stakeholders
    7. Graduates are effective communicators
    8. Graduates will be able to apply FM Computer Applications

    Long-Short Term Department Goals mapped with FMAC Competencies

     

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