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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Electives (Choose 2 Courses)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Prof. Jacqueline Stephens
Certificate Program Coordinator
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