Graduate Construction

CNST 5086. Special Problems in Construction Management. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Individual problems in the area of building construction involving the application of theory and practice. Selected topics in an identified field of construction management.

CNST 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until thesis is completed. Student must have submitted approved thesis proposal before taking for credit.

CNST 5301. Research Fundamentals in Construction Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Research fundamentals in preparation for conducting studies related to construction which include topics such as research tools, proposal writing, and research reports; emphasis on research planning and design, conducting a comprehensive review of literature, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, defining research problems in construction management, and the development of research proposals.

CNST 5302. Construction Project Management Principles. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles, theories, practical applications, and strategic development in the management of contemporary construction projects; advanced techniques used in scheduling and evaluating progress in construction project control; exploration of state-of-the-art management principles and practices, and development of additional insights.

CNST 5303. Leadership in Construction Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers personal leadership styles and how to communicate and work effectively with diverse groups of individuals who have different approaches, cultures, and backgrounds. This is accomplished through various team activities and/or a series of personal assessments and surveys.

CNST 5310. Advanced Construction Cost, Cash Flow Analysis and Bidding. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Determination of quantities for various types of construction materials and works including earthwork, foundations, structural systems, mechanical and electrical systems, and building finishes; methods used for pricing of construction works including labor, materials, equipment, sub-contractors, overhead, and profit; cash flow for owner and contractor; construction economics including life cycle cost of a project; bidding process and methods.

CNST 5312. Advanced Project Scheduling and Controlling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced techniques and computer applications for the planning, scheduling, monitoring, and controlling of contemporary construction projects; includes key scheduling techniques such as Gantt Chart, CPM, PERT, LSM, and EVM; practical scheduling practices such as tracking, controlling, and forecasting trends of schedules, cost controls, and reporting.

CNST 5313. Advanced Building Information Modeling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduces techniques for creating, managing, and applying building information models in the building design and construction process. The course covers processes and tools for creating, organizing, and working with 3D, 4D, 5D, and 6D modeling representations of building components and geometries to produce models used in architectural design, construction planning and documentation, rendering and visualization, simulation, and analysis. The course also focuses on clash detection in determining project issues and constraints; project team communication and collaboration.

CNST 5320. Contracts and Legal Issues in Construction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Exploration of contractual relationships, legal roles and responsibilities, and contract types and address issues of contract law, legal issues, and insurance. The course will focus on disputes that typically arise in project performance and the options that exist to resolve potential liabilities that typically arise in residential and commercial construction disputes. Contract dispute resolution including negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation of disputes will be studied.

CNST 5321. Construction Risks Analysis and Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced construction risk analysis and management applicable to the construction industry; risk analysis procedures; identification of common disputes and construction risks among the owner, design professionals, and contractor; analysis of construction contracts with an emphasis on troublesome provisions and solutions.

CNST 5322. Sustainability in Construction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Sustainable materials and methods in meeting the needs of contemporary construction projects without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; overview of international, national, and local programs promoting sustainable construction; characteristics of the components of successful sustainable construction projects; theories and practices through case studies; examination of current policies and requirements for sustainable construction such as LEED and NGBS.

CNST 5323. Productivity in Construction and Lean Fundamentals. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An in-depth study of common issues relating to productivity improvements in construction. Introduction to lean history, concepts, and methods; deduction of basic training modules in lean project delivery; application of lean management in construction projects.

CNST 5326. Advanced Construction Materials, Methods, and Equipment Operations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced construction materials and methods of construction with an emphasis on the design and construction process; includes structural steel and other metals, foundation materials, precast and tilt-up wall concrete, concrete reinforcement including pre-stressing, wood dimension lumber framing, and heavy timber framing; Equipment operation and selections.