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 Construction Management –I
CNST 1361
General
Course Instructor:
Course Time:
Office Hours:
Contact Information:
Professor John Alvarez
Monday @ 5:30-8:30 PM
By appointment
UH-Blackboard System ([email protected]) or [email protected]
Course Description
This course offers a sampler of the entire CM program. It provides the first introduction to the
principles of management, construction industry, roles and responsibilities, and an overview of
common project management tools.
Course Prerequisites
None
Textbook
Construction Project Management, by Gould and Joyce, Prentice Hall 3rd Edition
Learning Objectives
Upon the completion of the course students will demonstrate the ability to:
1. Understand terminology common to the construction industry
2. Understand roles and responsibilities of parties involved in construction projects
3. Be familiar with selected project control tools and computer applications in CM
4. Be aware of Ethics, Safety issues common to construction activities
5. Practice Written Communication
Grading
Homework (Ethics & Safety)
Quizzes
Midterm
Final Exam
10%
20%
20%
50%
Grading Scale
Letter Grade
A
B
C
D
F
Score
90% or >
80-89%
70-79%
60-69%
< 60%
Note: During the semester, students are responsible for verification of correct score for their
assignments, quizzes, and midterm exams. No corrections/modifications will take place after the last
class.
SCHEDULE OF TOPICS
Week #
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9-10
11-12
13
14
15
Lecture Topics
THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
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Introduction
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The construction industry in USA
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Common terminology
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Construction profession
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Project phases, the design process
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Construction R&D
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Construction ethics
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Opportunities in construction, salary ranges
PROJECT PARTICIPANTS
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Owners, architects, engineers, designers
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The construction team
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Specialty contractors, trades, material & equipment suppliers
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Firm organization, chain of command, division of work, organization charts
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How Technology is Changing the Construction Business
ORGANIZING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
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Organizational structures
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Quality Management
PROJECT DELIVERY METHODS
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PROJECT PHASES
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CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
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CONSTRUCTION PROCUREMENT
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Bidder qualification, packaging the work
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Construction documents
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Insurance requirements
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Bid analysis & contract award
CONSTRUCTION CLOSEOUT
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CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING
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Characteristics, purpose & factors influencing estimates
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Types of estimates
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The estimating process
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Constructability
PLANNING & SCHEDULING
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Schedule formats
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The planning & scheduling process
PROJECT CONTROLS
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Controlling cost, time & quality
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Control theory, project baselines
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Cost engineering, schedule control, cost & schedule performance
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Control of quality
SITE MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION
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Communication & documentation
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Submittals, payment application
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Contract change management
FINAL EXAM – IN CLASSROOM
ACCE sections: 3.1/2/3/4; 5.11/12/14/17; 5.21/22; 5.41; 5.61/62/63/64/65/67
Academic Honesty
The instructor reserves the right to adjust letter grades, upward only, based on individual
attendance and class participation if numerical grade warrants such consideration. Students
who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties,
including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from The University. Since
dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of The University, policies on
scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.
Exam Policy
Students are responsible for all material covered in class discussions, reading assignments and
handouts whether or not covered in class or listed on the syllabus. Consideration of make-up
exam/quizzes/deliverables will be given only in the event of a verified emergency or doctorverified sickness. Missing deadlines will result in a 20 percent penalty per day (only
exceptions listed previously).
Course/Instructor Evaluation
A course/instructor evaluation will be conducted in class during the last scheduled lecture.
Any suggestions you have on improving the course, however, are welcome throughout the
term.
Students With Disabilities
University of Houston provides, upon request, appropriate academic adjustments for qualified
students with disabilities. Any student with a documented disability (physical or cognitive)
who requires academic accommodations should contact the Center for Students with
Disabilities (713/743-5400) for more assistance.
For detailed information about Disabilities, Religious Holy Days, the Academic Calendar, and
Academic Honesty, and other information, please visit the following website:
http://www.uh.edu/provost/stu/stu_syllabsuppl.html
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