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The Construction Management Major

Construction management represents an industry that organizes or brings together numerous independent businesses and trades to create and build. The constructor works closely with owners, engineers, architects and sub-contractors throughout the construction process to assure timely completion of a project. Our program provides education in technical aspects, such as graphics, equipment, materials, planning and estimating techniques; extensive computer applications exposure; and, the fundamentals of business management techniques. Upon completion of the plan of study, all students will have also earned a Minor in Business.
Construction careers are broadly diversified. Graduates of this program find employment in many parts of the construction industry, including residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, as well as infrastructure and heavy construction. Typical careers include supervising construction projects, estimating and cost control, scheduling, and project management.
Roger Williams University is a member of the Associated Schools of Construction, an organization devoted to the development and enhancement of construction education. The Construction Management Program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Specific program educational objectives and outcomes include:

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation, we expect our graduates to:
  1. Demonstrate exemplary technical knowledge and skills while achieving success as a practicing constructor and leader and always displaying the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  2. Value the concept of life-long learning and continue to grow intellectually while keeping informed of new concepts and developments in the construction process.
  3. Advance the construction management profession by becoming actively involved in professional associations and societies, serving in professional and community volunteer positions, and acting as a role model for the future generation of constructors and the Roger Williams University Construction Management students.

Program Outcomes

We expect our graduating students to possess:

  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 multidisciplinary 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.

Degree Requirements

The major in construction management leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and normally consists of 130 credits, including satisfaction of all University Core Curriculum requirements. The approved outline is as follows:

First Year (16 credits) - Fall

CNST 100 Introduction to Construction Management (3 credits)
CNST 116 Computer Application for Construction (3 credits)
CORE 102 Challenges of Democracy (3 credits)
MATH 136 Pre-Calculus (4 credits)
WTNG 102 Expository Writing (3 credits)

First Year (16 credits) - Spring

CNST 130 Plans, Specifications and Building Codes (3 credits)
CNST 200 Construction Methods and Materials & Lab (4 credits)
CORE 103 Human Behavior in Perspective (3 credits)
MATH 207 Applied Calculus (3 credits)
WTNG 220 Critical Writing for the Professions (3 credits)

Second Year (17 credits) - Fall

ACCTG 201 Accounting I: Financial (3 credits)
CHEM 191 Chemistry I & Lab (4 credits)
CNST 201 Advanced Construction Methods and Materials & Lab (4 credits)
COMM 210 Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)
CORE 104 Literature, Philosophy and the Examinied Life (3 credits)

Second Year (16 credits) - Spring

CNST 250 Construction Equipment (3 credits)
CNST 260 Construction Estimating and Scheduling (3 credits)
CORE 105 Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse (3 credits)
ECON 111 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
PHYS 109 Physics I Algebra based and Lab (4 credits)

Third Year (16 credits) - Fall

CNST 302 Surveying and Lab (4 credits)
CNST 321 Advanced Building Estimating (3 credits)
ENGR 210 Engineering Statics (3 credits)
MGMT 200 Management Principles (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #1 (3 credits)

Third Year (18 credits) - Spring

CNST 304 Applied Structures (3 credits)
CNST 450 Construction Planning and Scheduling (3 credits)
CORE   Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar (3 credits)
MATH 124 Basic Statistics (3 credits)
MRKT 200 Marketing Principles (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #2 (3 credits)

Fourth Year (16 credits) - Fall

CNST 445 Construction Project Management and Safety & Lab (4 credits)
CNST 475 Construction Project Control (3 credits)
LS 220 Fundamentals of Law Contracts (3 credits)
BUSN 305 Legal Environmental of Business I (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #3 (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #4 (3 credits)

Fourth Year (15 credits) - Spring

CNST 455 Mechanical/Electrical Design (3 credits)
CNST 480 Capstone Project, Ethics and New Technology (3 credits)
    Construction Management Elective  
    Business Elective (3 credits)
    Core Concentration #5 (3 credits)

Total: 130 Semester Credits

The business elective must be selected from one of the following courses: ACCTG 304; ENGR 335: FNCE 301: MGMT 336: and MRKT 335.