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Construction Management

CM Faculty: Ken Bertolini, Norma Nusz Chandler, Yilei Huang, Janet Merriman, Albena Yordanova. 
 

The SDSU Construction Management program prepares graduates to effectively manage construction projects in the commercial, heavy-highway-utilities, and residential sectors. The program is built on a foundation of math and statistics, applied sciences, professional communications, and analysis coursework. Construction Management topics include construction and construction sciences, site supervision, pre-construction, business and project management. Our program prepares graduates with the skills to succeed as entry-level managers.

Graduates enter careers in construction and related industries in management positions such as cost estimators, project schedulers, and site coordinators. The CM curriculum has been developed using the guidelines provided by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and is guided by input from our industrial advisory council. SDSU is a 2014 recipient of a National Housing Endowment H.E.L.P Grant that is managed by Ken Bertolini.

New students to SDSU interested in learning more about the CM program, please contact the COM Department directly or work with SDSU Admissions to set up a site tour.  

Our program has been designed to meet construction industry needs and is supported by an active Industry Advisory Council. 

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Program Educational Outcomes (PEOs):

SDSU Construction Management graduates will become professionals who:        
A.  Achieve positions of increasing responsibility or leadership with employers, professional organizations or civic organizations as an indicator of professional competence, demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, and successfully function in team environments;
B.  Apply principles of contemporary management techniques, critical thinking skills, and mathematics and science to solve problems, and manage construction projects; and,
C.  Continue to learn via professional organization engagement, continuing education, graduate degrees, employer-based training programs, or other development opportunities that increase productivity, open doors to promotion, and make them more effective managers.

 

Student Outcomes

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to formulate or design a system, process, or program to meet desired needs
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.

CM Program-Specific Topical Content

  1. Construction project management from pre-design through commissioning;
  2. project life-cycle and sustainability;
  3. health and safety, accident prevention, and regulatory compliance;
  4. law, contract documents administration, and dispute prevention and resolution;
  5. materials, labor and methods of construction;
  6. finance and accounting principles;
  7. planning and scheduling;
  8. cost management including plan reading, quantity take offs and estimating;
  9. project delivery methods;
  10. leadership and managing people;
  11. business and communication skills.