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Construction Project Management (CM II)

Number: BCT 550
Credits: 3
Format: In person

Semester: Fall, Spring
Meeting Times: TBD
Room: Olver Design Building 162

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Gregory J. Fitch, Ph.D. Candidate, M.S., B.S.


Office: Olver Design Building 328
Phone: +1 (413) 545-8863

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Course Description

This class introduces the fundamental concepts of project management for sustainable design and construction and is suitable for students in various disciplines, particularly architecture, engineering, construction, information technology and management.   Topics to be discussed include project initiation, integrative planning, implementation, monitoring, control and closeout; effective goal setting, documentation, scope/quality, budget and schedule definition; team organization, contracts and negotiation, risk management, legal, environmental and other issues throughout the project life cycle.

Learning Goals

This course is to help students gain construction project management experience and knowledge and also to prepare them to work effectively in contractors, project organizations and with multidisciplinary construction teams. To accomplish these objectives, lectures, reading materials, case studies, homework assignments and team project will focus on providing experience in understanding the concepts and using tools available to manage and administer construction projects. This class will also provide the foundation for further study in construction project management. Students completing this course are expected to essentially perform major duties and responsibilities of a project manager for construction projects.

There are two main objectives of this class:

  • Provide the fundamentals skill sets of construction projects development, organization, execution, and management to students;
  • Provide the hands-on project management experiences, and team work opportunities.  

The expected learning outcomes of this course include:

  • Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction industry.  
  • Understand the principals and practices of project management  
  • Identify project stakeholders, roles, and responsibilities  
  • Identify and understand the steps of the project development process  
  • Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.  
  • Understand the management of project scope, quality, cost and schedule.
  • Understand and assess project uncertainties and actively manage risks.
  • Introduction to Office applications


Gould, F.E., and Joyce, N.E. (2014) Construction Project Management. 4th, the United States: Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-2787724-4.

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