What do you learn in a construction management program?

20January2007

BYU Judging by the comments submitted to this blog, most of the readers are construction management students (with one noted exception where a construction industry professional was looking for more information on opportunities in academia).

So in order to cater to the target audience for this blog, you will find information below from the BYU Website that lists several of the goals of their construction management program. This list can give students or potential students a better idea of the topics covered in a construction management program. I especially liked this list because it provides specific details for the activities, rather than just a course listing. So you get a goal like, “Have the knowledge and ability to schedule using Critical Path Method and computers” rather than “Scheduling 423”.

The list can be found below and at the following link to the BYU Website:

“To be able to accurately estimate construction projects with the use of computerized estimating systems.

Have the knowledge and ability to schedule using Critical Path Method and computers.

Have the ability to set up cost accounts and variance reports.

Have the knowledge and ability to manage the safety operations of a company.

To be knowledgeable of the major issues concerning contract law.

Have the ability to schedule, obtain quality from, and effectively work with carpenters.

Have the ability to schedule, obtain quality from, and effectively work with electricians.

Have the ability to schedule, obtain quality from, and effectively work with HVAC subcontractors.

Have the ability to schedule, obtain quality from, and effectively work with the concrete and masonry subcontractors.

Be able to read and interpret contract plans, specifications and documents.

Be capable of successfully working on a survey or layout crew.

To be able to communicate effectively with engineers concerning main engineering principles and practices.

To understand and apply the basic principles of real estate finance and development.

To have the student feel good enough about their education from the BYU Construction Management Program to advise a friend with similar interests to select CM as their major.

To have alumni that are satisfied with their decision to major in construction management.”

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