Course Descriptions

Construction and Program Orientation

BCM103

Introduction to college, the construction management program, and the construction industry. The responsibilities of successful college students and industry professionals are discussed. Topics include introductory construction vocabulary, the various construction career paths available, common project participants, types of construction companies, and industry demographics and statistics. Prominent and noteworthy projects of the day and throughout history are highlighted along with exploration of current trends, technologies and developments. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Fall Only.

Materials and Methods of Construction I

BCM105

Examination of the basic materials and methods used in the construction industry. Topics include properties of materials, materials usage, material and product selection, history of materials and methods, materials familiarization, and an introduction to the construction vernacular. Materials discussed are used throughout the various sectors of construction including residential, commercial, industrial and heavy civil. (Formerly BCM 101) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Fall Only.

Drafting and Plan Reading

BCM115

Interpretation and production of residential and commercial drawings utilized during the construction process. Laboratory practice develops familiarity and proficiency in areas to include manual drafting, computer aided drafting, design and codes issues, and blueprint reading. (Formerly BCM112) 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM103 and BCM105. Spring Only.

Materials and Methods of Construction II

BCM125

Continued study of basic materials and methods used in the construction industry. More advanced systems of construction are reviewed as the course progresses. Course work includes developing, evaluating, and selecting multiple system and design solutions based upon project or situational objectives. Residential, commercial, industrial, and heavy/civil industry segments are included. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM103 and BCM105. Spring Only.

Construction Equipment Applications

BCM220

Provides a study of the types and uses of construction equipment. Productivity issues including cycle time, operational efficiency, and proper equipment selection and sizing will be covered in depth. Additional topics include earthwork estimating, equipment financial issues, equipment and site safety, and an examination of the similarities and differences between equipment utilized in the various sectors of construction.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM280.

Construction Surveying

BCM230

Theory and application of operations utilized in the construction process. Techniques include taping, differential leveling, laying off vertical and horizontal angles, open and closed traverse surveys, topographic surveys, and construction control surveys.  3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM115 and MTH180.

Computers in Construction

BCM240

Introduction to the use of relative technologies for construction applications. Course work combines construction-related software programs and real-world information to generate building design, construction estimates, and project schedules. Study also includes using the personal computer for construction organization duties using word processing, presentation, spreadsheet and database applications. Construction-related business software is used and evaluated.  3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM270 and BCM280.

Construction Documents and Specifications

BCM270

Interpretation and composition of construction documents including bidding documents, contract documents, and project manuals. The function of the specifications from various points of view are analyzed with particular emphasis on how the specifier and contractor relate to the documents. Multiple types of writing exercises develop an understanding of the core concepts as well as provide practice composing construction documents.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM115 and BCM125 and ENL201 and SPC101 or BCM115 and BCM125 and ENL201 and SPC201. (Writing Enriched)

Construction Estimating

BCM280

Standard construction estimating from conceptual estimates to project award. Areas of construction estimating from general conditions to punch list items are introduced. Discussion also includes how construction estimating is affected by building codes, zoning regulations, and other constraints. Course work draws upon all acquired knowledge for production of residential and light commercial building estimates.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM115 and BCM125 and MTH180.

Advanced Estimating and Cost Control

BCM304

This course builds on previous course work and expands the concepts to provide a comprehensive understanding of the construction costing process. The course includes reviewing project selection criteria, quantity take-off, pricing, subcontractor bid analysis, cash flow forecasting, and historical cost analysis. The private and public bidding environments are compared and contrasted 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM220 and BCM240.

Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Buildings

BCM305

Provide basic knowledge of electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems used in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Emphasis on advantages and disadvantages of various systems, and how their design and installation integrates into the management of the building process. Particular attention is given to soliciting and managing mechanical and electrical subcontractors. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM220 and BCM240.

Construction Structural Analysis and Design

BCM309

Fundamental principles of structural mechanics as they are applied to the design and selection of structural components in residential and commercial building. Topics include how loads and stresses are determined, the proper use of tables to size and select structural members, and how the construction manager can assist the engineer in the solution of structural problems.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM270 and MTH230 and PHS115. Fall Only.

Advanced Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Construction Management

BCM315

The advanced study of electrical and mechanical systems for commercial, industrial, and municipal facilities. Emphasis is on the advantages and disadvantages of various systems and methods, and how their design, installation, operation, and maintenance are managed. Topics will include the discussion of the management of the estimating, constructing, starting up, and maintaining of process piping, fire suppression, material handling, traditional and alternative electrical energy producing and distributing systems. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM305.

CIM & BIM

BCM325

Introduction to the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a construction management tool. The use of BIM across the construction management profession including preconstruction, construction, commissioning, and facility management’ Basic manipulation of models, running of clash detection, and other platform use will be combined with examination of the use of the tools in the industry. Real world examples and case studies will be used to facilitate discussion and learning. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM115 and BCM125.

Project Planning, Scheduling and Control

BCM340

Introduction to concepts in project planning, scheduling, and control. Emphasis on scheduling theory and the development of network logic diagrams. The development of the project schedule and its relationship to the estimate are included and contractual scheduling requirements are examined.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM304 and BCM305 and BCM309. Spring Only.

Construction Jobsite Management

BCM350

An in-depth examination of the responsibilities and challenges of a construction job site superintendent. Major topics to be covered include job site planning, scheduling, and coordination; safety responsibilities; jobsite specific estimating, and project documentation requirements. Emphasis will be on developing the critical thinking and communications skills necessary for successful construction jobsite supervision. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM304 and BCM305 and MGT301.

Advanced Topics in Construction Technology

BCM390

Broad investigation of the impact of technology on the construction industry. Study includes investigation of construction technologies, general business technology aspects, and their influence on various aspects of society and the construction industry.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM304. (Science, Technology and Society) Spring Only.

Construction Management Experience

BCM394I

Internship field experience in a management related role in Commercial, Heavy-Highway, Residential, and other industry related areas. Systems and practices used for construction project management. Problem solving techniques for decision making considering competing real world priorities. Specific objectives tailored to each opportunity as approved by the Program Coordinator. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): BCM270 and BCM280.

Construction Safety

BCM420

Broad investigation and analysis of safety standards and regulations and their relationship to the construction industry. Specifically, topics cover employee health and safety regulatory requirements, including multi-employer responsibility, training, record keeping, hazard recognition, and safety inspections. The principles of safety management, accident prevention, and safety program development methods are covered.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM340 and BCM350. Fall Only.

Construction Project Management

BCM430

In-depth examination of the responsibilities and challenges of a construction project manager. Major topics include project coordination, legal requirements, estimating, finance, and documentation requirements. Emphasis on developing the critical thinking and communications skills necessary for successful management and administration of a construction project.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM340 and BCM350 and BCM390. Fall Only.

Construction Project Development

BCM440

Application of fundamental concepts developed in prior courses to examine each step of project development in the construction process. Topics include real estate, law, financing, property valuation, property ownership, and government rights and power. Practical examples, problems, projects, and guest speakers reinforce and further the understanding of project development. Experiences occurring out of the classroom environment and in the actual development environment are used when possible in the learning process. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BCM420 and BCM430 and MGT249. Spring Only.

Quality Assurance and Quality Control

BCM450

Study of Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) in the construction process. The constructors' roles in ensuring quality are analyzed. Interpretation of building code requirements, assessment of the utilization of QA/QC and its impact on project quality, cost, schedule, productivity, and safety are examined.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM420 and BCM430. (Writing Enriched) Spring Only.

Senior Capstone Project

BCM497

Capstone course for the Construction Management (BCM) program, designed to provide instruction in the successful analysis of a construction-related project. Coordination with the BCM course faculty is required to propose, design and implement a project that will analyze, integrate, and synthesize concepts and knowledge from previous BCM and related course work. Independent research is used to develop projects in preparation for a formal final presentation for the BCM course faculty, selected other college professors, and participating industry professionals. The Directed BCM Construction Elective must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BCM420 and BCM430. Spring Only.