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Masters Program Optional Courses

CM 5030 Descriptive Structural Systems 4-0-4

A descriptive study of structural behavior with an overview of statics, strength of materials, design of beams and columns for concrete, steel and timber structural systems.

CM 6110 Commercial Construction Transactions 4-0-4

Prerequisite: CM 6100

This course is an extension of CM 6100, with course topic discussion being devoted to commercial construction transactions in relation to the construction contracting process. Discussion is devoted to UCC Article 2, 3, and 9 as applicable to construction vendor contracts. Also, discussion is devoted to the hybrid contracting process and the legal implications of bidding for goods and services that qualify under commercial contract law.

CM 6120 Dispute Resolution 4-0-4

Prerequisite: CM 6100

This course will survey the growth of the alternate dispute resolution field, giving emphasis to alternative dispute resolution theory and its application to the construction industry. A student will be exposed to different resolution processes relative to the construction industry; namely, negotiations, meditation and arbitration.

CM 6130 Case Studies in Construction 4-0-4

Prerequisite: CM 6100

This course is designed to explore the multiple contractual complications that typically arise within the construction contracting process. Topics will develop and explore the technical aspects of procurement, implementation, construction operations, through to post contractual obligation and liabilities inherent in the construction industry.

CM 6310 Advanced Scheduling and Integrated Controls 4-0-4

An exploration of current techniques and practices of integrated project control systems for construction. Subjects covered include various methods of project scheduling and monitoring, resource management, time-cost tradeoffs, organizing and managing schedule data, forecasting and trend analysis, and presentation of schedule information. Special emphasis is placed on the use of modern integrated scheduling practices and associated computer tools.

CM 6320 Construction Information Systems 4-0-4

The interaction of information technology with the construction industry. Opportunities and risks for individuals and organizations are examined in the realms of information flow, decision making and a changing world. Human and ethical issues are considered. Students are introduced through laboratory exercises to construction specific products, to construction applications of conventional database systems and to data transfer technologies.

CM 6330 Advanced Operations: Constructability, Value Engineering, Productivity 4-0-4

An exploration of project processes and organization including procurement, startup, documentation, payment, change order administration and job closeout. Included is project analysis for constructability, value engineering, and productivity analysis and improvement techniques.

CM 6410 Building Failures and Defective Work 4-0-4

A study of problems, trends and issues related to workmanship and product failures during a time of rapid change in the construction industry. It will discuss concepts, philosophy and technology behind the subject issues and seek the exchange of ideas and views. Students will be expected to gain knowledge in the subject topics and develop skill in researching for facts extended to effective written and verbal presentation of the findings.

CM 6420 Tall Buildings 4-0-4

A study of tall buildings in the society of today and tomorrow. Form giving factors will be identified and problems of planning, design and construction explored. The project manager's role in the tall building process will be related to specific building examples. International differences in the role of tall buildings will become apparent, yet common threads will be found which can be useful in a shrinking world and a more universal construction industry.

CM 6430 Automation and Robotics 4-0-4

A study of the level of application of automation and robotics to construction. Techniques and equipment in varying stages of development as well as current applications will be presented for analysis and discussion. Students will be challenged to conceptualize new ways of applying technology to improve industry productivity through automation and robotics.

CM 6510 Marketing of Construction Services 4-0-4

An examination of how construction services are marketed in the various sectors of the construction industry. The relevant characteristics of construction organizations and target clients will be explored with various scenarios structured to highlight critical parameters of search and match. The potential contributions of the media and conventional planning/analysis techniques will be considered.

CM 6520 International Construction 4-0-4

An introduction to the construction industry in the international arena.  Projects and processes will be studied. Issues of contract law, industry regulation, currency exchange, payment guarantees and risk management will be examined and related to respective countries of concern. Operations under different cultural norms will be projected in realistic scenarios.

CM 6530 Construction Markets 4-0-4

A study of the dominant factors at work in different construction markets. Geographic, technological, economic, political, organizational, and social influences on construction markets are included. Market groupings by type of construction are identified and paradigms of construction are explored.

CM 6540 The Construction Company 4-0-4

Organization of the construction firm is covered in this course. Financing of the firm, marketing the various construction services of the firm and exploring the economics which are unique to the construction industry are analyzed. Strategic planning and planning for growth of a construction firm are included in the course. Insurance, bonding, employee development, and labor relations are studied. The continuing relationships with clients, bankers, bonding companies and design professionals are explored.

CM 6901 - 6904 Special Topics variable credit-1 to 4 hours

Prerequisite: Consent of the program head Special topics offered by the program when the demand warrants such offerings.

CM 7701 - 7704 Master's Project variable credit-1 to 4 hours

Prerequisite: CM 6000 and Consent of the program head. This course is designed for the students who want to focus their course of study on a particular aspect of construction. The student works independently under the supervision of the course professor on a project or an inquiry that is significant in the construction industry. The topic of the project or inquiry must be prior approved and the student must continue the work in a manner that is satisfactory to the course professor. The student is expected to submit a substantial report and to defend this submittal and the course work taken in the degree program. This course may be repeated but no more than 8 hours may be applied toward the requirements for graduation.

CM 7801 - 7804 Master's Thesis variable credit-1 to 4 hours

Prerequisites: CM 6000. Completion of 24 hours of graduate Construction degree course work or consent of the program head and approval of thesis proposal are required. Intensive research project that results in a formal written thesis. Usually in an area of interest discovered by the student in early stages of the Construction program or work experience. Students may enroll for a maximum of 4 hours per quarter for thesis credit. The student works independently under the supervision of the thesis advisor on an inquiry that is significant to the construction industry. The topic must be prior approved and the student must continue the work in a manner that is satisfactory to the thesis advisor. The student is expected to submit a substantial body of research work and to defend this submittal and the course work taken in the degree program. This course may be repeated but no more than 12 hours may be applied toward the requirements of graduation.