Introduction to Construction Management

Students explore the breadth of concepts in the construction industry and develop a deeper knowledge of all of the factors that impact the industry through research-based analysis and trend awareness. The history of construction management as a profession is explored, with an emphasis on developing a broad knowledge of this discipline in relation to the project life cycle. This class highlights how the construction industry functions in relation to the GDP and how construction drives the economy from a theoretical and practical standpoint including an exploration of labour regulations and hiring practices. Students gain awareness of various stakeholders and analyze construction management processes that are routinely involved in construction projects in relation to the various sectors of the industry. Topics such as design- bid-build, design-build, and construction management at risk (CMAR) are covered. Career opportunities in the construction industry are introduced and explored along with an introduction to the type of contracts and contractors found in the sector.