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2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog 
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CM 5040 - Construction Operations and Management Strategies

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Theory and case studies related to the executive focused management of construction business operations; investigation of current business practices employed by construction firms, executive level decision-making processes, case studies. (prereq: graduate standing, open to undergraduate students with permission of course program director)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand basic strategies for starting a construction company
  • Effectively manage and control the marketing aspect of a construction company
  • Manage, control, and utilize the financial aspects and controls of a construction company
  • Understand and manage the operations component of a construction company
  • Manage all risks associated with running a construction company, including safety issues
  • Understand the human resources component of a construction company

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Construction methods
  • Construction project management

Course Topics
  • The business of contracting
  • Construction company process analysis and improvement
  • Starting a new company
  • The acquire work process
  • The build work process
  • Controlling the marketing process
  • Controlling the operations aspect of the business
  • Differing methods in securing work in good and bad economies
  • The keep track process
  • Managing the financials of a construction firm
  • Job cost guidelines for a construction firm
  • Managing people in construction
  • Best practices in management
  • Human resources in construction
  • Desired attributes of a construction company’s personnel
  • Future directions of the construction industry

Dr. Jera Sullivan

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