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Construction Management

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  • About Us

    The construction industry is the nation's largest single industry and its largest employer. Construction managers are in high demand nation-wide, and graduates from our program entertain more than one job offer after graduation. With a four-year degree in construction management from MSUM, you'll offer employers a unique blend of construction and engineering expertise coupled with management-level training. You'll benefit by increasing your earning potential and moving up quickly into senior management roles. Students have the option to earn their four-year Construction Management degree from MSU Moorhead on the North Hennepin Community College campus in Brooklyn Park, MN or on the MSUM campus in Moorhead, MN.

  • Construction Management Program Accreditation

    The American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) is granted the authority to accredit Construction Management programs by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is part of the Department of Education. The MSUM CM program was the first Construction Management program accredited by ACCE in the state of Minnesota. ACCE is a leading national advocate of quality construction education and establishes standards and criteria for excellence and acts as the accrediting agency for four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction management. The Construction Management program at MSU Moorhead has been accredited since 1999.


    Construction Management Mission Statement

    The mission of the Construction management program is three fold.

    • To maintain a nationally accredited construction management program, which will produce graduates who will have the technical, managerial and general knowledge necessary to enter and advance professionally in the construction industry.
    • Provide an environment, which encourages students and faculty to engage in professional development, critical thinking, and creative endeavors.
    • Promote continuous improvement of teaching, learning and program curriculum.

    Program Goals

    Goal # 1  Implement a Quality Improvement Plan for the CM Program

    Objective 1.1 Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of, and be able to apply, the concepts of estimating, construction planning, scheduling, project controls, construction finance, cost control, risk management, and safety as they relate to being a field or project engineer, superintendent, or project manager. (ACCE SLO’s 3,4,5,13,14, &16)

    Objective 1.2 Student will apply appropriate knowledge of mathematics, science, business fundamentals, and electronic-based technology to various construction management processes, design theory, surveying techniques, mechanical/electrical concepts, and analysis of construction systems. (ACCE SLO’s 10,11,19, & 20)

    Objective 1.3 Students will be able to analyze construction materials, methods, construction systems, equipment, design theory, quality assurance, sustainable/lean construction concepts, and have basic knowledge of their application to the construction process. (ACCE SLO’s 8,15 &18)

    Objective 1.4 Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes and understand the legal implications of project delivery methods, contracts, common, and regulatory law needed to manage a construction project. (ACCE SLO’s 7,12 &17)

    Objective 1.5 Students will develop ethical principles and be able to communicate clearly and effectively as individuals and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. (ACCE SLO’s 1,2, 6, & 9)

    Objective 2.1 Set up a process to evaluate for each ACCE SLO.

    Objective 2.2: Evaluate ACCE SLO’s on a three year cycle.

    Objective 3.1 All CM course syllabi are developed in a consistent format.

    Objective 3.2 Course Learning Outcomes are evaluated for every CM course.

    Objective 4.1 The CM Program maintains accreditation.


    Goal # 2  Increase the number of Construction Management majors.

    Objective 2.1 Increase CM program enrollment at MSUM (Short Term Goal). Establish fall semester 2015 20-day enrollment total and implement 2015/16 recruiting plan.

    Objective 2.2 Increase CM program enrollment at NHCC (Short Term Goal). Establish fall semester 2015 20-day enrollment total and implement 2015/16 recruiting plan.

    Objective 2.3 Reach and maintain a stable CM program enrollment corresponding to three full-time CM faculty members. (Long Term Goal)


    Goal # 3  Develop Annual CM Soft Money Budget and Develop/Implement a Fund Raising Plan.

    Objective 3.1 Prepare a CM supplemental soft money budget annually and present to the IAB.

    Objective 3.2 Develop/Implement a CM Fundraising/Scholarship Plan


    Goal # 4  Develop activities which lead to greater construction industry interaction with CM students.

    Objective 4.1 CM faculty and students will work with the members and leadership of the IAB to facilitate industry interaction.

    Objective 4.2 CM faculty will incorporate construction industry field trips and/or speakers in every course.

     

    ACCE Student Learning Outcomes

    The American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) is the primary accreditation body for CM programs and is a leading global advocate of quality construction education which establishes standards and criteria for excellence related to four-year baccalaureate degree programs in construction management. ACCE has established twenty Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) that each accredited Construction Management program must continuously assess and report the results. All twenty ACCE Student Learning Outcomes are listed below. The MSUM CM program assessment report, which is posted on this website, summarizes the results of the most recent assessment cycle.

    1. Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
    2. Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
    3. Create a construction project safety plan.
    4. Create construction project cost estimates.
    5. Create construction project schedules.
    6. Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles.
    7. Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
    8. Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
    9. Apply construction management skills as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary team.
    10. Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process.
    11. Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
    12. Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
    13. Understand construction risk management.
    14. Understand construction accounting and cost control.
    15. Understand construction quality assurance and control.
    16. Understand construction project control processes.
    17. Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.
    18. Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
    19. Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
    20. Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.