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GRADUATE HANDBOOKMaster of Science in Construction ManagementCONTENTSPREFACEI. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSII. ADVISING AND OPERATIONAL POLICIESIII. CURRICULUMIV. PROGRAM ACTIVITIESV. CONSTRUCTORS GUILDVI. FACULTYVII. EMPLOYMENT – PLACEMENTVIII. COURSE DESCRIPTIONSIX. ATTACHMENTSLast Revised: January 2021

PREFACEAdmission to the Master of Science with a major in Construction Management is open to persons holdingthe bachelor or higher degree in engineering, engineering technology, construction management,construction technology, architecture, management, or related degree from an accredited college oruniversity. Preference in admission will be given to applicants having professional experience in aconstruction work environment. The admission procedure is competitive in that students will be admittedonly if academic accomplishments and work experience demonstrate that they can successfully completethe program.I. Admission Requirements – See the latest KSU Cataloga. Admission procedureAll admissions materials must be received by the dates in the following schedule:June 1 for the Fall termNovember 1 for the Spring termApril 1 for the Summer termApplicants for admission to the Master of Science program with a major in Construction Managementmust submit the following to the Admissions Office:(a) Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable 60 application fee,(b) Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you haveattended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institutiondirectly to [email protected](c) GRE Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code5359). No department code is necessary.-ORGMAT Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU.(d) Application Letter (Can be uploaded into the online application) - Should state your interestand goals for the MPA and the potential use of the degree.(e) Resume - (Can be uploaded into the online application)(f) Letters of Recommendation (3) (Can be sent electronically through the online application)- completed by supervisors, professors, or professional colleagues, one of which must be from the currentsupervisor.b. Admission criteriaApplicants for admission to the Master of Science program in Construction must meet the followingcriteria:Regular Admission: A score of 291(new scoring system) 850 (old scoring system) or better on theGeneral Test (verbal and quantitative) of the GRE or a score of 500 on the GMAT; and an undergraduateGPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale.GRE/GMAT Waiver AdmissionApplicants may request for waiver for admission without the GRE/GMAT based on the meeting one ofthe criteria below. The applicant has at least ten years of full-time construction professional experiencedemonstrating progressive responsibilities in estimation, scheduling, project controls, projectmanagement or leadership positions. The applicant has at least 3.25 undergraduate GPA and at least five years of full-timeconstruction professional experience demonstrating progressive responsibilities in estimation,scheduling, project controls, project management or leadership positions. The applicant has at least 3.5 undergraduate GPA in a construction related degree fromKennesaw State University or another ACCE accredited institution, or in an ABET accreditedengineering degree from a regionally accredited institution.2

The applicant has already earned a graduate degree from an institution regionally accredited atthe time of degree conferral, or its equivalent in the case of students applying with aninternational education background.Note: Meeting one of the criteria above allows the candidate to request a waiver, but it does notguarantee that the waiver will be granted. Final admission decision is at discretion of KSU CM graduateprogram administration.c. Acceptance to the MS Construction programUpon receipt of all completed application materials the student is eligible for review by the CM GraduateCommittee. Application materials include the application form, immunization form, transcripts of allcollege course work, GRE or GMAT scores, TOEFL scores (and other international student requirementsas applicable) by the Admissions/Registrar’s office and recommendation forms (plus statement of careergoals if for conditional status) by the Construction Program office. The CM Graduate Committee willreview the admissions documents and make recommendations to the Graduate Director of GraduateAdmissions who will send a letter of acceptance.II. Advising and operational policies.a. All graduate students are to be advised each term by the Graduate Coordinator or assigned advisor. Instraightforward cases, this may be done by email. Graduate Students are to receive a copy of thisHandbook at the initial orientation and advising. Graduate Orientation occurs on the evening ofRegistration Day. The program requires that entering students MUST attend this session. The evaluationof the orientation process is attached at the end of this handbook. Please fill out the evaluation form andreturn it to the person in charge of initial Orientation and Advisement Session.b. Students are required to have a KSU email address. A free KSU account can be obtained by submittingthe form from the Registrar’s Page. The Email Help link with get you to the form.c. Graduate students will be advised on the need of foundation competency requirements, programstructure, and program policies at their initial orientation/registration for the program. Graduate studentsshall satisfy foundation competencies within the first three semesters after enrollment, unless otherwisearranged with the graduate coordinator of the CM Program.III. Curriculum and Academic Policiesa. All CM graduate students are expected to maintain the highest standard of academic honesty andprofessionalism. Any evidence of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, may be grounds forexpulsion from the programb. The requirements are a minimum of 36 hours of graduate work as designated below. A grade of "C" orbetter for each course is required.Required Courses (16 hours)CM 6000 Information MethodsCM 6100 Construction Law (or 61xx from elective listing)CM 6200 Strategic Bidding and EstimatingCM 6600 Construction Risk Analysis and ControlHours4444Optional Courses (20 hours)1) Elective Courses Option. Select from those listed below and Special Topics courses as offered.*CM 61XX, 63XX, 64XX, 65XX, 69XX20-hours2) Thesis Option*CM 61XX, 63XX, 64XX, 65XX, 69XXCM 7801-7804 Master’s Thesis8-12-hours8-12-hours3) Project Option3

*CM 61XX, 63XX, 64XX, 65XX, 69XXCM 7701-7704 Master’s Project12-16-hours4-8-hours* Other 6000 level courses (as approved by Graduate Advisor)Foundation: In addition to the 36 required hours, students must demonstrate competency in thefollowing: English communication skills, construction graphics, construction methods and techniques,structural systems, construction estimating, computer skills, construction scheduling, and constructionaccounting and finance. Courses taken to show competency in these areas will not count toward the 36hours required for the graduate degree. Competency can be shown by successfully completingcoursework or by successfully completing competency test out option in accordance with the KSUCatalog.c. Special Topics (6000-level)Special topic subjects may be offered on occasion by the Construction Management program. Thesecourses meet the Elective requirement category of the MS Construction program and may be taken ifapproved by the Graduate Coordinator.d. Project/Thesis Requirements (7000-level)See Policy Memo No. 1 (attached) regarding Project/Thesis course credit.e. Directed Study (6000-level)See Policy Memo No. 2 (attached) regarding Directed Study course credit.IV. Program Activitiesa. Welcome Back.Each Fall and Spring term the CM Department holds a "Welcome Back" gathering earlyin the term. All CM majors and interested KSU students are invited. Awards,scholarship announcements, faculty activities, student organization activities, graduatestudent orientation etc. are on the agenda. Hot dogs, burgers, and soft drinks are usuallyprovided.b. Student competitions.1) Each Fall, at the Associated Schools of Construction Southeast Regional meeting,Kennesaw State University construction team(s) competes with teams from other regionalCM construction programs.2) In addition, CM Student teams participate in Mechanical Contractors and NationalElectrical Contractors Competition.c. The CM Program holds a party for the Capstone seniors each term on the day of CapstoneDefense.d. Scholarships:There are annual scholarships available from department Construction Industry AdvisoryAGC, Georgia Utilities Contractors, The American Society of Professional Estimators(Golden Hammer), Flagler Scholarship and a few other industry associations. Most of thescholarships offered are announced during the Fall Semester. Contact the CMDadministrative assistant for current availability.e. Checking your email:Many important announcements are made via email. It is expected that each student willcheck their school email at least on a daily basis.4

V. The Constructors’ GuildAll CM students are members of the Constructors Guild. This organization includes the student chapters ofmany national organizations as listed in the interest area categories below:a. Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC) is the national scholastic honor society for the profession ofConstruction. The purpose of SLC is to recognize outstanding academic achievement. TheSociety started in 1949 at Michigan State University and now has 46 chapters in the U.S. andseveral foreign countries. The national office is located at Purdue University in WestLafayette, IN. The local chapter is Rho-2, which formed shortly after the Constructionprogram started at Kennesaw State University. Membership is by invitation and is for life.The members are those students who meet the highest academic standards; requirements forselection to membership in the Society include a 3.0 GPA, a minimum residence period atKennesaw State of two semesters, completion of at least two 3000 level Construction courses,and participation in extracurricular activities. Candidates must also exhibit character traits thatwill reflect creditably upon the University and the Construction profession. The top 1/3 ofGraduate Students is also eligible for membership. The local student chapter periodicallyengages in charitable work and the members assist newer students with their academic andextracurricular endeavors.B .Association of Energy Engineers (AEE): The mission of AEE is “to promote the scientific andeducational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for SustainableDevelopment.” The Student Chapter focuses on providing presentations from industry professionals toshowcase various energy efficiency and sustainability topics relating to renewable energy.c.Associated General Contractors of America (AGC): The Associated General Contractors ofAmerica is a membership organization dedicated to furthering the ever changing agenda ofcommercial construction contractors, improving job site safety and expanding the use of cuttingedge technologies.d.National Association of Home Builders (NAHB): NAHB is a trade association that helps promotethe policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1942, NAHB has been serving its members,the housing industry, and the public at large.e.National Electric Contractors Association (NECA): Electrical construction offers a solid, rewardingcareer path. The purpose of a NECA student chapter is to encourage students to pursue a career inthe electrical contracting industry.Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA): The MCAA is a national tradeassociation representing more than 2,800 of the industry’s most innovative and forward-thinkingmechanical construction, plumbing and service firms across the United States.Facility Management: Student chapter of IFMA provide speakers, fieldtrips and other interactionevents with members of Facility Management organizations and firms.f.g.VI. Faculty/Staffa. Faculty and Staff can be found /about/faculty-staff.phpb. Office Hours are posted every term on the Web and on the doors/windows of each Facultymember’s offices.VII. Employmenta. Job Posting. There is a job bulletin board in the CM corridor. Full-time, part-time and Co-Op joblistings fill up most of the space. We make no guarantee about any of the companies, the employmentoffered, etc. We simply offer a posting service to industry. Co-Op and full-time career opportunities alsoare available from the Career Services office in the Student Center. Anyone interested in interviewing forCareer Services’ Co-Op and Career opportunities should register with Career Services.b. Direct Interviewing. From time to time, construction companies want to interview CM students inour program facilities. Typically, they will arrange a noon or evening time to make a companypresentation and talk with all interested students. They will follow-up with interviews on5

announced place and time. Students wishing to interview must attend the company presentation.Sign up with the program administrative secretary or the industry placement coordinator forinterview times. Students wishing to interview must turn in a one page resume and must dressfor formal interviewing (suit, coat/tie or equivalent). Please contact KSU Career Services forlearning about interview skills.VIII. Planning Your Core CoursesAll core courses are not taught every semester. Therefore, it is important that the CM graduate studentplan to take the core courses when they are offered. In an effort to assist with your planning, the typicalschedule for core course offerings is provided. The list below does not guarantee that a course will beoffered in the semester indicated. However, what appears here is based on historical evidence.COURSECM 6000CM 6100CM 6200CM 6600Offered DuringSpringFallFallSpringIX. ElectivesA variety of electives are offered to the enrolled graduate student in the Construction MS program. It isimportant to note that not all classes are offered each semester. In addition, there are some courses thatare taught more frequently than others, depending on faculty schedules, interest and expertise. Below aretwo lists; the “A” list includes courses offered more often, while the “B” list includes courses that are thatare offered from time to time.“A” CM6420CM 6430CM 6510CM 6520CM 6530CM 6540CM 6550CM 6560CM 6800X. Course DescriptionsCOURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME LECTURE HRS-LAB HRS-CREDIT HRS6

CM 6020 - Ergonomics Analysis and Productivity 4-0-4A study of the applications of ergonomic principles to construction related tasks. Work study, task analysis, andHuman Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) principles are applied to labor and equipment intensive constructionoperations to prepare students with analytical skills that enhance safety performance and productivity.CM 6000 Information Methods 4-0-4A course in communications technique improvement and preparation for functioning in an information basedsociety. Conceptual and methodological issues in construction research will be explored with emphasis onconstruction specific resources. Data development and analysis will be studied to include the concepts ofvalidity, reliability, and applications of statistics.CM 6100 Construction Law: Contracts and Claims 4-0-4This course focuses on the legal problems and concerns frequently encountered by constructors and others whoparticipate in the construction process. Topics include the formation of contracts and the various contractualrelationships; methods of modification and termination of the contracts; exploration of licensure andprofessional liability of the construction practitioner.CM 6110 Commercial Construction Transactions 4-0-4This course is an extension of CM 6100, with course topic discussion being devoted to commercialconstruction transactions in relation to the construction contracting process. Discussion is devoted to UCCArticle 2, 3, and 9 as applicable to construction vendor contracts. Also, discussion is devoted to the hybridcontracting process and the legal implications of bidding for goods and services that qualify under commercialcontract law.CM 6120 Dispute Resolution 4-0-4This course will survey the growth of the alternate dispute resolution field, giving emphasis to alternativedispute resolution theory and its application to the construction industry. A student will be exposed to differentresolution processes relative to the construction industry; namely, negotiations, meditation and arbitration.CM 6130 Case Studies in Construction 4-0-4This course is designed to explore the multiple contractual complications that typically arise within theconstruction contracting process. Topics will develop and explore the technical aspects of procurement,implementation, construction operations, through to post contractual obligation and liabilities inherent in theconstruction industry.CM 6200 Strategic Bidding and Estimating 4-0-4A review of all normal bid-preparation activities that should take place in a prime contractor's organization fromthe initial decisions on project selection and receipt of drawings and specifications, through the estimatingprocess and sub-bid research, final bid assembly, markup and submission, to postmortems and necessaryfollow-up actions. Significant attention will be devoted to bidding techniques, strategies, practices, andmethods recommended to handle these functions.CM 6310 Advanced Scheduling and Integrated Controls 4-0-4An 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 ofschedule information. Special emphasis is placed on the use of modern integrated scheduling practices andassociated computer tools.CM 6320 Construction Information Systems 4-0-4The interaction of information technology with the construction industry. Opportunities and risks forindividuals and organizations are examined in the realms of information flow, decision making and a changingworld. Human and ethical issues are considered. Students are introduced through laboratory exercises toconstruction specific products, to construction applications of conventional database systems and to datatransfer technologies.CM 6330 Advanced Operations: Constructability, Value Engineering, Productivity 4-0-47

An exploration of project processes and organization including procurement, startup, documentation, payment,change order administration and job closeout. Included is project analysis for constructability, valueengineering, and productivity analysis and improvement techniques.CM 6340 - Analytical Tools for Construction Management 4-0-4Application of computer software for advanced analysis of data encountered in construction practice.Simulation software will be introduced for the creation of data used for analysis of construction operations. Thiscourse will provide masters students with tools that can help them to perform top-level management duties inthe construction industry. The complex nature of the construction industry requires construction managers toanalyze large amounts of data to manage cost, schedule, and safety issues.CM 6410 Building Failures and Defective Work 4-0-4A study of problems, trends and issues related to workmanship and product failures during a time of rapidchange in the construction industry. It will discuss concepts, philosophy and technology behind the subjectissues and seek the exchange of i