Professor: Jose A. Faria, PhD, PMP

Office: EC-2951

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:00PM - 2:00PM or by appointment

Office Phone: (305) 348-3541

E-Mail: Course Mail on WebCT

Fax: (305) 348-6255

E-Mail is my preferred mode of communication. For all matters pertaining to this course, ALWAYS use Course Mail on the Course Website. This is the only way you can be assured of my quick attention to your concerns.


Course Title: Management of Construction Projects Fall 2009 Section: 01
Campus: University Park Engineering Center Room: TBD
Day(s): Tuesdays Time: 3:30PM - 4:45PM


Organization and management theory elements of leadership and human supervision, organization, office operations, labor relations, safety, and work improvement, as they relate to project field operations.



BCN 3730: Construction Safety

BCN 3740: Legal Aspects of Construction

BCN 3762: Building Codes and Quality Control


The course stresses the management of construction projects. Topics such as construction contracts, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, partnering, subcontracting, material management, document and record keeping, communications, submittals, quality and safety management will be discussed. The students will learn the construction management body of knowledge. This course aims to help students improve the working knowledge of management of construction projects, learn about leadership and communication skills and promote the sense of civic duty and responsibility with high moral and ethical standards as stated in the program mission statement (see below). An overall objective of the course is to provide effective education and appropriate training to students and prepare them to enter the construction profession (relates to program goal #1). The course covers ACCE specified topical contents as listed below (relates to program goal #11).At the end of the course, the student will understand:

  • The different types of construction contracts
  • Cost estimation techniques
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Partnering and subcontracting
  • Material management
  • Document and record keeping
  • Communications
  • Submittals
  • How to apply the Project Management Body of Knowledge to Construction Management


The Department's mission is to provide enlightened leadership to the construction industry through its graduates; to increase and to improve the body of working knowledge; and to promote the interdisciplinary transfer of technology. The Department also strives to produce professional construction managers who are informed and participating citizens with a sense of civic duty and responsibility; persons with a sense of dignity whose actions express high moral and ethical standards; and professionals who strive to comprehend the impact of their work on their own lives as well as on the society in which they live.



• Concepts, roles, and responsibilities

• Labor relations

• Administrative systems and procedures

• Cost controls data and procedures

• Documentation at job site and office

• Quality control philosophies and techniques

• Computer application




Required Textbook

Construction Jobsite Management

Mincks, William R., and Johnston, Hal
Second Edition

Delmar Learning, 2004

ISBN: 1-4018-0912-X

ISBN-13: 9781401809126

Helpful Books

R.S Means Building Construction Cost Data, 2008 or later
R.S. Means Assemblies Cost Data, 2008 or later

Other references used

Amos, Scott J., Editor. Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering. 5th Edition. AACE International, , 2004

Clark, F.D., and Lorenzoni, A.B. Applied Cost Engineering. Third Edition. Marcel Dekker New York, NY, 1997. ISBN 0-8247-9800-7

Dagostino, F.R and Feigenbaum L., Estimating in Building Construction. Sixth Edition w CD ROM, Prentice Hall NJ 2003.

DoD. Work Breakdown Structure. MIL-HDBK-881A. 2005

Mantel, Samuel J. et al. Project Management in Practice. John Wiley & Sons. Inc. 2001

Ostwald, Phillip F, McLaren, Timothy S. Cost Analysis and Estimating for Engineering and Management. Pearson Education, Inc Prentice Hall 2004

Peterson, Steven J. Construction Estimating Using Excel. Pearson Education. 2007

PMI A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK Guide. Fourth Edition PMI 2008

PMI. Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures. ISBN 1-880410-81-8. PMI 2001.

Steward, Rodney D. Cost Estimating. Second Edition John Wiley and Sons 1991.


Evaluation Criteria

  • Homework, attendance and participation 15% - Homework will be assigned according to the calendar and it is due at the beginning of the lecture. Attendance will be taken every class it is the responsibility of the student to sign the attendance sheet when provided. Failure to do so results in a missing day mark. late homework is accepted up to one week after it is due but penalized. The maximum grade for a late homework is 90% of the lowest score submitted on time.
  • Midterm # 1 25% - In class examination closed book, closed notes
  • Midterm # 2 25% - In class examination closed book, closed notes
  • Final Exam 35% - In class examination closed book, closed notes covers all course material.

Grading Scale

A 93 -100 B+ 87 - 89 C+ 77 - 79 D+ 67 - 69 F < 60
A- 90 - 92 B 83 - 86 C 73 - 76 D 63 - 66 . .
. . B- 80 - 82 C- 70 - 72 D- 60 - 62 . .

Bring a calculator to the exams! No laptop computers or wireless devices are allowed during the exams. No communications are allowed between students during the exams. No exchanging of tools, papers, books pencils, pens or any other material is allowed during the exams. The exam dates, homework assignments, presentations and reports are due on the date specified in the course calendar, these dates are fixed and non-negotiable. Makeup exams will be given during the final exam week only with valid medical excuse, please check your calendar and report to the instructor any conflicts as soon as you become aware of them.


Late assignments will be accepted until one week after they are due and will be graded based on 90% of the lowest score of the assignments received on time, no assignment will be accepted past one week of the due date. Exceptional circumstances including severe weather alert when recognized by the University, will be considered on a case by case basis. Business or leisure travel does not constitute exceptional circumstances. In the event of travel the student should take any necessary measures to submit deliverables electronically. Students with special needs should contact the instructor to discuss specific cases.


Students with disabilities who may need special accommodations should register with the Office of Disabilities Services, telephone (305) 348-3852.  In addition they are encouraged to contact the instructor so that arrangements can be made to accommodate their needs.  The Department of Construction Management adheres to the University’s policy concerning religious holidays.  Any student will be excused from attendance in order to observe a religious holiday for their faith.  If an examination or presentation is scheduled on that date, an alternate date will be provided.  Students are expected to inform the faculty, ahead of time, of such holidays. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class, and will be considered for the final grade.







AUG 25

Presentations, Ethics, grading, Introduction and Basics. Introduction to Project Management

Homework #1 Given

Read Chapters 1 and 2


SEP 01

Project Delivery Methods

Project Payment Schemes

Homework #1 Due
Homework #2 Given

Read Chapter 3


SEP 08

Contract Award Techniques

Contract Agreements and General Conditions

Homework #2 Due
Homework #3 Given

Read Chapters 4 and 5


SEP 15

RFI's and submittals: Samples and shop drawings

Documentation and record keeping

Homework #3 Due
Homework #4 Given

Read Chapters 6 and 8


SEP 22

Labor, Equipment and Materials Management

MIDTERM #1 (Ch 1 - 5)


Homework #4 Due
Homework #5 Given

Read Chapters 9 and 10


SEP 29

Subcontracting and Purchasing

Midterm #1 Review

Homework #5 Due

Homework #6 Given

Read Chapter 11


OCT 06

Quality Management

Homework #6 Due

Homework #7 Given

Read Chapters 12 and 15


OCT 13

Time management

Job Costing and Financials

Homework #7 Due

Homework #8 Given

Read handouts


OCT 20

Risk Management

Ethics in Construction

Homework #8 Due

Homework #9 Given

Read Chapter 14


OCT 27

Construction Changes and Claims

MIDTERM #2 (Ch 6, 8-12, 14-15)

Homework #9 Due
Homework #10 Given

Read Chapter 7


NOV 03

Dispute Resolution Methods

Midterm #2 Review


Homework #9 Due

Homework #10 Given

Read Chapter 16


NOV 10

Project Closeout   Homework #10 Due
Read all book chapters


NOV 17

    Read all book chapters


NOV 24

Course Review


  Read all book chapters


DEC 01

FINAL EXAM (covers all course material)

  Make up exams if required. Given ONLY with valid verifiable excuse.


DEC 07 - 12

Final Evaluation Week