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308 Construction Project Management

Construction Project Management
Class Syllabus

Learning Objectives
Class Organization and Grading
Grading Policies
The Textbook

Reading Ahead

Introduction -- $465 for members, $495 for non-members

The purpose of this course is to provide a framework for understanding the project manager's roles, responsibilities, processes and procedures. Student will learn the stages of the project, dispute resolution, project financing, feasibility, bidding and contracting.. 

Students will learn about cost and risk control as well as developing and applying policies and procedures.  Other topics will include subcontractor management, purchasing and components of a good purchase order.    Project start up and close out techniques will be covered. 

Each class is 10 weeks and on average a student can expect to spend 3-5 hours per class.


Learning objectives:

By the end of this class you should:

  1. Know the different project delivery systems and how each affects the role of the project management team
  2. Understand owner feasibility studies, methods of delivery, programming and design
  3. Know how to manage the flow of project information during the various phases of the project. 
  4. Be able to manage various types and sources of risk that are the primary responsibility of the project supervisor
  5. Understand the role of planning and scheduling in the pre-construction phase of a construction project 
  6. Understand the how and why of estimating
  7. Be able to manage the mobilization and organization of a project in the field
  8. Understand the basics of expediting materials, equipment orders, and the inspection and approval processes 
  9. Understand how project financing and insurance plays a role in modern construction management, cash flow, and project cost control
  10. Be able to coordinate the close out of a construction project.
  11. Be able to apply subcontractor management techniques
  12. Understand how corporate policies and procedures can affect the management of the project.


Class Organization and Grading

The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.


Point Value By End of Week
0. Student Orientation 0 Before start
1. Construction Sectors and Project Stages 20 1
2. Feasibility, Project Delivery, Design and Programming 20 2
3. Bidding and Contractors 20 3
4. Estimating 20 4
5.Contracts and Risk 45 5
6.Pre-construction, Mobilization, and Construction 20 6
7.Scheduling 20 7
8. Buying out the job, Changes in the work, Getting paid 20 8
9. Getting Paid, Claims, Disputes, Liens 20 9
10. Close-out, Occupancy, Operations, Maintenance, Warranties 45 10
Total Points


It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind.   Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week.  Class work must be completed before the following Monday.  Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance.   Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in advance on the course calendar.


Grading Policies

Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at least two class discussions.   Each quiz will count 5 points, class discussions will count 15 points per module.  There are two case studies that count 25 points in Module 5 and Module 10. You can see that I consider class discussions to be a very important part of this course.  Students learn more and learn better when they discuss the topic at hand.  For that reason, I consider the regular weekly discussions to be even more important than the weekly quizzes.

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis.  You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.

Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the total number of points you have accumulated on quizzes and assignments.   The grading scale is as follows:

  • A  225 to 250 points

  • B  200 to 224 points

  • C  175 to 199 points

  • Anything less will be considered an unauthorized withdrawal from the course.

You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.



Construction Project Management A Complete Introduction by Alison Dykstra, AIA, CSI  ISBN 978-0-9827034-9-6 See the Textbook page for order information

Reading Ahead

This table details the reading assignments for the entire course.  This will give you opportunity to read ahead and get a jump on upcoming modules.


Reading Assignment
0. Student Orientation None
1. Setting the stage: Construction sectors, partnerships, project stages Read Chapters 1, 3,4
2. Feasibility, Project Delivery, Design and Programming Read Chapters 5-7
3. Bidding and Contractors Read Chapters 8, 9
4. Planning for Production and Support Read Chapters 10, 11
5. Contracts and Risk Read Chapters 12-16
6. Pre-construction, Mobilization and Construction Read Chapters 17, 18
7. Scheduling Read Chapters 19, 20
8. Buying out the job, Changes in the work, Getting paid Read Chapters 21, 22
9. Getting paid, Claims, Disputes, Liens Read Chapters 23, 24
10. Project Completion and Close-out Read Chapter 25

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: You may withdraw from a course by sending an email to tina@aspeNational.org.  Non-attendance or notifying the instructor does not constitute officially dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who stop attending courses without officially dropping will receive a grade of U (unauthorized withdrawal) in the class. Refunds are not automatic. NO refunds are due unless the course is officially dropped within stated guidelines in the refund schedule. Please type your name in the text box agreeing to the withdrawal policy.


Refund Schedule

a. Withdrawal postmarked at least one working day before the first day of class – total fee less a $20 handling fee.

b. Refund requests postmarked on or after the first day and no later than two weeks after the first day of class will be refunded 65% of the fee, after which time there is no refund.

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