100624 - Fundamentals of Construction Project Management
As future managers within the construction industry, employees need to understand fundamental theories that provide a basis for practices within the industry. This course covers the fundamentals of construction management theory and applies them to multiple divisions of work, emphasizing a practical application for built environment professionals.
Learners will develop a detailed understanding of fundamentals that form the basis of a career in construction management, including: planning, estimating, and scheduling as they relate to quantity take-off, cost management, scheduling and resource management in support of real construction projects.
This course uses lectures, videos, instructor one-on-one and site visits to give professionals an applied perspective of the industry they have chosen to enter.
Having successful completed this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the phases of construction project management and appropriate methods;
- Define project activities, including: production, procurement, administrative and milestones. Activities will range from pre-construction planning to project close-out.
- Analyze drawing document details and define relevant items for construction project management.
- Apply estimating skills based on quality, quantity and cost of materials for a sample project or one of their choosing.
- Apply scheduling activities and demonstrate logic (i.e. precedence of diagramming method or PDM) necessary for completion of the sample construction project. Apply cost-loading schedules.
- Communicate project goals to a client/homeowner.
The course will consist of 1 hour sessions at the Home Building Association of Richmond as well as 3 hours of out-of-class assignments per week. The following topics will be presented starting July 11th, 2022 and follow the below schedule:
Week 1 - Planning vs. Scheduling and Activity Definition;
Week 2 - Drawing Analysis and Intro to Quantity Take-offs;
Week 3 - Detailed QTOs;
Week 4 - Site Visit in the Richmond Area;
Week 5 - Scheduling;
Week 6 - Communication
The course will be taught by Andrew McCoy, PhD. Dr. McCoy is the Preston and Catharine White Endowed Fellow and Associate Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction (MLSoC) and Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) at Virginia Tech. He is also Professor of Building Construction in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, a joint venture of the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.