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Construction Management (Optional Co-op)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1378C
School:
Engineering & Information Technology
Academic Year:
2019 / 2020
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

This two-year graduate certificate is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to effectively initiate, plan, control and commission construction projects. Students will study the investment appraisal of development projects; planning, scheduling, budgeting and control of construction project; and soft skills related to effective leadership, communication and negotiation. Students will learn to integrate construction methods, building code, and lean construction techniques into their projects. Learning will be enhanced through the use of case studies, group work and field trips. The capstone project will enable students to apply, integrate and synthesize knowledge learned into a real-world project. The co-op or guided career management term will provide students with an opportunity to apply and practice knowledge and skills in preparation for the work environment. This program will prepare students to take various professional certification exams with main focus on CAPM (Certified Associate Project Manager), PMP (Project Management Professional), PQS (Professional Quantity Surveyor designation) and Gold Seal certification. The optional co-op stream includes one co-op work term instead of the Guided Career Management course. A laptop is required for in-class assignments and project work.

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at consmgmt@conestogac.on.ca.

Applying to the Co-op Stream

Program Requirements

Co-op Information

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Program Courses

Course Details (1378C)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CONS8000 Construction Risk Management

Description: This course covers the fundamental aspects of analytical tools including the basic processes of risk planning, risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning and risk monitoring and control. Tools and techniques of risk management will be studied and applied into small to major construction projects. Students will be required to complete a number of projects and apply risk simulation software.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CONS8010 Construction Planning and Scheduling

Description: The course covers in detail project planning, scheduling and control. Topics covered include: project charter, developing work breakdown structure (WBS) and statement of work; developing project schedule; assign resource; perform resource and time constrained scheduling; estimate project cost and prepare project cost baseline; project monitoring and control; scheduling under uncertainty and computer application in project planning, scheduling and control.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CONS8020 Construction Procurement and Contract Administration

Description: The first part of the course examines construction procurement processes and administration. Topics include: construction contracting methods, contractual relationship, types of contract, risk related to different contract type, request for proposal (RFP), bid invitation, bid evaluation, contract negotiation and award, contract administration. The second part of the course reviews practical application of basics of contract law as related to construction topics include: contract law, contract changes, payment delays and claims, surety bonds; warranty, construction insurance; construction liens, labour law and union contract, construction dispute resolution.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CONS8110 Construction Materials and Methods

Description: The course covers building construction systems in terms of materials, methods and technology. It reviews foundation types, structural systems of precast and pre-stressed concrete, steel and timber framing; building envelope: with more emphasis placed on exterior cladding and insulation materials, building science, curtain walls, window walls, glazing, roofing, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sprinkler systems. In addition, it examines selection of materials, systems and methods in terms of their efficiency, life cycle costing and cost effectiveness.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CONS8210 Construction Job Site Management

Description: The course covers construction job site management from contractor's point view. It introduces students to duties and responsibilities handled by construction superintendent, construction engineer throughout the project progress from start to closeout. Topics covered are: site team roles, field office mobilization and administration, construction documents on the jobsite, and record keeping at the jobsite, jobsite layout and control, meeting, negotiations and dispute resolution, jobsite labor relations and control, managing time and materials, jobsite equipment use, operation, and maintenance, personnel and safety management, sustainable construction practices, changes and claims, progress payments, and project closeout. The course will have regular site visits (every three weeks) in order students to observe and see jobsite management in practice.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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ECON8050 Construction Economics and Financial Management

Description: The first part of the course is an introduction to the basics of project investment analysis. Topics covered include: Time value of money, Cash-flow analysis, decision making among alternatives, Break-even analysis, life cycle costing, depreciation, after tax cash flow, Inflation and risk analysis. The second part of the course focuses on fundamentals of financial accounting and topics covered: elements of accounting systems, accounting cycle, balance sheet, income statement, cashflow statement, and financial statement analysis.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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Level 2
CEPR8200 Co-op and Career Preparation

Description: This series of modules will prepare graduate certificate students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for their future careers. Students will familiarize themselves with the co-operative education policies and procedures and will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace regarding social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues while deepening their awareness of self-reflective practices. Students will critically reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate available opportunities in the workplace. Successful completion of this course is a requirement for co-op eligibility.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
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CODE8000 Ontario Building Code

Description: The course introduces students to Ontario Building standards, codes and regulations of design and construction. Emphasis will be on Part 3 buildings as defined by the Ontario Building Code including concepts of health and safety, building envelope and environmental separation, unique structural requirements and heating and energy conservation requirements. In addition the planning processes used for land use and site plan control will be introduced. This course is designed to develop an ability of critical review to be applied to the term project leading up to preparation of working documents including specifications for a complete permit application package.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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COMM8170 Business Communication and Technical Writing

Description: Students will learn essential communications skills required for procuring and excelling in managerial positions within the trades and construction industry. Emphasis will be on clear, precise, and succinct written and oral communication directly related to common communication tasks associated within trades' management. The skills learned will improve the students' confidence and their ability to achieve employment as a member of a construction management team. Students will learn enhanced oral and writing skills aimed at helping them build solid relationships with clients, co-workers, and superiors.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CONS8050 Construction Quality Management

Description: The main purpose of this course is to guide the student through the project quality management processes. Topics include quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, continuous quality improvement and integration of quality activities into project life cycle, tools and techniques of data collection, data analysis, statistical concepts and techniques in quality control and ISO 9000 series.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CONS8070 Applied Environmental Law and Construction Safety

Description: This course provides an introduction to selected laws concerning environmental protection and construction safety. Key statutes, regulations and policies that relate to environmental management and construction safety in Ontario are examined in the context of industrial/commercial facilities, brownfields and new urban developments. The course reviews the relevance of environmental legislation as it relates to issues such as air and waste quality, hazardous waste management, site assessment and cleanup, emergency planning, spills, transportation of dangerous goods, noise, and vibration. Construction safety and liability will be explored in relation to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. The course will provide an understanding of the legal framework in Ontario for approvals, enforcement, penalties, liabilities and reporting requirements under selected applicable law. Case studies and guest speakers will be used to demonstrate the application of environmental and construction safety legislation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CONS8120 Quantity Takeoff and Measurement

Description: The course covers fundamentals of blue print reading, specifications, master format divisions and material takeoff. The takeoff methods of materials will be demonstrated using residential and commercial building.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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MGMT8200 Leadership in Project Management

Description: This course addresses essential leadership skills such as: human resource management, communication management and leadership styles and skills in project management. Students will learn skills and techniques of organizational planning, staff acquisition, team development, team motivation and evaluation, conflict resolution, negotiations, effective communication and personal productivity skills.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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Level 3
COOP8120 Co-op Work Term (Construction Management)

Description: This co-op work term will provide students with college-approved work experience in an authentic, professionally relevant work environment. Through this course, students will be provided the opportunity to connect theory and practice by leveraging their academic knowledge to develop specialized vocational skills. The practical applications of this work term will promote students' awareness of key concepts and terminology in their field, improve their competencies in problem-solving and decision-making, further their application of professional judgement, hone their leadership skills (independently or as part of team), and enhance their capacity to critically analyze and reflect on their demonstrated abilities in the workplace.
Hours: 420
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: CDEV8200 or CEPR8200
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Level 4
CONS8030 Cost Estimating and Bidding Procedures

Description: The course provides students the principles and methods in preparation of unit costs for materials, labour and equipment and preparation of total tender price. Topics covered include: methods of approximate estimating, the cost of resources, contract clauses and their effect on estimate, the calculation of unit rates and total project cost, contractual arrangements and documentation, bid preparation and closing.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CONS8060 Development Economics

Description: This course primarily is concerned with the property development, investment and finances. Topics covered are development processes, site analysis and selection, market studies, estimating development cost, developing integrated financial cash flow, land development, lease, buy or build analysis, project economics during construction, financial modelling using MS Excel, risk analysis. The course also reviews the different types of project finance and delivery methods.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CONS8080 Major Project in Construction Project Management

Description: This course is designed as a capstone project to enable students to apply and synthesize the material learned in other courses. Working in a team, students will select a project, submit a project proposal and prepare a detailed project report. Interim written reports and group presentations will be required. Enrollment in this course is limited to students who are in their final semester of the program.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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CONS8140 Lean and Six Sigma in Construction

Description: This course addresses essential leadership skills such as: human resource management, communication management and leadership styles and skills in project management. Students will learn skills and techniques of organizational planning, staff acquisition, team development, team motivation and evaluation, conflict resolution, negotiations, effective communication and personal productivity skills.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: CONS8050
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CONS8250 Professional Exam Preparation

Description: The course reviews the different project and construction management professional certifications related to the courses taken in the program. It mainly focuses on guiding students in the preparation of Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Gold-Seal Certified (GSC) and Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) certifications. Enrollment in this course is limited to students who are in their final semester of the program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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Program Handbook

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For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

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