Construction Project Management
2017/18 Program Handbook
Program Code: 0895
School of Engineering and Information Technology
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide
The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition.
Welcome to the School of Engineering and Information Technology
Conestoga offers a full range of engineering and information technology programs to suit your interests and career aspirations. Within these there are one year certificate (both foundational and post-diploma), two and three year diploma, and four year bachelor's degree programs. Pathways exist within these allowing for students to reach their full potential.
All of our programs incorporate active learning that may include project-based learning, co-operative education, case studies and capstone projects. Active learning allows students to apply theory to practice during their studies and results in a graduate who is better prepared for the real work world. Employers like this, which is why the School of Engineering & Information Technology has a history of excellent graduate and co-op placement rates.
Julia Biedermann, PhD, PEng
Program Administration and Faculty
Executive Dean – Engineering–Technology–Trades
Julia Biedermann, PhD, P.Eng.
A2205-4 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3212
Administrative Assistant to Executive Dean:
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4573
Karen Cain, Ph.D., P.Eng
A2205-6 Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2244
Administrative Assistant to Program Chair:
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3342
A2205 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 3363
Program Coordinator and Faculty Member
Abdul Mohamed, Ph.D.
A3219 Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2428
A3219 – Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 4572
A3219 - Cambridge Campus
519-748-5220 ext. 2277
In addition to the core complement of your full-time program faculty, other faculty will work with you for the duration of this program. These include faculty from other Schools for breadth and or/general education courses, as well as faculty with particular expertise in specific areas of program focus.
Contact information for this faculty will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.
This one-year program will provide specialized and practical training in construction project management for graduates of diploma and degree programs in construction-related fields. In addition to core skills in contract administration, quality management, value engineering, project planning, scheduling and risk management, students will gain knowledge in softer skills related to leadership, communication and negotiation. Learning will be enhanced through the use of case studies, group work and the submission of a final comprehensive project.
This program is available to be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to facilitate students who wish to take the program on a part-time basis while currently employed. Courses may also be scheduled to be delivered on Saturdays. Admission is available in both September and January.
Courses are delivered at the Cambridge Campus, 850 Fountain St. S, Cambridge, ON N3H 0A8. Occasionally, evening courses may be delivered at the Doon Campus, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4.
Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:
- Log in to Student Portal
- Click on 'My Courses' tab
- Select 'View Progress Report' button
Courses are listed by level/semester. Students can also view courses for the most current program design for this academic year on the Conestoga College website. To find these courses, students need to scroll down the page to the 'Program Courses'.
Program outcomes are developed with the expectations and requirements of external regulatory/accrediting bodies and consultation with Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and related industry experts. These outcomes are coordinated and articulated in a manner designed to result in the achievement by of sets of specified learning attributes.
Program Outcomes are located on the Construction Project Management webpage on the left side navigation bar.
Academic Promotion Decisions
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.
Students must successfully complete all courses as outlined in the Program Design. All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate. A student taking longer than four years to complete the program will be responsible for meeting any changes that may result from a change in the program design.
Students who begin full time studies in the fall semester (September) will be able to complete (graduate) from the program within two consecutive semesters (Fall and Winter, i.e., 8 months). Students who begin full time studies in the winter semester will have a four month break in their studies from May to August. Full time studies resume in September annd all courses can be completed by end of December.
CONS8000, Construction Risk Management, 3 credits, 45 hours
CONS8010, Construction Planning & Scheduling, 3 credits, 45 hours
CONS8020, Contract Administration, 3 credits, 45 hours
CONS8030, Construction Cost Management 3 credits, 45 hours
ECON8000, Engineering Economics, 3 credits, 45 hours
MGMT8200, Leadership in Project Management, 3 credits, 45 hours
Total credits 18,270 hours
CODE8000, Ontario Building Code, 3 credits, 45 hours
CONS8040, Value Engineering & Life Cycle Costing, 3 credits, 45 hours
CONS8050, Construction Quality Management, 3 credits, 45 hours
CONS8060, Development Economics, 3 credits, 45 hours
CONS8070, Applied Environmental Law & Construction Safety, 3 credits, 45 hours
CONS8080, Major Project in Construction Project Management, 4 credits, 60 hours
Total credits 18,270 hours
Full time students who do not complete all required courses within assigned program length may be able to continue on a part-time basis with approval from the program coordinator.
Clearance of Academic Deficiency
An incomplete mark may be assigned in accordance with the College Policy. The work required to change the incomplete mark to a grade must be done within the limits specified in the college policy. Incomplete grades will be changed to a Fail if the work is not completed satisfactorily within the time limit.
A supplemental privilege may be granted to a student whose grade in a course has been affected by extenuating medical or personal circumstances. The nature of the supplemental privilege is determined by the course instructor, but may include a repeated test, assignment, or comprehensive exam. A student must apply for a supplemental privilege following the procedure outlined in the Student Guide. A student must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a supplemental privilege:
- Must have a minimum of 50% average, including assignments
- Must have attendance of at least 80% in the course
- Must have written or submitted all midterms and major assignments during the semester
- Must have passed at least one scheduled test.
If successful, the failing grade can be upgraded only to the minimal passing grade of 55%.
The current policy is to discontinue a student who has failed 3 or more courses after the first semester.
A student who leaves the program, either by choosing to Withdraw or having been discontinued, and subsequently seeks re-admission to the program, should note the following:
- The student may apply to be re-admitted to the program by contacting the Program Co-ordinator
- Re-admission will be subject to availability of space in the related semester
- Re-admission will only be permitted for the start of a semester
Students are eligible to graduate upon completion of all academic requirements in their program of study, including co-op work terms if applicable. Students are expected to respond to their invitation through their Student Portal. Convocation ceremonies are held in the spring and fall of each academic year. Students, who take longer than the advertised program length, are responsible for completing any new or additional courses due to a program design change. Students who complete their program after the scheduled completion date are required to fill out an Application to Graduate form and submit it with payment to the registrar's office. Students who are discontinued or have withdrawn and then return to the college will be placed in the current program design and must meet all requirements to graduate.
Students considering withdrawing from a program should meet with their program coordinator/academic advisor prior to withdrawing. In order to formally withdraw from a program, the student must complete the Program Withdrawal form and submit it to the Registrar's Office. Deadlines for withdrawing from a program with/without an academic penalty or with/without a refund are posted on the website under Academic Dates.
Academic assistance is available to students through a variety of avenues. The program coordinator/academic advisor and faculty can advise students on specific program and course information such as adding/dropping courses, special timetabling, etc. Access the Conestoga website for assistance provided through Accessibility Services. Access the Learning Commons website for detailed information on the academic services they provide, including Learning Skills, Peer Services, Math and Writing assistance.
Program start and end dates, holidays and deadlines for course add/drop, withdrawal and refunds are located in on the college website. Course changes (add/dropping may also be made through the Student Portal under the "My Courses" tab).
The program believes that the benefits of academic studies come not only from independent study and the preparation of materials for formal grading, but also from participation in class and laboratory activities. Regular attendance is therefore required in all classes, labs, tests, exams, quizzes and other scheduled academic activities. Students are expected to meet all deadlines. Lack of attendance means:
- The student missed important information/skill demonstrations provided in class
- The student has reduced time to learn and demonstrate knowledge and skills
- Faculty may have to repeat material thus reducing the time for delivery of the remaining parts of the course
- Fellow students are often disadvantaged by absent students/team members
- Lack of participation is a major safety concern
A significant amount of group work is required in this program. Individual students are expected to be full participants in, and contributors to each group-based project/assignment within the program coursework. Individual students who fail to meet this expectation, without documented extenuating circumstances may receive a failed grade for a given project/assignment.
Do not schedule appointments, work or travel during scheduled classes. If you are absent and unable to meet an academic obligation, contact your instructor as soon as possible and be prepared to provide documentation verifying the nature of the absence. Instructors can grant deferred privileges at their discretion for proven extenuating circumstances.
Conestoga has more than 400 awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants available to Conestoga students. These funds are made available to our students through the partnerships we have established with local business and industry leaders. To be considered for an award, complete the General Application available through your Student Portal. Notifications and instructions to complete the application are sent to all full-time students' email accounts in the fall semester (Deadline: First Friday in October) and winter semester (Deadline: First Friday in February). Visit the Financial Aid and Student Awards Office on Conestoga's website.
Communication - School Standard
Conestoga College and eConestoga student email accounts are used to communicate with students. Students are expected to regularly check their student email accounts. Faculty will not respond to emails from non-Conestoga email addresses.
Course Changes (Adding/Dropping)
Students can find their program design on the Student Portal by following the steps below:
- Log in to Student Portal.
- Click on 'My Courses' tab.
- Scroll over the icons to the right of individual course listings.
It is strongly recommended that students consult the Program Assistant prior to dropping a course.
- If a course withdrawal is processed prior to the deadline date, a dropped course will be recorded as a "W" (withdrawal) on the transcript.
- If a course withdrawal is processed after the deadline, an "F" (fail) will be recorded on the transcript.
Continuing Education and OntarioLearn courses are not included in student full-time fees. Students wishing to take these part-time courses are required to pay the full fee for the individual course(s). Students may add these or other courses under the 'Browse Continuing Education' tab in their Student Portal.
Conestoga recognizes you may have formal post-secondary education that may allow you to enter a program at an advanced level or provide for individual course exemptions.To ensure your credits are eligible for transfer, please contact our Credit Transfer Office. The Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure are available on the college website. For more information, visit the Credit Transfer & PLAR page.
Co-operative Education Eligibility
If applicable to your program, students must maintain the academic requirements of their program to remain in the co-op stream. Their eligibility to participate in a co-op work term is evaluated at the end of the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op opportunity. See the college website for information on co-op.
Equipment, Supplies and Texts
All students entering Construction Project Management Program must have a laptop computer. The college provides registered students, while on campus, with wireless and hard-wired internet access, access to free software downloads, and server-based access to several program-specific software applications. Additionally, open access computer labs with all required software are available for all students. Most courses in the program require computer based in class assignment and exams; therefore all students must own and maintain their laptops and must come to the class with their laptops. Students will be required to purchase textbooks and learning packages from the bookstore as outlined in specific course outline.
Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)
The faculty is responsible to:
- Provide to students, at the start of each course, the due dates for all deliverables (e.g., assignments, tests, reports, projects, class participation) and the respective weighting of each toward the student's final mark
- Return tests and quizzes within one to two weeks of their administering
- Return exams within two to three weeks of their administering
- Return assignments and projects within two to three weeks of their scheduled submission
- Respond to student requests for consultations to discuss their performance in respect to coursework
Students are responsible to:
- Submit coursework, complete projects and write exams as set out on the schedule provided at the start of each course
- Submit coursework in accordance with format and requirements described by course faculty and project outlines
- Attend and participate in lectures, presentations of their own and their colleagues' work
- Fully disclose and completely reference all sources used in their work (e.g., web-based, printed, personal contacts)
- Advise faculty of circumstances that would prevent the completion of student work as outlined in course schedules, and provide documentation
Teachers reserve the right to retain marked tests. Marked tests that the faculty chooses not to return will be made available for the students to review in the faculty member's office.
The program and course/module learning outcomes provide the frame of reference for evaluation. Learning experiences are planned in order that the student can demonstrate the ability to correlate theory with practice.
Evaluation is a continuous process that assesses the student performance. In-School Semesters a variety of tools are used for evaluation including:
- quizzes, written tests and examinations
- oral presentations and demonstrations
- written assignments, such as books reports, case studies, business plans, journals, logs, portfolios
- term projects
- lab assignments
Results of Evaluation
Late Submission of Student Work
Student work submitted after the due date/time, and without accepted extenuating circumstances, may be graded by faculty but the mark will be progressively reduced as follows:
Within 24 hours of the due date/time – mark reduced by 10%
Within 48 hours of the due date/time – mark reduced by 20%
The above timeframes for late submission will be applied in relation to business days, excluding weekends and statutory holidays.
Student work submitted after that window may be marked as "missed" and valued at zero toward the final grade. This is a faculty decision made in consultation with the student.
Extension of Submission of Student Work
It is acknowledged that events can happen to either faculty or students that disrupt the planned schedule. Each incident will be addressed on an individual, case-by-case basis by course faculty, with the following general guidelines:
- Students are required to submit all assignments on or before the date specified and should anticipate problems that might necessitate an extension of time. If an extension of time is required, students will make this request to the appropriate faculty.
- An extension of time will be given only if arrangements have been made with the faculty prior to the due date. Requests for an extension must be made by email to the relevant course faculty, from the student's Conestoga e-mail address. Extensions will not typically be given if the request is made the day the assignment(s) is due.
- In general, extensions for submission of student work will be considered only in the case of extenuating circumstances (illness, accidents, bereavement, etc.). Course faculty may require documentation of the proposed extenuating circumstances – such as a doctor's note in the case of illness; the decision to accept this documentation is determined by the faculty responsible for the related work.
- Where a student has requested an extension, and provided relevant faculty with accepted documentation of extenuating circumstances in advance of due dates or with medical certificate upon return to classes, efforts will be made to accommodate the student without penalty and within the timeframe set by the College for completion of term work.
Guidelines for Writing Tests and Exams
- Students are required to bring their college ID cards to tests and exams.
- The faculty/invigilator may request that books, bags, coats, caps, etc. be left in a designated area.
- The faculty/invigilator has the authority to assign seats.
- Students must wait until so directed before turning over and starting their test or exam.
- Students are not permitted to talk after the test or exam has started, except to the faculty/invigilator.
- Students may not enter the exam/test room after 30 minutes past the start nor leave the room before 30 minutes has passed after the start of the test or exam.
- The deferment of a test, assignment or exam may be granted at the discretion of individual course faculty where the student has:
- made the request to the relevant faculty prior to the date of the original scheduled evaluation, and
- has provided faculty with acceptable documentation of the circumstances generating the request.
Provided the above conditions have been met, efforts will be made to accommodate the student requests for deferment without penalty and within the timeframe set by the College for completion of term work.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, education (informal/ formal), non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measured to meet the required course outcomes and grading standards. This policy applies to candidates who wish to earn academic credit for a course in acknowledgement of significant life and work experience. PLAR is not to be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies and/or to improve grades.
Students must be at least 19 years of age or have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for PLAR.
Program Advisory Committee
Each program at Conestoga has a Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which is made up of industry and academic representatives, as well as current students. They meet several times a year to discuss the direction in which that industry is heading and any improvements that can be made to keep the program current. This helps to ensure that students are learning material that is relevant to their industry.
At the beginning of each year, the coordinator of the program will ask for student volunteers. The coordinator will decide which students will represent years one and two. The student representatives are expected to attend the meetings. Students must prepare and submit a report based on guidelines provided by the Program Chair/Coordinator which will be presented at the meeting. Students are expected to be professional, dress in business attire and engage in discussions.
Prior to transferring to another program, it is recommended that the student meet with the program coordinator or academic advisor. Students who decide to change programs may do so by completing and submitting a program application form to the registrar's office. If considering transferring to a program outside the school in which they are currently enrolled, students may want to discuss options with a career advisor. When a student moves from one Conestoga program to another and where course numbers/codes are identical or equivalent, automatic credit is given if passing grades are met. Additional information for career or academic advising is available from faculty, program coordinators or career advisors in the Welcome Centre or on the Conestoga website.
Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Our opportunities for student feedback include:
Key Performance Indicators
All college programs in the province are evaluated using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). This survey is conducted each academic year in select classes. Strategic goals to improve the programs are developed from these results. This data and other data specific to the campus and the program/school are collected so that Conestoga College can continually improve quality.
Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT)
The Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) allows direct feedback from students on teaching for a particular course. Completion of the SAT form gives teachers and academic managers valuable information to use for the improvement of teaching at Conestoga.
The SAT process occurs in the last one-third of the semester. Typically about one-quarter of the faculty is appraised per term, and each has two courses selected by their academic managers for appraisal. All teachers have a SAT review at least once every two years. The SAT process is managed by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning using an online survey system specifically designed for course/teacher evaluations. After all marks for the semester have been submitted, a summary of results goes to the academic manager to be shared with the faculty member. Continuing Education students may have an opportunity to complete a SAT form at the conclusion of each Continuing Education course.
After Hours Access
Conestoga hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Conestoga recognizes that in some programs of study, students may require after-hours access to classrooms and labs. After-hours access is maintained in accordance with the academic needs of individual programs. The after-hours access is a privilege, not a right.
If after-hours access is required, faculty must contact security in advance, with the student(s) name, ID number, and program information, along with signed paperwork approving access. The student must follow these guidelines:
- Be in the designated room with another approved person
- Inform security immediately of any out-of-the normal situations
- Have student identification card available
- Notify security upon departure
- Not move furniture
Refer to the Student Guide for more information.
For general inquiries, contact Security Services at:
Cambridge (Fountain Street): Main Foyer, 519-748-5220, ext. 3357
Doon (Kitchener): Main Building, Room 2B10-6, 519-748-5220, ext. 3357
Guelph: Room A5, 519-824-9390, ext. 3357
Waterloo: Room 1B02, 519-885-0300, ext. 3357
Safety and Security Services provides 24-hour security at the Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo and Cambridge (Fountain Street) campuses, and daytime/evening/weekend security at the Guelph campus. Concerns or offences may be reported to Safety and Security Services.
Emergency Number While on Campus: ext. 5555 - for all medical, fire situations, and police assistance from all campuses (Cambridge [Fountain Street], Doon [Kitchener], Guelph, Waterloo, and Stratford).
Safety and Security Services provides the following services: first aid, personal safety education/plans, general information, emergency response, investigations, self defense training, mobile and bike patrol, crime prevention education, parking - sales, assistance and enforcement, security at residence and campus events.
Emergency phones and alarm systems emergency phones are available throughout the Cambridge (Fountain Street) and Doon (Kitchener) campuses.
Check out our new Mobile Safety App available free for download on any phone system.
For more information on emergency response and what to do, go to the Security Services webpage.
Refer to your Student Guide for Conestoga's Safety and Security services and procedures.
Note: Students may be required to sign a Conestoga College ITAL (CCITAL) Acknowledgment of Safety Training and Responsibilities Form depending on program requirements.
Emergency Telephone Messages
It may be necessary for family members to contact a student in an emergency situation. Family members need to know the student number, program name, school, and campus the student is registered in, to aid Security in locating the student. This information will be required when the family member calls. Please have family members contact Security directly at 519-748-5220, ext. 3357 - only if it is an emergency.
- Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
- Academic Integrity Policy & Violation of Academic Integrity Procedure
- Academic Recognition Policy
- Academic Credential Procedure
- Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
- Co-operative Education Policy
- Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
- Eligibility to Participate in Co-op Work Terms Policy & Procedure
- Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
- Grading Procedure
- Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
- Honours Policy & Procedure
- Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
- Student Code of Conduct Policy
- Student Concerns and Issues Policy & Procedure
- Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
- Student Feedback Policy
Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.
General Education / Breadth Electives
School of Liberal Studies
The purpose of General Education and Degree Breadth electives is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed both professionally and in their own personal lives. Working collaboratively with your program, General Education and Degree Breadth courses help develop the critical and creative thinking skills, civic engagement and knowledge of the broader world of arts, culture and science that helps make you more reflective, creative, and effective in your own life.
All Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, and Degree programs at Conestoga require students to complete general education electives / interdisciplinary breadth.
More information on these courses can be found at www.conestogac.on.ca/electives.
Date: July 3, 2017
Type of Revision: minor updates
Date: May 24, 2016
Type of Revision: minor updates
Conestoga College is dedicated to promoting an equitable environment where students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga College recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.
The Program Handbook is intended to provide general information with respect to program expectations. There may be individual accommodations and/or medical circumstances that require exceptions. For example, students may need to be accommodated for a missed assignment or evaluation. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services are not required to provide an additional doctor's note for a missed or late evaluation. For more information about Accessibility Services please drop in or visit our website.
We recognize that other extenuating circumstances may apply. Consult with your Professor. All exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Chair.