Construction Project Management
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
Notice:Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
This program will be delivered at the Cambridge campus (with some evening classes at the Doon campus) for January 2018 and May 2018 start dates.
As of September 2018 this program will be delivered at the Waterloo campus.
About the ProgramThis one-year graduate certificate 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. A laptop is required for in-class assignments and project work.
For more information contact the Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program (also available part-time)
Cambridge - September/2017 - Fall | Winter
Cambridge - May/2018 - Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
Start: September and May
First-Year Capacity: 30
- This program is designed for domestic students (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and refugee claimants) wishing to pursue studies in the field of construction management.
- Students on an international study permit wishing to pursue studies in construction management should choose Construction Management (program 1378).
- This program is available to be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses will be 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 May.
- Bridging opportunities exist for students with trades C of Q qualifications with appropriate work experience. For details and course requirements, please contact the program co-ordinator at email@example.com.
- A three-year advanced diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university in a construction-related field (e.g., architectural technology, construction engineering technology, civil engineering technology, civil engineering, environmental engineering, architectural studies) OR a three-year advanced diploma or a degree in another discipline with a minimum of two (2) years of experience in construction-related work
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants with documents (transcripts) from an educational institution from a country other than Canada must have their documents evaluated for equivalency at an approved provider of credential evaluation services. Applicants to this program require a Comprehensive or Course-by-Course Report. Please see How to Apply for more information.
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
- Qualified applicants may be required to meet with program personnel to assess program suitability and aptitude.
- Computer literacy and a working knowledge of MS Windows, word processing, and spreadsheets are expected.
- Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
International fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates will be prepared for employment with general contractors, sub-contractors, consulting firms, government agencies involved in capital development, and others. They will have the skills necessary to function within multi-disciplinary teams consisting of project managers, architects, engineers, regulators, environmental consultants, contractors, trade contractors and construction professionals.
80% of 2014-2015 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|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 management software.
|CONS8010||Construction Planning and Scheduling
Description: The course covers in detail all major scheduling subjects. Topics covered include: developing work breakdown structure (WBS); integrating WBS to critical path method (CPM), cost breakdown structure (CBS), and organizational break down structure (OBS); define project activity and determine activity durations; develop schedules using bar-chart, arrow diagram and precedence diagram; time in contract provisions; resource allocation and levelling; resource and time constrained scheduling; cash flow analysis; project monitoring; project control using S-curve; double S-curve and earned value analysis; the impact of scheduling decisions on productivity; CPM in dispute resolution; linear scheduling; scheduling under uncertainty and computer applications in project planning and scheduling.
|CONS8020||Construction Contracts & Contract Law
Description: This course examines construction contract processes and administration. Topics include construction contracting methods; contractual relationship; types of contract; request for proposal (RFP), bid invitation, bid evaluation, contract negotiation and award, contract administration; surety bonds; contract changes; payment; delays and claims; warranty; construction insurance; subcontractor contracts; construction liens; labour law and union contract; risk related with different contracts; construction dispute resolution. Students are required to synthesize and select appropriate contracts and administer them in simulated business settings through case studies integrated with the term project.
|CONS8030||Construction Cost Estimating
Description: This course covers the different estimating techniques including: preliminary estimate, elemental analysis estimate, detailed estimate and estimation of direct cost, overhead cost, contingency and mark-up. It also discusses bidding procedures, bidding strategy, bid closing and computer application in cost estimating and project cost control. Students are required to prepare a term project that includes preliminary, elemental, and detailed estimate and a bid document.
Description: This course covers the basics of project investment and appraisal and selection. Topics include: time value of money; cash flow analysis; cost of capital; elements of cost and cost estimation; decision making among alternatives; break even analysis; effect of depreciation, taxes, replacement analysis, inflation and uncertainties and risk.
|MGMT8200||Leadership in Project Management
Description: This course addresses the soft skills of project management such as: human resource management, communication management and leadership skills in project management. Students will learn skills and techniques of organizational planning, staff acquisition, team development, team motivation, conflict resolution, negotiations, and effective communication skills.
|CONS8040||Value Engineering and Life Cycle Costing
Description: This course focuses on providing techniques, concepts and principles of value engineering and life cycle costing during concept and design phases of construction project. Topics covered include: the concept of function, cost, worth and value, characteristics of function analysis and FAST diagram. Life cycle costing methods and simple multi-attribute rating techniques are also covered. The course will be supported with case studies and students will conduct value engineering study and life cycle cost analysis in team environment.
|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.
Description: This course primarily is concerned with the real estate development process and capital appraisal of projects prior to design, during design processes and the whole life cycle. Topics covered include: real estate development processes, project feasibility study, market studies, site analysis and selection, creating project pro forma financial statements, project appraisal, project financing and commitments, project financial analysis, project economics during construction, financial modelling using MS Excel. Through the term project, students will prepare a detailed market and financial analysis for a proposed development.
|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.
|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.
Description: Today's technology employees need financial management skills to make decisions and manage projects within an organization. This introductory course for non-accounting students covers aspects of both financial accounting and management accounting. Students will be able to apply concepts of financial accounting to both personal and business situations, including the preparation and use of basic financial statements. Management accounting topics will allow the students to understand cost behaviour and its use in decision-making, evaluate capital investments, and prepare operating budgets.
- Assess requirements for development and construction industry business planning and management.
- Formulate strategies for resource planning and management.
- Analyze and explain the fundamentals of codes and legal issues including contract law for the purpose of decision making, conflict resolution, problem solving, etc.
- Lead development and construction projects through the required approval processes.
- Formulate and assess options for specific project requirements based on the application of risk analysis, risk management theory and value engineering.
- Explain the principles, and effectively use the practices, of construction project management including: initiating, planning and evaluation, scheduling, execution, monitoring and control, and project close-out.
- Select and utilize appropriate and effective principles and practices of team-building and leadership in an interdisciplinary setting including negotiation, problem-solving and conflict resolution to construction project management.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
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