Assessment plan

In fall 2020 the University of Colorado Denver, Department of Civil Engineering is launching a new undergraduate program in Construction Management (CM).  As a new program, assessment is under development. The following, therefore, is presented as a preliminary plan.

Program vision

The bachelor of science (BS) in construction management(CM) at CU Denver includes a solid foundation of construction engineering and management courses, engineering courses and courses from the CU Denver Business School and CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning. Construction management combines knowledge of innovative technologies, construction practices and business management related to a variety of construction projects, from residential, commercial and industrial buildings to infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and large facilities. 

Program-level student learning objectives

The BS in CM degree will seek an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Applied and Natural Science Accreditation (ANSAC) (2019-2020) and derive its student outcomes from there. The BS in CM will also meet the Program Criteria for curriculum for construction management.  The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) accreditation learning outcomes will be used as a foundation for the CM content in the degree.  ABET accreditation will be sought because all the engineering programs in CEDC are ABET accredited.  Although the CM degree will be evaluated under different criteria and by a different review team than the engineering programs, using the ABET accreditation system for both degrees streamlines the accreditation process.

The ABET student outcomes for the BS in CM degree are:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.

ABET ANSAC curriculum requirements for the CM degree include: CM graduates will have the knowledge, as well as the technical, administrative and communication skills, necessary to succeed in the construction industry. Students must demonstrate the knowledge and skills to deliver construction projects with respect to scope, schedule, budget, quality, safety, and the environment. The professional component must include these topics:

  1. construction project management from pre-design through commissioning;
  2. project life cycle and sustainability;
  3. health and safety, accident prevention, and regulatory compliance;
  4. laws, contract documents administration, and dispute prevention and resolution;
  5. materials, labor and methods of construction;
  6. finance and accounting principles;
  7. planning and scheduling;
  8. cost management including plan reading, quantity take offs and estimating;
  9. project delivery methods;
  10. leadership and managing people;
  11. business and communication skills

Construction management programs are expected to provide breadth across the range of topics. Other topic areas may be added as dictated by the mission and program educational objectives. Additionally, the extent to which each content area is developed and emphasized in a given program must be consistent with the program’s mission and objectives.

The ACCE learning outcomes to be used as guiding principles  for the BS in CM degree are:

  1. Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
  2. Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
  3. Create a construction project safety plan.
  4. Create construction project cost estimates.
  5. Create construction project schedules.
  6. Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles.
  7. Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
  8. Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
  9. Apply construction management skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  10. Apply electronic-based technologies to manage the construction process.
  11. Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
  12. Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
  13. Understand construction risk management.
  14. Understand construction accounting and cost control.
  15. Understand construction quality assurance and control.
  16. Understand construction project control processes.
  17. Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.
  18. Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
  19. Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
  20. Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and piping systems.