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Construction Management Minor

CCAPS Applied Professional Studies
College of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Required credits in this minor: 18 to 19
A minor in construction management provides foundation knowledge, industry insight, and business competencies essential in the construction sector. The facility management option provides core competencies for ensuring functionality of the built environment. The environmental health and safety minor option provides the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage and administer safety programs.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • primarily online (at least 80% of the instruction for the program is online with short, intensive periods of face-to-face coursework)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 45 credits before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Minor Requirements
With approval of the program, up to 7 credits of transfer coursework may be used to satisfy requirements for this minor.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
General Construction Management
Required Courses
Most of these courses may be taken completely online.
CMGT 3001W - Introduction to Construction [WI] (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4011 - Construction Documents and Contracts (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4021 - Construction Planning and Scheduling (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4022 - Construction Estimating (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4031 - Construction Safety and Loss Control (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4073 - Building Codes for Construction Managers (1.0 cr)
CMGT 4861 - Construction Management Capstone (3.0 cr)
Facility Management
Required Courses
These courses may all be taken completely online.
CMGT 3024W - Facility Programming and Design [WI] (2.0 cr)
CMGT 4021 - Construction Planning and Scheduling (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4022 - Construction Estimating (3.0 cr)
ABUS 4211 - Facility Asset Management, Finance, and Budgeting (2.0 cr)
ABUS 4213 - Fundamentals of Facility Management (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4215 - Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning (2.0 cr)
CMGT 4073 - Building Codes for Construction Managers (1.0 cr)
CMGT 4861 - Construction Management Capstone (3.0 cr)
Environmental Health and Safety
Required Courses
These courses are all completely online.
CMGT 4301 - Occupational Health and Safety Principles (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4302 - Environmental Health Principles (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4303 - Industrial Hygiene Principles (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4304 - Fire and Life Safety Principles (3.0 cr)
CMGT 4305 - Health and Safety Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
Elective Requirement
Students must take a total of 3 elective credits.
CMGT 4031 - Construction Safety and Loss Control (3.0 cr)
or CMGT 4073 - Building Codes for Construction Managers (1.0 cr)
or CMGT 4081 - Managing Erosion and Sediment Control on Construction Sites (1.0 cr)
or CMGT 4193 - Directed Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
or CMGT 4196 - Construction Management Internship (1.0 cr)
or CMGT 4215 - Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning (2.0 cr)
or CMGT 4550 - Topics in Construction Management (1.0-2.0 cr)
or CMGT 4861 - Construction Management Capstone (3.0 cr)
or SSM 4416 - Building Testing and Diagnostics (2.0 cr)
or 3xxx or higher related course as approved by Faculty Director
 
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CMGT 3001W - Introduction to Construction (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
A wide range of construction-related topics and an overview of the industry itself are presented: type and size of projects, where the industry has come from and where it appears to be heading, and roles and responsibilities of participants. Through assignments and projects, the course defines project and construction sequences, materials and building systems, and project scheduling and delivery methods. Students will conduct research into construction materials, sustainability, and self-selected topics. As a writing intensive course focused on developing skills crucial to professionals, it requires the production and revision of a variety of construction documents, including drawings and specifications.
CMGT 4011 - Construction Documents and Contracts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Definition, interpretation, and utilization of drawings. Specifications, agreements, bidding forms, general conditions. Bonds, contracts, subcontracts, and related documents. Appropriate provisions for minority business participation, such as tax exempt status and wage rates. prereq: 3001, 45 sem cr
CMGT 4021 - Construction Planning and Scheduling
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Project planning, scheduling, and control. Considering/understanding alternatives. Industry techniques. Introduction to critical path method. Using commercial software on personal computers. Updating/analyzing project schedules. prereq: 3001, 3011, 45 sem cr
CMGT 4022 - Construction Estimating
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Purposes/uses of various estimates. Performing quantity take-off, organizing bidding process. Requesting/analyzing subcontractor proposals. Unit pricing. Using published resources. Preparing systems-based estimates. Related software, spreadsheets, custom applications. Linkages among estimates, budgets, cost control systems, and cost records. prereq: 3001, 3011, 45 sem cr
CMGT 4031 - Construction Safety and Loss Control
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to construction safety, health, and loss control. Hazard recognition. Control procedures. Management systems for measuring/evaluating loss-control performances in construction industry. prereq: 3001, 45 sem cr
CMGT 4073 - Building Codes for Construction Managers
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Building codes history, foundation, structure, and organization. Importance to the built environment throughout building life cycle: design, construction, occupancy, demolition. Code compliance and role of building code official. Interpretation and application to specific scenarios. Recognizing and correcting code deficiencies. prereq: 45 cr or instr consent
CMGT 4861 - Construction Management Capstone
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Using a case study approach, explores concepts of project management, decision theory, and leadership needed to solve critical, complex, and even routine problems within construction businesses and their projects. Students will be required to think critically and creatively about the possible solutions and be able to effectively articulate those solutions. It will apply all prior construction management-related coursework into a comprehensive construction and facility project management capstone intended to demonstrate mastery of the construction and facility management body of knowledge prior to graduation. prereqs: CMGT 4011, 4021, 4022, and 4031 (which may be taken concurrently with instructor permission).
CMGT 3024W - Facility Programming and Design (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Facility Programming and Design moves through the process of defining a building-related need, evaluating the existing facility, exploring design solutions, and presenting a business case for the final project. This course is constructed from the viewpoint of the facility manager, and each step of the instruction and each assignment builds to the final project and presentation. It is a requirement for Construction Management degree and certificate students. It can also be used as an elective for undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in architecture, civil engineering, facility management, interior design, housing studies, and other related majors. There are no formal prerequisites, but it is recommended that students have completed at least one of the following: 1. CMgt 3011 (Construction Plan Reading) or CMgt 3001/3001W (Introduction to Construction) taken before or simultaneously with this course; 2. completion of a first or second year architecture or interior design studio; 3. relevant prior experience in the facility management industry; 4. approval of the instructor.
CMGT 4021 - Construction Planning and Scheduling
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Project planning, scheduling, and control. Considering/understanding alternatives. Industry techniques. Introduction to critical path method. Using commercial software on personal computers. Updating/analyzing project schedules. prereq: 3001, 3011, 45 sem cr
CMGT 4022 - Construction Estimating
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Purposes/uses of various estimates. Performing quantity take-off, organizing bidding process. Requesting/analyzing subcontractor proposals. Unit pricing. Using published resources. Preparing systems-based estimates. Related software, spreadsheets, custom applications. Linkages among estimates, budgets, cost control systems, and cost records. prereq: 3001, 3011, 45 sem cr
ABUS 4211 - Facility Asset Management, Finance, and Budgeting
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination of different types of leases. Relevance of BOMA (Building Office & Managers Association) space standards. Understanding components of total annual and capital facility costs. Analyzing and interpreting facility financial statements and reports. Constructing facility capital and operating budgets. Illustrating GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) related to asset capitalization, and applying financial terminology when speaking to the chief financial officer. Recommended prereq: ABUS 4101 or basic accounting/finance knowledge/experience
ABUS 4213 - Fundamentals of Facility Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Managing operation and maintenance of building systems and facility management departments. Operation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Critical spaces, fire/life safety systems, utilities. Maintenance for specific building systems. Technology and resources used to support building operations and maintenance. Prerequisites: CMgt 2021,3001W, 4011, 4562 (or consent of instructor)
CMGT 4215 - Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to assess condition/quality of building site, exterior/interior of facility, and building equipment. Evaluating effectiveness/efficiency of facility operations/maintenance program. What to look for during building audits. How to write professional assessment reports. How to make useful recommendations for improvements. Value/purpose of building commissioning/ re-commissioning. prereq: 3001, [4213 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 4213}, 4542, 4562
CMGT 4073 - Building Codes for Construction Managers
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Building codes history, foundation, structure, and organization. Importance to the built environment throughout building life cycle: design, construction, occupancy, demolition. Code compliance and role of building code official. Interpretation and application to specific scenarios. Recognizing and correcting code deficiencies. prereq: 45 cr or instr consent
CMGT 4861 - Construction Management Capstone
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Using a case study approach, explores concepts of project management, decision theory, and leadership needed to solve critical, complex, and even routine problems within construction businesses and their projects. Students will be required to think critically and creatively about the possible solutions and be able to effectively articulate those solutions. It will apply all prior construction management-related coursework into a comprehensive construction and facility project management capstone intended to demonstrate mastery of the construction and facility management body of knowledge prior to graduation. prereqs: CMGT 4011, 4021, 4022, and 4031 (which may be taken concurrently with instructor permission).
CMGT 4301 - Occupational Health and Safety Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
While OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) remains the governmental regulatory agency, the responsibility for occupational safety and health of employees has evolved into an integral part of a variety of industries, including construction, health care, oil and gas extraction, and many more. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental health and safety standards and their application to the management of workplace injury prevention and health promotion. prereq: 45 credits
CMGT 4302 - Environmental Health Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The construction industry has one of the highest morbidity and mortality rates among professions, and there is also an economic implication. Companies can reduce the risk of injuries, diseases, and death due to environmental hazards by implementing an appropriate health and safety plan. Plans must be continually reviewed to ensure they are current with new products, scientific evidence, legal parameters, and cultural changes. This course will review requirements and provide direction in controlling regulations related to environmental and occupational health, chemical and biological safety, hazardous materials, and other health hazards. prereqs: 45 credits completed. Some knowledge of construction management principles is strongly recommended.
CMGT 4303 - Industrial Hygiene Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of the practice of industrial hygiene: the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers' injury or illness. Presents critical topics to enhance technical skills, deepen understanding, and gain the necessary knowledge and tools to apply the principles of Industrial hygiene effectively, efficiently, and reasonably, including hazard types, routes of exposure, and determination of exposure levels, Also explores the industrial hygiene hazard evaluation process and how it applies to the goal of workplace safety, as well as related federal and state regulations. Students will examine specific workplace problems related to worker health and safety. Prerequisites: None
CMGT 4304 - Fire and Life Safety Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Provides an overview of the fire and life safety requirements for new and existing buildings, as indicated in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code. The Code addresses life safety for fire emergencies, but also other types of emergencies, such as bomb threats. The purpose of the Code is to establish minimum requirements that will provide a reasonable degree of safety during emergencies in any structure. To apply the Code effectively, one must understand its legal authority in various jurisdictions, Code navigation, and the ways proper application of the Code can minimize the effects of a devastating fire or other emergency. Specific topics include building classification, types of construction, fire protection, means of egress, and occupancy features. The course will enhance technical skills and provide knowledge and tools to apply the Code effectively, efficiently, and reasonably. Students will prepare a facility compliance checklist that can be used in everyday execution of the principles learned in this course. Prerequisites: None
CMGT 4305 - Health and Safety Planning and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Companies can reduce the risk of injury, disease, and death due to environmental hazards by implementing an appropriate health and safety plan. Each plan must be continually reviewed to ensure it is current with new products, scientific evidence, legal parameters, and cultural changes. This course is a comprehensive study of the essential components of an effective safety planning and management system. It also examines the cultural aspects of integrating total safety planning and management into all levels of an operation. Prerequisites: None
CMGT 4031 - Construction Safety and Loss Control
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to construction safety, health, and loss control. Hazard recognition. Control procedures. Management systems for measuring/evaluating loss-control performances in construction industry. prereq: 3001, 45 sem cr
CMGT 4073 - Building Codes for Construction Managers
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Building codes history, foundation, structure, and organization. Importance to the built environment throughout building life cycle: design, construction, occupancy, demolition. Code compliance and role of building code official. Interpretation and application to specific scenarios. Recognizing and correcting code deficiencies. prereq: 45 cr or instr consent
CMGT 4081 - Managing Erosion and Sediment Control on Construction Sites
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Designed for those who will supervise, run, or direct construction site operations, grading, culvert replacement, and bridge construction. Best management practices to reduce or control erosion and sedimentation. Topics include permit requirements, stakeholder roles and responsibilities, sample specifications, and using the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Soil erodibility, turf establishment techniques, grading techniques to minimize erosion, timing of installations, and proper application of best management practices are also covered. Students will learn how to implement an erosion and sediment control plan, the requirements of various regulatory agencies, and consequences of permit violations. Can be used to achieve the Erosion and Stormwater Construction Site Management Certification, which is required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation Standard Specifications on construction sites. prereq: CMGT 3001- Introduction to the Built Environment OR relevant experience
CMGT 4193 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent project. Topic arranged with/supervised by construction management faculty. prereq: Admitted to CMgt major or minor or certificate
CMGT 4196 - Construction Management Internship
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Hands-on work experience within a construction company, applying previous coursework in the workplace, contributing knowledge of best practices, and participating in career and business development exercises. prereq: [[CMgt] major or minor or certificate student], [jr or sr], dept consent
CMGT 4215 - Facility Quality Assessment and Commissioning
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How to assess condition/quality of building site, exterior/interior of facility, and building equipment. Evaluating effectiveness/efficiency of facility operations/maintenance program. What to look for during building audits. How to write professional assessment reports. How to make useful recommendations for improvements. Value/purpose of building commissioning/ re-commissioning. prereq: 3001, [4213 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 4213}, 4542, 4562
CMGT 4550 - Topics in Construction Management
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Seminar. Timely issues/themes in construction management.
CMGT 4861 - Construction Management Capstone
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Using a case study approach, explores concepts of project management, decision theory, and leadership needed to solve critical, complex, and even routine problems within construction businesses and their projects. Students will be required to think critically and creatively about the possible solutions and be able to effectively articulate those solutions. It will apply all prior construction management-related coursework into a comprehensive construction and facility project management capstone intended to demonstrate mastery of the construction and facility management body of knowledge prior to graduation. prereqs: CMGT 4011, 4021, 4022, and 4031 (which may be taken concurrently with instructor permission).
SSM 4416 - Building Testing and Diagnostics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: SSM 4416/SSM 5416/BBE 4416/BBE
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Theoretical basis for performance testing. Diagnostics applications for residential structures. Existing structures, retrofit/remedial applications. Digital differential pressure gauges, blower doors, airflow hoods/grids, duct pressure testing, infrared thermography. Hands-on equipment use, problem solving. prereq: 4413