A Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern New Hampshire University is about learning every facet of the construction industry. You'll learn the business, management, and engineering principles that you need to construct buildings and large-scale infrastructures. The clients served by the construction industry range fall in both the public and private sectors, and bring together individuals skilled in a wide variety of trades.
The Construction Management program provides students with a solid background in the basic science, mathematics, and technical disciplines necessary to succeed in the field. These include graphics, surveying, construction equipment management, materials, planning and estimating, scheduling, and even project management. You will also learn relevant computer applications and software, as well as the fundamentals of business management and construction and contract law. By the end of this program, you will know the construction industry inside and out.
The construction field is broadly diversified, and a Construction Management degree from SNHU will prepare you to pursue many different avenues for future employment. Whether your goal is to pursue a career in the public or private sectors, whether you want to build commercial, residential, or industrial buildings, and whether you are interested in supervisory or technical roles, this program will prepare you for future success.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in Construction Management at SNHU include:
Graduates from SNHU’s Construction Management program will be prepared for a wide variety of roles within the construction industry and well equipped with the knowledge necessary for a successful career. Graduates will have developed knowledge and problem solving skills, technical skills, and ethical conduct skills, and be able to demonstrate them.
With this degree, you will be able to approach construction decisions with an informed consideration of global and societal contexts and consequences, especially in situations where those decisions may have economic or environmental impact on the area.
Upon completion of the Construction Management degree program at Southern New Hampshire University, graduates should be able to:
SNHU's bachelor's in construction management program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All undergraduate students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Business Core Program
Programs in the School of Business require learners to complete the business core program, which includes a variety of business-specific courses. This program focuses on 10 core competencies to prepare you for success wherever you go.
This course surveys current materials and methods used in building construction, including building foundations; timber, concrete and steel framing systems; masonry construction; interior and exterior finishes. Topics in construction management will stress the centrality of construction management in the evolution and expansion of the built environment and societal issues. Current large-scale projects, industry trends, and technologies will be discussed.
This course examines construction plans necessary to organize and supervise construction work. The course covers interpretation of construction plans, symbols, scales, formats, specifications, and building codes and includes field trips and instruction in architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and general construction details. Students will examine the relationship among drawings, specifications and codes and how to use the included design information to perform a quantity takeoff, an estimate, or build a project.
This course explores the development and interpretation of civil, architectural, structural, and electrical drawings; freehand sketching of construction details and sections; computer aided construction drafting. Computing techniques are used for the formulation, analysis and solution of typical construction management problems. Industry CAD standards such as AutoCAD Revit and AutoCAD NAVISWORKS for Building Information Modeling (BIM) will be used. Prerequisite: IT-100
The theory and practice of plane and route surveying for measuring traverses, determining topography, and sectioning are examined as well as site layout and design, and vertical and horizontal curves. Laboratory exercises focus on the application of these techniques as they relate to the building industry including construction layout and grades.
This course studies the current use of heavy equipment in construction projects including highways, tunnels, bridges, dams, storm drains, and sanitary sewers and the production estimating for the operations. Site visits and a term project on estimating equipment usage and operations are required.
Construction building materials and components for horizontal and vertical construction are discussed. The course emphasizes the comprehensive analysis of materials with respect to design, specifications, construction methods, testing, and inspection. Testing of soils, asphalt and concrete, structural and behavioral characteristics, engineering properties, measurements and applications of construction materials are examined in depth.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of construction estimating and scheduling using both manual and BIM tools to develop project estimates and takeoffs. Conceptual, area, systems and unit price estimates will be studied and basic CPM scheduling theory to include bar charts and network schedules.
Provides basic knowledge of building mechanical systems, and methods to estimate, select, install and verify the systems. Mechanical topics include plumbing, HVAC, water supply, fire protection, air quality, and sanitary sewer systems. Electrical topics include basic principles of electricity, single and three phase systems, transformers, branch circuits and feeders and residential and commercial illumination. Includes understanding of codes and the principles of design and materials used in the construction of plumbing, HVAC and transportation systems.
An overview of the legal system, including court structure and procedure, and the maxims of law as applicable to the management and contractual delivery of a construction project and a contract. Topics covered include bidding, delays and acceleration, differing site conditions, contract interpretation, termination of contract, liability and remedies, and dispute resolution mechanisms. The history and development of contract law will be discussed. Consideration of criminal justice and tort law followed by a thorough study of contract law, including the basic elements of a valid contract, rights of the third parties, and remedies for breach.
Aggregate, concrete, asphalt, wood, and masonry are tested using ASTM procedures to establish design criteria, inspection and quality control programs for testing samples from project sites.
Organization and management theory applied to the construction process, including leadership functions, ethical standards, project planning, organizing and staffing are discussed. The course provides an understanding of construction safety as federally mandated by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 30 Standards. Course includes interpretation and application of regulations, and development of safety plans.
This course explores the definitions and concepts of forces and moments, and their applicability to the analysis of static, rigid mechanical systems. Specific topics include free body diagrams, resultants and equivalent force systems, static equilibrium, shear and bending diagrams, static analysis of trusses and frames, friction forces, and calculation of centroids and area moments of inertia.
This course enhances the students understanding of stress and strain, and their linear-elastic relationship through Hooke's Law. The stress induced in simple beams and columns, as subjected to axial, torsional, bending, and shear loading, is extensively covered. The concept of state of plane-stress, as a result of combined loadings (superposition), and transformation to principal components, is covered. Based on allowable stress, basic beam design is introduced. Methods to determine the deformation of beams and shafts are covered. The concepts are supported by software-based stress analysis and the application of computational software in structural design.
Total Credits: 124
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