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University System of Maryland

Project Delivery Methods and Contracts in Construction Management

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In this course we will review the owner’s primary goal in choosing a project delivery method to ensure that the planned project will meet the project goals and objectives, fit within the culture of their organization, and at the same time allow the project to be delivered on time, within budget, and achieve good quality.

We will review the primary project delivery method arrangements with their advantages and disadvantages, and cover the three major types of contracts. It is the owner’s requirement to analyze the project delivery method advantages and disadvantages. The best way to do this is to examine the project risks and major categories of project risk.

Next, we’ll address design. Good design is a result of collaboration among many different people, including the construction manager, architect, engineers, and owner. Although there is always a lead designer, the project is a combination of the collaborative process and consultation with other experts.

In this course we describe the roles and responsibilities of the construction management professional during the design phase:

  • Understanding value engineering.
  • Tasks that fall outside the design activities. These include investigations of local conditions, construction practices, labor markets, and the site conditions.
  • Knowing when to bid a project. Significant time and costs are incurred in preparing a bid. To bid or not to bid.
  • Know the construction phase, and how the work is the same no matter what contract form or project delivery method was chosen.
  • Summarize the activities necessary to properly organize and prepare a project for construction.

The construction phase can be the most exciting part of the project cycle. Every day the job conditions change. There will always be problems to solve, logistical challenges to meet, and new people to work with. This is the job of the construction manager.


Week 1: Project delivery methods.

Week 2: The Construction Manager role during Design.

Week 3: Bidding and Procurement.

Week 4: Managing from construction to closeout

Taught by

Neil Schulman


4.8 rating, based on 24 Class Central reviews

4.3 rating at edX based on 12 ratings

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  • This course provides an overview of construction contracts and the project delivery method. The course covers project delivery methods, construction documents, and construction safety, making it a valuable and practical resource for anyone intereste…
  • Anonymous
    This course offers a succinct yet comprehensive exploration of practical knowledge for the construction industry, equipping learners with invaluable insights directly applicable to real-world scenarios within the field.
  • Anonymous
    This has been a great course! I learned so much about the different project delivery methods and what goes into contracts. I enjoyed learning about the type of risks and how to minimize risk.
  • Anonymous
    That was really helpful, excellent content, effectively designed, understand well ,how to deliver across the lifecycle from the first concept to occupancy, including the role of Construction Manager or a construction professional during the design process and review of the different delivery methods
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    Muhammad Talha Kamran
    I am new to the field of construction management, but I found my professor's teaching style to be very effective. He used real-world examples to illustrate the concepts he was teaching, which made the material much more relatable and easier to understand. I enjoyed the course immensely and learned a great deal about project delivery methods, the role of the construction manager, the role of the owner, contracts, bidding, and construction management in general. I am confident that the knowledge I gained in this course will be invaluable to me in my future career.
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    Gillermo Arturo Cortez Lúa
    Excellent course offering comprehensive insights into project delivery methods and contracts in construction. The modules are well-structured and presented, providing a blend of theory and practical knowledge that is immensely functional for professionals in the field. The real-world scenarios and detailed case studies enhance the learning experience, making complex concepts easily understandable and applicable. A highly recommended course for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of construction management!
  • Anonymous
    Very informative course which taught me fundamentals of scheduling, estimating, project reporting methods and tools, change management and Construction Law and many more. The course is suitable for juniors who recently have started their career in Construction Management team. I would definitely recommend this course. Many thanks for University Maryland to organize one.
  • Anonymous
    A very great course. I work with implementation of projects, especifically in civil engineering, here in Brazil. We do much of the content as taught in the course, but I was able to learn several other things to improve our processors and reduce risks. Thanks instructor and USM.
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    Jobert Villanueva
    Honestly, I learned a lot from this course, the Project Delivery Methods and Contracts in Construction Management. I gained enough knowledge about project delivery methods, necessary construction documents, bidding and procurement, and the construction process through close out that can be helpful enough to help me in pursuing my educational career in civil engineering. The way Neil delivers the lesson is very clear and understandable to the student. I found the key summary points and knowledge checks to be very helpful, too. I am excited to proceed in studying the next course.
  • Anonymous
    The UMD Course on Project Delivery Methods and Contracts in Construction Management is a very informative and provides a great overview of how the industry operates.
  • Anonymous
    Very informative, I truly appreciate the real-life scenarios shared. Course work is appropriate, and site is easy to navigate.
  • Anneliese Simmons
    Good overall introductory or review course for new participants or experienced people who need a review.
  • Anonymous
    This class was excellent--where have you been all my life? The instructor was incredibly knowledgeable and articulate. This was the first time I have taken a class in a online format, and I was delighted with it and look forward to coming back to edX for more classes in the future. I loved the fact that even very conducive to learning! Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    After taking this course have a strong understanding of Project delivery methods and Contract, now, how to deliver across the lifecycle from the first concept to occupancy, including the role of Construction Manager or a construction professional during the design process and review of the different delivery methods.
  • Anonymous
    I really loved this class, Mr Schulman really knows what he is talking about, I have been in the construction trade for a very long time, and taking this class I realized I can still learn lots of stuff to improve my career, now to the next class.!!!
    thanks so much Mr Schulman...!!!!
  • Anonymous
    I have been associated with the construction field for the past 7 years. I had knowledge of how things work in the field but this course helped me get hands on knowledge of different project delivery methods that I used to employ without knowing the details of. Must recommend.
  • Anonymous
    The professor has done a great job consolidating as much information as possible into a short volume. His experience is evident and the framework he discusses, along with the breakdowns of components in each process is terrific and "real world".
  • Anonymous
    It was really a nice course which brushed up our all experiences and even we could able to corelate many topics with those experiences. Nicely designed program for all mid level professionals.
  • Anonymous
    I really recommend this course is very complete, I had learned many things that I didn't know I have to do during the construction process. It was interested in learned new strategies in the field.
  • Anonymous
    The module was awesome and well put together. There may be repeats of videos but it does not disrupt the experience much. I have learnt a lot a surely of what I would not know unless I am promoted.

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