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University System of Maryland

The Industry and Profession in Construction Management

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The industry and profession in construction management is big business. The construction industry will continue to play a key role in society.

Opportunities in construction management are endless. The course covers some of the following topics:

  • Characteristics that define the construction industry.
  • Four major sectors of construction management projects.
  • Current trends within the construction industry and role in society.
  • Skills to lead construction, specifically the Owner, Designer, and Construction Manager, and key stakeholders.

This course concentrates on the people who fill the roles of owner, designer, and construction manager, and must understand the following:

  • Responsibility and authority of the key construction management participants.
  • How is the construction industry changing?
  • Construction companies need leaders.
  • Continuous quality improvement.
  • The three forms of business organizations.
  • Characteristics of an effective construction management leader.
  • The art and science of organizing and leading a construction management project.
  • How the life of a facility goes through phases starting out as an idea combined with money and a project is born.
  • Understand planning, design, and construction tasks and how people are involved in the lifecycle of a building.
  • Analyze the need for the facility and whether it is economically feasible. This is life-cycle cost analysis.
  • Differentiate construction workers , their construction trade , and work experience.
  • What is the employment growth in the construction industry?
  • Differences in building construction projects and infrastructure projects.
  • How to use project management techniques in construction management.
  • Best practices in communication skills and field operations.
  • Construction methods and materials.
  • The role of civil engineering and other engineering disciplines.
  • Improving your construction experience and benefiting from real world lessons learned.

Architects design the project. Construction management professionals build the project at the construction site. All parties need to work in harmony to fulfill the functions that must be performed.


● Week 1: Construction industry.

● Week 2: Construction project participants.

● Week 3: Organizing and leading the construction project.

● Week 4: Project chronology and lifecycle.

Taught by

Neil Schulman


4.8 rating, based on 63 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at edX based on 7 ratings

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  • The Industry and Profession in Construction Management course provides an overview of the construction industry and a construction manager's roles and responsibilities. The course covers project delivery methods, construction documents, and constru…
  • Profile image for ALFRED ENOW
    This course provided an overview of the construction industry and the roles and responsibilities of the different players. It help to understand that construction is not just construction, but its goal is to make life better for the people. The cou…
  • Anonymous
    This class is very useful for becoming a project manager. I am a civil engineering student studying construction management. Thanks to this class, namely the Industry And Profession in Construction Management. I can get know more about everything related to it, the supporting knowledge of construction management is all here. strarting from organization, schedulling, procurement, technical. and last I hope that next I can become a great project manager in the future.
  • Anonymous
    The course is great for someone who has no prior knowledge to the construction industry. If you do, however, have prior experience, this first course is more of a refresher course as it covers most of the basics of how things operate. The recaps after each video allows you the opportunity to just listen and watch the video without the need to pause and take notes as everything is nicely summarized after the video on the next slide.
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    Patridge Bhunu Shava
    The course is great, delivery is good. Explanations are clear simple and straightforward. The course material is however not sufficient. I would expect some references, literature and even some content on drawbacks of construction management. I wou…
  • Anonymous
    This is very good course I liked it soo much I learnt a lot of things from this course I enjoyed a lot while learning this course and I gain a lot of knowledge by seeing the videos and I test how much my knowledge by writing the tests
  • Profile image for ChristineProctor
    I have enjoyed the format of this training. The videos are followed up by text and the knowledge checks really help me know I'm on the right track. I can't wait to finish my certificate to help me move up in my job field and keep learning.
  • Anonymous
    It is very useful for freshers who don't know about this course.I think so this course is used for gaining knowledge.In the course good lectures and notes, good professor's are there to help you for gaining knowledge.
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    Robert Creamer
    Great course, I will definitely take another one. The material was easy to follow and it was laid out in a way that was easily understood. I plan to continue my construction management education through MDU.
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  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed taking this course. Being able to complete it on my own time was definitely a plus. I am looking forward to finishing out the other courses
  • Anonymous
    I have undertaken similar courses in the past but this particular course was interesting as it had cases to share and practical problems and issues
  • Anonymous
    There was a lot of material for an Introduction class. I can only hope I’m this continues through the program, because I learned a lot!
  • Anonymous
    This course wraps up all the necessary and important details in concise and effective videos and short notes.
  • Anonymous
    It was a great course to continue learning about project management and furthering my knowledge as a PM.
  • Mustafa A. Salman
    the course was good and easy to understand, i believe recommending a topic related books would enrich the course and students knowledge.
    Thank You
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    Jobert Villanueva
    I enjoyed taking up this course about the industry and profession in construction management. I believe that I learned the necessary fundamentals in construction management and the necessary traits and approaches that I can use to become a good lead…
  • Anonymous
    I liked the aspect of technology use in construction site supervisions and inspections. More could be said about this and how this technology is further used in dispute resolutions and general teaching of construction now and in future. I would also…
  • Héctor Sánchez
    The course includes all the parties involved since the start till the end of the project and the importance of each phase of the project, it's very important to learn these principles to get deep into the construction Industry.

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