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University System of Maryland

Construction Management

University System of Maryland via edX Professional Certificate


In this program you will learn to successfully manage construction projects and deliver with the skills of a modern Construction Manager. During the past several years, the construction industry and the built environment has been through enormous changes. From general contracting to construction management to project management and program management.

Construction Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to the many activities required to complete a project successfully. This requires both practitioners and students to understand the many aspects of the world of owners, designers, developers, local, state, & federal government agencies, tenants, regulatory agencies, community groups & stakeholders, contracting lawyers, zoning attorneys, environmental lawyers, insurance providers, financial agencies, bonding companies, and subcontractors.

The successful Construction Manager must recognize the role of each participant, understand the nature of the project, and utilize modern management tools to bring the project forward in a timely and cost-effective manner. In addition, the Construction Manager also has his or her own organization and staffing to navigate including those of the owner and the designer. The recipe for success is indeed a complicated one.

Core concepts include:

  • Cost estimating and schedule controls necessary for project productivity and quality control.
  • How to manage the sustainable civil engineering infrastructure process.
  • Role of construction management in civil engineering, and how a construction management program benefits all parties in the industry.
  • The most critical construction methods and construction materials needed to deliver.
  • The characteristics that a successful construction project manager needs to understand and utilize, including problem solving.
  • The roles of the people involved in the planning, design, and construction process, and the tools required to manage and lead the people in the project.
  • How modern CM practice emphasizes an expanded role for the construction management professional during the planning, design, and early construction process.
  • Cost engineering and cost control, and how those will ensure an effective feedback system.
  • Project administration procedures, communication protocols, and project planning.
  • How the construction project manager is key to creating an atmosphere where the owner and designer support is established.
  • Sustainable construction management and sustainable design best practices.
  • Integrating safety programs and disaster prevention into sustainable construction practices.
  • Sustainable facility management, energy management and renewable energy.
  • Green building construction.
  • Strategic planning and project financial analysis.
  • Explores the legal and administrative world of projects.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: The Industry and Profession in Construction Management

Learn the different sectors of the industry and the profession by looking at the nature of the industry, future trends, and opportunities. Understand the different sectors of the industry and the role of each participant, specifically the Owner, Designer, and Construction Manager.

Course 2: Project Delivery Methods and Contracts in Construction Management

Learn how to deliver across the lifecycle from first concept to occupancy, including the role of the Construction Management professional during the design process and review of the different project delivery methods.

Course 3: Field Operations and Administrative Tools in Construction Management

Learn the Construction Management tools needed to manage the people and the project, including estimating and scheduling. These tools combined with methods of control will ensure effective feedback and create a powerful system for delivery on-schedule and under budget.

Course 4: Sustainable Construction Management

Learn Sustainable Construction Management practices, and how to implement a sustainable green project. Sustainability has become essential for private and public owners who want to incorporate the economic, social, and environmental aspects of their project to improve the triple bottom line.


Taught by

Neil Schulman


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    This course brings modern current use best practices to education and from my point of view other course teach you old methods and concepts that are not now applied in job site.

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