Description

Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction

Construction management (CNST) is a complete undergraduate degree program available to students within the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction located at Nebraska Hall on the Lincoln City Campus and at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) in Omaha. Construction is one of the largest and most diversified industries in the country, accounting for approximately four percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The key professional in this vast enterprise is the “constructor,” a term given to leaders and managers in the construction industry who are responsible for planning, scheduling, and building the projects designed by architects and engineers. These highly-specialized efforts are indispensable in meeting the country’s growing need for new structures, infrastructure, and environmental controls that are of high quality and are cost effective, efficient, and sustainable.

Construction firms vary in size from large corporations to small proprietorships and partnerships. These are often classified according to the kind of construction work they do: general contractors, heavy and highway contractors, specialty contractors—including mechanical and electrical—and residential builders and developers. Many firms engage in more than one category of work. Some larger companies incorporate the architectural and engineering design functions as part of their role as a design/build firm. Collectively, constructors manufacture our entire built environment—buildings for housing, commerce and industry, highways, railroads, waterways, airports, power plants, energy distribution systems, military bases, and space center complexes. Thus, the construction management field is broad, requiring a unique educational background for its professional practitioners.

Although the range of construction activities appears wide and diverse, the general educational requirements for construction management are universal regardless of a particular firm’s area of specialization. Since construction is primarily a business enterprise, the graduate must have a sound background in business management and administration, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of architecture and engineering as they relate to project design and the actual construction process in the field. Professional expertise lies in the fields of construction science, methods, and management. A working knowledge of structural design, mechanical and electrical systems, methods and materials, soil mechanics, and construction equipment is also essential.
 

The construction management curriculum embraces a course of study in:

  1. Construction project management from pre-design through commissioning.
  2. Project life-cycle and sustainability.
  3. Health and safety, accident prevention, and regulatory compliance.
  4. Law, contract documents administration, and dispute prevention and resolution.
  5. Materials, labor, and methods of construction.
  6. Finance and accounting principles.
  7. Planning and scheduling.
  8. Cost management including plan reading, quantity take offs, and estimating.
  9. Project delivery methods.
  10. Leadership and managing people.
  11. Business and communication skills.

Program Educational Objectives

The following is a list of the Construction Management Program Educational Objectives (PEO) that graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation:

  1. Develop construction project objectives and plans, including delineation of scope, budget, and schedule.
  2. Select project participants and set performance requirements.
  3. Maximize resource efficiency through judicious procurement and management of labor, materials, and equipment.
  4. Implement and complete construction activities through coordination and control of scheduling, contracting, estimating, and cost control.
  5. Develop effective communication protocols and mechanisms for resolving conflicts associated with the construction process.
  6. Ensure quality and safety through design, measurement, analysis, and control.

Educational standards and criteria were established by The Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction and approved by ABET, the accrediting agency for the construction management program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Admission

Criteria for Professional Admission to the Construction Management Degree Program

Before applying for admission to the construction management degree program, students must complete 28 semester hours, including the following courses with a C or better: MATH 104 (or MATH 106), PHYS 141 (or PHYS 211), ENGR 10, and at least one of ENGL 151, JGEN 200, STAT 218, or CNST 112. Additionally, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

College Requirements

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

  1. Mathematics – 4 units: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, and 1 of precalculus and trigonometry
  2. English – 4 units
  3. Natural sciences – 3 units that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management)
  4. Foreign language – 2 units of a single foreign language
  5. Social studies – 3 units
  6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.
  7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 Writing and Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing and Argument.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at Nebraska.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or Engineering Student Services if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be calculus-ready. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another University college until they meet COE admission requirements. Students transferring from UNO, UNL, or UNK to the College of Engineering must be in good academic standing with their institution.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although the University of Nebraska–Lincoln accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Upon admission to Nebraska, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

Students who were previously admitted to COE and are returning to the College of Engineering must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to be readmitted to COE.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Nebraska in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the construction management program will have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The above student outcomes have been approved by the ABET Engineering Area Delegation for use beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, and have been adopted by the faculty of the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Degree (Lincoln Campus)

First Semester
PHYS 141Elementary General Physics I5
CNST 131Introduction to the Construction Industry1
ENGL 151Writing and Argument3
MATH 104Applied Calculus3
ENGR 10Freshman Engineering Seminar0
ACE Elective
Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 93
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Second Semester
CNST 112Construction Communications3
PHYS 142Elementary General Physics II5
JGEN 200Technical Communication I3
STAT 218Introduction to Statistics3
ACE Elective
Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 93
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Third Semester
CNST 241Horizontal Construction3
CNST 251Construction Materials and Specifications3
CNST 252Construction Materials and Testing3
CIVE 221 / CONE 221Geometric Control Systems3
CNST 225Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM)3
ENGR 20Sophomore Engineering Seminar0
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Fourth Semester
CNST 242Vertical Construction3
COMM 286Business and Professional Communication3
ACCT 200Accounting for Business Decisions3
ECON 200Economic Essentials and Issues3
ACE Elective
Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 93
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Fifth Semester
CNST 378 / CONE 378Construction Estimating I3
CNST 305 / ARCH 333Building Environmental Technical Systems I3
ARCH 331Structural Mechanics3
CNST 444Construction Site Safety Management3
MNGT 300Management Essentials For Contemporary Organizations3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Sixth Semester
CNST 379Construction Estimating II3
CNST 306Electrical Systems3
ARCH 332Structural Optimization3
BLAW 300Business, Government & Society3
FINA 300Financial Decision Making3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Seventh Semester
CNST 485Construction Planning, Scheduling, and Controls3
CNST 476 / CONE 476Project Budgets and Controls3
CNST 420Professional Practice and Ethics3
MRKT 300Contemporary Marketing3
Construction Management Elective3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Eighth Semester
CNST 489Senior Construction Project3
CNST 480Productivity and Human Factors in Construction3
Senior Seminar1
Construction Management Elective3
Technical/Design Elective3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13
Total Credit Hours120

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

All required and elective courses must be passed with a grade of C or better to be included in the 120 credit hours needed for degree completion.

ACE Requirements

The CNST program follows the University of Nebraska–Lincoln ACE general education requirements. Because of the specific needs of the program, most of these courses are specified in the curriculum. Please contact Melissa Hoffman at melissa.hoffman@unl.edu or 402-554-4482, if you are interested in more information about this program.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

This minor is for engineering and architecture majors ONLY.
 

The College of Engineering enables its students to participate in this approved minor subject to the following conditions:

  1. A minor will not reduce or alter the existing course or degree requirements for students electing to pursue a minor.
  2. A student’s minor program must be organized and approved by an advisor prior to the submission of the senior check to the department chair or head.
  3. The minor must be approved by the advisor, the department chair or head, the Dean, and the cognizant program offering the minor.
  4. The College of Engineering will follow the “Plan A/B” format of the College of Arts and Sciences in which a student pursuing a single minor must complete the “Plan A” requirements. A student pursuing a double (or greater) minor must fulfill either the “Plan A” or “Plan B” requirements for both minors, depending on which plan is offered by the cognizant department.
  5. Minors on the Lincoln or Omaha campuses may be added by approval of the College of Engineering Curriculum Committee and faculty.

Course Requirements

Plan A only

All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
 

Required Courses
BLAW 300Business, Government & Society3
CNST 112Construction Communications3
CNST 241Horizontal Construction3
CNST 305 / ARCH 333Building Environmental Technical Systems I3
CNST 378 / CONE 378Construction Estimating I3
CNST 379Construction Estimating II3
CNST 480Productivity and Human Factors in Construction3
CNST 485 / CONE 485Construction Planning, Scheduling, and Controls3
MNGT 300Management Essentials For Contemporary Organizations3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 27
Total Credit Hours27

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Pass/No Pass

All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

CNST112
Construction Communications

Description: Development of communication skills including understanding of contract documents, working drawings, technical terminology, graphic symbols, and abbreviations. Fundamentals of drafting principles, sketching, and dimensioning techniques.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 225; CNST 378, CONE 378

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST131
Introduction to the Construction Industry

Description: Introduction to basic management principles and practices for labor, materials, machinery, and budgets.

This course is a prerequisite for: CONE 211

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CNST225
Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Prerequisites: CNST 112

Description: Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) concepts and techniques. Explore the use of the Revit Architecture platform to create detailed 3D models of construction projects and other BIM-related topics such as clash detection and point-cloud models.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 440

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST241
Horizontal Construction

Prerequisites: MATH 104

Description: Introduction to earthmoving equipment and methods, labor, productivity, and economic aspects of excavation, material transportation, and fill work. Introduction to the financial principles of equipment ownership and operation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST242
Vertical Construction

Prerequisites: MATH 104

Description: Focus on vertical structures, from grade to topping out, with an emphasis on materials and material handling equipment. Includes the assembly process for a variety of applications including cast-in-place concrete, steel erection, wood framing, precast concrete, masonry structural elements, and material finishing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST251
Construction Materials and Specifications

Prerequisites: MATH 104

Description: Introduction to construction materials and proper methods of specifying to achieve design and construction goals, safety and inspection, and to meet zoning code and environmental requirements. Physical, mechanical and aesthetic properties of soils, concrete, masonry, metals, plastics and other materials will be studied as they relate to in-service conditions, acceptability, and performance.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST252
Construction Materials and Testing

Prerequisites: MATH 104

Parallel registration in CNST 241 is recommended. Laboratory testing procedures emphasizing testing of aggregates, soil, and concrete.

Description: Introduction to basic materials used in construction. Laboratory testing and evaluation of material properties of soil, aggregate, and concrete.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST305
Building Environmental Technical Systems ICrosslisted with ARCH 333

Prerequisites: PHYS 151.

Description: Characteristics and performance of buildings with respect to thermal and psychrometric environment in buildings related to human comfort, heat gain/heat loss, ventilation, natural energy systems and sustainable design principles, and plumbing and life safety systems in the Built environment.

This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 430, ARCH 430H; CNST 405

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST306
Electrical Systems

Prerequisites: MATH 104, PHYS 142

Description: Fundamentals of electric power generation and distribution, service, and circuits in buildings with an emphasis on electrical equipment and systems, lighting principles and applications, and fire protection systems. Review of National Electric Code.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 405; CNST 406

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST331
Structural MechanicsCrosslisted with ARCH 331

Prerequisites: ARCH 232 or admission into the Construction Management degree program

Description: Introduction to various external force systems, and their resulting internal forces and deformations, which act on structural elements.

This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 332, CNST 332

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST332
Structural OptimizationCrosslisted with ARCH 332

Prerequisites: ARCH 331

Description: Optimization of key properties of elemental components and systems of building structures: force, geometric, and material.

This course is a prerequisite for: ARCH 430, ARCH 430H

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST378
Construction Estimating ICrosslisted with CONE 378

Prerequisites: CNST 112

Description: Preparation of detailed cost estimates based on contract documents. Identify and analyze cost components of building and site scopes of work to perform detailed quantity take-offs. Apply labor, material, and equipment pricing from RS Means. Use production rates and quantity takeoffs to prepare a preliminary construction schedule. Complete quantity takeoffs from 2D plans and from 3D BIM software models.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 379; CNST 440; CNST 476, CONE 476

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST379
Construction Estimating II

Prerequisites: CNST 378

Description: Continuation of CNST 378 with emphasis on the determination of total project cost and preparation of complete bid proposals for self-performed and subcontracted commercial projects. Evaluation and analysis of subcontractor bids to determine overall project costs by completing a hard bid simulation scenario. Exploration of contract delivery methods and their effect on overall project cost.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 405; CNST 406; CNST 489

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST405
Mechanical Estimating

Prerequisites: CNST 305, 306 and 379.

Description: Application of estimating principles, quantity take-off, bidding strategies, and computerization to the specialty field of mechanical construction.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST406
Electrical Estimating

Prerequisites: CNST 305, CNST 306 and CNST 379

Description: Application of estimating principles, quantity take-off, bidding strategies, and computerization to the specialty field of electrical construction.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST411
Project AdministrationCrosslisted with CNST 811

Prerequisites: CNST 379

Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: Ownership and administration of companies focusing on documentation and specifications, contracts, take-offs, estimating, bidding, bonds, insurance, project management and administration, scheduling, time and cost management, labor law and labor relations, and project safety.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST415
Mechanical/Electrical Project ManagementCrosslisted with CNST 815

Prerequisites: CNST 305, CNST 306, CNST 379

CNST 405 and CNST 406 are recommended.

Description: Fundamentals of project management within the mechanical and electrical contracting industry. Codes, contract documents, productivity, coordination, project control and administration, scheduling, safety, and project closeout, from a specialty contracting perspective.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST420
Professional Practice and EthicsCrosslisted with CNST 820

Prerequisites: CNST 379 and BLAW 300

Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: Examination of professional practice considering the perspectives of designers and the contractors and their respective relationships to society, specific client types, and other collaborators in the design and construction fields. Focus on ethics, professional communication and responsibility, professional organization, office management, environmental stewardship, professional registration, and owner-designer-contractor relationships.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

CNST425
Alternative Project Delivery MethodsCrosslisted with CNST 825

Prerequisites: CNST 379

Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: Historical and current project delivery methods (PDM) are explored. Procurement strategies, contractual arrangements, and compensation methods are also discussed in conjunction with risks, costs, and legal and ethical issues that need to be considered when determining which system is best for a particular project.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST434
The Design-Build Project Delivery SystemCrosslisted with CNST 834

Prerequisites: CNST 379

Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: The organizational, managerial, ethical and legal principles involved in design-build as a project delivery system. Advantages and disadvantages, growth, merits, and criticism of the design-build system.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST436
Intent and Application of International Building CodeCrosslisted with CNST 836

Prerequisites: CNST 379

Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: Fundamentals of how to research, interpret, and apply building code requirements to the design and construction of both new and renovated structures.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST440
Building Information Modeling (BIM) II

Prerequisites: CNST 225, CNST 378

Description: Advanced topics in building information modeling, including structural and MEP modeling, 4/5 dimensional construction animations and visualization. Good knowledge of Revit Architectural Modeling and knowledge of construction estimating and scheduling is required before registering in this class.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST444
Construction Site Safety ManagementCrosslisted with CNST 844

Prerequisites: CNST 241 or CONE 319

Satisfactory completion will partially qualify the individual to be designated by their employer as a construction site "competent person" by successfully completing the OSHA 30-hour Construction Safety Card as well as additional certifications in basic first aid, CPR, and AED. Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: Introduction to safety management for project engineers, project managers, safety teams, and company safety officers. Addresses basic accident and injury models, human accident costs, safety behavior, ethical issues in safety, workers' compensation and EMR, job safety analysis (JSA), project site safety audits, safety promotion and training, emergency planning and response, safety management programs and training, and OSHA record-keeping and reporting.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST476
Project Budgets and ControlsCrosslisted with CONE 476

Prerequisites: CNST 378, and BSEN 206 or FINA 300

Description: The basic systems related to revenues and expenses associated with record keeping of construction contracts. Managerial accounting related to planning and control of construction projects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST480
Productivity and Human Factors in ConstructionCrosslisted with CNST 880

Prerequisites: CNST 379, MNGT 300

Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: Motivation and productivity improvement methods for management in typical job environments. Methods to improve working environments in the field and office. Procedures and mechanisms to implement human behavior and ergonomics concepts for enhanced productivity and safety.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 489

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST482
Heavy and/or Civil ConstructionCrosslisted with CNST 882, CONE 482, CONE 882

Prerequisites: CNST 379

Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: History, theory, methods, and management principles of planning and executing heavy and/or civil projects. Emerging and new equipment capabilities. Economical use of equipment and management of costs associated with production.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST485
Construction Planning, Scheduling, and ControlsCrosslisted with CONE 485, CNST 885, CONE 885

Prerequisites: CNST 378

Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: Planning and scheduling a project using the critical path methods (CPM) with computer applications. Project pre-planning, logic networks, precedence diagrams, time estimates, critical path, float time, crash programs, scheduling, short interval schedules, pull planning, and monitoring project activities.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 489

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST486
Construction Management SystemsCrosslisted with CNST 886

Prerequisites: CNST 379

Not open to non-degree graduate students.

Description: Application of selected topics in systems analysis (operations research). Simulation, mathematical optimization, queuing theory, Markov decision processes, econometric modeling, neural networks, data envelopment analysis, decision analysis, and analytic hierarchy processes as used in the industry.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST488
Residential Construction and Real EstateCrosslisted with CNST 888

Prerequisites: CNST 379

Description: Application of various strategies to real estate development including community and residential design, planning, site selection, land development, marketing and customer service. Methods used by construction companies to analyze, bid, and market their developments to customers through the pre-construction and bidding process.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST489
Senior Construction Project

Prerequisites: CNST 379, CNST 420, CNST 476, CNST 485. CNST 480 must be completed as a prerequisite or taken parallel

Capstone course.

Description: Execution of a project from conceptual design and location through estimating, bidding, site layout, planning and scheduling, cost control, records management, and project completion and documentation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

CNST495
InternshipCrosslisted with CONE 495

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, Letter of application, Letter of agreement from industry mentor

Not open to non-degree graduate students

Description: Participation in a full-time summer internship associated with a construction-related entity. Includes weekly assignments and a final presentation designed to foster interactions between the intern and the business side of the entity. General topics include personnel and time management, structuring business plans, scheduling work, finance and budgets, marketing plans, contracts, risk analysis, and communication and leadership.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SUMMER

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CNST498
Special Topics in Construction ManagementCrosslisted with CNST 898

Prerequisites: Permission.

A signed student-instructor learning contract is required.

Description: Individual or small group investigation of topics in construction management.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


 

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
15 HR TERM 1
ACE 3 Math/ScienceCritical
complete MATH 104, PHYS 141
8hr
C
MATH 104 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the second term of enrollment.

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, or 9 requirement this term.

Construction (Term 1)Critical
complete CNST 131
1hr
C
CNST 131 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the third term of enrollment.

Freshman Seminar (Term 1)
complete ENGR 10
0hr
C

ACE 1 Written Comm
complete ENGL 151
3hr
C
17 HR TERM 2
Construction (Term 2)Critical
complete CNST 112
3hr
C
CNST 112 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the second term of enrollment.

ACE 1 Written Comm
complete JGEN 200
3hr
C

ACE 3 Statistics
complete STAT 218
3hr
C

ACE 4 Physics
complete PHYS 142
5hr
C

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, or 9 requirement this term.
15 HR TERM 3
Construction Sci (Term 3)
9hr
C

Construction (Term 3)Critical
complete CNST 225, CNST 241
6hr
C
CNST 241 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the third term of enrollment.

Soph Seminar (Term 3)
complete ENGR 20
0hr
C
15 HR TERM 4
Business
complete ACCT 200, ECON 200
6hr
C
ECON 200 also fulfills the ACE 6 requirement.

Equip And Meth II (Term 4)Critical
complete CNST 242
3hr
C
CNST 242 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Comm Skills
complete COMM 286
3hr
C

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
3hr
C
Complete an ACE 5, 7, or 9 requirement this term
15 HR TERM 5
ManagementCritical
complete MNGT 300
3hr
C
MNGT 300 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the sixth term of enrollment.

Construction Sci (Term 5)
complete CNST 305
3hr
C

Construction (Term 5)Critical
complete CNST 378, CNST 444
6hr
C
CNST 378 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the fifth term of enrollment.

Architecture (Term 5)Critical
complete ARCH 331
3hr
C
ARCH 331 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the seventh term of enrollment.

Milestones
  1. Professional Admission into College.
15 HR TERM 6
Construction Sci (Term 6)
complete CNST 306
3hr
C

Construction (Term 6)Critical
complete CNST 379
3hr
C
CNST 379 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the sixth term of enrollment.

FinanceCritical
complete FINA 300
3hr
C
FINA 300 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the sixth term of enrollment.

Architecture (Term 6)
complete ARCH 332
3hr
C

BusinessCritical
complete BLAW 300
3hr
C
BLAW 300 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the sixth term of enrollment. BLAW 300 also fulfills the ACE 8 requirement.
15 HR TERM 7
Business
complete MRKT 300
3hr
C

Construction (Term 7)Critical
9hr
C
CNST 420, CNST 476, and CNST 485 become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the seventh term of enrollment.

Engr Tech Elec (Term 7)
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C
Complete an Elective Course in Engineering Technology, Business/Management, or Architecture this term. See advisor for list.
13 HR TERM 8
Construction (Term 8)Critical
7hr
C
CNST 489 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the end of the eighth term of enrollment. CNST 489 also fulfills the ACE 10 requirement.

Engr Tech Elect (Term 8)
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C
Complete an Elective Course in Engineering Technology, Business/Management, or Architecture this term. See advisor for list.

Constr Elect (Term 8)
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C
See advisor for list.
Graduation Requirements
  1. 120 hours required for graduation.
  2. 2.40 GPA required for graduation.
  3. 30 of the last 36 hours must be taken at UNL/UNO.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Project Engineer, McCarthy Building Co. - Pheonix AZ
  • Project Superintendent, Chief Construction - Grand Island NE
  • Engineer I, Kiewit - Omaha NE
  • Project Manager/Designer, Continental Fire Sprinkler Company - Omaha NE
  • Field Engineer, Hensel Phelps - Austin TX
  • Project Engineer, McCarthy Building Co. - Colorado Springs CO
  • Project Engineer, Union Pacific - Tehachapi CA
  • Field Engineer, J.E. Dunn Construction Company - Kansas City MO
  • Project Controls Associate, Black & Veatch - Overland Park KS
  • Field Engineer - LEED Buildings, Hensel Phelps - Dallas TX

Internships

  • Estimating Intern, Walt Disney World - Lake Buena Vista FL
  • Field Engineer Intern, Hensel Phelps - Houston TX
  • Engineer Intern, Kiewit Building Group - Omaha NE
  • Project Management Intern, Simply Better Homes - Omaha NE
  • Superintendent Intern, Haselden Construction - Denver CO
  • Field Coordinator, Holder Construction - Atlanta GA
  • Project Management Intern, Brinkman Constructors - Denver CO
  • Design Engineer, Continental Fire Sprinklers - Omaha NE
  • Estimating Intern, Sampson Construction - Lincoln NE
  • Assistant Project Manager, Ayars & Ayars, Inc. - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Construction Management & Engineering, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Construction Management & Engineering, M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Community and Regional Planning, M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Project Management, M.S., Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Trondheim, Norway
  • Construction Management, M.S., University of Florida - Gainesville FL
  • Master of Business Administration, Kaplan University - Online