Certificates in Construction Management

The McWhorter School of Building Science

Certificates in Construction Management

The McWhorter School of Building Science is now offering three graduate certificates in construction management. This distance education program has been enrolling students since fall of 1993 and continues to grow and develop research opportunities, strong industry relations, and excellent academic content. These 12 credit certificate programs are designed for students who are looking for an introduction to comprehensive construction management topics such as estimating and scheduling. Enrollment in the program is limited to provide sufficient faculty support, which helps our students meet their educational objectives.
Executive Certificate in Construction Management
 
The Executive Construction Management Certificate at Auburn is a 12 credit graduate program.  The program has been enrolling students since fall of 1993 and continues to grow and develop research opportunities, strong industry relations, and excellent academic content.  Enrollment in the program is limited to provide sufficient faculty support, which helps our students meet their educational objectives.
 

Upon completion, students pursuing this certificate program can expect to:

  • Be exposed to all construction processes that constitute a project, from development conception, through project financing and design, into the on-site construction phase and management of the facility.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of estimating, bidding, sequencing, scheduling and managing construction projects.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the contractual and legal aspects that drive the decision making process in the construction industry.

 

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to continue in the program.

 

Executive Technical Certificate in Construction Management

 

The Executive Technical Certificate in Construction Management is a 12 credit program that can be taken after completing the Executive Certificate in Construction Management curriculum with a 3.0 GPA or higher. This program will give students a broad understanding of building information modeling (BIM), mechanical, plumbing, electrical systems in buildings. This certificate is available for students who want a better technical understanding of what goes into a construction project.

 

Upon completion, students pursuing this certificate program can expect to:

  • Graduates will be able to develop and use BIM models for the purpose of construction activities such as cost estimation, project management and construction coordination procedures.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems from a technical as well as a project management stand point.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate the role of the general contractor and specialist contractor in the installation, commissioning and construction coordination of building systems.

 

Executive Integrated Processes Certificate in Construction Management

 

The Executive Integrated Processes Certificate in Construction Management is a 12 credit program that can be started once the student has completed the Executive Certificate in Construction Management with a 3.0 GPA or higher. This program helps to develop a student's ability to handle comprehensive project budgets, project development and project financing within the construction industry.

 

Upon completion, students pursuing this certificate program can expect to:

  • Graduates will be able to create construction project financing, project development and program management plans.
  • Graduates will be able to create comprehensive project budgets, construction sequencing and delivery method plans.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate the roles, responsibilities & contributions of the various stake holders within the AEC industry.
  • Graduates will evaluate leadership qualities in the context of the AEC industry and develop a plan for self-improvement of their leadership abilities.

 

Students who pursue any of our programs can expect to:

  • Continuously practice and improve oral and written communication skills.
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of the collaborative nature of the construction industry.

Students in our program work with a first rate faculty, use unparalleled technological resources, and participate with industry partners through case studies, independent projects and funded research. 

 

Students enrolled in the MBC program learn advanced topics in construction management to prepare them for upper management positions in the industry.  The program also prepares professionals from other backgrounds to transfer their skills into the construction industry by providing a comprehensive understanding of construction operations and issues. 

 

If you choose to study at the McWhorter School of Building Science, you will receive a first class graduate education that will prepare you for an outstanding career in the construction industry. In recent years the placement rate for our graduate students has been exceptional, and there are opportunities in all sectors of the industry. If you are interested in obtaining more information, contact Dr. Anoop Sattineni, Graduate Program Officer (MBC) or call at (334) 844-5385 or Joline Landry, Administrative Support Specialist, or call at (334) 844-5308.

 

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The curriculum details are as follows:

 

Required Courses:

 

BSCI 7106 Construction Cost Estimating                                                   3 Credits

Introduction to the construction industry, plans and specifications reading and interpretation, construction materials and methods, estimating in construction and skill competency for quantity survey of divisions 1–48. Students perform a complete take-off, pricing, and bid preparation for a small commercial construction project.

 

BSCI 7106 Construction Management and Scheduling                       3 Credits

This course develops advanced student knowledge and skills in construction business facets such as delivery, contracts and financial management; and develops tactile skills in producing advanced construction schedules in current software applications. Course may be repeated with change in topics.

 
 

BSCI 7126 Construction Law and Risk Management                            3 Credits

Construction law, business law and risk management; the legal system and terminology, contracts, insurance, warranties, liens, environmental concerns, workplace issues, damages, and dispute resolution.

 

Elective Courses (1 of the following):                                                        

 

BSCI 7116 Construction Contracting Business                                      3 Credits

Business functions associated with construction industry; organizational structure, construction finance; risk analysis, construction contracts, project delivery, and associated documents.

 

BSCI 7156 Heavy Civil Construction                                                           3 Credits

Understanding the different types of heavy civil construction: equipment, management issues, project budgets, contracts, value engineering scenarios, safety, schedule, site management plans, excavation, paving, drilling and temporary construction.                             

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  1. Visit the Graduate School website (applyyourself.com). You will need to select “Create Account”, and the website will create a pin number but you will have to create your own password. Once you log in, you will be asked to complete several sections. Please select the correct term for which you are applying (fall, spring, summer), choosing Certificate/Graduate-Construction Mgt., Certificate/Graduate-Executive Technical Construction Mgt., or the Certificate/Graduate-Integrated Processes Construction Mgt. from the drop down menu as your program option. Make sure you complete the application in its entirety by checking the steps on the left side of the page.

If you have already completed the Executive Certificate in Construction Management and are proceeding to either the Executive Technical Certificate in Construction Management or the Executive Integrated Processes Certificate in Construction Management, you will have to create a new account through the applyyourself.com system or each new certificate. Students pursuing the Executive Technical Certificate in Construction Management or the Executive Integrated Processes Certificate in Construction after completing the Executive Certificate in Construction Management will not have to re-submit their transcripts, the Graduate School will provide this service.

 

2. Request certified copies of transcripts from all previously   attended educational institutions; send them directly to the Graduate School at 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849. If an Auburn University transcript, the Graduate School will acquire the transcript for you.    

             

3. No GRE scores required for this program.                

 

4. For International Students Only: Request an official copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score to the University Graduate School. Auburn University’s ETS institution code is 1005.

 

TOEFL – (Test of English Language for Foreign Students, For International Students Only). Students must score at least 550 on the paper TOEFL (pBT), 213 on the computer TOEFL (cBT), and 79 on the internet TOEFL (iBT) or 6.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS to be considered for admission. On the iBT, students must score a minimum of 16 on the four component parts of the iBT (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).

 

5. Provide 3 letters of recommendation as requested in the Graduate School website. The applicant can either click on the box to email or not email the recommender from the application system. If they choose to email from the system an email will be generated to the recommenders with a link to the form and they can write in the box their letter in a pdf file with the form. If the applicant doesn't wish to email the recommender from the application, they can email this link from the school's website (http://cadc.auburn.edu/files/pdfs/BSCI_MBC_recommendation_form.pdf) to their recommenders, they must submit BSCI MBC recommendation form and letter in a pdf file to Joline Landry by email, fax or mail. (Note, application will not submit without the names of recommendation people listed).

 

6. Submit a Statement of Purpose (1500 words or less) explaining your motivation for seeking a graduate degree in Building Construction at Auburn University. Please e-mail it to Joline Landry (Administrative Support Specialist) at jal0021@auburn.edu.

 

7. Submit your current resume via e-mail to Joline Landry at jal0021@auburn.edu.

 

Items 1-5 should be submitted to the University Graduate School.

 

Items 6-7 should be directly sent to Joline Landry via mail, fax or e-mail.

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Salman Azhar

Associate Professor

Graduate Program Chair (MBC)

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Florida International University

M.E., Structural Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore

Areas of Specialty:

Building Information Modeling, Risk Management, Concrete Technology, Construction Safety, Information Technology

 

Richard Burt

McWhorter Professor and School Head

Ph.D., Architecture, Texas A&M University

M.S., Construction Management, Texas A&M University

Areas of Specialty:

Sustainable Construction, Earth Building Construction,

Construction Education, Construction Activity during Wartime, Preservation of buildings on WWII Battlefields

 

Ben Farrow

Aderholdt Associate Professor

M.B.A., The Owen School of Business, Vanderbilt University

M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas

B.S., Civil Engineering, Duke University

Areas of Specialty:

Structures, Business Management

 

Paul Holley

Professor

Co-Director, Studio-Build Program

M.B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham

B.S., Building Science, Auburn University

Areas of Specialty:

Integrated Delivery, Field Operations Management, Project Management, Construction Surveying, Real Estate Development

 

Scott Kramer

Professor

Ph.D., Purdue University

M.S.C.E., Auburn University

B.C.E., Auburn University

Areas of Specialty:

Mechanical & Plumbing, Executive Issues, Integrated Processes

 

Junshan Liu

Associate Professor

M.S., Building Construction, Auburn University

B.S., Civil Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University

B.B.M., Technological Economy, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Areas of Specialty:

Construction Information Technology, Construction Safety, Building Information Modeling, 3-D Laser Scanning

                 

Darren Olsen

Associate Professor

J.D, University of Mississippi

B.S., Building Construction, University of Florida

Areas of Specialty:

Project Management, Construction Law, Sustainable Construction

 

Keith Rahn

Assistant Professor

M.S., Industrial Technology Education, Ball State University

B.S., Industrial Technology Education, Ball State University

Areas of Specialty:

Mechanical, Project Management, Electrical, Sustainability

              

Anoop Sattineni

Associate Professor

(Graduate Program Officer for the Certificate Program)

Ph.D., Built Environment, University of Salford

M.S, Civil Engineering, Auburn University

B.E., Civil Engineering, Osmania University

Areas of Specialty:

Information and Communication Technologies in Construction, Structures

 

Mark Tatum

Associate Professor

M.S., Electrical Engineering

B.S., Electrical Engineering

Areas of Specialty:

Mechanical & Electrical Systems, Control Systems, Building Design & Modeling

               

J. Mark Taylor

Associate Professor

J.D., University of Alabama

Ph.D., Texas A&M University

M.S., Building Construction, University of Florida

B.S., Building Science, Auburn University

Areas of Specialty:

Construction Law, Conceptual Estimating, Project Management, Sustainable Construction, Building Information Modeling

 

David Royer

IT Specialist

B.S., Management Information Systems, Auburn University

Community College of the Air Force Degree

Areas of Specialty:

Information Technology, Computer Software & Hardware

 

Joline Landry

Admin Support Specialist II - Academic

USACE Distant Learning/ Graduate Program

McWhorter School of Building Science

Areas of Specialty:

Admissions, Residency Coordinator, Scheduling Online Classes, Program Administration

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If you have any questions about the Online Graduate Certificates in Construction Management program or would like to visit, please feel free to contact one of us.
 

Dr. Anoop Sattineni

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Officer

Office: 330 M. Miller Gorrie Center

Phone: (334) 844-5385

Fax: (334) 844-5386

Email: anoop@auburn.edu

 

Joline Landry

Administrative Support Specialist - Graduate Programs

Office: 102 M. Miller Gorrie Center

Phone: (334) 844-5308

Fax: (334) 844-5386

Email: jal0021@auburn.edu

 

David Royer

IT Specialist

Office: 319 M. Miller Gorrie Center

Phone: (334) 844-8812

Fax: (334) 844-5386

Email: royerdl@auburn.edu

 

Street Address

M. Miller Gorrie Center

270 West Samford Ave

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama 36849-5315

Phone: (334) 844-4518

Fax: (334) 844-5386

 

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Graduate Certificates in Construction Management

 

We are offering 3 Executive Construction Management Certificates that require 12 hours of course work per Certificate. Each credit hour costs approximately $1,000.00.

 

The charges indicated above are the tuition costs for the program, educational resources, case studies, textbooks, and software. Does not include costs for application, student ID, tickets for athletic events, travel for residency week, etc.

 

Students are required to purchase own laptops with the following minimum requirements:

 

  • Windows 7
  • 2GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1GB video card
  • 15” monitor
  • 500GB Hard drive
  • Wireless G/N
  • DVD burner

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The curriculum details are as follows:

 

Required Courses:

 

BSCI 7036 Construction Information Management                                                                                 3 Credits

Applications of advanced information technology in construction.

 

BSCI 7106 Mechanical and Plumbing Systems in Buildings                                                                    3 Credits

Applications of mechanical and plumbing systems in buildings. Course also focuses on scheduling, coordination, and commissioning of the mechanical and plumbing systems.

 

BSCI 7106 Electrical Systems in Buildings                                                                                                     3 Credits

Applications of electrical systems in buildings. Course also focuses on scheduling, coordination, and commissioning of the electrical system.

 

Elective Courses (1 of the following):

 

BSCI 7136 Building Construction Sustainability                                                                                      3 Credits

Green building practices in construction dealing primarily with the L.E.E.D. green building model. Students will also be able to interpret green building requirements related to the site, water, air quality, energy consumption, materials, and resources of a site.

 

BSCI 6466 Planning and Decision Making in Construction                                                                       3 Credits

Applications of quantitative methods in various phases of project life cycle to assist project stakeholders in making effective planning and informed decision making.

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The curriculum details are as follows:        

Required Courses:

 

BSCI 7026 Construction Integrated Processes - I                                                                                                       3 Credits

Project manifestation and development preceding design and construction phases with emphasis on the project owner's perspective, the financial parameters, and the speculative demand driving project viability.

 

BSCI 7046 Construction Integrated Processes - II                                                                                    3 Credits

Construction project delivery, from pre-construction service through ownership. Topics include project management, pre-construction services, pre-planning, procurement, site utilization, subcontracts, commissioning, closeout, building operation, and long-term ownership.

 

BSCI 7056 Executive Issues in Construction                                                                                   3 Credits

Construction industry executives will present 6 to 10 topics that represent a cross-section of significant management issues.

 

Elective Courses (1 of the following):      

 

BSCI 7136 Building Construction Sustainability                                                                                     3 Credits

Green building practices in construction dealing primarily with the L.E.E.D. green building model. Students will also be able to interpret green building requirements related to the site, water, air quality, energy consumption, materials, and resources of a site.

 

BSCI 7146 Structural Systems of Buildings                                                                                                  3 Credits

Demonstrates loads throughout different building structure types; lumber, steel, and concrete. Shows how engineers trace loads throughout buildings and helps to understand the various loads affecting a structure like wind loads, gravity loads, dead loads, and live loads.

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Anoop Sattineni

Anoop Sattineni

Bob Aderholt Endowed Professor

334-844-5385