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Catalog 2013-2014
College of Computing, Engineering and Construction
 

Construction Management

Science and Engineering Building (Building 50)
              Construction Management, Room 2400
Phone: (904) 620-2683
Fax:
      (904) 620-2573
Web address: www.unf.edu/ccec/construction/

Mission

The mission of the Department of Construction Management is to educate and develop construction professionals with a global perspective through a rigorous, relevant, and accredited degree program offered by faculty devoted to excellence in teaching, scholarly activities, service projects, community involvement and ethical standards.  Students will experience an active working relationship with local industry and develop a global perspective through cooperative efforts and exchange programs with international universities and colleges in the framework of a culture of ethics, which are vital in the development of successful construction professionals and provides distinct characteristics for our graduates' pursuit of career development and professional opportunities.   

Values

  1. We believe that excellence in teaching, research, community service projects, and an active working relationship with our industry is essential to the development of successful construction professionals. 
  2. We believe that cultural awareness and a global perspective, achieved through study abroad is critical to the complete education of construction professionals. 
  3. We believe that effective construction education: a.  Provides opportunities for transformational learning activities, such as internships, service learning, and robust engagement with our industry. b.  Emphasizes career development and placement opportunities.c.  Requires interaction between faculty, students, and industry inside and outside the classroom.

Program goals

  1. The Department will develop a cooperative agreement with international universities serving our Construction Management graduates, and maintain a high quality Bachelor of Science program in Building Construction that will enable graduates to achieve their maximum potential in the building construction field. 
  2. The Department will broaden our graduates’ horizons through local community based learning service projects and through international study abroad classes.  
  3. The Department will focus its resources on the continuing development of a construction management program of the highest quality in keeping with the needs of our dynamic industry.
  4. The Department will offer degree programs that have relevance to the needs of the community in areas such as life-long learning, ethics, and professional development.
  5. The Department will maintain an active presence through its partnerships in the northeast Florida community and surrounding region.
  6. The Department will recruit and retain exceptional faculty and staff to ensure quality academic programs.                                

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Program Educational Objectives

The Construction Management program produces graduates who: 

  • have the ability to  understand and solve construction problems and  think and reason logically to make sound economic decisions
  • have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • know and uphold ethical standards of the industry
  • are prepared for successful entry into the construction industry

 The program consists of management-oriented technical curricula built on a balanced program of studies drawn from building construction, computer concepts, management, and general education requirements.

A graduate of this program can expect to find employment in the residential, commercial, heavy civil, maritime or industrial construction industry. Typical employment positions include estimator, assistant project manager, assistant superintendent, field engineer, project manager or construction company manager.   


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Accreditation

The Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education through July, 2014.

Admission

Minimum requirements for admission into the Construction Management Program include:

  1. Admission to the University of North Florida
  2. Completion of the minimum general education requirements from a State of Florida two-year community college or four-year university;
  3. A minimum of 63 credit hours of college course work with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better;
  4. Completion of all program prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

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Academic Advising

The Construction Management Department provides individualized academic advisement to all its students. Students interested in the Construction Management major are required to meet with an academic advisor to:

  1. Evaluate the student’s course work to determine whether prerequisites for the major have been met and
  2. Plan a program of study for the student to follow.

Students are encouraged to make an advising appointment as early as possible to develop their program of study. This will enable them to progress in an efficient manner toward the completion of a degree.                            

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Internship

All Construction Management students are strongly encouraged to take a one-semester internship.  Students may elect to take an additional construction concentration track class to replace the internship requirement if necessary.  In like manner, students may elect to complete a second internship to replace one of the construction elective class requirements.

Construction Industry

The Construction Management (CM) academic program is supported by various construction companies including:

APAC, Archer Western Contractors,Ltd., Ash Properties, Auld & White Contractors, LLC, Barnard Construction, Barton Malow,  Batson Cook, BE&K, Brasfield and Gorrie,  Danis Corporation, David Weekley Homes, Elkins Constructors, Favor-Gray, Haskell, Hensel Phelps, Hubbard, Kiewit, Manson Construction, Miller Electric, Petticoat-Schmitt ivil Contractors, RJ Griffin, Sauer, Stellar, Superior, Whiting-Turner, W.W. Gay.

Sponsored CM Scholarships

  • Elkins Constructors, Inc.
  • The Haskell Company
  • Stellar 
  • American Society of Highway Engineers
  • American Concrete Institute
  • Miller Electric Company
  • Retail Contractors Association
  • Society of American Military Engineers

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Graduation Requirements

The following are minimum requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree:

  1. A minimum of 120 credit hours for the four-year program, which includes general education requirements plus the prerequisite and required courses;
  2. Completion of the prerequisite and core requirements listed below with a grade of “C” or better in each course;
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education program, prerequisites; and 
  4. At least 30 upper-level credit hours in residence at UNF.

Students taking classes at other institutions in their graduation term may delay their graduation due to transcript timing issues.

Effective January 1, 2009 all students prior to graduation must:

  1. Sit for an approved construction exam e.g., AIC, Florida Contractor Exam. 
    This will be coordinated through Capstone class BCN 4709.
  2. Complete an exit survey.
  3. Apply for graduation before deadline. 
    See website for graduation application deadlines

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Construction Management Faculty

Mag Malek, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair 
David James Lambert, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Aiyin Jiang, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Roberto Soares, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Carol Woodson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Raphael Crowley, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor
James Sorce, MBA, CCEC Lead Academic Advisor & Instructor
April Somers, Office Manager

Department Location: Science and Engineering Building (Bldg 50), Room 2400
Department Phone: (904) 620-2683
Fax number: (904) 620-2573

Advising Office Location: Science and Engineering Building (Bldg 50), Room 2200

Advising Phone: (904) 620-2759 

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