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Construction Project Management

BCN 4709
M/W, Period 2-3 (10:40 AM - 12:35 AM), Computer Lab

Instructor: Jim Sullivan, Ph.D.
Office Location: 307 Rinker Hall


Phone: (352) 273-1150
Office hours are before or after class, and by appointment.
Course Description:
Understanding the various forms of project delivery methods (Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, and Construction Management) and the underlying principles for choosing the appropriate system. Recognizing the complexity of the preconstruction process including conceptual estimating and scheduling, life cycle costing, constructability reviews, value engineering, risk management and special contract requirements. Understanding management and administration of a construction project.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will demonstrate their ability to:

  1. Understand project control processes by identifying the methods used to establish and maintain cost and schedule control (ACCE SLO 16).

  2. Describe the underlying principles of choosing the appropriate project delivery method (ACCE SLO 12).

  3. Discuss constructability review, value engineering, and life cycle costing (ACCE SLO 16).

  4. Recognize the processes of construction risk management including bonding, OCIP, CCIP, Safety and control (ACCE SLO 13).

  5. Identify the major elements of a Quality Control/Quality Assurance Program (ACCE SLO 15)

  6. Employ a state of the art electronic based technology to document and manage the construction process (ACCE SLO 10)

Additional information on the BCN undergraduate learning outcomes is available at: For this course, the

CLOs will be evaluated according to the table below.





SLO 16


SLO 12


SLO 16


SLO 13


SLO 15


SLO 10



SLO 10

SLO 17










Written Assignment


Ethics Assignment


Project Control Assignment


Project Delivery Assignment


Value Engineering/Lifecycle Assignment


Risk Assignment


QA/QC Assignment


Technology Assignment


Team Projects








At least 80% receive a C or better

Team Projects

At least 80% receive a B- or better

SACS = Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ACCE = American Council for Construction Education

Required Texts/Materials:

  1. Textbook: BCN 4709C Construction Project Management Current

  2. Software: PROLOG. Available at the BCN computer lab

  3. Software: Onscreen Takeoff or equivalent / Prolog

  4. Sketchup or equivalent

  5. AIC Associate Constructor Study Guide Level 1 – Construction Fundamentals

Recommended Materials:
An optional, written reflection on a current book of your choice bmay be completed for up to 15 extra credit points applied to your final grade. Reflections should be a maximum of four pages, single spaced and should cover how your personality, values and approach to conflict compare to those of the authors. Additional options for extra credit of 15 pts include Rinker Promotion Video – Must be professional. Script and storyboard approved. Approved by undergrad director will be posted to Rinker Website. Max points 15 / total team members 3 or Emotional Intelligence or Strength Finder – 4 page/single spaced reflection Max 15 pts
Course Schedule:
A detailed course schedule, with a week-by-week topic list and due dates for readings, quizzes and assignments, is provided on the first day of class and announcements will be made on the e-Learning course website:
Evaluation of Grades:
Two, 2-hour lecture periods will be held each week. Text readings and graded e-Learning quizzes should be done before the lecture in which they are discussed. See the detailed course schedule for due dates. Students are responsible for the content of all reading materials, whether or not the material is covered in class. We will also discuss current issues and articles may be posted to the class website for review. During weekly lab sessions, graded in-class assignments will be given to reinforce topics from lecture and guest speakers may be invited to share their perspectives on the construction industry.


Individual Effort

Exam I (AIC Practice) 20%

Exam II (Midterms Assignments) 20%

Written Assignment (SLO 1) 2%

Project Delivery Assignment (SLO 12) 2%

Risk Assignment (SL013) 2%

QA/QC Assignment (SL015) 2%

Project Control Assignment (SL016) 2%

Multi-Disciplinary Assignment (SLO9) 2%

Technology Assignment (SLO10) 2%

Value Engineering/Lifecycle Assignment (CLO3) 2%

Ethics Assignment/Paper (SLO6) 4%

In-class and homework assignments 30%

Final Exam (Based on Team Effort Projects) 10%

Team Effort

Project Delivery Assignments (Sustainable/Technology/Field/Pre-con)

  • Analysis 10%

  • Presentation 10%

Total 100%

Grading Scale:

A 93-100

A- 90-92.9

B+ 87-89.9

B 83-86.9

B- 80-82.9

C+ 77-79.9

C 73-76.9

C- 70-72.9

D+ 67-69.9

D 63-66.9

D- 60-62.9

E less than 60

More information on grades and grading policies at UF is available at:

Class Attendance and Make-Up Policy:
Attendance is strongly encouraged. Late quizzes, in-class assignments and essays will be accepted with 50% reduction of potential points, no later than the start of the next scheduled class. Make-up tests must occur within three days of original exam date. Only one make-up exam is allowed per semester. Requirements for attendance, make-up exams, assignments and other work in this course are consistent with UF policies found at:

Students Requiring Accommodations:
Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565, by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible in the semester.

Course Evaluation:
Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at

Class Demeanor:
It is expected that everything submitted for a grade will be professional, with correct spelling and grammar. The goal is for all work to represent what you would submit to your immediate boss in a job scenario. For in-class assignments and quizzes: 10 points are awarded for going above what is asked, 8-9 points for meeting the minimum of what is expected, and 5-7 points for quality work that may not be correct in scope. When available, use software to produce your work.

No work will be accepted via an e-mail submission unless structured submittal via e-learning as an upload. Please try to communicate with me during office hours or before/after class periods. You are important to me as a student- I am simply overwhelmed with electronic communication. Please feel free to keep me in the loop with regard to your situation but I am limited to respond. I will respond to e-mails/texts at my discretion. You are responsible for addressing grades/omissions within one week of the grade being posted on e-learning. After one week the grade/input stands for the class regardless of cause or circumstance.

Cell phone use is not allowed during class time. Set your cell phones to vibrate or silent while in the classroom. Use of cell phones during an exam will result in failing the exam.
No work will be accepted via an e-mail submission. All assignments should be uploaded to the appropriate drop box on the course’s e-Learning website. Please try to communicate with me during office hours and before or after class periods. You are important to me as a student—I am simply overwhelmed with electronic communication and will respond to e-mails at my discretion.

University Honesty Policy:

UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” The Honor Code specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions ( Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.

Counseling and Wellness Center
Contact information for the Counseling and Wellness Center is available on the web at or by phone at (352) 392-1575; and the University Police Department: (352) 392-1111 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.

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