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While modern construction relies heavily on technology, materials, and methods, the execution of design and the profession of Construction Engineering and Management is largely human-centric.
Construction Engineering and Construction Management graduates need to be equipped with the knowledge, analytical methods, technical skills, and human perspectives that will allow them to lead and manage themselves so that they can successfully lead and manage others as well as the various resources necessary to complete complex construction projects and schedules that meet or exceed contract, budget, and safety objectives on a consistent basis. The key to construction productivity is human factors.
This paper describes 20 years of honing the design and presentation of an undergraduate senior level college course designed to immerse students in the vital and useful features of a human factors approach to construction engineering and construction management. Experiential and contextual learning dimensions include stress management; burn-out avoidance; sleep and shiftwork effects on productivity, safety, and well-being; scheduled overtime impacts; workplace violence prevention; lean construction; Total Quality Management (TQM); scientific work measurement techniques; human productivity analysis; conflict mode/conflict management; aging and diverse workforce issues; construction ergonomics; motivation and reward systems; management and learning styles; integrated communications approaches; personality profile; ethics and courage; individual and group authenticity; and the various types of leadership and decision-making situations that occur in a fast-moving stream of calculated risk-taking in construction projects.
The culminating course objective is for each individual student to know themselves and others within the framework of each human factors dimension so that they can know, manage, and motivate others more effectively. The outcome is a more fully integrated young construction professional who is better prepared to plan, communicate, lead, motivate, develop, and leverage human relationships for stronger commitment, higher performance, and teamwork.
Kopocis-Herstein, K. R., & Stentz, T. L. (2020, June), A Course in the Human Factors Approach to Construction Engineering and Management Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--33992
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