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Development and Implementation of an Industry Sponsored Construction Management Capstone Course

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Capstone Courses in Construction

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25.445.1 - 25.445.12



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Vivek Sharma Texas State University, San Marcos


Vedaraman Sriraman Texas State University, San Marcos

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Vedaraman Sriraman is Foundry Educational Foundation Key Professor and Interim Director of the Concrete Industry Management program at Texas State University. His research interests are in engineering education, sustainability, and applied statistics. In the past, he has received several grants from the NSF and SME-EF. He has also received teaching awards at Texas State.

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Development and Implementation of an Industry Sponsored Construction Management Capstone CourseThe capstone course described in this paper was developed as joint venture between theconstruction industry and faculty from the Construction Science and Management program atXXX State University. The purpose of the course was to have industry present a realconstruction project to teams of senior construction students, who would then develop theappropriate construction documents for critical review by a panel of construction practitioners.The course entails the development of a business entity commensurate with the scale of theindustry sponsored project. An unique aspect of this approach is role-playing the elements ofcommunication within the business entity so as to foster strong leadership skills. This in turn,facilitates the team’s business proposal. Additionally, this business entity will focus ondeveloping staffing requirements followed by site analysis, site planning, estimating, proposal,and detailed scheduling in an effort to prepare a response to a Request for Proposal (RFP). Thecourse is divided into two halves; the first part features industry sponsored lectures, case studiesand interviews that provide students the critical material necessary to solve the problem. Thesecond part comprises the actual application of knowledge gained from prior course work andthe earlier part of this course toward the solution of the industrial problem by teams of students.Some of the key learning objectives of this course include: providing the students the opportunityto work on real world, open ended construction projects, and providing students opportunities forhoning in their leadership and communication skills. Involvement of individual projectstakeholders in the industry sponsored lecture section will augment the understanding of thestakeholder relationship dynamics resulting in improved communication between differentparties. 1

Sharma, V., & Sriraman, V. (2012, June), Development and Implementation of an Industry Sponsored Construction Management Capstone Course Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21203

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