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Project based capstone course in an undergraduate construction management program using BlackboardAbstract: The undergraduate Construction Management program at Western Carolina Universityis 124 credit hours in duration and is accredited by the American Council for ConstructionEducation (ACCE). The program currently has 140 students enrolled as majors and emphasizesestimating and scheduling skills. The program includes a construction capstone project whichstudents complete in their last semester. The capstone course serves many purposes for the Construction Management program and students. The course is a simulation of a general contracting construction company project from obtaining work through the estimating, bidding, scheduling, and cash flow projections using plans and specifications provided by an Advisory Committee company. The learning objectives are to: 1. Develop managerial and ethical skills as they relate to an actual project. 2. Prepare complete detailed estimate and specification analysis. 3. Prepare complete detailed construction schedule. 4. Prepare construction contracts, project manuals and project administration documentation. 5. Develop work package and project start-up procedures. 6. Understand and utilize construction resources & databases. 7. Prepare and deliver a professional presentation. 8. Provide an independent assessment of individual skills and knowledge.A project binder is completed by each student during the last week of the semester whichprovides a summary of their work for grading.In addition to the educational objectives of the course, there are other, non-curriculumgoals. All Advisory Committee members are invited to the final group presentations.Advisory companies are interested in recruiting the best students. The presentationsprovide an opportunity for these companies to scout the graduating class for potential hires.In turn, students often obtain jobs, a win for both parties. All Capstone students are alsorequired to sit for the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) level 1 exam providing abenchmark for program assessment. Lastly, all Capstone students are provided exitinterview forms which provide additional program assessment data plus potential alumniinformation.This paper discusses the evolution of the Capstone course at Western Carolina University,the positive contributions to the program and positive experiences of students, and lessonslearned from past offerings.
Ford, G. D., & Ball, A. K., & Tae, S., & Smith, M. E. (2015, June), Project-Based Capstone Course in an Undergraduate Construction Management Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24601
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