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The Development of an Integrated Residential Construction Management Course

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Innovative Course Developments in Construction

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25.1287.1 - 25.1287.12



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Scott Kelting California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Scott Kelting is an Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Department within the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Kelting earned a B.S. and a M.S. in industrial technology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include the areas of educational facilities, decision-making, housing, and education.

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Eric A. Holt Purdue University

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Eric A. Holt is a Graduate Instructor at Purdue University in the Building Construction Management Department. Holt earned a B.S. in building construction technology and spent 19 years in the residential construction industry. His career includes construction material sales and marketing, building inspection, customer home project management, and architectural design for homes and remodel projects. He earned a M.S. in technology from Purdue University, in construction management. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in construction management, focusing on experiential learning within construction education. He is a certified instructor for the National Association of Home Builders and teaches the Certified Green Professional (CGP), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Residential Construction Superintendent (RCS), and Universal Design Build courses.

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The Development of an Integrated Residential Construction Management CourseThis paper presents the recent changes to different delivery methods for a residential construction management course at a majoruniversity. The project-based course was delivered similarly to a capstone course by combining Residential Methods, Estimating,Scheduling, and Contracts into one class with one overall final project. The course introduced students to land acquisition, landdevelopment, construction services, operations, finance, marketing, and sales. Information about the course’s 14 different deliverymethods and the recent changes is provided in this paper. The recent changes are based on a survey that was conducted to obtain thestudents’ perspectives about the course delivery methods and combination of methods students preferred and found effective. Studentsalso provided insight on additional delivery methods they preferred and found effective from other courses that provided insight to therecent changes. The results of the student surveys are presented and discussed. Survey results led to two alternative delivery methodsthat have been recently adopted in the course. These methods are having students collaborate with industry to physically buildresidential assemblies outside the classroom in collaboration on full scale projects by applying knowledge learned in class, and newinteractive electronic reading. This information may assist educators with developing the appropriate mix of delivery methods.

Kelting, S., & Holt, E. A. (2012, June), The Development of an Integrated Residential Construction Management Course Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22044

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