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Construction Management


This program prepares students for a variety of careers in the construction industry and related fields, such as estimators, project managers and schedulers, surveyors, specifiers, quality control supervisors, materials testers, construction materials and equipment salespersons, owners’ representatives and site inspectors. Individuals interested in developing small independent construction contracting businesses will also find this program useful toward achieving that goal. Although designed for career preparation, it also can serve students interested in continuing their studies leading to a bachelor’s degree. Courses within this program utilize the latest industry-standard computer software for project scheduling, construction cost estimating, and contract and specification writing.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Interpret and produce property surveys.
  • Interpret and produce structural drawings and details.
  • Plan building renovation projects.
  • Organize and run an independent construction business.
  • Interpret architectural and construction drawings and documents, demonstrating knowledge of various building materials and methods and related building technologies.
  • Utilize computer systems for project planning and management and to produce estimates of probable construction cost, including analysis of costs and benefits.
  • Investigate and resolve problems in construction planning, scheduling and management.
  • Provide leadership in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are normally required to take the College’s placement tests at the time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses in addition to the requirements of their program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.A.S. degree in Construction Management, a student must complete a minimum of 63 credits as prescribed and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average).

Construction Management Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ADC 101 - Introduction to Design & Construction   3 Tech Comp
ADC 103 - CAD Basics   3 Tech Comp
ADC 136 - Construction Safety and Building Codes   3  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
MATH 137 Geometry for Design (or higher MATH1)   3 Math

Second Semester

ADC 112 - Construction Materials & Detailing: Principles ADC 103 or ADC 109 3  
ADC 146 - Construction Supervision & Business Practices ADC 101 3  
ADC 186 - Surveying ADC 101 3  
ADC 286 - Building Rehabilitation and Energy Retrofit ADC 101 3  
ENG 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 ENGL 102 & Info Lit

Third Semester

ADC 163 - Digital Documentation in Architecture & Construction ADC 103 3  
ADC 226 - Structures I ADC 101 & MATH 118 or higher 3  
ADC 236 - Construction Cost Estimating I ADC 101 3  
ADC 246 - Contracts and Specifications ADC 101 3  
Social Science Elective1   3 Social Sciences
Humanities Elective1   3 Humanities

Fourth Semester

ADC 212 - Construction Materials & Detailing: Methods ADC 103 or ADC 109 3  
ADC 227 - Structures II ADC 226 3  
ADC 237 - Construction Cost Estimating II - Computer Methods & Cost/Benefit Analysis ADC 236 3  
ADC 261 - Construction Management and Scheduling ADC 246 3  
Science Elective   3 or 4 Natural Science

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 63

1 Students intending to transfer to baccalaureate programs in Construction Management are advised to consult that institution’s requirements in Mathematics, Social Sciences and Humanities.

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies and American/Global Diversity requirements. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill all three requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements to help in your selection.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.