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Course Descriptions

MCSM Major Courses

CSM 8520 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
Research methodology applied to the construction industry. The course objective is to learn the basic skills and knowledge associated with formal business research.

CSM 8600 FINANCIAL PLANNING & ANALYSIS
Theory of financial management as it relates to the financial challenges faced by construction firms. This course illustrates the special nature of the structure, management, and control of the construction firm.

CSM 8610 CONSTRUCTION CONTROL SYSTEMS
The development and analysis of cost, resource, and quality control programs for a company's construction projects. The objective is to examine the responsibilities of the project management team in both the traditional and construction management systems for delivery of the typical medium-to-large commercial/industrial building project. The case study method is augmented by lectures presented by a number of professional constructors.
 Prerequisite: Estimating, scheduling, and project management fundamentals.

CSM 8620 PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT & NEGOTIATIONS
The role of management and unions in the construction industry. Topics include contract negotiation, collective bargaining, dispute resolution, and management for productivity improvement. The need to improve productivity in the construction industry is well documented, and effective personnel management is the most important factor in improving productivity. The course examines the whole field of personnel management in construction and the ways in which it can be made more effective. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CSM 8630 ADVANCED PLANNING AND SCHEDULING
Analysis and control of construction projects using advanced techniques for planning, scheduling, and resource control. This course helps students develop advanced skills in scheduling building construction projects. 
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CSM 8640 BUSINESS STRATEGY AND MARKETING
Advanced techniques for business strategy and marketing of construction management, design-build, or single-contract project delivery services and companies. The course helps students develop skills in cost analysis and the marketing of construction project delivery beyond the basic level usually associated with undergraduate courses in estimating and quantity survey. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CSM 8650 PROJECT MANAGEMENT 

Theory of project management and control with special emphasis on the role and responsibilities of the resident project representative and the project manager. Students will develop an understanding and professional competence regarding the authority and responsibility of the resident project representative in the effective administration of the building construction project. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CSM 8890 SPECIAL PROBLEMS

Special research design problem on a construction-related topic. This is an independent study with no formal classroom instruction. Each student has his or her own research advisor. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Develop a research-based proposal on an approved construction-related topic; 2. Demonstrate mastery of formal research methodology and terminology through conducting a project on an approved construction-related topic; 3. Prepare and present a formal research report both orally and in APA formatted writing; 
and 4. Prepare a paper for presentation to an approved research reviewed journal.
 Prerequisite: CSM 8520 or consent of department chair.

CSM 8910 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH
With the approval of his or her advisory committee, the student conducts independent research and analysis. The thesis is presented orally and in writing in strict compliance with the guidelines of Clemson's Graduate School. Research and analysis of a specific approved subject relating to construction management such as "The Selection of the Most Effective Manner of Managing the Construction of High-Rise Construction" is required.

Other MCSM Major Elective Courses (Not Part of Core Requirements)

CSM 6550 REDUCING ADVERSARIAL RELATIONS IN CONSTRUCTION
This course focuses on the study of the delivery of projects and how adversarial relations can affect the successful completion of the venture. Topics include the management of human resources, understanding the needs and processes of the participants, where potential problems lie, and methods of avoiding and settling disputes. The objective of this course is to prepare students from both disciplines to work together as a professional team. Prerequisite: Construction science and management or architecture major, or approval of instructor.

CSM 8670 GREEN BUILDING DELIVERY

Explores the change in thinking and practice of delivering projects as a result of green building. The essential components of sustainable building are defined and common practices of green building are explored. Green rating systems are taught with a focus on the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) label. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CSM 8680 EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Explores the different emerging technologies that are currently part of the industries related to the built environment and analyzing business processes to determine feasible technology reforms that can help improve a company’s workflow.Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

CSM 8810 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR 

Detailed study of new and emerging methods for managing the construction or construction-related firm. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Present his or her findings from studying one or more methods of managing a construction firm; 2. Professionally review and constructively evaluate the presentations of others on managing construction firms; and 3. Evaluate and compare the various methods of managing a construction firm presented in actual case studies.
 Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CSM 8900 DIRECTED STUDIES 

Comprehensive studies and research of special topics not covered in other courses. Emphasis is on field studies, research activities and current developments in building science. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to: 1. Explain the research methodology used to study the specialized topics; 2. Describe the proposal for the topic(s) to be studied and the findings of their research; and 3. Present and discuss the area of study and their conclusions.

Please refer to our Directed Studies page for more information.

Other Non-MCSM Major Elective Courses

Any 6000- or 8000-level, department-approved graduate course will be acceptable additions to the program coursework.