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Mark R Shelton
CM 411
Seattle Campus

Project Planning and Control

Introduction to the basic principles, techniques, and practices used as tools by contractors to plan, schedule, and control costs on building construction projects. Prerequisite: CM 331. Offered: A.

Class description

Project Planning and Control will introduce the students to the basic principles, practices and techniques of planning, scheduling and controlling construction projects through the development of construction schedules and related project control systems. The course will teach the necessary skills to hand draft schedules, understanding the basic principles and computations of the various schedule parameters. Lecture and group discussions will be combined with practice assignments, quizzes, and homework leading to a hand-developed construction schedule for a commercial facility which is intended to provide a thorough understanding of project planning and control.

Student learning goals

Students will understand importance of thorough planning and good scheduling practices in the success of a construction project.

Students should be able to work with a project team to develop a Work Breakdown Structure and understand it uses.

Students will learn how to identify and quantify and catagorize schedule activities. Understand summary and detail activities.

Students will learn the calculation methodology of the Critical Path Method. Students will learn to calculate Early Dates, Late Dates, and Total Float.

Students will be able to differentiate the types of schedule logic, and will learn how to apply it. Students should be able to understand the use of constraints, their effect on schedule calculations, and the implications their use.

Students will cover schedule management techniques, such as Time Impact Analysis, Baseline Schedules, Schedule Updates, and Reviews.

General method of instruction

Classroom lecture with in-class discussion and exercises.

Recommended preparation

CM 331 as listed in the Certificate Program.

Class assignments and grading

Homework will consist of assignments in conjunction with the lectures and are designed to help students develop their final projects.

Students will have 6 homework assignments, 4 quizzes, 1 final project. Attendence also counts toward the student's grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mark R Shelton
Date: 12/10/2009