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Arnold L. Holm
CM 421
Seattle Campus

Project Management I

Introduction to the organization, management, and administrative functions on construction projects including a hands-on and extensive case study of a commercial construction project, cost control, and introduction to the concepts of Value Engineering, partnering, and Total Quality Management. Prerequisite: CM 410; CM 411. Offered: W.

Class description

Introduction to the organization, management, and administrative functions on construction projects including a hands-on and extensive case study of a commercial construction project, cost control, and introduction to the concepts of Value Engineering, Partnering, and Total Quality Management.

Student learning goals

Proficiency in: Cost, Schedule, Document, and Quality Control Procedures Construction Procurement Methods Roles and Organization of the Construction Team Financial Management, including Change Orders and Pay Requests

Competency in: Pre-Project Planning and Startup Construction Contract Administration RFI and Submittal Management Project Close-out

Awareness of: Current Electronic Project Management Methods

General method of instruction

CM 421 is a participative “lecture” in that the basis for the course is a short lecture to be lead by instructor, student participation in class discussions, in-class exercises, and outside research and homework. Considerable outside course time will be necessary to develop two team projects; a project startup plan and a mid-project status report.

Recommended preparation

The prerequisites of this course include but are not limited to CM 410 and CM 411. CM 421 is a required senior-level course in the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Program.

Class assignments and grading

There are two lengthy written team assignments and two examinations in this course. Refer to the schedule included in the syllabus for dates of deliverables. Exams will be closed-book, closed-notes, and closed-neighbors. Cell-phones will be turned off during tests (as in all classes) and cannot be used as calculators. Laptops cannot be utilized during class times.

The grading scale used throughout the Department of Construction Management and will be used to determine the final overall course grade and is available on the syllabus.


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 Arnold L. Holm
Date: 11/02/2011