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Arnold L. Holm
CM 431
Seattle Campus

Project Management II

Capstone project using case studies to apply skills, knowledge, techniques, and concepts developed in prior courses. Emphasis on the concept of integrated project management, including cost estimating and bidding, scheduling, cost control, safety, project organization, and documentation. Prerequisite: CM 421. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course will enable the student to better understand the role of the general contractor/ construction manager by analyzing all of the construction aspects of a building project. Students are required to develop estimates and schedules, establish the layout and infrastructure of the site, and develop systems to manage and control the project. The capstone class relies on lessons learned in all of the CM cores classes and internship experiences.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Since the purpose of the Capstone Course is to "test" what the students should have already learned, very little "instruction" will be provided during this quarter. The instructor will assist the students in their projects, but re-teaching is not expected. Tuesday classes will be based partly on review of relevant material in both group and individual settings. Students will schedule outside meetings with their instructor, as a Project Manager would with his or her Senior Management Staff. Thursday classes are formatted with guest “consultants” coming in to meet with students on a scheduled individual basis to help them with critical areas of their projects. Consultant sessions are not mandatory but highly recommended.

Recommended preparation

Students must have successfully completed all of the upper-division CM courses including Estimating II, Scheduling, Safety, Project Management I, Soils Engineering, Temporary Structures, Law, Labor Law, etc. as well as all of the lower-division CM courses and applied internship in order to be successful in this course.

Class assignments and grading

Students are required to select a medium sized project (over $3 million, but not more than $10 million) that has not been studied by a previous CM 431 student. Preferably the project would not have been built. See Submission 1 in the Capstone Manual for additional project selection guidance. Once the project is selected and approved by the faculty, students complete each of the project submissions outlined in the manual. Finally students submit a proposal that represents their best effort to win the job in a real-life competitive scenario. At the end of the quarter, an oral presentation will be made to an industry jury composed of many present and future employers of CM graduates as well as CM alumni.

Students are expected to do their own work. Estimates, schedules, etc. from other students, contractors, architects, or owners are not acceptable for any portion of this project. Late submissions will be reduced by 25% per calendar day late and may not receive any feedback. Point distribution between the 7 interim project submissions, final submission, and presentation are included in the Manual. Grades will be assigned according to the CM Department grading scale.


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: 03/28/2011