Project and Construction Management

The study of project management spans all phases of the project life cycle, from preliminary feasibility analysis and concept development through to commissioning of the project. The study of construction management focuses on the construction or execution phase. Both of these disciplines contain interrelated processes that can be modeled and sometimes optimized. The challenge lies in recognizing and balancing their human and technical dimensions. Meeting this challenge requires a good understanding of the qualitative and quantitative principles of management, economics, computer science and engineering as applied to the domain of engineering projects. The development of this understanding constitutes the focus of the graduate program in project and construction management. The program builds on a core of courses within Civil Engineering that can be augmented with others from the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration and the Department of Computer Science as well as with cognate courses selected from the entire graduate program within Civil Engineering.

Programs Offered: MEng, MASc, PhD

Total Credit Requirements:

credits
MEng: Core courses requirement: 19
Elective courses (minimum): 11
Total (minimum): 30
MASc: Core courses requirement: 13
Elective courses (minimum): 5
MASc thesis: 12
Total (minimum): 30
PhD1: Core courses requirement: 1
Elective courses (minimum): 29
PhD thesis: 0
Total (minimum): 30

1Note: for the PhD degree, credits shown are for all coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree level; up to 18 credits of coursework exemptions may be approved for courses taken through a Master's degree.

General Coursework Requirements

Coursework requirements fall into two categories:

  • Core course requirements are specific courses or combinations of courses that must be taken in the manner specified.
  • Elective course requirements. The remaining course credit requirements may be met by selecting courses from a list of Approved Elective Courses, from additional courses contributing to the core course requirement, or by securing Specialty Advisor / Supervisor approval for other courses.

Please see the MEng / MASc / PhD requirements pages as appropriate for the associated coursework regulations. These include the need for the Coursework Plan to be approved by the Research Supervisor or Specialty Advisor prior to registering in courses, specific registration / attendance requirements re. CIVL 597, requirements for the approval of transfer credits for the MEng or MASc programs or of credit exemptions for the PhD program.

Specialization Course Requirements (MEng, MASc and PhD programs)

Core course requirements

MEng: All seven courses CIVL 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 526 and 597-005 as listed below.

MASc: All five courses CIVL 520, 523, 524, 526 and 597-005 as listed below.

PhD: CIVL 597-005 as listed below.

Elective course requirements

Electives may be taken from the List of Approved Electives below, or other electives may be taken with approval of the Specialty Advisor / Supervisor.


 

Core Courses - MEng

Credits 

Term

CIVL 520

Construction Planning and Control

3

1

CIVL 521

Construction Methods And Performance

3

2

CIVL 522

Project and Construction Economics

3

2

CIVL 523

Project Management for Engineers

3

2

CIVL 524

Legal Aspects of Project and Construction Mgmt

3

1

CIVL 526

Virtual Design and Construction

3

2

CIVL 597-005

Graduate Seminar (Construction Management)

1

1 & 2

 

Total core-course credits, MEng:

19

 

Core Courses - MASc

Credits 

Term

CIVL 520

Construction Planning and Control

3

1

CIVL 523

Project Management for Engineers

3

2

CIVL 524

Legal Aspects of Project and Construction Mgmt

3

1

CIVL 526

Virtual Design and Construction

3

2

CIVL 597-005

Graduate Seminar (Construction Management)

1

1 & 2

 

Total core-course credits, MASc:

13

 

Core Courses - PhD

Credits 

Term

CIVL 597-005

Graduate Seminar (Construction Management)

1

1 & 2

 

Total core-course credits, PhD:

1

 

Approved Elective Courses

Credits 

Term

CIVL 598E

Risk and Decision-Making (recommended)

3

1

CIVL 5XX

All other Civil Engineering 500-level courses

 

URSY 540

Urban Systems Project Delivery and Economics

         

Approved Undergraduate Electives:

 

 

COMM 398

Introduction to Business Processes and Operations

3

1 or 2

COMM 457

Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

3

1

COMM 458

Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting

3

2

COMM 465

Marketing Management

3

1 or 2

COMM 473

Business Finance

3

1 or 2