BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

Mission Statement

To educate and develop construction professionals through rigorous, relevant, accredited degree programs offered by faculty devoted to teaching, scholarly activities, services and community involvement. Values 1. We believe that excellence in teaching, research, community service projects, and an active working relationship with our industry is essential to the development of successful construction professionals. 2. We believe that cultural awareness and a global perspective, achieved through study abroad is critical to the complete education of construction professionals. 3. We believe that effective construction education: a. Requires interaction between faculty, students, and industry inside and outside the classroom. b. Provides opportunities for transformational learning activities, such as internships, service learning, and robust engagement with our industry. c. Emphasizes career development and placement opportunities.

Student Learning Outcomes

UNF Building Construction graduates will be able to:
  Communication Skills
  • 1. Communicate effectively and conduct oral presentations. 2. Write succinctly and generate professional reports. 3. Use discipline oriented software to communicate with subcontractors, vendors and other entities.
      Content Discipline Knowledge/Skills
  • 1. Be computer literate and internet-capable. 2. Understand and solve construction problems. 3. Know and uphold ethical standards of the field. 4. Have the ability to work and communicate with all types of people. 5. Be prepared for succesful entry into the construction industry. 6. Have the ability to lead in the construction industry and in the community. 7. Have the ability to make sound economic decisions.
      Critical Thinking Skills
  • 1. Demonstrate the ability to think and reason logically.

    Assessment Approaches

    As part of the continuous assessment and improvement program, the Educational Outcomes are periodically assessed by different communities such as employers and alumni. For example, the Employers of the CM student Interns evaluate the job performance of the students per the Educational Outcomes. In addition to self assessment instruments, BCM students are strongly encouraged to take various professional exams such as the Florida General Contractor?s exam and the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Constructor Qualification Examination (CPC) exam. The permanent BCM faculty, Drs. Malek, Lim, Jackson, Dryden and Dubbelde (as well as visiting instructor Mr. Sorce) have all attended the ACCE Visitor Team training sessions. This training provides a basis of understanding of the requirements to have a premiere construction academic program. A multiplicity of formal and informal methods and techniques are employed to generate feedback and recommendations on the UNF BCM academic program. The methods and techniques used in the BCM Academic Quality Assessment are shown listed below. Instructional Satisfaction Questionnaire A formal student assessment is conducted of the instructor and the course each semester for every course. Graduating Senior Survey Feedback is solicited from graduating seniors each semester on various aspects of the academic program such as advising, curriculum, student clubs and facilities. Industry Survey Professional members of the regional construction companies are solicited for their feedback and views on the academic program. This is typically done twice per year. The course surveys and the views of industry and the graduating seniors are key inputs to the CM continuous assessment and improvement process. Internship Evaluations Each student must participate in an Internship as part of his/her academic program. The employer is asked to evaluate the student?s job performance. The evaluation parameters include the Expected Educational Outcomes for the CM program. In a sense, the Department has a direct measure by industry on how well trained the students are in terms of the academic program?s desired Expected Educational Outcomes. Informal Industry Feedback ? Dean?s Industrial Advisory Committee The Dean has implemented an Industry Leadership Council for the college. Members of this committee include a number of senior executives from the regional construction companies. Feedback from the Dean is shared with the CM faculty.

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