International Construction Management — Introduction

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University of Florida graduate education made accessible for construction professionals

Tremendous growth in the international construction market, has created opportunities for companies to engage in business across the international dateline. Under recently concluded World Trade Organization and Washington Accord treaties, construction industry professionals can practice their profession outside their country of citizenship for the first time ever. These agreements present corporations and individuals with ever-expanding national and international construction opportunities, but managers need to understand how the construction industry operates on a global basis.

The online Master of International Construction Management degree is designed for working professionals in the construction or related industry that would like to attain high level, executive positions within the international construction industry. This program is offered completely online so students will not have to sacrifice their commitments to their family and their career while advancing their education with a Master's degree.

The University of Florida can help with its new Master of International Construction Management (MICM), an advanced degree program that fits your schedule and your needs. Using the newest technology that eliminates the need to attend any structured classes, this degree will prepare the graduate for positions of increased responsibility by providing a set of skills that will make each graduate a more valuable asset to their employer. This program is intended for the future leaders in the construction industry, people who are making vital decisions about the business of construction. Valued people who possess talents that a company can ill afford to lose if they were away pursuing an advanced degree. The University of Florida's Master of International Construction Management program can be electronically delivered at the student's location.

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction

The Rinker School combines the skills, diverse experiences and talents of its faculty members with an innovative educational curriculum to produce effective solutions for problems faced today by the construction industry. The Rinker School maintains a dedication to construction science and management and is committed to excellence in education and research.

Established in 1935, it is the oldest school of construction in the US. In 1976, the Rinker School was one of the first programs to receive accreditation from the American Council for Construction Education, and has been recognized as an outstanding program by the Associated General Contractors Education and Research Foundation. Twenty-three (23) faculty members, each with at least five years of industry experience, provide knowledge and guidance to over 300 undergraduate and graduate students.

Future Needs That Influenced Establishing the MICM Program:

The MICM is designed to allow students with a computer and Internet access to "attend" classes "any time, any place, anywhere," and interact with faculty and classmates via e-mail, CD-ROM, streaming video, synchronous group discussions, asynchronous class presentations, and multimedia courseware.

The program incorporates leading-edge interactive technology and proctored course final exams twice a year. In addition to their master's research thesis/project, MICM students are required to pass a comprehensive oral and/or written examination at the completion of the course work.

The objectives of the MICM program include:

Learning how to perform research that directly contributes to the body of knowledge in the profession and that enhances construction company performance.

Attaining a terminal degree for professionals who aspire to attain high level, executive management positions in international construction management.

List of ICM Courses

ICM 6420 Commercial Management and Cost Control

Budgeting and estimating, and principles of cost analysis for international projects.

ICM 6440 Construction Value Management

Classical value management/value engineering principles; practical applications for designers, contractors, suppliers, and other construction functions. Students conduct full-scale VM/VE studies of recent international projects.

ICM 6680 Principles of International Sustainable Construction

Techniques for creating good indoor and outdoor environments, renewable resources, conservation, low environmental impact methods, life cycle assessments.

ICM 6682 Construction Ecology and Metabolism

Application of ecological theory and developments in industrial ecology to ecological design in built environment.

ICM 6684 High Performance Green Building

BCN 6585 or ICM 6680, or consent of instructor. Overview of emerging delivery systems for high-performance green buildings and the basis on which their sustainability can be evaluated. LEED criteria are discussed in detail.

ICM 6710 Construction Human Resource Management

Theories of human behavior and influence and leadership, organization, environment, motivation, and culture.

ICM 6750 Managing Construction Information Technology

Applications of computer and information systems in international construction industry. How information technology develops and how it dramatically affects structure, process, and performance of projects.

ICM 6761 Advanced Planning, Scheduling and Logistics

Overall schedule, including overall durations and phasing and review points, principles of logistics planning, and practicalities of detailed network scheduling.

ICM 6762 Construction Risk Management

Overview of what is meant by risk and uncertainty and influences in international construction industry.

ICM 6770 Advanced International Project Safety Management

International, governmental, and construction industry requirements of safety and loss control regulations. Project responsibilities.

ICM 6905 Directed Independent Study

ICM 6910 Supervised Research

ICM 6930 International Construction Communication and Research

Research proposal development process and statistical, computational, visual, and presentational tools available to researcher.

ICM 6934 Masters Report

It is required that applicants for admission have the following:an undergraduate degreeat least 5 years meaningful, supervisory and management related experiencecumulative verbal and quantitative acceptable GRE scoresa grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (preferred) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Financial aid for graduate students is available from a number of sources at the University of Florida.

Many departments and colleges within UF offer scholarships, assistantships and fellowships to qualified students pursuing master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. Contact your specific graduate program to find out what financial aid opportunities are available at the department and college level, and what is required to qualify for them.

The UF Graduate Fellowship Initiative combines legislative funding and private donations to create competitive financial aid packages for Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Fine Arts students. To read more about Alumni Graduate Fellowships, Graduate School Fellowships, Presidential Fellowships and fellowships offered by individual colleges within UF, visit its website by clicking here: UF Graduate Fellowship Initiative.

The UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs offers different forms of financial aid, such as scholarships and internships, for graduate students from minority and underrepresented backgrounds, such as first-generation college students and students in non-traditional majors.

The UF Honors Program offers a number of fellowships, grants and scholarships for studying here at UF or abroad. For more information, visit its website by clicking here: UF Honors Program

The UF Graduate Student Council offers grants for graduate student research and travel. For more information, visit its website by clicking here: UF Graduate Student Council.

The UF Libraries Data Sources for Funding Webpage lists links to a number of sources for grants and other funding. To access this resource, click here: UF Libraries Data Sources for Funding Webpage.

The online UF Graduate School Financial Aid Bulletin Board provides you with links to organizations outside UF that offer fellowships, grants and scholarships to graduate students. Visit this webpage by clicking here: Financial Aid Bulletin Board Board.

UF Student Financial Affairs oversees and coordinates all financial aid operations at UF. Its website has a wealth of online material about loans, grants, scholarships, student employment and other forms of financial aid from university, government and outside sources, as well who is eligible for them and how to apply for them. Check out its webpage on graduate financial aid available from departmental, college and university-wide sources on the UF campus by clicking here: Graduate Financial Aid Webpage.

Accreditation

Established in 1935, it is the oldest school of construction in the US. In 1976, the Rinker School was one of the first programs to receive accreditation from the American Council for Construction Education, and has been recognized as an outstanding program by the Associated General Contractors Education and Research Foundation. Twenty-three (23) faculty members, each with at least five years of industry experience, provide knowledge and guidance to over 300 undergraduate and graduate students.

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