Ontario College Graduate Certificate
2 Years; 60 weeks

Construction Project Management (Co-op)

Overview

Construction Project Management is a two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program. The program begins with curriculum that will provide international students with the Canadian context necessary for their academic and employment success. In subsequent semesters, students will learn the knowledge and skills required to advance in the construction industry to a management position. Courses focus on theories and practices of modern construction management in residential, industrial, commercial and institutional construction projects.

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Program Highlights

Graduates of the Construction Project Management program plan, manage, and supervise a broad range of construction projects within the residential, industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) and civil infrastructure sectors of the construction industry.

As members of the multidisciplinary team, graduates establish and manage relationships among a broad range of project stakeholders and facilitate the identification of construction project scope, feasibility and goals. Graduates build, direct and lead construction project teams in the accomplishment of construction project goals, in accordance with project plans, workplace health and safety practices, sustainability practices and all applicable laws, codes, industry standards and ethical practices.

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Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Using a sociological lens, this course introduces students to the Canadian social landscape and key societal topics. Students will learn about Canada’s history and the experiences of various ethnic, linguistic, and racial groups within the nation. Through understanding the myriad dynamics of culture, socialization, and oppression, students will gain critical insight and holistic understanding of Canadian contemporary society. Topics relevant to race, gender, class, and immigration will be examined in the context of increased equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives within Canadian institutions.

What are the factors that have influenced Canada’s ever-evolving immigration and citizenship policies and how do these factors influence us today? These are the two major questions that we will address in this course. In answering these questions, we will look at why immigration was central to Canada’s nation-building, why there was backlash to immigration, and why World War II was a catalyst for change in Canadian immigration policies. Through understanding the past, we will learn about today’s understandings of culture, society, politics, civic responsibility, and belonging in relation to Canadian citizenship and immigration.

This course will introduce post-graduate level international students to communication within the Canadian workplace. Topics to be covered will include verbal, non-verbal and written communications, with a focus on cultural differences. In this course, students will learn how to create basic workplace messages (including social media), engage in workplace conversations, organize workplace meetings, and deliver informal presentations. Instruction will emphasize the importance of tone, audience, purpose, body language, word choice, and grammar in the Canadian context. Through group work, students will develop interpersonal strategies for common face-to-face workplace interactions. By the end of the course, students will be able to confidently engage in basic communication with co-workers, clients and customers in the Canadian workplace.

This course will teach post-graduate level students that are new to the Canadian workplace the fundamentals of job searching practices, the various processes related to applying to jobs, interview techniques and employer expectations when interviewing. It will also examine workplace culture and on-the-job expectations in order to be successful in Canada. Students will become familiar with their rights and employment standards in Canada, and specifically in Ontario. Students will be able to create targeted resumes for various levels of employment in Canada. Students will also be introduced to the importance and value of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as it relates to workplace organizations. By the end of the course, students will have the necessary tool kit, including essential entry-level marketing documents and various resources to be successful, to begin their career journey in Canada.

This course will prepare graduate-level international students for the learning environment in Canadian post-secondary institutions. Topics to be covered will include academic integrity, research methods and online learning. Students will learn to apply research, information evaluation and citation skills in addition to learning critical Academic Integrity principles. Students will also be exposed to common teaching and learning methods used in graduate certificate programs, including case-based learning, problem-based learning and experiential learning, and investigate relevant study skills and College resources that will support their learning and development Students will work individually and in groups, both in F2F and online learning environments, and will have ample opportunity for skill development that will support their success in future coursework.

Canada’s governments and political systems are faced with the challenge of governing a diverse population who inhabit the second-largest nation in the world. Understanding those systems is key to living, learning and working in Canada. Students taking this course will learn the history and current status of Canadian political systems and leaders – from the foundations of the nation at Confederation to the policies and issues behind current government decisions. Students will understand the rights of citizens, the laws of the nation, the political parties that seek to govern us, our three levels of government, and how to engage with those levels for specific issues or needs. Throughout the course, students will learn how to find reliable Canadian media sources to develop the skills needed to critically analyse current issues and consider ways in which the political system could be improved – in part, by considering the policies and practices of other nations.

This course provides an overview of health and safety regulations and practices in the Canadian workplace. It is designed to help individuals understand the legal requirements and best practices for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. The course will cover various topics, including WHMIS, workplace hazards, injury prevention, emergency response procedures, and the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. Students will learn how to identify and assess workplace hazards, and develop strategies to control and prevent them. They will also learn about the importance of effective communication, training, and monitoring to ensure that health and safety standards are met. The course will explore the role of workplace health and safety committees, as well as the legal framework and regulations governing workplace health and safety in Canada. By the end of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of health and safety practices in the Canadian workplace. They will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to identify, assess, and control workplace hazards, and to promote a safe and healthy work environment.

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Foremost among the challenges faced by project managers and members of the construction industry is ensuring that the project is Built to Code. Knowledge of the 2012 Ontario Building Code Compendium Volume 1 & 2 as it applies to Construction Practices in Canada. In this course, students work through the Ontario Building Code with varying levels of detail that are both reasonable and achievable.

Through discussions, lectures, videos, and hands-on training, students will increase their knowledge of legislative codes and other regulatory requirements that govern safety on construction sites. Students will learn essential skills and knowledge required for a project manager to minimize lost person hours and maximize efficiency, by evaluating and ensuring a safe working environment.

Foremost among the challenges faced by project managers is ensuring the financial viability of a project. Feasibility, concept, design, risks and tender estimates will be discussed as to their importance during the estimating process. The course will conclude with the development of the project bid, as well as the understanding of lean management concepts and risks and their impact on estimating. Unreasonable estimates reduce the chances of success and increase stress levels. In this course, students work through the bid process and prepare estimates with varying levels of detail that are both reasonable and achievable.

In order to keep projects on track, stakeholders involved and aware of their roles and responsibilities, project managers need solid communication skills and to develop and manage documentations. Through a variety of exercises and simulations, students hone their communication skills and prepare both project-related and construction-related documents. Students also use and explore technological tools that enhance and facilitate communication

Project management, especially in the construction industry involves a lot of contractual agreements. It is very important for project managers and professionals to have a firm grounding in Contract Law. Drawing on a variety of construction law resources, study cases, guest speakers and examining contract documents from a variety of projects for several municipalities, students develop a firm grounding in those elements of Canadian Law and the various types of CCDC documents produced by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee.

In this course, students investigate and consolidate the principles, knowledge and theories that lead to best practices in project management. Using case studies and simulations, students generate the relevant documentation and tools that lay the groundwork for successful projects.

This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students’ roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

In this course, students analyse the connections between construction and the environment. Case studies and research projects require students to trace the full scope of environmental concerns connected with the construction industry. Using applicable legislation and guidelines as support, students review environmental management plans.

The role of the project manager with respect to the onsite control of projects will be the courses primary focus. To manage a construction project effectively, project managers need to maintain control of the job site. Students will become familiar with jobsite layout, management, and coordination of tools, equipment, materials, labour and sub-contractors. Students will also develop strategies to direct the materials equipment and labour that move on and off the job site.

Managing a construction project requires that all elements for a project phase are in the right place at the right time. Students learn to use project management tools to coordinate the planning and scheduling of project tasks. Students develop project plans and implement strategies for improving existing working plans.

Beyond the tangible resources of equipment, materials, and labour, project managers must work to preserve the financial margins that ensure the project’s viability. Students explore the fundamentals of accounting and accounting functions with a view to maintaining accurate financial records for a project. Hands on computer lab exercises and activities stress the cost control and oversight responsibilities of managers.

This course provides the student with an overview of the issues, functions and responsibilities to manage people. An emphasis is placed on recruitment and selection, orientation and training, career development, occupational health and safety, employee and union relations and HRs role in ensuring compliance with employment legislation in Canada.

Students manage complex construction projects simulations, using knowledge and skills developed throughout the program. Using an interactive approach, students explore various stages of the project lifecycle. Students assess, document and develop plans for the progression of projects.

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