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Journal of Construction Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 465493, 7 pages
Research Article

Using the Network Metaphor to Design, Deliver, and Maintain a Construction Management Curriculum

Department of Construction Management, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY 41099, USA

Received 22 June 2015; Accepted 19 November 2015

Academic Editor: F. Pacheco-Torgal

Copyright © 2015 Ihab M. H. Saad. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Construction management programs accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) are responding to new standards for accreditation, as the accreditation process itself is being changed to primarily focus on learning outcomes. These changes offer an opportunity and a challenge for existing programs to readjust and restructure to meet the increasingly changing expectations within the construction market. Using a network metaphor, with a critical path consisting of critical activities, activity codes, and constraints, can be a successful methodology to develop/align a construction management curriculum. As with any network, this approach can be used as both planning and control tool, being revisited regularly for further fine-tuning responding to the feedback resulting from assessment efforts to “close the loop.” The resulting network can be presented in both tabular and/or graphical format highlighting the critical path and particular critical activities (learning concepts) within that path. Different resources can be applied to the schedule reflecting their commitment and availability limits (space, labs, computers, etc.).