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Construction Engineering Management (CECEM)

BSCEM Assessment Results and Action for Improvement for each Outcome

The program assessment was conducted in the academic year 2013-2014. The assessment results and Action for Improvement for each program outcome are summarized below.

Program Outcome A

  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and construction knowledge to develop appropriate levels of cost estimates, schedules, and other plans (e.g. safety and quality plans) necessary for project planning and control.
    • Assessment Feedback:
        • Senior surveys show high satisfaction
        • Employer surveys show satisfaction with CEM interns performance and indicate 'essential skill'
      Action for Improvement:
        • Continue the evaluation process for the courses addressing this program outcome A

    Program Outcome B

  • Ability to communicate effectively using oral, written, and graphic communication skills.
    • Assessment Feedback:
        • Employer ranked top for importance
      Action for Improvement:
        • More CEM courses require oral/written communication skills (i.e. project presentations and reports)
        • New CEM course (CEM 206) covers more graphic communication skills

    Program Outcome C

  • Ability to apply knowledge of economic analysis including sustainable design approaches in the use and selection of materials and equipment in the most economical fashion .
    • Assessment Feedback:
        • Senior surveys rated average satisfaction
        • Employer surveys show concerns about this ability of employees
      Action for Improvement:
        • More subjects on sustainable construction are covered in CEM courses
        • A new CEM course on sustainability will be developed.

    Program Outcome D

  • Ability to apply knowledge of the material science and construction methods (including selections of a mechanical/electrical/structural system in compliance with building codes and standards)
    • Assessment Feedback:
        • Senior surveys show above average satisfaction
        • Employer surveys show satisfaction
      Action for Improvement:
        • Continue the same evaluation process

    Program Outcome E

  • Ability to apply emerging technologies (computer applications) and principles of construction management to successfully organize and plan project objectives including the effective utilization of resources
    • Assessment Feedback:
        • Senior surveys show average satisfaction
        • Employer surveys show concerns on CEM interns skills with BIM technology
        • Employers ranked high level for importance
      Action for Improvement:
        • A new CEM course (CEM 206) addressing BIM technology was included in the CEM curriculum.

    Program Outcome F

  • Broad education necessary to understand the ethical issues and the impact of construction solutions within the context of a culturally diverse global society
    • Assessment Feedback:
        • Senior surveys show high performance
        • Employer surveys show marginal performance
      Action for Improvement:
        • Continue the evaluation process for the courses addressing these areas

    Program Outcome G

  • Understanding of the need for continuous professional development and life-long learning
    • Assessment Feedback:
        • All surveys show high performance
      Action for Improvement:
        • Continue the same evaluation process and ensure high performance of CEM students in regard to this program outcome.

    Program Outcome H

  • Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams with culturally diverse members, while maintaining a highly ethical / professional work environment.
    • Assessment Feedback:
        • Senior surveys and Employer surveys show high satisfaction
        • Employers ranked high level for importance
      Action for Improvement:
        • More CEM courses require team work on term projects.
        • Continue the evaluation process and ensure high performance in regard to this program outcome.

    Other recent implementation for improvement of the program academic quality

    Recently, the Construction Engineering Management (CEM) curriculum has implemented the following changes :

      • Total number of required units was reduced to 120 (in response to the new CSULB academic requirements). To achieve this requirement, CE 406 (3 units) is double-counted as a GE course and a core course. CEM 485 (3 units) is dropped and offered as a CEM technical elective course. Also, UNIV 100 (1 unit) was dropped.
      • Three courses (3 units each) for Business and Management were incorporated into the CEM curriculum (in response to the ACCE requirements) including: MGMT 413 or (HRM 361; BLAW 220 or (BLAW 320); and CBA 300.

    Additionally, in response to recent ACCE comments, the following actions were developed starting Spring 2013:

      • Lab spaces: Several courses (CEM 125, CEM 225, CEM 200) will be revised with emphasis on lab activities, which will extensively utilize lab space for construction practices.
      • Faculty professional development: More CEM faculty will be involved in real construction projects and have professional experience.
      • Funds to support faculty travel: Funds to support faculty travel were confirmed by the Department
      • Library resources: Assignments in several CEM courses (CE 101, CEM 125, CEM 225, CEM 324, CEM 425, CEM 421, CEM 431, and CEM 490) will require students to utilize the library resources
      • Professional exams: All senior CEM students will be required to take the CPC Level-1 and/or other construction professional exams.
      • BIM technology: A new CEM course (CEM 206) was included in replace of CEM 205 to cover trends in construction industry.
      • ADC for CEM program: A separate Advisory Development Council for the CEM Program was approved by the Department.

     


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    *Note: although every effort is made to keep this Web site up to date, you should also consult the printed catalog for official information and program requirements, which may vary depending on the year you enter(ed) the program.

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