Educational Objectives and Outcomes
Educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing its graduates to achieve within two to five years of the start of their professional career. The educational objectives of the School of Construction at Pittsburg State University are:
- Objective 1: Graduates will have the ability to enter and continue advancement within the construction industry or construction-related industries including managerial or technical positions in construction field supervision, project management, cost estimating, scheduling, contract administration, material testing and inspection, field engineering and surveying, supervised design, technical sales, or governmental regulation.
- Objective 2: Graduates will have a sense of professionalism that allows them to become informed and participating citizens cognizant of ethics, civic duty, and social responsibility.
- Objective 3: Graduates will have technical skills and knowledge in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to support planning, analyzing, and solving of engineering and construction problems using current and appropriate management and design tools and techniques.
- Objective 4: Graduates will have business skills and knowledge in management practices, cost accounting, and financial decision-making to support sound construction project management.
- Objective 5: Graduates will have leadership skills that prepare them to assume roles in which they can effectively create an environment in which others attain their full potential.
- Objective 6: Graduates will have effective verbal, non-verbal, and interpersonal communication skills to support their role in industry.
Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that the students acquire in their matriculation through the program.
- Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools/software of construction related to: contract documents, codes, materials testing, construction layout/surveying, best construction methods/practices, estimating, scheduling, safety, design of construction systems (temporary structures, concrete, foundations, formwork, basic electrical/mechanical systems), appropriate software (Excel, Autocad, Primavera, Timberline).
- Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate an ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging application of mathematics, science, engineering and technology related to construction methods and design.
- Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate an ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and apply experimental results to improve construction processes and solve construction problems.
- Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate an ability to apply creativity in the design of construction systems, components, or processes.
- Outcome 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate (graphically, verbally and non-verbally) and function effectively in teams.
- Outcome 6: Students will understand the importance of lifelong learning, continuous improvement, timeliness and a commitment to quality.
- Outcome 7: Students will understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities, and show a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
No credit is allowed toward graduation or to satisfy pre-requisite requirements for grades below "C" in construction engineering technology or construction management technical specialty courses, MATH 113, and MATH 122.