ARE323K: Project Management and Economics

A required course for undergraduate Civil and Architectural Engineering majors, this course is usually taken in the third year. This course is an introduction to project management and economics, which in real life are closely related topics. It is hard to be a good project manager without a working knowledge of finance and cash flow. And while some people get really good at economic calculations, applying the results usually takes some project management skill, whatever the domain. As such, my two main objectives for the course are: 1) Learn the basics of how a project comes together (time line, main components, participating organizations, etc.). Applications will be construction focused, but many of the ideas are generalizable; 2) Learn to be smart about money on projects (investment, budgeting, risk and decision making).