Course Descriptions

Computer Applications for Facilities Management
FM 621
Investigates how the computer can be effectively utilized to extend planning and management capability. The latest hardware available for facilities management is reviewed and evaluated, including applications in the areas of space programming; inventory and allocation; equipment and maintenance cost tracking; lease management; budgets; and growth projection.  Students learn to determine tasks and to apply appropriate technology through problem-solving exercises and hands-on experience.


Principles of Facilities Management
FM 631
Introduces the role of the facilities manager and examines facilities management through forecasting and budgeting, architectural planning and design, maintenance and operations management, and the integration of services.  Basic principles of business management are discussed in the context of facilities management.


Project Management
FM 632
Covers project management from the concept phase through move-in, including budgeting and cost estimating, the delivery process, programming and space planning, selecting the design team, and managing construction and occupancy.  Techniques for cost analysis, scheduling and procedures for contracting, construction coordination and the control of change orders are reviewed.  The impact of scheduling on contractor claims is studied along with management reporting and feedback.


Managerial Accounting/Finance
FM 633
Covers aspects of accounting and finance of practical use to the facilities manager.  Emphasis is on the understanding of financial language, statements and instruments, their application, and the use and interpretation of accounting data as a basis for analysis and decision-making.


Facility Programming & Design
FM 634
Focusing on human/environment relations, this course develops an awareness of the design process and the significance of design in facility performance.  Students simulate the planning process from programming through the delineation of major design considerations and quality standards.  Through a combination of lectures, seminars, and group exercises in decision making and role playing, the student experiences the planning process as designer, owners, and manager and examines the impact of the process on the final building project.


Facility Maintenance/Operation
FM 636
Provides a comprehensive study of maintenance and operations management of environmental, communications, life/safety and security systems in buildings.  Areas of study include advanced mechanical and electrical systems, evaluation and integration of systems, energy conservation, upgrading systems with tenants in place, preventative maintenance, and implications of maintenance and operations for planning and design.


Sustainable Construction Management
FM 646
Sustainable construction is no longer an option, it is a necessity.  Issues such as global warming, high oil prices, and a global economy have altered the construction industries, the Federal Government, and the world’s outlook on maintaining a sustainable environment.  This course will equip students with the skills to manage sustainable construction projects.


Real Estate Development
FM 663
Focuses on economic development issues and the principles of real estate finance.  Topics covered include property descriptions, an overview of the real estate development process and its participants, contract and closing procedures and tools, and tax shelters.  The roles played by the public and private sectors are examined, with an emphasis on discerning the differences in perspective associated with each sector.


International Facility Planning/Management
FM 682
This course surveys issues unique to international facility planning and management.  Topics include comparative business practices; site selection; project planning, organization, and management; environmental issues; construction costs and a comparative parity index; regional influences; communication and information systems; distribution networks; and facility management.  Implications of current events such as Europe 1992, business globalization, and the world real estate crisis will be examined.


BIM For Facilities Managers
FM 722P
The focus of this class is to get fundamental knowledge of the concept of Building Information Modeling (BIM), and how it relates to the field of facilities management.  The student will learn the basics of modeling through revising an existing office building.


Strategic Planning/Management
FM 731
Focuses on strategies for management to anticipate and accommodate change in corporate-wide facilities.  Areas of discussion include planning framework, establishing goals, developing linkage between business planning and facilities planning, methods for information gathering, building an information database, inventory and needs analysis, modeling techniques, developing an action policy, and effective communication of facilities issues to senior management.


International Business Finance
FM 732-P
This course provides an overview of the environment, concepts, and basic differences involved in international business and finance.  Topics include country-market differences, trade and investment patterns, the international financial environment, issues in business-government relations, and strategies for international business.


Economic Evaluation of Facilities
FM 733
Economic analysis and evaluation of facilities to maximize return on investment are covered in this course.  Facilities are viewed as assets to be managed as a portfolio.  Topics include: monitoring market conditions and life cycle costs of existing facilities, developing performance measurement criteria, comparing alternatives for owned and leased space, new or renovated facilities, optimizing the facility as an asset, analyzing the impact of environmental, construction, and marketing issues on project facilities, and formulating a financially-viable development proposal.


Telecommunications: Concepts, Strategies
FM 735
This course examines the impact of telecommunications technology on facilities planning and management.  Topics include the design and implementation of local and wide area voice and data communications networks, client service applications, groupware and business communications systems for enhancing collaborative work.  Key technical, policy, and organizational issues pertaining to the effective deployment and use of telecommunications technologies in a managed facility will be explored.


LEED Green Associate & Existing Building Operations & Maintenance
FM 742AP/FM 742BP

See Above


Legal Issues
FM 771
Students review business and building law as they pertain to the facilities manager, with particular focus on contracts, environmental and construction law, risk management, and insurance.  Contracts are reviewed for consultants, construction, and maintenance, procurement, and purchasing agreements. The significance of key legal terms and clauses is examined as well as procedures and policy implications for dealing with construction claims and disputes, hazardous materials, and multi-state facilities.