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BCT Senior Seminar

Number: BCT 494BI
Credits: 3
Format: In person, Amherst

Semester: Spring
Meeting Times: Mon/Wed 2:30-3:45
Room: Olver Design Building 162

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Fernando Romero,


Office: Olver Design Building 328
Phone: (413) 545-8863

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Course Description

Senior BCT capstone seminar course for students preparing to enter the construction and building technology field. Centers on management of construction projects by integrating core aspects like: design, building systems and structure, sustainability, bidding/estimating, scheduling, BIM, value engineering, contracts/negotiation, subcontractor relations, cost control, management during construction, close out, and post-construction requirements. Students complete a group-based semester-long comprehensive project in this course that responds to an RFP and leads to a presentation of written and oral outcomes in front of a panel of industry jurors. BCT students complete their Senior Assignment Project during this course. 

This class will largely be conducted as a seminar. You will be expected to share appropriate educational and employment experiences during participation in your team/group discussions.  Active participation in discussions are important components of this course.

Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-BCT majors.

Co-requisite: BCT 492A - Jobs and Professional Life in BCT (if not previously taken as junior)

Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate understanding of depth and breadth of knowledge required for a BCT degree.
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment on comprehensive projects.
  • Communicate effectively through writing and presentations.
  • Develop leadership skills for business and management.
  • Understand and appreciate the necessity of working with the full project delivery team.
  • Practice problem solving and decision making skills in construction including evaluation of associated risks.
  • Utilize skills and knowledge acquired from the General Education curriculum.


HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations, Harvard Business Review, ISBN: 978-1422187104

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