Educational methods for construction management have been discussed in numerous studies published in the last 2 decades, including studies on augmenting current programs.Several studies related to augmenting current programs for both graduate education (e.g., Atalah & Muchemedzi, 2006 ; Arditi & Polat, 2010 ; Jimenez et al., 2011 ) and undergraduate education (Russel & Yao, 1996; Abudayyeh et al., 2000; Meyer & Jacobs, 2000; Chinowsky & Diekmann, 2004) have been published.Received 5 January 2016; accepted 18 February 2016; published 24 February 2016 1.
Being uninformed about construction management as a result of deficiencies in civil engineering and architecture educational programs has negative effects on the quality and cost of construction projects.
Therefore, this study attempts to determine the failures of civil engineers and architects as they relate to the sources of their insufficient management knowledge in construction management.
The traditional objective of construction management education can be summarized as follows: providing analysis and design information that is necessary for civil engineering and architecture education, educating students about construction process management and construction firm management, and extending students’ engineering perspectives by examining the economic, legal, social and environmental effects of construction projects.
Having examined the expectations of the construction sector, an area where intense international and national competition has developed and where demands and structure constantly change, the addition of construction management courses to architectural and civil engineering educational programs has the potential to substantially influence the individuals who graduate from these fields (Birgönül et al., 2007) .
The study found that, according to the surveyed engineers and architects, construction management courses were rarely included in undergraduate civil engineering and architecture programs in Turkey.
A large number of participants stated that construction management course offerings were not sufficient during their education.
Construction management education has clearly been attracting increasing attention both in universities and among professionals.
According to Warszawski (1984), “The sad truth that a graduate of a civil engineering school is usually less prepared to deal with typical construction tasks than with almost any type of design chores may be disappointing and even frustrating to those who choose this career, as well as to their employers”.
・ The production process is not centralized as in other industries―every project is executed in a different location with a different labor force.
・ There is no unified authority for all phases of design and production; the authority is divided between the sponsor (or his agent), the designer, the contractor and the local municipality in which the project is erected.
・ Coordinating: coordination with designers, suppliers, authorities, and subcontractors.