College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Philip Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


As the construction industry evolves, the curriculum that prepares future builders must change and account for new ideas and concepts as well. In September of 2020, the Construction Management department at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) gave the opportunity to five senior level students to assist them with research on how to develop content and programming for the five extra student learning outcomes and have it count toward their senior project. These five students, each being paired up with a student from CM 461, were asked to produce a study guide and survey questions for one of the five student learning outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to give a more in depth understanding of the logistics and process behind the whole senior project for the leadership student learning outcome. The study guide was inspired by a detailed literature review, collaboration and opinions of other students, and a reflection of students’ own professional experiences. The study guide covers leadership ideals and skills that a leader should have in order to be successful in the construction industry. The goal is to equip students with the tools that assure they will be great leaders and succeed in the construction industry.