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Project Management (3.0 Cr)
Business and Economics

Course Description

Project management refers to the art, or science, of directing projects. This course covers both the theory, and actual practice, of how to successfully manage projects. You will review the concepts, methodologies, and tools of project management as well as its fundamentals:  integration management, costing, quality, collaboration, project life cycles, control, risk management, procurement, and evaluation.

Ten comprehensive module quizzes and a full-length 200-question Practice Final Exam cover PMBOK® Guide areas of knowledge.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the organizational issues surrounding project management
  • Explain the five ongoing processes during a project lifecycle
  • Understand effective people management for projects, including how to motivate, develop, and manage teams and resolve their conflicts
  • Create a project communication plan
  • Review the scope of a project and plan a project by phase work breakdown
  • Explain project scheduling and estimating, including the techniques of Gantt charting, PERT, and CPM
  • Understand the general approaches to cost management, and the key methods used to estimate and budget for project costs
  • Explain how project risks are identified, prioritized, quantified, and used in decision-making
  • Describe the key aspects of quality management for a project, including quality assurance and control
  • Understand project procurement processes and the elements of the project management plan

Breadth of Assignments
This course utilizes a variety of assignment types in exploring the basic principles of Critical Tincluding reading assignments, both online and textbook based, individual assignments involving online research, essay writing, and analytical review questions, group projects involving discussion boards, collaborative thought, and a course-wide research and writing case study assignment.

Required Texts
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Third Edition (PMBOK Guides) (Paperback) by Project Management Institute (Author)

Project Management
Business and Economics

Module 1: Introduction to Project Management
• Introduction to Project Management
• Readings
• Presentation: Projects in Context: Understanding the Bigger Picture
• Presentation: Stakeholders
• Presentation: Project Management Office (PMO) and Resources
• Presentation: Organizational Structures
• Presentation: Project Lifecycle: Understanding Phases and Project Tendencies
• Interactive: PM Vocabulary Game
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapters 1 and 2 Quiz

Module 2: Project Processes
• Readings
• Foundations: Process Flow Charts
• Presentation: Project Processes: An Integrated Flow
• Presentation: Project Integration Management
• Exercise: Process Outputs
• Exercise: Processes, Knowledge Areas and Process Groups
• Project Charter and Major Project Documents
• Interactive: Vocabulary Game
• Presentation: Selecting a Project Manager
• Exercise: Project Manager Candidate Profile Review
• Presentation: Handling the Kick-Off Meeting
• Using the Internet
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 3 Quiz
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 4 Quiz

Module 3: Team Work and Managing People

• Readings
• Presentation: Staffing the Project
• Presentation: Staffing in its Organizational Context
• Presentation: Graphical Representations
• Presentation: Managing People
• Presentation: Conflict Management
• Mini-Case: The Cycle Time Improvement Project
• Presentation: Gathering Input for Decision-Making
• Web Resources on Group Dynamics
• Mini-Case: Selecting a Decision-Making Approach
• Vocabulary Game
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 9 Quiz
• Feedback

Module 4: Project Communications
• Reading
• Communication basics, including effective listening
• Creating A Communication Plan
• Mini-case: Confronting Communication Challenges
• Performance Reports and Lessons Learned Process
• Vocabulary Game
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 10 Quiz
• Feedback

Module 5: Project Scoping and Tracking

• Readings
• Presentation: Establishing, Authorizing, and Controlling Scope
• Presentation: Work Breakdown Structure
• Presentation: Tracking and Reviewing a Project
• Presentation: Project Review Reports and Meetings
• Presentation: Updating Stakeholders
• Vocabulary Game
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 5 Quiz
• Feedback

Module 6: Project Time Management

• Readings
• Presentation: Scheduling Activities
• Presentation: Scheduling Tools
• Collaboration During Project Scheduling
• Presentation: Estimating Activity and Project Durations
• Presentation: Critical Path Method and Program Evaluation Review Techniques
• Presentation: Crashing and Z-Score
• Exercise: Scheduling Practice
• Exercise: Estimating Using PERT Calculations
• Vocabulary Game
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 6 Quiz
• Feedback

Module 7: Project Cost Management

• Readings
• Presentation: Cost Estimating and Budgeting
• Presentation: Cost Management Plan
• Presentation: Managing Costs
• Presentation: EAC, ETC, and Outputs
• Exercise: Evaluating Project Status
• Interactive: PM Vocabulary Game
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 7 Quiz
• Feedback

Module 8: Project Risk Management

• Readings
• Presentation: Risk Planning and Identification
• Presentation: Risk Analysis
• Exercise: Decision-Making With Uncertainty
• Web Research
• Vocabulary Game
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 11 Quiz
• Feedback

Module 9: Project Quality Management

• Readings
• Presentation: Quality Overview and Planning
• Presentation: Applying Quality: QA and QC
• Presentation: Tools for Managing Quality
• Presentation: Performance Reporting
Exercise: Quality Tools for Quality Processes
• Mini-Case: Improving Public Improvements
• Vocabulary Game
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 8 Quiz
• Feedback

Module 10: Project Procurement Management

• Readings
• Presentation: Procurement Basics
• Presentation: Contracting
• Presentation: Contract Negotiation
• Exercise: Pinpointing the Procurement Process
• Interactive: PM Vocabulary Game
• Self-Assessment
• PMBOK® Guide Chapter 12 Quiz

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