Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CAS 220
Course Title:
Project Management - Beginning MS Project
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Course Description

Introduces MS Project, including building entry tables, generating reports, resolving resource and time conflicts, importing data, and tracking budgets. Includes the design and creation of accurate Gantt charts for use in project management. Recommend: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115; experience with project management or MSD 279; working knowledge of Windows and file management. This course is part of the Project Management series of classes that includes MSD 279, BA 255, and CIS 245. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
1. Use Microsoft Project to develop accurate project task, time, resource, and cost relationships following current professional and/or industry standards.
2. Use critical thinking skills to design and create accurate Gantt charts.
3. Communicate in a business setting using specialized vocabulary associated with Microsoft Project.
4. Create critical management information for those responsible for specific project segments.

Course Activities and Design

Students will learn MS Project concepts during class lecture and use those skills on specific class lab assignments.

Testing will cover terminology, concepts, and their ability toactually create mini-projects.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade will be issued for this course based upon:

• Performance tests
• May include objective tests, scored assignments, or projects
• May include weekly homework assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

• Communicate effectively using appropriate MS Project vocabulary.

• Use critical thinking and problem solving skills in designing a project.

• Create grammatically correct and esthetically pleasing reports.

• Assess and fixing project conflicts.

• Learn to troubleshoot MS Project software.

Competencies, Skills

Students will develop proficiency through reinforcement and assessment on the following skills:

• Build basic Entry tables by entering text, numbers.

• Generate reports from templates and custom reporting.

• Develop skills in formatting, saving, and printing accurate, readable Gantt charts.

• Resolve resource and time conflicts.

• Develop decision-making skills by prioritizing tasks.

• Create task lists and use sorting, grouping and filtering features.

• Create an accurate project from data with no specific instructions.

• Create job take offs from a project.

• Create a master project from sub-projects.

• Import data from MS Access, MS Excel, and MS Outlook calendar.

• Understand Project Leveling.

• Use Project Cost Accounting.

• Work with and master project prioritizing.

• Access and work within a Project Server environment.

• Create a project web environment.