Course Content and Outcome Guide for MSD 279
- Course Number:
- MSD 279
- Course Title:
- Project Management - Intro
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Course DescriptionExamines essential strategies and methods for managing projects. Applies concepts to creating model projects using a step-by-step methodology, building project charters, and developing overall project plans. Explores incorporating projects into strategic growth objectives, using project management tools, and demonstrating project presentation skills. This course is the foundation course of the Project Management series that includes CAS 220, CIS 245, and BA 255. Project Management is a broad term that can include many areas of a business. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
- Use project management principles to participate in projects through all phases (from making proposals, planning, completing cost analysis, scheduling, and determining critical path, to tracking and controlling) in order to meet customer needs
- Present project proposals, plans, and progress reports to key stakeholders
- Apply project management fundamentals to successfully progress through more advanced project management courses, and to build a foundation potentially leading to the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Various individual and/or group skill-building activities such as case studies, or exercises toward critical analysis of course concepts.
- Written assignments and presentation formats designed to integrate course material into personal experience or experiences of others.
- Exams comprised of essay and/or objective questions, and complete an individual comprehensive project plan and /or team project or paper, which requires integration, application, and critical examination of course concepts, issues, and themes.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Project design focuses on meeting customer needs and reaching key deliverables
Effective project presentation is a critical part of communication with stakeholders.
Project Management professionals can earn a professional designation to solidify credentials.
Foundation: supporting organizational mission and goals to interface with the statement of work and project charter.
Charter components: scope, objectives, alternatives, cost analysis
Team building skills
Schedule: work breakdown structure, tasks, deliverables, milestones, network diagrams, critical path, Gantt Charts
Software applications and options
Tracking and control systems
Closeout and follow-on tasks
Archival and communication with key stakeholders and project sponsor
Time management skills
Project managers often coordinate numerous functions with no direct authority
Frequent changes in project technology requires adjustment and adaptability
Planning a project
Determining project scope, objectives, risk profile, payback analysis
Preparing linear responsibility matrix for task assignments
Developing alternative project scenarios
Developing action plans for tracking progress, monitoring costs, revising schedules, redrafting budgets, establishing time lines
Developing a communication plan
Using internet/intranet communications
Presenting project plans and progress reports
Building project teams
Leading project teams