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MGMT 450 Principles of Project Management

Principles of Project Management (PM) is built on the foundations of The Project Management Institute’s (PMI) standards and guidelines, collectively referred to as PM Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). This course prepares learners to carry out PM responsibilities in the work environment and write the PMI project management certification exams. Starting with the definition of PM and its related concepts, this course further explores portfolio management, project selection criteria, the role of a project manager, project team, and stakeholders, organizational influences, and project life cycle. Discussions on the phases of PM life cycle and its related processes include project initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

PM concepts, techniques, and tools related to project charter, input and output, scope, integration and collaboration, theory of constraints, PM plan, risks management, ethics, human resources, change management, procurement, international quality standards, time and scheduling, cost and budgeting, Gantt chart, Critical Path Method, and PM software are integral parts of the course.

 

Credits: 3

 

Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)

 

Total Weeks: 15

 

Prerequisites:
Enrolled in a Business Management Post-Degree Diploma program, and completion of 9 credits in business management courses including MGMT 104
OR permission of Instructor

 

Non-Course Prerequisites:
None

 

Co-requisites:
None

 

Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:
- Defining the Project
- Modern Project Management and Software
- Organization Strategy and Project Selection
- Organization: Structure and Culture
- Estimating Project Times and Costs
- Developing a Project Plan
- Managing Risk
- Scheduling Resources and Costs
- Reducing Project Duration
- Leadership: Characteristics of an Effective Project Manager
- Managing Project Teams
- Managing Inter-organizational Relations
- Progress and Performance Measurement and Evaluation
- Project Closure

 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Project Management course, students will be able to
- Define, integrate and explain PM, the need and applications of PM knowledge and skills, and the role and responsibilities of a project manager.
- Identify the PMBOK® Guide Body of Knowledge and Processes.
- Define the key project management concepts and terminology such as project team, project stakeholders, project life cycle and project management life cycle.
- Describe with applications the initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing phases of project management.
- List and describe four key elements of a project plan.
- Explain socio-technical approach to PM.
- Explain critical PM concepts and describe various scenarios of their application.
- Describe the importance of various aspects of PM to the success of the overall plan.
- Use PM tools and techniques such as Gantt Chart, Critical Path Method, and PM software to help plan and manage project‐related work.

Knowledge:
Project Management Body of Knowledge

Skills:
- Preparing Gantt Chart
- Critical Path Method (CPM

Attitudes:
Competent and Can do

Technologies:
Basic Introduction to MS Project

 

Grading System: Letters

 

Passing Grade: D

 

Percentage of Individual Work: 85

 

Percentage of Group Work: 15

 

Supplies/Materials:
- Access to a laptop is strongly recommended.

 

Textbooks:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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