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PMGT 501 : Fundamentals of Project Management

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Fundamentals of Project Management
This course provides the student with fundamental techniques and principles related to project management, following the national standards for project management. The content of this course includes and extends the body of knowledge elements required for completion of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification by the project Management Institute. This course encompasses the study of project management, paying particular attention to the ten knowledge areas: initiation, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholder management as they relate to the five process groups of initiating, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing of projects. Examples and student initiated projects and project simulations are utilized to emphasize the integrated relationships. Project management software is utilized throughout the course, particularly to demonstrate the usefulness of automated calculations, recordkeeping, and reporting as related to planning and controlling projects. Throughout, the merger of technical skills, general management skills, and project management skills for successful project completion is emphasized. Where applicable, the information delivered in this course is compliant with ISO 9,000, 10,000 series standards and the Project Management Institute generated Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

This course is intended to provide the participants with the opportunity to gain foundational knowledge in the concepts, tools and techniques for successful project management.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Understand and evaluate the role of professional organization and professional standards in the area of project management. (analysis)

2. Define project and differentiate project from an ongoing process. (analysis)

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the process model of initiation-planning-execution control-closure and the integration of the nine knowledge areas (ref. PMI PMBOK guide ©) with the process model, apply that understanding to real and simulated projects and, evaluate its usefulness in managing projects. (evaluation)

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the nine skill areas of Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Communications, Risk, Resources, Procurement, and Project Integration, emphasizing the inputs, tools and skills, and outputs involved with each skill area. (PMI PMBOK guide ©) (application)

5. Utilize current project management software to develop and execute planning, control and closure of technical projects (actual or simulated) in the students’ areas of technical expertise and assess its value in managing projects. (evaluation)

6. Demonstrate construction of a comprehensive, integrated project plan including the following: (synthesis) • Scope statement • Scope change plan • Work breakdown structure (WBS) • Appropriate work packages • Project sequence using PERT and CPM methodology • Project schedule with early start (ES), early finish (ET), late start (LS) and late finish (LF) dates • Project cost baseline • Project budget projection using ES/LS, EF/LF times • Project cash flow plan • Project communication plan • Project internal resource and external resource plans • Project risk assessment and risk management plan• Project resource plan • Project closure

7. Demonstrate knowledge and use of appropriate control mechanisms such as Earned Value Analysis (EVA), cost and time variances, quality assessment techniques and risk assessment techniques.(application)

8. Analyze conflicts of cost, time, schedule, quality, and personnel and recommend appropriate strategies for resolution (evaluation).

9. Demonstrate an increase in computing, speaking and writing skills in this course, as mutually agreed upon by the student and instructor.(application)

10. Utilize current project management software to develop and execute planning, control and closure of technical projects (actual or simulated) in the students' areas of technical expertise and assess its value in managing projects.

11. Evaluate the importance of leadership skills in managing projects and differentiate leadership from management, (evaluation) and identify different leadership styles appropriate to differing project management situations. (Analysis)

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Archie Addo Ph.D., PMP. - 2/2/2015
Jim Marion, Ph.D., PMP. - 2/2/2015
Tom Henkel, Ph.D., PMP - 2/2/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 2/2/2015
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