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PMGT 614 : Planning, Directing, and Controlling Projects

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Planning, Directing, and Controlling Projects
In this course the student will gain increased knowledge and experience in the art and science project management. Emphasis will be placed on planning, directing, and controlling projects. Practical exercises using project management software will be used to challenge the student to develop higher levels of project management ability. Exercises will require critical thinking and problem solving techniques required in complex projects.

This course will give the student the opportunity to understand the necessity for managing increasingly complex projects required in an increasingly complex business environment. The student will gain knowledge and application of advanced techniques to plan, direct, and control complex projects. Additionally the student will use project management software to apply advanced project planning, directing, and controlling to multiple projects.

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

1. 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) Apply the concept and sources of power in a project management environment and differentiate among power, authority, responsibility, and accountability. (Application)

2. Explain what is meant by "integrated planning" in project management planning process. (Comprehension)

3. Apply appropriate criteria to decide when a project should be terminated. (Application)

4. Utilize project management techniques such as fast tracking, crashing, and resource leveling in the control of projects. (Application)

5. Evaluate the usefulness of project graphics such as network diagrams, Gantt charts, milestone charts, gate charts, cumulative cost and time curves, and graphical status reporting using pie and bar charts, for controlling various aspects of a project. Utilize these graphics appropriately. (Evaluation)

6. Describe classification systems for estimating project cost and time and determine the strengths and weakness of each of the categories as they apply to specific types of projects. Determine and apply estimating strategy to the planning processes. (Application)

7. Utilize the concepts of cost variance and earned value analysis in project control. (Application)

8. Evaluate methodologies for trade-off analysis in planning and control and demonstrate why trade-offs are always necessary in project management. (Evaluation)

9. Utilize a general concept of quality management that includes quality policy, quality objectives, quality assurance, quality control, and quality audits in a comprehensive quality plan for a project. (Application)

10. Demonstrate knowledge of emerging concepts in project management such as Project Portfolio Management and the Project Management Maturity Model. (Knowledge)

11. Be prepared to undertake a project Management Capstone Project. (Evaluation)

12. 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)

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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
Steven Onu 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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