Project Management (PMGT)
PMGT 501 Fundamentals of Project Management 3 Credits (3,0)
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.
PMGT 502 Effective Communications for Managing Projects 3 Credits (3,0)
This course is designed to help the student explore the role of communication in managing projects and to provide a broad survey of the theoretical, organizational, behavioral, and technical aspects of communications. An emphasis is placed on the application of theory to practice, which is intended to develop students' managerial and strategic communication skills so that they may grasp not only how, but also what, why, when, and by what means managers effectively communicate. Students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of why good communication skills are important in business, how communication today is affected by technology, why effective communication can be difficult, how communication is used in teams, and what issues exist in overcoming intercultural communication barriers. Special attention is devoted to development and use of project communications plans, Project Management Information Systems (PMIS), and appropriate archival of project information.
Prerequisites: PMGT 501.
PMGT 611 Anatomy of Project Organizations 3 Credits (3,0)
In this course, the student has the opportunity to gain and expand knowledge concerning how organizations carry out work. Included in the course are elements of organizational theory, organizational structure, and organizational planning as applicable to projects. Topics address advantages and disadvantages of organizational structure (functional, matrix, or projectized), locus of power and locus of authority issues, and formal and informal networks. Also included are issues such as conflict resolution, change management, formal and informal work relationships.
Prerequisites: PMGT 501 and PMGT 502.
PMGT 612 Leading Projects Across Cultural, Corporate, and International Boundaries 3 Credits (3,0)
Emerging and evolving economies, world circumstances, and global competition require that project managers be able to lead and manage projects in this challenging arena. Project Managers must operate within environments that contain diverse cultures and projects including multiple corporations crossing international boundaries. Additionally, topics include project portfolio management, the Project Management Office (PMO), and software tool use involving multiple projects. Sensitive issues surrounding multinational and multicultural environments will be addressed and discussed.
Prerequisites: PMGT 501 and PMGT 502.
PMGT 613 Assessing and Managing Project Risk 3 Credits (3,0)
More difficult economic conditions, increasing competition, and exponentially expanding technology create greater uncertainty and risk in projects. With these complex challenges come complex opportunities. Uncertainty and associated risks and opportunities become more complex as project span organizational, national, and cultural bounds. In this course the student will investigate the sources or risk, the pervasiveness of risk, analysis of risk, and the planning and control of risk events.
Prerequisites: PMGT 501 PMGT 611 and PMGT 612.
PMGT 614 Planning, Directing, and Controlling Projects 3 Credits (3,0)
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.
Prerequisites: PMGT 501 and PMGT 613.
PMGT 690 Project Management Capstone 3 Credits (3,0)
This course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to apply knowledge gained throughout the degree program. This will normally be accomplished utilizing a project management portfolio. Demonstration of 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.
Prerequisites: PMGT 501 PMGT 502 PMGT 611 PMGT 612 PMGT 613 and PMGT 614.