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MGT 462 : Effective Project Management

Course Description

This course will focus on building on the fundamental concepts and practices of project management. It compares traditional methods with new adaptive and extreme approaches and cycles designed to meet the modern challenges of compressed timeframe and high risk projects. Topics include developing overview statements, activity identification and resource estimation, the use of joint planning processes to build and manage work packages, working with stakeholders, and communication with client. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • MGT 460: Fundamentals of Project Management
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Describe the demands, challenges and requirements of modern day project management
  2. Construct a Project Overview Statement and workable Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for developing realistic estimates and practical schedules
  3. Construct complex Network Diagrams, schedules and Gantt Charts using Microsoft Project
  4. Evaluate and level resources, finalize schedules and create work packages
  5. Conduct Joint Project Planning Meetings with cross-functional teams and stakeholders
  6. Implement the project plan by organizing and managing the best team possible
  7. Control project activities, monitor progress, take corrective action and manage change
  8. Apply the Adaptive Project Framework and build high performance schedules
  9. Explain alternative project approaches to projects with unclear or unknown goals.
  10. Apply Risk Mitigation Strategies

General Education Outcomes (GEOs):

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

30%

Assignments (Weeks 1-6)

30%

Group Project (Ongoing from weeks 1-7/ due on week 7)

25%

Final Exam

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore

  • Wysocki, Robert. Effective Project Management. 7th ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014. ISBN-10: 1118729161 or ISBN-13: 9781118729168
  • Project Management Institute. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. 6th ed. Project Management Institute, Inc., 2017. ISBN-10: 1-62825-184-0 or ISBN-13: 978-1-62825-184-5

Note: This textbook is also used for MGT 464: Mastering Project Management

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1, 10

Learning Unit 1 - Managing Challenges and Mitigating Risks

  • Defining Project Management, The Project Life Cycle and Processes, Traditional Project Management, Risk Management.
  • Readings:
    • Wysocki - Chapters 1, 2 & 3
    • PM Book - Chapter 11
  • Read week 1 Overview
  • Review course content and documents
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Read Lecture and view accompanying videos
  • Participate in Week 1 Discussions ( 2 in total)
  • Participate in the Group Project Forum
  • Complete week 1 assignment

2

1,2,5,6,7

Learning Unit 2 - Project Overview Statement and Work Breakdown structure

  • Managing client expectations, Conditions of Satisfaction, Project Overview, Work Breakdown Structures, Tools and Techniques.
  • Readings:
    • Wysocki - Chapters 4 & 5
    • PM Book - Chapters 5 & 6
  • Read week 2 Overview
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in Week 2 Discussions
  • Participate in the Group Project Forum
  • Complete week 2 assignment

3

2,3,4,6,7

Learning Unit 3 - Estimating Activity Durations

  • Estimating, Scope Triangle, Joint Planning practices, Network Diagrams.
  • Readings:
    • Wysocki - Chapters 5 & 7
  • Read week 3 Overview
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in Week 3 DiscussionsComplete week 3 assignment
  • Participate in the Group Project Forum
  • Complete week 3 assignment

4

4

Learning Unit 4 - Building the Schedule and Resource Levelling

  • Resource availability, scheduling, cost impacts of resource leveling, building work packages.
  • Readings:
    • Wysocki - Chapter 6
  • Read week 4 Overview
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Week 4 Discussions
  • Participate in the Group Project Forum
  • Complete week 4 assignment

5

5,6

Learning Unit 5 - Operating Rules and Characteristics of an Effective Team

  • Recruiting the team, organizing the team, operating rules, team communications, developing a Project proposal.
  • Readings:
    • Wysocki - Chapter 6
  • Read week 5 Overview
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Week 5 Discussions
  • Participate in the Group Project Forum
  • Complete week 5 assignment

6

5,6,7,10

Learning Unit 6 - Tracking project milestones and on time deliverables

  • Monitoring and controlling progress, reporting systems, managing meetings, balancing control and risk, change escalation, closing out a project.
  • Readings:
    • Wysocki - Chapters 7 & 8
  • Read week 6 Overview
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in Week 6 Discussions
  • Participate in the Group Project Forum
  • Complete week 6 assignment

7

8

Learning Unit 7 - Transitioning to Adaptive Project Management

  • Complexity and Uncertainty, Agile Project Management. Group Project Due.
  • Readings:
    • Wysocki - Chapter 9
  • Read week 7 Overview
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in Week 7 Discussions
  • Participate in the Group Project Forum
  • Submit Group Project presentation

8

9

Learning Unit 8 - Reviewing Alternatives

  • Client Checkpoints, Business potential of APM. Final exam due.
  • Readings:
    • Wysocki - Chapters 11-13
  • Read week 8 Overview
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in Week 8 Discussions
  • Submit Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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