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MGT 464: Mastering Project Management

Course Description

This advanced course examines how to drive change and improve business performance by introducing enterprise-wide project management into an organization. Topics include formation of a project management office (PMO), management of a portfolio of projects and review of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the requirements for professional certification.

Prerequisites

  • MGT 460: Fundamentals of Project Management
  • MGT 462: Effective 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. Recognize the warning signs that indicate the potential for project failure or cancellation
  2. Explain how to assess the viability of a project against the business plan
  3. Explain the purpose, structure and contents of the PMBOK
  4. Build, analyze, manage and monitor a portfolio of projects
  5. Create a team that is accountable and can manage project benefits, schedule and finances
  6. Evaluate risks, opportunities and what goes right and wrong with a project.
  7. Select the right actions to ensure successful closure and satisfied tem members.
  8. Prepare for taking the PMI certification examinations.

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%

Homework Assignments (Weeks 1-8)

35%

Project Charter (Week 5)

20%

Final Exam (Week 8)

15%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore

  • Crowe, Andy. The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. 5th ed. Velociteach Press. ISBN-10: 0-9827608-5-X or ISBN-13: 978-0-9827608-5-7
  • Kerzner, Harold. Project Management. 12th ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2017. ISBN-13: 9781119165354
  • 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 guide is also used for MGT 462: Effective Project Management
  • Wysocki, Robert. Effective Project Management. 7th ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014. ISBN-10: 1118729161 or ISBN-13: 9781118729168
    Note: This text is also used for MGT 462: Effective Project Management

Additional Resources

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Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1

Topic: Using Projects to Drive Change

  • Introduction and Orientation, Challenges to be Faced, Lessons from other Companies, The Project Framework
  • Readings:
    • Kerzner - Chapters 4, 5 & 7
    • Wisocki - Chapters 1 and 2
    • Crowe - Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapters and lecture
  • Participate in the Class Discussion Boards
  • Submit week 1 homework assignment
  • Prepare for next week's assignments

2

2

Topic: Walking Through the Project

  • Identifying the Need and Initial Investigation Stage, Detailed Investigation Stage, Develop, Test and Trial Stages, Release Stage and Post-Implementation Review, Applying the Staged Framework

  • A Few related Projects: Programs
  • Readings:
    • Kerzner - chapters 11 and 15
    • Wysocki - chapters 3 and 7
  • Read assigned chapters and lecture
  • Participate in the Class Discussion Boards
  • Review the Case Study documents
  • Submit week 2 homework assignment
  • Prepare for next week's assignments

3

3

Topic: The Project Management Body of Knowledge

    • The Framework, The Standard for Project Management, The Nine Knowledge Areas, The Appendices

  • Readings:
    • Wysocki - ch. 3, ch.12
    • Crowe- The PMP Exam (fifth edition): The intent is to review the Guide and understand the scope, structure, content, PMBOK not to read the entire book during this course. If you intend to continue on to prepare for PMI certification, this guide will be the basis of your study. If not, it can still remain a valuable reference document for good practices in your ongoing participation in project management.
  • Read assigned chapters and lecture
  • Participate in the Class and Team Discussion Boards
  • Review the Case Study documents
  • Write about the week's key topic
  • Participate in team case study assignment
  • Help Team Leader develop the weekly progress report
  • Submit a Weekly Evaluation Form
  • Take Self-Assessment Quiz
  • Post a personal Reflection
  • Prepare for next week's assignments

4

4

Topic: Managing Multiple Projects

  • The PMO Implementation Plan, Marketing and Communications, Turning Goals into Strategies, Executing the Plan
  • Readings:
    • Kerzner - Chapters 6 and 21
    • Wysocki- Chapters 14 and 17
  • Read assigned chapters and lecture
  • Participate in the Class Discussion Boards
  • Submit week 4 homework assignment

5

5

Topic: Making Projects Work

  • Success Factors, Startup, Operations, PMO Roadmap
  • Readings:
    • Kerzner- Chapters 3 and 11
    • Wysocki- Chapter 17
  • Read assigned chapters and lecture
  • Participate in the Class Discussion Boards
  • Review the Case Study documents
  • Submit week 5 homework assignment
  • Submit project charter
  • Prepare for next week's assignments

6

6

Topic: Dealing with Difficulties

  • PM Standards, Toolsets, Portfolio Management, Reporting
  • Readings:
    • Kerzner- Chapter 17
    • Wysocki- Chapters 11 and 12
  • Read assigned chapters and lecture
  • Participate in the Discussion Boards
  • Review the Case Study documents
  • Submit week 6 homework assignment

7

7, 8

Topic: Reviews and Closing the Project

  • Project and Process Consulting, Mentoring, Staff Augmentation and Active project Management
  • Readings:
    • Kerzner - section 2.13 Gated Review meeting on pages 65-67
    • Wysocki- Chapter 15
  • Read assigned chapters and lecture
  • Participate in the Class Discussion Boards
  • Submit week 7 homework assignment
  • Prepare for next week's assignments

8

9

Topic: Preparing for PMI Certification

  • Readings:
    • All chapters, all books in preparation for final exam
    • Review The PMP Exam by Crowe.
  • Read assigned chapters and lecture
  • Participate in the Class Discussion Boards
  • Submit week 8 homework assignment
  • Take Final Examination
  • Complete and submit COSC online evaluation

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