Project Management Major

Requirements - 6 courses / 18 credits (36 ECTS)

This is an advanced course in Project Management which drills down into the more applied aspects of project planning and progress reporting. Students will learn how to apply tools and techniques which will help them effectively complete projects. The course combines theory with case studies and requires hands-on work for the completion of in-class workshops and project assignments. Topics include work Breakdown Structures (WBS), stakeholder analysis and management, project scheduling, duration & cost forecasting, PERT simulations, progress measurement, earned value management (EVM), and project audits. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, MATH90, BUS305, BUS350; co-req: BUS395. Credits: 3

Familiarizes students with the use of popular Project Management Information Systems that support planning, executing and monitoring of projects. The course offers hands-on training on PMIS systems such as MS-Project and Primavera and moves from the basics of setting-up and tracking projects to more practical tips and techniques for using more advanced functionality. A large part of this course takes place in a computer lab. Prerequisite(s): PM396, BUS340. Credits: 3

Focuses on the human side of Project Management. The course prepares students for managing the dynamics of cross-functional project teams and for balancing effectively the often-conflicting interests of project stakeholders. The main purpose of the course is to help students understand, analyze and develop their own effectiveness when it comes to managing project-based work. Topics in this course are: project leadership, emotional intelligence, mentoring & coaching, effective delegation, team motivation, conducting project meetings, managing stakeholders, project communication and project marketing. Prerequisite(s): BUS310, BUS395; Co-req: BUS390. Credits: 3

Provides students with a thorough understanding of Risk Management as a systematic, iterative approach which includes risk planning, identification, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, response planning, and monitoring & control. Topics covered in this course are techniques in identifying risks (brainstorming, reviewing historical data, affinity diagrams, and expert interviews), quantitative and qualitative risk analysis (Monte Carlo simulations, decision tree analyses, probability/impact matrices, expected value), and the crafting and execution of risk response strategies and techniques. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, MATH90, BUS305, BUS350, BUS395, PM396; Co-req: PM440. Credits: 3

Explores the characteristics of negotiation situations, interdependencies, value creation from potential clients, minor strategies for conflict management all within the context of Project Management. It addresses how negotiations occur to resolve a conflict of interest between two or more parties throughout a project’s lifecycle. Students learn the advantages and disadvantages of negotiation strategies and the appropriate utility of each strategy, given the type of conflict and situation in which the dispute occurs. Exercises and case analyses are used to illustrate important concepts. Topics also include consulting competencies, communication skills in consulting, psychology in consulting, research methods, and law & ethics. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, MATH90, BUS305, BUS350, BUS368, BUS375, BUS395. Credits: 3

Based on PMI’s/IPMA’s Standard for Project Management as well as on Project Management Competence Baseline Model. It presents competencies such as Basics Project Management, Methods and Techniques, Organizational Competence, Social Competence, General Management, Personal Attitudes, and General Impression (logic, transparency, and balanced judgment), knowledge areas, process groups and processes of project management as described in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) in a structured way that will help students master the PMI/IPMA terminology and concepts. The course also covers topics of integration, project variables such as scope, time, cost and quality, Human Resource Communications, Communications Management, Risk Management, Procurement Management, and Professional Responsibility. Students who successfully complete this course will be well equipped to succeed in the professional certifications exam offered by the International Project Management Association (IPMA–Level D Certification) and Project Management Institute (PMI–CAPM Certification). Prerequisites: BUS375, BUS390, PM396; Co-req: PM400. Credits: 3

Electives - Select 2 courses / 6 credits (12 ECTS)

Provides the basic theoretical models on innovation such as open, disruptive and business model innovation, combined with global best practices and scientific methods to guide new product development leaders and their teams throughout the product development cycle. The course emphasis is on the models, skills and techniques necessary for delivering a customer and market driven product vision, building an energized cross functional product development team, and achieving strategic product focus by identifying priorities and making the right trade-offs. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, BUS305, BUS310, BUS350, BUS368, BUS375, BUS395, BUS396. Credits: 3

Project procurement and contract management skills are essential to individuals for stakeholders’ management and supply chain assiduity. Except for meticulous planning, a successful project requires procurement process assessment and evaluation of the applicability to implement operations and procedures. Plan procurement management, conduct procurements, and control procurements are the core elements of the procurement life cycle, vital to effective project implementation. Prerequisite(s): BUS220, BUS350, PM396, PM397, PM440. Credits: 3

Project monitoring is necessary to follow the steps for project implementation, timely and efficiently. Yet, this is not the only component of a promising but achievable project. Stakeholders’ performance is one of those components to ensure a successful route towards project objectives and goals. In this course, students learn how to manage different levels, plans, and milestone points throughout a project to build momentum among individuals and groups, give and receive constructive feedback, aspire and inspire people in an organization, and keep project objectives on track with organizational principles and values. Prerequisite(s): BUS350, PM396, PM397, PM440. Credits: 3

Quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control are the aliquot definitions of project quality management. Managing project quality involves several stages of procedures to integrate relevant tools and approaches into project planning and implementation. Quality audits for project improvement, quality-designed control tools, and data concepts and metrics for quality assurance in contemporary projects assemble a concrete methodology and management style for undertaking a new venture. Prerequisite(s): BUS350, PM396, PM398, PM400. Credits: 3

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