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Project Management

Course Number: MSD 192A
Transcript Title: Project Management
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Provides both the tools and behavioral skills necessary to manage any project successfully. All steps of the project cycle are modeled with opportunities for participants to practice each step. Participants will learn to increase productivity, present a project activity plan using professional tools and develop project team building skills. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Describe the step-by-step process for managing a project.
  2. Define the three common categories of goals and objectives (strategic, operating, tactical).
  3. Develop an action plan that includes team members in the planning process.
  4. Explain the importance of a feedback system for monitoring success.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Given a sample project, demonstrate the project management process.
  • Describe the relationship between strategic, operational, and tactical goals and objectives and apply these categories to a sample project.
  • Explain the significance of designing a consequence system within the organization and apply this system to a sample project.
  • Apply learned skills through an outside project.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

COMPETENCIES/SKILLS

  • Identify project management barriers and explain how to overcome them.
  • Develop a project management schedule for a personal project.
  • Describe how to set standards and how to evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate techniques for motivating team processes.
  • Examine a "floundering project" and identify what needs to happen to redirect the project.
  • Demonstrate how to set realistic personal and professional goals.

General Concepts

  • Successful project management includes strategic, operational, and tactical goal setting. Action plans set the direction, keep the project on course, and feedback systems are essential for measuring progress.

Themes

  • Projects need to support the mission statement or purpose of the organization, and establishing consequences helps to keep projects in focus.

Issues

  • Conflicts may arise between corporate goals and personal goals, as well as balancing production with quality issues.