Course Number:
BA 170
Transcript Title:
Project Mgmt Fundamentals
Jul 26, 2022
Jul 26, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
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Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
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Repeats available for credit:

BA 104
BA 131

Course Description

Examines project management and its controlled processes of initiating, planning, and executing.Introduces all aspects of a project with emphasis on the coordination and motivation of personnel involved. Explores how to define goals and optimize the use of resources in order to achieve the project objectives. Prerequisites: BA 104, BA 131. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the series of steps, processes, and strategiesused to achieve project objectives.
  • Determine, procure, and optimize all resources needed for a project, including human, material, and financial.
  • Manage and motivate project personnel.
  • Initiate, perform, manage, and complete a task.
  • Define, appraise, and evaluate a task using pre- and post-analysis.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment methods may include: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, and small group problem-solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience, oral presentations.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

Outcome #1: Identify the series of steps, processes, and strategies used to achieve project objectives.
  • Project definition and components
  • Project life cycle definition
  • Resources definition and types
  • PMI Talen Triangle
Outcome #2: Determine, procure, and optimize all resources needed for a project, including human, material, and financial.
  • Selection, prioritization, and resource projects as an outgrowth of strategic planning
  • Elements of a charter and why each is used
  • Organization’s structure influence on the implementation of its strategic plan
  • Project life cycle models and distinguishing when each is appropriate
Outcome #3: Manage and motivate project personnel
  • Stages of team development and strategies to move teams through the project life cycle
  • Methods of project team decision making and the circumstances in which each is likely to be most effective
  • Characteristics of a high-performing project team; assessing leader and team capability; how teams can improve
  • Build a communications matrix for a real project
Outcome #4: Initiate, perform, manage, and complete a task
  • Create a requirements traceability matrix, project scope statement, and change request form
  • Work breakdown structure (WBS) and its importance to project
  • Ways in which a project’s schedule is limited and how to deal with limits
  • Depict a project schedule on a Gantt chart by hand, showing the critical path
  • Identify the critical path using both the two-pass and enumeration methods
Outcome #5: Define, appraise, and evaluate a task using pre- & post-analysis.
  • Develop an effective project schedule, considering resource constraints
  • Methods of resolving resource overloads
  • Project cost terms and how used in estimating project cost.
  • Planning for risk management, identifying and analyzing risks, and creating response plans for identified risks
  • Planning, conducting, controlling, and closing project procurements

Suggested Texts and Materials

Contemporary Project Management, 4th Edition, Kloppenborg/Anantntmul/Wells, Cengage Learning