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SCI 511 Project Management

Course Description

Successful project management links the basic metrics of schedule adherence, budget adherence and project quality. But, it also includes the “people components” of customer satisfaction and effective management of people whether it is leading a project team or successfully building relationships with co-workers. Through course lectures, assigned readings and case studies, the basic components of leading, defining, planning, organizing, controlling and closing a project will be discussed. Such topics include project definition, team building, budgeting, scheduling, risk management and control, evaluation and project closeout. (3 credits)

Course Outcomes

The goal of the course is to teach the student basic organizational behavior principles and project management skills, help the student understand the application of organizational behavior and project management in today’s workplace and equip the student to function more effectively both independently and as a team in today’s organizations. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the definition of a project and recognize why managing projects is a complex process
  • Explain the typical project life cycle
  • Identify the concepts of organizational culture and strategy and it’s relation to project management
  • Identify traits of successful project leaders and motivation theories and applications used by leaders in addition to other basic organizational theories
  • Describe the characteristics of a successful project team and tactics to navigate group dynamics including conflict
  • Evaluate the concepts of the scope, work breakdown structure and different matrix plans used in the workplace
  • Explain the risk management process, estimation techniques and the steps of successful scheduling techniques
  • Identify strategies to deal with resource constraints
  • Provide examples of strengths and weaknesses of project evaluation and control methods
  • Understand main reasons for project closure and how to successfully create a final project report
  • Evaluate case studies on topics related to project management