Project Management Techniques II

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Course Number: PROJMGT 7020
Course Name: Project Management Techniques II (Online)
Course Description:    An introduction to contemporary project management tools and techniques across three broad areas: organizing and initiating projects, planning projects, and performing projects. Content emphasizes resourcing projects, budgeting techniques, quality, supply chain and procurement management, risk and their integration. This course is the follow-on companion to PM 7010 Project Management Techniques I.

A sequence of project management topics regarding organizational planning, staff acquisition and team development; quality planning, assurance and control; risk identification and control; and managing procurement of goods and services from outside the performing organization.

Prerequisites:    PROJMGT 7010
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Express your understanding of organizational capabilities as a function of their structure, culture, and roles of various project stakeholders.
  • Understand that the resourcing of projects is both an art and a science.
  • Deal with resource overload and schedule compression to ensure on-time project delivery.
  • Use tools and techniques to estimate project costs and determine a project budget that enhance project success.
  • Understand the core concepts of project quality for contemporary project management.
  • Understand risk management tools necessary to complete qualitative risk analysis and appreciate the relationship between chartering a project and development of risk management plans.
  • Through practice, appreciate the soft skills required when working on a project under firm deadlines with a team that is physically separated.

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of the functional, project, strong matrix, and weak matrix methods of organization; describe how each operates and when to use each.
  • Describe organizational culture elements that are helpful in planning and managing projects, and describe how to overcome organizational culture elements that hinder project success.
  • Describe different project life cycle models and tell when each is appropriate.
  • Describe the duties, motivations, and challenges of each of the executive, managerial, and team roles in projects, and list important attributes for selecting each.

Lesson 2 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Identify resource needs for a project by creating a RACI chart.
  • Describe methods of resolving resource conflicts.
  • Compress a project schedule using crashing and fast tracking, and describe the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Optional outcomes for those students using MS Project and interested in individual study:

  • Assign a resource to each activity in a project schedule using project scheduling software.
  • Show resource assignments on a MS Project schedule and identify any resource conflicts.
  • Resource level a project using MS Project both with deadlines imposed on the project and with resource limitations.

Lesson 3 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Define project cost terms and tell how each is used in estimating cost.
  • Compare and contrast analogous, parametric and bottom-up methods of estimating cost.
  • Describe issues in project cost estimating and how to deal with each.
  • Create a time phased, bottom-up budget for a project.

Optional outcomes for those students using MS Project and interested in individual study:

  • Show both summary and bottom-up project budget information with cumulative costs using MS Project.

Lesson 4 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Describe how to plan for risk management, identify risks, analyze risks, and create response plans for identified risks.
  • Identify and classify risks for a project and populate a risk register.
  • Describe various risk assessment techniques and tell when each is appropriate to use.
  • Prioritize each risk on a project using an appropriate assessment technique, and develop and defend at least one strategy for each of the high-priority risks.
  • Compare and contrast the various strategies for dealing with risks.

Lesson 5 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Describe the major contributions to contemporary project quality made by each of the quality gurus and concepts of Total Quality Management, International Standards Organizations, and Six Sigma.
  • Define each core project quality concept and explain why each is vital in planning and managing projects.
  • Describe each of the project quality tools and explain when to use each.
  • Explain what may be included in a project quality management plan.
  • Compile a complete project management plan, use it to kick off the project, and then baseline and communicate the plan.

Lesson 6 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Identify the role of supply chain management in project management and its importance for ensuring project success.
  • Describe how to plan, conduct, administer, and close project procurements.
  • Describe the various formats for supply contracts and when each type is appropriate.
  • Explain how to utilize the contemporary approach to project partnering and collaboration.

Lesson 7 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to apply the lesson outcomes from PM 7010 and Lessons 1 through 6 of PM 7020.

Exams:  There are 6 quizzes for this course.

Assignments:  There are six individual assignments.

Discussions: There are six discussion forum topics in this course.

Group Assignments:  There are 2 parts group projects for this course.

Grading Information
The breakdown of points is as follows:

Course Totals

Assignments Points
Individual Quizzes 120 pts.
Individual Assignments 550 pts.
Group Assignments 350 pts.
Total Points 1020 pts.

Grading Scale:

Grading Scale for Assignments

Individual and Group Assignments
EXEMPLARY ABOVE AVERAGE ACCEPTABLE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
A   93.5 to 100 B+  87.5 to 90 C+  77.5 to 80 D+  67.5 to 70
  B   83.5 to 87.5 C   73.5 to 77.5 D  63.5 to 67.5
A-  90 to 93.5 B-  80 to 83.5 C-  70 to 73.5 D-  60 to 63.5

 

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