Project Management

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

PRM 101 : Foundations of Project Management

This course covers effective management of both long-term development programs and short-term projects. Project Management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and managing projects to successful completion. Topics may include management and leadership, cultural differences, organizational structures, conflict, negotiation, and determining strategy. Three lecture hours per week. Fall

Credits

3
    Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the elements of the Project Management life cycle
  2. Evaluate the project management processes
  3. Utilize basic tools and techniques to plan, organize, and manage a project
  4. Optimize results while managing constraints
  5. Explain the principles of team leadership
  6. Describe the career paths in the project management profession

PRM 102 : Organizational Behavior and Projects

This course details the relationship between the organizations that host projects and the projects themselves. Projects are a key vehicle for the execution of organizational strategy, and the effectiveness of that execution is determined to a large extent by the environment that the organization itself creates for those projects. This course will also draw topics from ethics, professionalism, and project leadership. Three lecture hours per week. Fall, Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

    Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Differentiate global codes of ethics and conduct
  2. Recognize cultural influences on ethics
  3. Analyze and remediate ethical situations and sustainability
  4. Develop appropriate approaches for managing projects within multiple cultures

PRM 104 : Project Stakeholder and Communications Management

This course provides students with comprehensive project management communication, knowledge and skills. Students will master theoretical and applied communication skills. Students will be required to develop a project stakeholder list and evaluate stakeholder's role in a project; determine the appropriate communications methodology to be used for each stakeholder; and develop a high quality communication plan for meeting the needs of each stakeholder. Three lectures hours per week. Fall, Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

    Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Recognize all project stakeholders and identify their specific role and influence in the project
  2. Differentiate between formal and informal communications methods and defend when each is applicable on a project.
  3. Evaluate and select appropriate tools and methods to communicate with identified stakeholders, including commonly used templates for communication activities such as status reporting, issue tracking, change control, and project reviews
  4. Construct a communication-management plan that defines the participants, communication processes, tools, and methods required for appropriate project communication

PRM 201 : Project Scope, Resource, Cost and Time Management

This course furthers the students understanding of key knowledge areas in the field of project management. Topics will include requirements management, resource planning, budgeting, task scheduling and critical path planning, and the concept of "triple constraint" (constraints of project cost, scheduling, and scope). Students will gain critical knowledge of the factors that lead to a successful project. Three lectures hours per week. Fall, Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

    Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Translate customer requirements into a solid scope statement
  2. Produce a project Charter based on initial scope
  3. Develop a comprehensive Work Breakdown Structure by translating requirements into tasks
  4. Establish an initial project cost and schedule baseline
  5. Develop an initial project plan

PRM 202 : Project Risk, Change and Quality Management

This course continues to examine at greater depth some key foundational concepts of Project Management. Working with real-life project examples and accepted project management standards, this course will provide students with a strong understanding of managing the risk, change, and quality components of a project. Three lecture hours per week. Fall, Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PRM 104 or permission of the program coordinator. 

  1. Define how proper management of risk, change, and quality leads to successful project outcomes.
  2. Identify likely outcomes when risk, change, and quality are not properly managed.
  3. Explain the steps needed to develop an appropriate risk response plan to real project situations.
  4. Apply the steps used to manage change within real project situations.
  5. Translate customer and stakeholder requirements into an appropriate quality management plan.
  6. Describe the steps needed to validate that project deliverables satisfy customer and stakeholder requirements.  

PRM 204 : Advanced Project Management Concepts

This course provides students with an understanding of important project management concepts, which are not foundational to project management, but would be encountered by more senior project managers as they advance in their career. The concepts include, but are not limited to global project management, Agile project management, building project teams and project politics. Three lecture hours per week. Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

    Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Identify project procurement needs, including make-or-buy analysis
  2. Determine a vendor and the bidding process
  3. Negotiate and ensure due diligence and an equitable process when contracting
  4. Determine contract types, risks, and incentives
  5. Manage vendor performance and relationships, amend contracts and manage change
  6. Evaluate the impact of contextual factors such as client's organizational culture, needs, risk tolerance, and project size on tools and methods of project management
  7. Recommend appropriate approaches for managing communications and meetings for projects with multiple cultures and languages in large-scale, global environments across time zones.
  8. Construct a project management plan that can achieve given objectives while mitigating the potential risks inherent in large, complex, widespread, and intercultural projects

PRM 205 : CAPM Exam Preparation

This course is designed to prepare students to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) examination administered via the Project Management Institute (PMI), the governing body of project management. This examination is taken at a PMI designated testing center or proctored online by PMI. A passing grade results in the student being recognized as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). Three lecture hours per week. Fall, Spring

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PRM 202 or permission of program coordinator.  

Corequisites

  1. Prepare to take the CAPM exam.
  2. Identify the Knowledge areas which will be covered in the CAPM exam.
  3. Describe the Project Management processes associated with each Knowledge Area
  4. Explain the Project Life Cycle and how this integrates with the various Knowledge Areas 
  5. Review the various Project Management formulas and their use within the exam 
  6. Analyze how CAPM questions are formulated to provide multiple possible responses.
  7. Discern subtle hints within questions and answers that may lead you to the correct response.