Critical Thinking (5)
The critical thinking process is used to analyze today’s issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. Topics examined include: argument analyzing and building; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information.
Professional Communications (5)
This course focuses on the fundamentals of communication in the workplace. Students build professional writing and speaking skills to inform, propose, and persuade. Students will also engage in analyzing a case study, developing PowerPoint slides, making an oral presentation and writing e-mail messages, announcements, memos, letters, and reports. Students will learn how to identify an issue, conduct research, organize research findings, and present an argument. Additional topics include formatting business documents and communicating with different audiences.
The Effective Organization (5)
This course investigates dilemmas that routinely plague organizations as well as possible solutions to these dilemmas. Topics include diversity within the organization; conflict and negotiation; perception, motivation and reinforcement; leadership roles throughout the organization; human resource management and team building; organizational cultures; design and information technology; and organizational change and development.
Introduction to Project Management (5)
Introduction to Project Management utilizes a real team project to manage a project’s life cycle. Emphasis is placed on activity networks, managing resources, and creating control mechanisms that minimize risk. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts including time and resource constraints, planning, scheduling, work breakdown structure, Gantt Charts, network diagrams, and project control.
Project Scheduling and Cost Management (5)
Project Scheduling and Cost Management exposes students to the techniques and tools for project scheduling and cost management. This course includes detailed discussions and a series of related learning exercises on the sequence of project activities, including creating work breakdown structures, creating integrated networks, scheduling, and project cost and schedule controls. Cost management introduces the basic approaches and methods associated with cost management, from the establishment of budgets and cost accounts to the monitoring, interpretation, and use of cost data throughout the life cycle of the project. Required prerequisites: PM 401. Recommended prerequisites: PM 409, PM 410.
Project Risk and Change Management (5)
This course utilizes a simulated project to teach students how to manage risk and crisis occurrence through a project’s life cycle. Strong emphasis is placed on integrating SWOT, Risk Breakdown Structure, and Risk Mitigation into the overarching project life cycle. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships, especially in times of uncertainty and crisis. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts related to identifying, classifying, and mitigating risk. Prerequisites: PM 404 and PM 408.
People and Communication in Projects (5)
This course provides an overview of people and communication factors in managing projects. Topics include human resource planning; how teams work; managing conflict; social and relationship capital in the context of projects; managing behaviors; diversity; leadership pitfalls; and communication factors within a project environment. Required prerequisites: PM 401, PM 409. Recommended prerequisites: PM 404, PM 410, BC 302.
Leadership and Teams (5)
In this course, students will explore techniques for effective leadership and team management. Students will examine how to lead and participate on teams and manage change. Special emphasis is placed on team development and the ability to lead and work on geographically distributed teams. This course focuses on how to build and sustain alignment among team members by focusing on improved coordination, communication, and collaboration among team members regardless of geographical location.
Project Initiation, Scope, and Stakeholder Management (5)
This course expands on the foundation of project management by focusing in depth on the initiation process phase of a project. It will cover important topics such as the role of the project manager, company culture, identification of important stakeholders, and aligning project priority with the organizational portfolio. At the end of the course, students will be able to develop a project charter based on business goals and initiate a project.
Project Performance and Quality Assurance (5)
Project Performance and Quality Assurance focuses on providing the student with tools and techniques to ensure that a project achieves the desired level of quality outcome. Students will learn about quality, who defines it and how it is defined, and tools and techniques such as quality plans, control charts, peer review, check lists, and process mapping. The student will have an opportunity to practice managing a process improvement project where they define baseline measures, identify key performance indicators, and use tools like process mapping to improve an everyday activity. Prerequisites: PM 406.
Project Resource and Procurement Management (5)
This course will focus on using a simulated project to teach students how to assess and proactively manage project resources and demonstrate project procurement practices. Project procurement addresses acquisition of resources which may include people, services, equipment, facilities, or funding. Students will explore obtaining goods and services from outside companies by understanding the procurement process, creating procurement documentation, and contract management. Strong emphasis is placed on effectively planning, scheduling, monitoring, and controlling project resources through the creation of a resource management plan. Prerequisites: PM 406.
Agile/Scrum Methodologies (5)
This course provides an introduction and overview of agile methodologies as applied within project management. Topics include the development of a product backlog, determining how to calculate the optimal sprint capacity, determining priorities, building a sprint backlog, executing sprint development, reporting sprint progress to management, delivering value and retrospection. Students will learn and apply basic agile/scrum methodologies. Prerequisites: PM 406.