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Business 311: Project Management
30 hours (15 weeks).
October 2012 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: prepare a project by diagraming business cases, project feasibility studies, and calculations of opportunity cost; analyze the steps involved in project planning, such as resource management, work breakdown structure, and contingencies; outline the creation and evaluation of project proposals; assess management of time and cost on a project, risk management, procurement and resource leveling, and the creation of status reports; formulate the metrics of project management, the procedure for closing a project and the compilation of a report, and post-project customer review; estimate the cost of a project, the value of work, cost variance, efficiency, and cost control; compare the variables in, and types of, supplier contracts and vendors; evaluate team goals, objectives, conflicts while comparing the benefits of virtual teams and methods of effective communication; consider contemporary organizational designs, the functional structure, and the matrix structure; and appraise the methods and tools of system development, life cycles, development of a graphical user interface, application development, and project roles for system development.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: project management fundamentals; initiating a project; planning a project; project proposals; executing a project; monitoring and controlling a project; closing a project; project cost planning and performance; tools for project planning and management; creating contracts with vendors; the project team; project team meetings; virtual project management; team communication; organizational structure; systems development: overview; and project management organizations and certification.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business, Management or Operations Management (10/16).