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MNGT 4751: Project Management

Students are provided with the essential knowledge, skills, and competencies to lead a project to a successful completion. They learn to combine the operational aspects of managing a project with the leadership qualities required to inspire the project team and to interact with project stakeholders. Topics include defining a project; scoping a project; planning a project; engaging the team; developing a work plan; managing the project; and project conclusion.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between regular management and project management.
  • List five basic elements that make up a project.
  • Evaluate the skills you need to develop to become a better project leader.
  • Explain the role of project manager in today's work environment.
  • Explain how a mission statement can lead to a project(s).
  • Identify and evaluate the need for a potential project.
  • Determine if a potential project is justified and/or feasible.
  • Develop a project requirement document.
  • Evaluate potential projects using financial and non-financial criteria.
  • Develop a concept document for a project.
  • Analyze the three major elements of a project: scope, time, and budget.
  • Demonstrate your ability to estimate the cost and time variable of a project.
  • Prepare simple Gantt, Critical Path Method, and PERT charts.
  • Prepare a budget.
  • Determine the skill sets needed for the completion of your project.
  • Develop a project proposal.
  • Analyze and manage the phases of team development.
  • Plan and implement a project launch meeting.
  • Assemble the documents you need to control your project.
  • Evaluate the project launch meeting, and propose improvements for your next meeting.
  • Appraise your own leadership behaviors and skills and formulate a plan for personal growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by working with your project team to develop the components of a project work plan.
  • Demonstrate management skills by scheduling team meetings and completing a project work plan.
  • Appraise your personal motivational preferences.
  • Prepare a project summary report.
  • Explain the importance of celebrating milestone events.
  • Utilize tools for team decision-making.
  • Develop a project change strategy.
  • Utilize project change documents.
  • Determine the risks to your project.
  • Propose countermeasures and contingencies for the risks your project faces.
  • Assemble and utilize the documents you need for project control.
  • Identify the benefits of a culturally diverse project team.
  • Outline a method for conflict resolution.
  • Identify how failure and success are handled in your organization.
  • Assemble and utilize the closeout documents appropriate to your project.
  • Organize and manage the closing-out phase of your project.
  • Organize and implement the final celebrations for your project.

Course topics

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: What is a project?

Module 3: Scoping your project

Module 4: Planning a project

Module 5: Engaging your team

Module 6: Your project work plan

Module 7: Running with the project

Module 8: Project conclusion

Module 9: Wrap-up

Required text and materials

  1. Martin, Paula and Karen Tate. Getting Started in Project Management. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 0-471-13503-8
  1. Heerkens, Gary R. Project Management. 2nd Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-07-181848-3

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet access is required.


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the mandatory final project and 50% overall.

Assignment 1 0%
Assignment 2 5%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 10%
Assignment 5 10%
Assignment 6 15%
Final Project * 50%
Total 100%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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