Project Management Minor
The Project Management Minor provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage large projects such as launching a new product, service, promotional campaign or government program; building, expanding, or relocating business operations; or closing facilities and terminating staff. The focus is not only on the quantitative tools used such a PERT, CPM, Gantt Charts or capital budgeting but important general management or “soft skills” like the ability to lead a team, make decisions, manage conflict and negotiate change. Students will learn to apply project management techniques to all business disciplines and not just to the traditional areas of engineering and computer science.
Graduates of the minor can become project management specialists by earning a professional designation which involves further study and considerable industry experience. Professional designations are offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA). The Project Management Professional (PMP) designation is the most popular program and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) established by the PMI for this designation is followed in the program.
Upon completion of this program, students are able to:
- Demonstrate effective leadership qualities and skills in varying management situations.
- Incorporate appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools and procedures in management decision making.
- Negotiate agreements where the parties have varying objectives or conflict exists.
- Manage large projects using appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools and procedures.