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.
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.
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
- Martin, Paula and Karen Tate. Getting Started in Project Management. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001.
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 0-471-13503-8
- Heerkens, Gary R. Project Management. 2nd Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014.
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-07-181848-3
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.
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Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.