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. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of your course.