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E M 564 Project Management

Course Description

The course covers key components of project management including project integration, project scope management, project time and cost management, quality management, human resource considerations, communications, risk management, and procurement management.

Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to help students understand the strengths and pitfalls of project management. The ultimate goal is to improve the effectiveness of the students at all levels of project management: from project selection and chartering at the highest managerial levels, to day-to-day skills for the project manager, and meaningful contribution and participation for project team members.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Integrate previous learning with perspectives on real-world challenges for project managers in order to identify and describe major project management issues.
  • Employ work breakdown structures (WBS) in a project application.
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate network scheduling techniques.
  • Investigate and analyze what factors are important to the successful implementation of projects in the context of particular business strategies, and in a given business focus area, and how representative organizations within that business focus area seem to be taking advantage of various project management strategies and approaches over time and scale.
  • Develop and justify practical strategies, tools, and practices that can lead to an adaptive approach to project management in a variety of settings, scales, and diverse industrial applications.
  • Describe resources available to the project manager to keep current with trends and best practices in the resolution of complex project management issues.
  • Investigate, analyze and assess best practices in a selected focus industry or profession, justifying assessment with reference to specific resources found in the assigned readings as well as through independent research.
  • Document the research in a formal written document suitable for presentation to a client.
Presentation of project management processes such as initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing with icons and a manager touching virtual screen
Faculty Contact: Kay Bachman (
Semester Credits: 3
Prerequisites: NoneThis course can be used to fulfill the following requirements:

Course Topics

The course addresses project management across all industries. First covering the essential background, from origins and philosophy to methodology, the bulk of the course is dedicated to concepts and techniques for practical application. Coverage includes project initiation and proposals, scope and task definition, scheduling, budgeting, risk analysis, control, project selection and portfolio management, program management, project organization, and all-important “people” aspects—project leadership, team building, conflict resolution and stress management.

The Systems Development Cycle is used as a framework to discuss project management in a variety of situations. The authors focus on the ultimate purpose of project management—to unify and integrate the interests, resources, and work efforts of many stakeholders, as well as the planning, scheduling, and budgeting needed to accomplish overall project goals.