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Project Quality Management

PMAN 639 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite(s): PMAN 634 and 635.An applied study of the quality management policies, processes, and procedures required to ensure that projects satisfy the objectives for which they were undertaken. Process improvement and quality planning, assurance, and control are emphasized, with a focus on effectively managing customer satisfaction, promoting prevention over inspection, and facilitating continuous improvement. Activities associated with determining quality objectives, policies, and responsibilities are evaluated and implemented in the context of quality management principles, practices, and standards. Contemporary project quality management processes, tools, and applications are spotlighted and appraised for potential application to a project, with particular emphasis on the most widely used high-flier tools and techniques such as bench marking, cost of quality analysis, trend charts, histograms, control charts, cause and effect diagrams, Pareto charts, and Six Sigma. The need to mold the quality management approach to resonate with organizational priorities, objectives, and challenges is continually underscored.

Foundations of Project Management

PMAN 634 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: An overview of the theory and practice of managing projects in any organization or industry using traditional, agile, and hybrid methodologies. All three skill sets of the Project Management Institute Talent Triangle are addressed: Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic and Business Management and provide a foundational project management knowledge and skill base that is highly relevant to workplace project challenges. Emphasis is on blending hard and soft skills to realize superior project outcomes. Skills associated with harnessing diversity, building, leading, and motivating project teams, communications, conflict management, and emotional intelligence are intertwined with tools and techniques drawn from all ten of the project management knowledge areas: integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communication, risk, procurement, and stakeholder with emphasis on Integration Management and Scope Management. These skills and techniques are contextualized to predictive (traditional) and adaptive (agile) life cycles and to the initiation, planning, executing, monitoring/control, and closure of a project. Emphasis is on the need to constantly align projects with value creation using practices and approaches that are tailored to mission, vision, and strategy of an organization, to the needs and priorities of stakeholders, and to organizational culture and mores.

Financial and Strategic Management of Projects

PMAN 650 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite(s): PMAN 634 and PMAN 635. An investigation of financial and strategic decision making in the management of projects. Topics include estimating project costs from work breakdown structure; formulating, monitoring, and controlling project budgets; monitoring, evaluating, and forecasting project costs, schedule, results, and performance using earned value management; and deriving project cash flows. Discussion also covers the impact of project scope, schedule, and changes; management reserves to cover risks and contingencies; top-down and bottom-up budgeting; investment project analysis; discounted cash flow, internal rate of return, and net present value methodologies; cost of capital; and capital budgeting. Broader issues (such as links between project and corporate financial performance, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, project and organizational culture, information flow, and project sustainability) are also examined.

Project Risk Management

PMAN 637 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite(s): PMAN 634 and PMAN 635. An in-depth analysis of risk management methods and cases and project management risk monitoring from strategic, applied perspectives. State-of-the art tools and techniques for identifying, ranking, and monitoring risks in the project management environment are examined and utilized. Both qualitative and quantitative risk analyses are conducted, and strategies for proactive risk mitigation are developed. Focus is on how a comprehensive risk management approach can enable a project team to proactively manage issues that adversely impact the successful scope, scheduling, control, and completion of a project.

Project Communications Management

PMAN 638 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: PMAN 634. An overview of conflict resolution processes and methods and the skills needed to manage the human elements within project management--a task as challenging as managing the technical aspects. Topics include critical communication and conflict resolution issues faced by project workers in today's global corporate environment. Innovative approaches to successfully negotiating and resolving conflicts among team members, colleagues, managers, and stakeholders are introduced and practiced. Proven techniques to make conflict a constructive rather than a destructive experience are analyzed. Emphasis is on case study analysis, effective communication behaviors, negotiation skills, and virtual team processes to successfully lead both domestic and global projects.

Project Schedule, Cost, and Resource Management

PMAN 635 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: PMAN 634. An in-depth coverage of the logical and conceptual progression of a project from scope to schedule and budget, developed in the context of traditional project management, and then adapted to the agile and hybrid approaches. Aspects of resource management that relate to schedule and cost are also addressed. Emphasis is on cultivating practical and workplace-relevant skills, tools, and techniques essential for effectively estimating, modeling, and managing schedule and budget, and for addressing the associated uncertainties, imperatives, and challenges encountered in real-life projects. Students will use project management software to develop actionable reports and dashboards that provide a realistic and well-informed depiction of the schedule and budget, so that stakeholders can effectively engage with and support the project, make informed decisions, and assist in narrowing the gap between plan and actual performance. Extends learning from projects to programs and portfolios and develop the leadership skills and insights required to ensure their alignment with organizational mission, strategy, and goals.

Project Procurement Management

PMAN 641 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: PMAN 634. An examination of the tools needed for project procurement management. Focus is on determining what needs to be purchased or acquired and determining when and how to acquire it. Topics include planning the contracting efforts (documenting products and services and identifying potential sellers); requesting sellers' responses (obtaining information, quotes bids, offers, or proposals); selecting the seller (receiving and reviewing offers, selecting among those potential offers, and negotiating a contract); administering contracts (managing the relationship between buyers and sellers, including documentation, corrective actions, and contract changes); and closing contracts (completing the contract and settling all open issues).

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