Examines the role of leadership and leader communications within the organizational and project environments. Foundational concepts related to projects, project management, and the role of the project manager are presented. Oral and written communications will be studied to show how effective communications are integral to the success of the function of an organization and its projects. Topics include an introduction to project management, leadership and communications theories and practice, evaluating project leadership and leader communications, team and ethical leadership and collaboration within teams, and effective project communications skills.
Examines the industry standards as fundamentals for practicing project management. Students explore the project environment, the functions associated with projects, systems of delivering value to the organization, and the principles of project management. These standards are applied to the project environment and project management practices are evaluated against these standards. Topics include the concepts and application of project teams, stakeholders, systems thinking, complexity, risk, and organizational change.
Examines the project management knowledge areas of scope, schedule, cost, and resource management. Students will learn the primary initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling, and closing activities associated with each knowledge area. Specific hands-on exercises will be utilized to provide students with direct experience related with project scope, schedule, cost, and resource management activities.
An examination of the methods used to make informed and ethical strategic decisions. The course provides a review of qualitative and quantitative methods applied to the decision making process. Topics include goal setting, systems thinking, cost-benefit analysis, contingency planning, decision trees, risk assessment, and decision evaluation.
An examination of the research process designed for students preparing for the Capstone Project. Using scholarly and professional literature, students will identify current problems facing organizations and propose potential solutions. Topics include topic selection, research methodologies, scholarly writing, APA formatting, library research, evaluation of scholarly and professional literature, and the process of giving and receiving effective peer review feedback. The course will result in the creation of a project proposal for the Capstone Project.
Working with an assigned project advisor, the students begin the work to complete the capstone project. The project synthesizes knowledge of course materials within their respective program. The project consists of the identification of a business problem and corresponding research questions, extensive research of the problem domain, development of a solution based on the findings from the research, and a detailed implementation plan. (16 weeks).
Working with an assigned project advisor, students complete the remaining work on the Final Applied Project by synthesizing a solution to the defined business problem. The course concludes with an approval, publication, and oral presentation of the Final Applied Project. (16 weeks)