Project Management Major

Requirements - 8 courses / 24 credits (48 ECTS)

Introduces special topics and themes related to issues of ‘Values, Ethics & Social Responsibility’. This interdisciplinary course focuses one of several different disciplines each term, with professors from across the disciplines presenting the material from the perspective of their subject areas. The course involves discussion and critical analysis of various case studies and issues, which will be explored by students from the perspective of their own communities and cultures. The course also explores how differences in world view affect the wider communities. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106; Co-requisite: GE115 Credits: 3

Provides a study for understanding the process of managing both personal and organizational knowledge, exploring the fundamentals of knowledge management (KM) using theoretical perspectives and real-life cases of successful organizations. The course curriculum lies in the multidisciplinary nature of KM and interplays different perspectives which view KM either as corporate strategy, a dimension of human resources management, tool for organizational effectiveness or an application for actual use. Course topics include, but are not limited to, knowledge management models, organizational ambidexterity, knowledge sharing and communities of practice (CoP), and absorptive capacity. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, BUS305 Credits: 3

This is an advanced course in Project Management which drills down into the more applied aspects of project planning and progress reporting. Students will learn how to apply tools and techniques which will help them effectively complete projects. The course combines theory with case studies, and requires hands-on work for the completion of in-class workshops and project assignments. Topics include work Breakdown Structures (WBS), stakeholder analysis and management, project scheduling, duration & cost forecasting, PERT simulations, progress measurement, earned value management (EVM), and project audits. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE115, BUS395 Credits: 3

Familiarizes students with the use of popular Project Management Information Systems that support planning, executing and monitoring of projects. The course offers hands-on training on PMIS systems such as MS-Project and Primavera, and moves from the basics of setting-up and tracking projects to more practical tips and techniques for using more advanced functionality. A large part of this course takes place in a computer lab.
Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE115, BUS395 Credits: 3

Focuses on the human side of Project Management. The course prepares students for managing the dynamics of cross-functional project teams and for balancing effectively the often conflicting interests of project stakeholders. The main purpose of the course is to help students understand, analyze and develop their own effectiveness when it comes to managing project-based work. Topics in this course are: project leadership, emotional intelligence, mentoring & coaching, effective delegation, team motivation, conducting project meetings, managing stakeholders, project communication and project marketing. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE115, BUS395 Credits: 3

Provides students with a thorough understanding of Risk Management as a systematic, iterative approach which includes risk planning, identification, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, response planning, and monitoring & control. Topics covered in this course are techniques in identifying risks (brainstorming, reviewing historical data, affinity diagrams, and expert interviews), quantitative and qualitative risk analysis (Monte Carlo simulations, decision tree analyses, probability/impact matrices, expected value), and the crafting and execution of risk response strategies and techniques.
Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE115, BUS395 Credits: 3

Explores the characteristics of negotiation situations, interdependencies, value creation from potential clients, minor strategies for conflict management all within the context of Project Management. It addresses how negotiations occur to resolve a conflict of interest between two or more parties throughout a project’s lifecycle. Students learn the advantages and disadvantages of negotiation strategies and the appropriate utility of each strategy, given the type of conflict and situation in which the dispute occurs. Exercises and case analyses are used to illustrate important concepts. Topics also include consulting competencies, communication skills in consulting, psychology in consulting, research methods, and law & ethics. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE115, BUS395 Credits: 3

Based on PMI’s/IPMA’s Standard for Project Management as well as on Project Management Competence Baseline Model. It presents competencies such as Basics Project Management, Methods and Techniques, Organizational Competence, Social Competence, General Management, Personal Attitudes, and General Impression (logic, transparency, and balanced judgment), knowledge areas, process groups and processes of project management as described in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) in a structured way that will help students master the PMI/IPMA terminology and concepts. The course also covers topics of integration, project variables such as scope, time, cost and quality, Human Resource Communications, Communications Management, Risk Management, Procurement Management, and Professional Responsibility. Students who successfully complete this course will be well equipped to succeed in the professional certifications exam offered by the International Project Management Association (IPMA–Level D Certification) and Project Management Institute (PMI–CAPM Certification). Prerequisites: Successful completion of the PM Courses (PM396, PM397, PM400, PM415)
Credits: 3

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