Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
MSE 402 – ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Spring 2009, Wednesday 7.00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Room SG 105
Instructor Dr. Mark Rajai
Professor of Engineering, Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and
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MSEM Department Office: JD3317
Telephone: (818) 677-5003
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and his expatiations for this course. Dr. Rajai is an internationally known educator and
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previous works and achievements. Also visit the following Web sites:
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Course All course materials are on university Webct system.
Platform Presentations shall be downloaded and printed as handout (3 slides per page
recommended to allow you to take notes next to the slides during class sessions)
Textbook Gray, C (2006). Project Management, The Managerial Process: McGraw-Hills Inc.
Additional The Instructor will use other books and latest materials to supplement the textbook.
Course Course Description and Prerequisite: MSE 362. The engineering management
Description process, from the feasibility stage through project closeout. Topics include project
and initiation, project screening and selections, organizational and project structure, time
Objectives and cost estimation, budgeting, developing work plans, scheduling resources, managing
risk, tracking work, managing teams, partnerships projects, and close out.
This class is designed to contribute primarily to the students’:
• Knowledge of project management functions, project initiation, and project
• Knowledge of, and ability to apply techniques and principles required to use cost
• Knowledge of, and ability to apply approaches and techniques to reduce project
• Ability to learn independently and as a member of a collaborative team.
• Knowledge of contemporary issues
• Ability to learn to communicate effectively and writing effective reports.
General The manner in which this course is structured is such that active participation of all class
Course members throughout the semester is essential. By the fourth week of the semester, the
Structure instructor will establish teams consisting of 4-5 members each. A project topic for each
team will be selected, and each team will present its project to the class on the week/s
prior to the final exam.
Note: Only the term project will be a team effort. All other course tasks and
requirements (exams, assignments, etc.) are done solely on an individual basis.
The manner in which this course is structured is such that active participation of
all class members throughout the semester is essential.
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
1. Class members are encouraged to maintain personal and professional standards consistent
with The Fundamental Principles of the Code of Ethics of the Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology:
Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the
engineering profession by:
o Using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare;
o Being honest and impartial, and serving with fidelity the public, their employers and
o Striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and
o Supporting the professional technical societies of their disciplines.
2. Withdrawing from (dropping) this course should be accomplished during the first two weeks
of instruction. Please note that failure to officially drop any course results in a grade of U,
which is the equivalent of an F for your transcript and grade point average.
3. It is a University requirement that all undergraduate and graduate students must pass the
Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE) as part of earning their degree. Graduate students
must pass the WPE before completing more than 12 units in their graduate program.
Students who earned an undergraduate degree at CSUN in Spring 1982 or thereafter have
already met the requirement. Delaying the completion of the WPE requirement can delay
your graduation. For additional information, see FAQs at www.csun.edu/~msem, or
contact your academic advisor.
4. It is a University requirement that all graduate students whose overall undergraduate
degree grade point average was less than 3.0, and who have not taken the General
Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), must take the test before
completing more than 12 units in their graduate program. A delay in meeting the GRE
requirement will delay your classification and can delay your graduation. Information on the
test is available at www.gre.org or at FAQs at www.csun.edu/~msem, or by
contacting your academic advisor.
5. The major of each student in this class will be verified using the University course roster.
Students whose majors are not correct must submit a change of major within the first three
weeks of the semester. Graduate students should submit a Change of Objective for
Graduate Students to the MSEM Department Office. The form can be obtained from FAQs at
www.csun.edu/~msem, or by contacting your academic advisor.
6. The classification status of each graduate student in this class will be verified using the
University course roster. Conditionally classified graduate students who are eligible for
classification must submit a Request for Classification during the first three weeks of the
semester. Eligible students are in the correct major and in GRAD status, have met their
WPE and GRE requirements, and have a GPA of 3.0 or better. . For additional information,
see FAQs at www.csun.edu/~msem, or contact your academic advisor.
7. Class members are to rely on Web ct (the primary method of communication) for all
postings pertaining to the course. All students are expected to sign on regularly and fully
participate in the discussion forum. So that all students will benefit from the answers, ALL
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COURSE MATERIAL SHALL BE POSTED (on Blackboard) in the
discussion thread titled “Ask Questions.”
Note: E-mail communication is secondary as it is mostly reserved for handling students’
personal matters. Comments about the course material and opinions about the
instructor or the program - whether positive or negative – must also be posted
8. Class members are to be considerate and respectful of their colleagues, particularly in
regard to the project assignment, team effort and presentations.
9. Class members are responsible for material in reading assignments, CD companion, class
presentations and group discussions.
10.Budgeting 5-6 hours per week for this course, in addition to class participation,
is not unreasonable.
GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS AND CALSS POLICIES:
The student should challenge ideas. Never fear new ideas or methods for problem solving.
Attend class. You cannot be successful when you are not in class.
Be willing to challenge group decisions. Students learn more from failure than from success.
When in doubt, ask. There are a number of professionals and professors available for
consultation. Complete the comprehensive final project
COURSE PROPOSED PLAN
1) Tentative schedule: dates/assignments/topics covered may change as deemed necessary.
2) Research project time slots will be announced as the semester progresses.
Week 1 Introductions - to the instructor, class members, and the course
1/21/09 Presentation: Introduction to project management.
Self-management, review of grammar (webct)
Week 2 Presentation: Self-management, review of grammar (webct)
1/28/09 Reading Assignment:
Chapter 1. Modern project management
Week 3 Presentation: Chapter 1. Modern project management
2/4/09 Reading Assignment:
Chapter 2 – Organization strategy and project selection
Week 4 Presentation: Chapter 2 – Organization strategy and project selection
2/11/09 Reading Assignment:
Chapter 10 – Leadership, being effective project manager
Week 5 Presentation: Chapter 10 – Leadership, being effective project manager. Final project
2/18/09 team selections.
Chapter 11 – Managing project teams
Week 6 Presentation: Chapter 11 – Managing project teams
2/25/09 Reading Assignment:
Chapter 3 – Organization
Presentation: Chapter 3 – Organization
3/4/09 Reading Assignment:
Chapter 4 – Defining the project
Week 8 Mid-Term: Final project team proposal presentations
Presentation: Chapter 4 – Defining the project
Chapter 5 – Estimating project times and costs
Presentation: Chapter 5 – Estimating project times and costs
Chapter 6 – Developing a project plan
Presentation: Chapter 6 – Developing a project plan
Chapter 7 – Managing risk
Spring Break – no class today!
Presentation: Chapter 7 – Managing risk
Chapter 12 – Outsourcing
Presentation: Chapter 12 – Outsourcing
Chapter 14 – Project audit and closure
Presentation: Chapter 14 – Project audit and closure
Team preparations for final project presentations
DUE to instructor:
• Individual project reports
• Individual folders from each class member
Final project presentations – All teams
DUE to instructor:
• Written final project reports from all teams
• Partnership Peer Review Reports (from each class member)
Review for Final Exam
Comprehensive Final Exam: All chapters covered.
COURSE EVALUATION STRUCTURE
10 % Individual Project
15 % Homework Assignments Including in Class Assignments
20 % Research Assignments and Presentations
30 % Comprehensive final Team Project
Team score and Individual Contribution
o Team Formal Written Report on project topic
15 % Final Exam – (multiple choice, true/false and write-up questions).
o Covers all reading assignments, discussion and lecture material.
o Duration: 2-3 hours
10 % Notebook and Class Attendance and Participation
A ≥ 92 90 ≤ A- < 92
87 ≤ B+ < 89 82 ≤ B < 87 80 ≤ B- < 82
77 ≤ C+ < 79 72 ≤ C < 77 70 ≤ C- < 72
60 ≤ D < 68
F < 60
Note: Plus/Minus Grading WILL BE USED for this course.
Professor reserve the right to change the syllabus as needed with
advanced notice to students***