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  1. 1. University of Arkansas Master of Science in Operations Management OMGT 4783 Syllabus—Online Project Management for Operations Managers Fall 2009 Term 2: October 21 --- December 16 Instructor: Leonard Nethercutt Availability: Blackboard, email, or phone Chat Room –Wednesday 6:30pm Central Other times by request. Email: Phone: 501-470-3913 Course Number: OMGT 4783 Project Management for Operations Managers Introduction to the Critical Path Method and Program Evaluation and Review Technique. Project planning and control methods; activity sequencing; time-cost trade-offs; allocation of manpower and equipment resources; scheduling activities; computer systems for PERT/CPM. Textbook: Project Management: A Managerial Approach, Meredith and Mantel, 7th ed., 2009, John Wiley & Sons Publishers, 0-470-22621-6 and Project Management Case Studies, 3rd ed, Harold Kerzner, John Wiley & Sons Publishing,0-470-27871-0 1
  2. 2. Course Overview. The course presents a contemporary view of the concepts, activities, and dimensions involved in project management. The material includes project scope, work breakdown structure (WBS), schedules, resource allocations, baseline budgets, status reports along with dimensions that include leadership, problem solving, teamwork, negotiation, politics, and customer expectations. Understanding the material provides the basis for successful project management. A video lecture--delivered by Prof Randy Roy--accompanies each chapter. Course Goals/Objectives: The course will provide the students with the information to: 1. Comprehend and practice project management procedures and techniques; 2. Understand the challenges of driving simple and complex projects to a successful conclusion: on time, on budget and within scope. Specifically, students will take from the course the abilities to: • Understand the fundamentals of project management • Understand the human relationship aspects of project management • Be capable of planning a project in terms of cost and schedule • Be able to identify and schedule project resources • Understand the daily activities of managing a project • Be able to identify and resolve typical problems that occur within a project • Show a basic knowledge of two project management software tools • Understand the conduct of a successful project manager Course Requirements. Points 1. Exam 1 100 2. Exam 2 100 3. Team Projects Primary—3 projects @ 50 points each… 150 4. Team Projects Secondary---3 projects @ 40 points each… 120 5. Individual discussion contributions to Project Cases(5 per case for 6 cases) 30 Total Course Points Possible 500 Course Grade. The assignment of the final course grade is based on performance for the course components from the scale below: Grade Course Percentage Points Required A 90% and above 450 - 500 B 80% to 89% 400 - 449 C 70% to 79% 350 - 399 D 60% to 69% 300 - 349 F Below 60% below 300 2
  3. 3. Exams. Two exams are scheduled: • Exam 1—availability period Nov 12 --- Nov 18 • Exam 2—availability period Dec 10 --- Dec 16 The course will utilize the online test feature of Blackboard. Exam Considerations: 1. Students must complete the exam during the exam availability period. 2. The exam is timed. No answers are accepted after time expires. A clock provides the remaining time during the exam session. 3. Each student receives only one session to start and complete the exam. Blackboard will not allow a second session to complete the exam. Plan to complete the exam when an uninterrupted period is available. 4. If you experience any difficulties with Blackboard online testing, please promptly let me know with an email or phone contact. Team Projects. After teams are formed in week 1, I will pair up the teams. Each week, one team is designated as the primary project team and the second team is designated as the secondary team. The teams will rotate each week. Each team will serve as the Primary Project Team---PPT---three times and as the Secondary Project Team---SPT---team three times as well. The Primary Project Team is responsible for preparing and posting discussion for the assigned case and questions during the week. The Secondary Project Team will critically analyze the analysis of the PPT and offer additional approaches/considerations. At the end of the term, each group member will provide an evaluation of group member participation during the term. I will use the peer evaluations to determine individual team member scores for the projects. 3
  4. 4. Communication. The course utilizes two primary channels of communication. The channels of communication include: 1. Blackboard. The course home page on Blackboard is located at The Blackboard area will be used for course information and communication including: • Dissemination of course materials including the syllabus and course changes • Course content—chapter overview and topics • Assignment dropbox—area for assignment submission • Grade access • Email communication • Discussion group(s) • Chat Room Each student is expected to check the Blackboard course page regularly for course information, grades, course communication, assignments, and email. All email that is sent to the entire class will be sent through Blackboard. 2. Email. Personal communication is provided through Blackboard. The student can access course related email through Blackboard. Students should check their e-mail on a frequent basis. You can also select to have Blackboard forward email to an external email account. To select the email forwarding option: • From the My Blackboard screen • Select My Settings from the logo bar at top of screen • Then Select My Profile and provide your external email address • Select My Tool Options and check Mail Forwarding If you have a question that needs an immediate response then do not hesitate to call me. 4
  5. 5. Other Information. Please read the University’s Academic Dishonesty Policy that appears below. OMGT 4783 is offered in a self-study video format. Each student is solely responsible for completing course requirements in an ethical manner. Assignments, exams, and discussion participation must reflect your work and understanding of the material presented during the term. You are not precluded from discussing material, comparing ideas, sharing experience with other students to enhance, clarify, and extend understanding of the course material. The performance on assignments, exams, and discussion participation must reflect only your work and understanding of the material. Academic Dishonesty. • The University of Arkansas strives to be a center of academic excellence. As part of our Statement of Ethics, the University strives to preserve academic honor and integrity by repudiating all forms of academic and intellectual dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism and all other forms of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and is subject to a disciplinary response. • Students who are caught cheating or committing plagiarism may be given a failing grade in the course by the professor and may be subject to dismissal or further discipline. • Plagiarism is often misunderstood. It can be defined as submitting someone else’s work as your own. It is not permissible to “cut and paste” and then just cite another’s work. In writing for homework or projects, you should read and learn, process through your mind, relate ideas, and then express what you learned in your own words. Cite the references where you found your information. If you do use someone else’s words, you must use quotation marks and cite. You should not overuse quotes – save them for a rare occurrence. More information is available in the UA Student Handbook and the UA Graduate Catalog. Change Policy. The syllabus and class schedule is subject to modification. Any modifications will be provided to the class. Inclement Weather Policy. If the site closes for inclement weather or other reasons, your program coordinator will be the first to know. The program coordinator will call the professors and send the students e-mail advising of class cancellations. If your professor cancels a class he/she will contact the Program coordinator, and she will send an e-mail to the students in that class advising of class cancellation. 5
  6. 6. Class Schedule Week 1: Oct 21 – Oct 28 Text and Videos: Chapter 1: Projects in Contemporary Organizations Chapter 2: Strategic Management and Project Selection Chapter 3: The Project Manager Form Project Teams Week 2 Cases Assigned: Oct 27 6
  7. 7. Week 2: Oct 29 – Nov 4 Text and Videos: Chapter 4: Negotiation and the Management of Conflict Chapter 5: The Project in the Organizational Structure Case: Primary Project Team Case Due: Monday Nov 2 Secondary Project Team Case Due: Wednesday Nov 4 Week 3 Cases Assigned: Nov 3 Individual Discussion Contributions Open through Nov 6 7
  8. 8. Week 3: Nov 5 – Nov 11 Text and Videos: Chapter 6: Project Activity Planning Chapter 7: Budgeting and Cost Estimation Case: Primary Project Team Case Due: Monday Nov 9 Secondary Project Team Case Due: Wednesday Nov 11 Week 4 Cases Assigned: Nov 10 Individual Discussion Contributions Open through Nov 13 8
  9. 9. Week 4: Nov 12 --- Nov 18 Exam 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 Case: Primary Project Team Case Due: Monday Nov 16 Secondary Project Team Case Due: Wednesday Nov 18 Week 5 Cases Assigned: Nov 17 Individual Discussion Contributions Open through Nov 20 9
  10. 10. Week 5: Nov 19 --- Nov 25 Text and Videos: Chapter 8: Scheduling Chapter 9: Resource Allocation Case: Primary Project Team Case Due: Monday Nov 23 Secondary Project Team Case Due: Wednesday Nov 25 Week 6 Cases Assigned: Nov 24 Individual Discussion Contributions Open through Nov 27 10
  11. 11. Week 6: Nov 26 --- Dec 2 Text and Videos: Chapter 10: Monitoring and Information Systems Chapter 11: Project Control Case: Primary Project Team Case Due: Monday Nov 30 Secondary Project Team Case Due: Wednesday Dec 2 Week 7 Cases Assigned: Dec 1 Individual Discussion Contributions Open through Dec 4 11
  12. 12. Week 7: Dec 3 --- Dec 9 Text and Videos: Chapter 12: Project Auditing Chapter 13: Project Termination Case: Primary Project Team Case Due: Monday Dec 7 Secondary Project Team Case Due: Wednesday Dec 9 Individual Discussion Contributions Open through Dec 11 12
  13. 13. Week 8: Dec 10 – Dec 16 Exam 2: Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 Complete ‘Course Survey/Evaluation’ and return to appropriate Site Program Specialist/Coordinator. 13