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MBA/MIS 683 Syllabus Winter 2009

  1. 1. MBA/MIS 683 Project Management Winter Quarter 2009 Dr. John Kevin Doyle Office: SL 156 Email: Phone: (630) 829-6578 Fax: (630) 829-6034 (please use a cover sheet – this is a shared fax) Course website: Classroom: SL 222, Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm Class meetings: January 7 – March 18, 2009 (no class meeting on March 11) Course Description: The art and science of project management as applied to a variety of business and technology settings. Discusses how to initiate, plan, execute and control, and close projects, within budget and on schedule. Advanced topics may include critical chains, adaptive and agile project management, the project office, and portfolio management. A project planning software tool is utilized, usually MS Project. This course is appropriate for technology and non- technology managers alike. Learning Objectives and assessment: As a result of this course, students will be able to: • Describe and use the traditional project management framework of initiate, plan, execute/control, and close. • Relate project initiation and project gate decisions to financial decision making. • Relate project planning, execution and control to organizational behavior and structure. • Describe how project management skills can be used in day to day interactions to promote a positive and effective work environment, for anyone in a coordination, peer leadership, or management position. • Describe and use selected topics from among critical chains, adaptive and agile project management, the project office, and portfolio management. Required Texts and Materials: • Package ISBN 978-0-077-21099-1: − Gray, Larson, Project Management, The Managerial Process, 4th ed., McGraw Hill Irwin, Boston (2008). − Pinto, Parente, SimProject 2.0, A Project Management Simulation for Classroom Instruction, McGraw Hill Irwin, Boston (2008). • Kerzner, Project Management Case Studies, 2nd ed., Wiley, New York (2006), ISBN 978-0-471-75167-0. • (Optional) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 3rd ed., Project Manage- ment Institute, Atlanta (2004); ISBN 1-930-69945-X. • (Optional) Chatfield, Johnson, Microsoft Office Project 2007 Step by Step, Microsoft Press, Redmond (2007); ISBN 0-735-6230508 Course Requirements: Timely, active, and informed participation and professional interaction are expected in this course. Specific assessment methods and course policies are described below 1/7/09 Page 1 of 4
  2. 2. John Kevin Doyle MBA/MIS 683 Winter Quarter 2009 Grading Criteria: A = 90% and above B = 80% and above, less than 90% C = 70% and above, less than 80% D = 60% and above, less than 70% F = less than 60% Assessment Methods and Course Policies: Homework Assignments 50% of final grade Team SimProject performance 15% of final grade Peer Evaluation on Team SimProject contributions 5% of final grade Integrative Paper or Book Report 30% of final grade 100% Each student may choose either a final integrative paper or a book report. Students for whom the course material is immediately applicable should choose the integrative paper. Students will work in teams on a SimProject project, which will be set by the instructor. Team performance on the project will comprise 15% of each team members’ course grade, and peer evaluation of each team members’ contributions to the teams’ performance will comprise 5% of the course grade. Grades will be determined from each student’s performance on homework assignments, exams, and the integrative final paper. Impromptu quizzes, and in-class closed book examinations may be added. No handwritten materials will be accepted for assignments scheduled in advance. The student is responsible for obtaining class notes and handout materials from a classmate for any missed class or portion thereof. Any student who is unsure of this grading scale or course requirements is responsible for clarifying questions with the instructor. Incomplete Grade: It is the student’s responsibility to complete all course requirements. Under extraordinary circumstances, when a student (who is otherwise performing satisfactorily in the course, has completed a sustained portion of the course, and is in good academic standing) is unable to complete all course assignments by the final date of the term, a grade of ‘I’ (Incomplete) may be requested by the student and issued with the permission of the instructor. The grade of ‘I’ will automatically become an ‘F’ unless the student has removed it within 180 days of the end of that term. Information Technology Information: Access to the University computer network and email system is controlled through Login IDs. Each person’s Login ID is unique and access is controlled by a password of your choosing. Please see for instructions on obtaining your login Ids and email address. Students are expected to use MS Project, MS Word, and MS Excel in homework assignments, to communicate with the instructor and classmates via email, to access information via the Internet, and otherwise use modern technology in pursuit of learning in this course. The Business departments of Benedictine University are members of Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA). MSDNAA provides the latest developer tools, servers, and platforms from Microsoft to all students registered for a course offered by the CS&IS or Business departments. More information about the MSDNAA program can be found at 1/7/09 Page 2 of 4
  3. 3. John Kevin Doyle MBA/MIS 683 Winter Quarter 2009 You may obtain software through the ELMS system provided by MSDNAA. By the second week of class, you will receive an email from MSDNAA (from indicating your login name and password for downloading Microsoft Software from the ELMS system site. I will obtain your email address via the pre-class assignment so that you may be entered correctly in the ELMS system. For each downloaded software selection, you will end up with an ISO (.iso) file on your disk system. You should burn this file to a blank CD-R, writing it as an image file (not a data file). Loading the disk you have burned into your CD drive will automatically start the installation program. Downloads may take a long time (as much as three hours over a phone line) so perform the downloading in the evening, in early morning or overnight. If you have questions about this program, please email Dr. Nohl at Student Responsibilities: The search for truth and the dissemination of knowledge are the central missions of a university. Benedictine University pursues these missions in an environment guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and our Benedictine heritage. Integrity and honesty are therefore expected of all members of the University community, including students, faculty members, administration, and staff. Actions such as cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, forgery, falsification, destruction, multiple submission, solicitation, and misrepresentation, are violations of these expectations and constitute unacceptable behavior in the University community. The penalties for such actions can range from a private verbal warning, all the way to expulsion from the University. The University’s Academic Honesty Policy is available at and students are expected to read it. To ensure a comprehensive and authentic education, the student is responsible for planning his/her academic program and progress, and for evidencing academic performance with honesty and integrity. Intended learning cannot be evidenced if one misrepresents the work of others as his/her own. The University encourages students to assist one another (e.g., tutoring, group projects); the student is accountable for work submitted to meet his/her requirements. Academic honesty is expected and required in all academic work. Each student shall be honest in her or her academic work and shall support the honesty of others. Special Needs: If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability, you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Student Success Center in Krasa Center 012. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The University will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or a degree program. Summary Outline and Major Learning Activities Date Class Topics Pre-Class • Pre-class Assignment: Successfully exchange email with me (my email address is Include your degree program and where you are in the program, and introduce yourself (experience, job or role, employer). • Read Gray & Larson Chapter 1. 1/7/09 Page 3 of 4
  4. 4. John Kevin Doyle MBA/MIS 683 Winter Quarter 2009 Date Class Topics January 7 • Pre-class assignment (HA0) due. • Project Management overview, strategy, and selection. • Gray & Larson Chapters 1 and 2. • PMI code of professional conduct. • HA1 set. January 14 • HA1 due. • SimProject introduction. • Organization structure and defining the project. • Gray & Larson Chapters 3 and 4. • HA2 set. • Integrative Paper or Book Report set. January 21 • HA2 due. • Estimating and planning. • Gray & Larson Chapters 5 and 6. • HA3 set. January 28 • HA3 due. • Planning and risk management. • Gray & Larson Chapters 6 and 7. • Integrative Paper or Book Report choice due. • HA4 set. February 4 • HA4 due. • Resources. • Gray & Larson Chapter 8. • HA5 set. February 11 • HA5 due. • Critical chain simulations. • Critical Chain project management. • Gray & Larson Chapters 8 and 8½. • HA6 set. February 18 • HA6 due. • Deming bead simulation. • Schedule improvement and leadership. • Gray & Larson Chapters 9 and 10. • HA7 set. February 25 • HA7 due. • Project progress and performance measurement and evaluation. • Gray & Larson Chapter 13. • HA8 set. March 4 • HA8 due. • Guest speaker: Victoria Owens-Rinn, Director, Alcatel-Lucent. • Teams, theory of meetings. • Gray & Larson Chapters 11 and 11A. March 11 No class – Spring Break March 18 • Closing and audit, project portfolio management, project office, gate process. • Gray & Larson Chapters 14, 15, and 16. • Integrative Paper or Book Report due. HAx stands for Homework Assignment x. All Homework Assignments are due at the beginning of the indicated class session; Homework Assignments will be accepted up to one class period late with a penalty of up to 25%. 1/7/09 Page 4 of 4