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  1. 1. Industrial and Systems Engineering Syllabus – ISE 515: Engineering Project Management Spring 2007, Monday 6:30pm – 9:10pm Instructor Prof. Erich Kreidler Phone 949.278.7001 (appointment required) Office GER 205 E-mail Tuesday 2:30pm – 3:30pm or by Office Hours appointment TA TBD Phone TBD Office TBD E-mail TBD Office Hours TBD Course Description: Project management is an important skill that is needed in the private and public sectors as well as specialty businesses. This course will explore the challenges facing today’s project managers and will provide a broad understanding of the project management environment focused on multiple aspects of the project. The course objectives are: • Gain understanding of essential principles associated with effective project management and how to apply these principles in the day-to-day business environment • Acquire and fine-tune the skills in defining, planning, initiating and monitoring engineering projects using proven techniques and commonly available computer software tools • Understand and apply methods for solving and avoiding common difficulties associated with project management The subject matter will be covered using lectures and discussions, text reading, individual research, group discussion and preparation of a comprehensive project management plan in a team environment. Materials: Course text (mandatory): Project Management, A Managerial Approach, 6th Edition by Jack R. Meredith and Samuel J. Mantel Jr. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 13978-0471-715375. Project Management Institute Materials (optional): Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge. Available from the university bookstore or from the PMI website ( for PMI members. Quantitative Methods in Project Management (optional), by John C. Goodpasture. Available from the university bookstore. Software: Microsoft ® Project: Copies of Microsoft ® Project are available on the ISE laboratory computers in GER 309 (open M-F 8 to 5). A 60-day trial of Microsoft ® Project is included with the Course book. Blackboard (Online access to materials): The assignments, handouts, lecture notes, team rosters and other class information will be posted in All students are expected to be able to access information from here. Syllabus ISE 515 -- Spring 2007 Page 1 of 5
  2. 2. Industrial and Systems Engineering Class project: The class project consists of a group project where project management skills will be demonstrated. The students need to find a project where all the elements of a project are explicit and clearly defined. The Project Proposal needs to be submitted for instructor approval. The class project will be graded based on the class presentation, final report and a 360° team rating. Quality Expectations: Professional deliverables are expected at all times, both for content and presentation. This means that all the homework, project, papers and other artifacts must be prepared using a word processor, spreadsheet or any other relevant computer software (e.g. MS Project). Make sure all documents have at a minimum: • Your name and/or your team member names • No spelling mistakes • Date and document title • Professional analysis, conclusions and/or recommendations Grading Midterm: 20%. The midterm will cover all the materials covered until 2/19/07 (inclusive). This date will mark the end of the first part of the course. Class Project: 25%. The final report is due on 4/30/07. Final Exam: 20%. The final exam will be comprehensive of all the course materials, with an emphasis on the second part of the course and guest lectures. The university schedules the final exam date and time (5/07/07). Please do not request an alternate date, as none can be accommodated. Participation: 10%. This includes class participation (in person or via Webex/phone). DEN students’ participation will be graded based on email interaction with the instructor, TA and other students as well as the discussion forum. Homework assignments: 25%. Homework must be turned in at the specified due date or via DEN prior to the beginning of class. No late assignments will be accepted. One homework (lowest grade) may be dropped. Attendance: Regular class attendance is strongly encouraged and recommended, but not mandatory. Note: Attendance will be taken for the first two weeks of class. If a student fails to attend during this period, the student will be dropped from the class without further contact. Academic Integrity: The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering adheres to the University’s policies and procedures governing academic integrity as described in SCampus. Students are expected to be aware of and to observe these academic integrity standards as they will be strictly enforced throughout the semester. Disability Services and Programs: Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me or to the TA as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is 213.740.0776. Note: This syllabus is subject to change as announced in class. Syllabus ISE 515 -- Spring 2007 Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. Industrial and Systems Engineering Course Schedule: Chapter in Meredith and Date Milestones Topic Other Reading 1 1/8/2007 Introduction Chapter 1 What is a project? Why and how to plan a project 2 1/15/2007 Martin Luther King’s Birthday (No class). Chapter 8, 9 Estimation.pdf; Promises.pdf The Mythical Man Month 3 1/22/2007 Homework #1 due Triple constraint Project Pathology How to organize a project Getting The Sponsor You  Organizing the project team Deserve  The role of the project manager Chapter 3, 4 Microsoft Project Tutorial, Part I 4 1/29/2007 Assign project The work breakdown structure Chapter 2, 5 teams Time estimating Chapter 9’s Singer Hospital Scheduling tools Case Study 5 2/5/2007 Project proposal Microsoft Project Tutorial, Part II due Leadership 6 2/12/2007 Homework #2 due Accelerating a project Chapter 7 Planning the budget Accelerating a project.pdf 7 2/19/2007 Homework #3 due President’s day (No Class) 8 2/26/2007 Midterm Examination Resource allocation, the impact of limited resources 9 3/5/2007 Homework #4 due Project cost reports Homework 6 materials Present RFP 10 3/12/2007 March Recess (No Class) 11 3/19/2007 Project control, Monitoring tools Chapter 10 Earned Value Chapter 11 12 3/26/2007 Homework #5 due Handling project changes Planning for a rainy day.pdf Risk and contingency 13 4/2/2007 Homework #6 due Completing a project Chapter 13 Guest lecturer (TBD) 14 4/9/2007 Conflict Resolution Chapter 6 Negotiation and contracts 15 4/16/2007 Homework #7 due Ethics in Engineering Project Management “Two Letters” Management of different cultures PMI Ethics 16 4/23/2007 Special Topics Guest lecturer (TBD) 17 4/30/2007 Project reports due Class project presentations Review course materials, answer questions 18 5/7/2007 ***Final Examination Due: 5/07/07. 7pm – 9pm*** Syllabus ISE 515 -- Spring 2007 Page 3 of 5
  4. 4. Industrial and Systems Engineering Assignments Assignment Name and Description Due Date Homework #1: • Prepare your updated resume 11/22/07 • Case Study The National Jazz Hall of Fame Homework #2: 2/12/07 • Critical path, network diagram problems Homework #3: • Research current project management tools 2/19/07 • D.U. Singer Hospital Products Corp Case study (Chapter 9). Questions A, B Homework #4: 3/05/07 • D.U. Singer Hospital Products Corp Case study (Chapter 9). Questions C- I Homework #5: 3/26/07 • Monitoring tools problems Homework #6 – Based on RFP, write a list of follow up questions, draft SOW 4/02/07 Homework #7 – Based on RFP, write final SOW 4/16/07 Project Reports 4/30/07 ISE 515 – Engineering Project Management Study Guide • Project management process – general • Program management plan understanding of elements o What is it • What is the distinction between o Elements management and project management o Planning issues • The Triple Constraint o Benefit to PM • Difference between projects, programs and • Role of triple constraint in PM plan business processes • WBS • Basic phases of a product-development o What is it project o Meaning of product oriented, • Conceptual idea of the triple constraint; deliverable based understanding what we mean by cost, o Features of a good one schedule and performance o Comparison of functional based vs. • Performance, schedule and cost issues – product oriented deliverable origin and avoidance o Ability to construct one • Why does one start a project? • Task size guidelines • Scope statement-elements, meaning and • WBS dictionary – be able to write one application • Network diagrams • Understand project initiation within context o Understand the different types of internal and external customers o Ability to translate • Statement of work – what is it/application • TESTETIL diagrams • Elements of proposal process o What is it • Requirements and specifications • Contract types o Be able to draw and status Syllabus ISE 515 -- Spring 2007 Page 4 of 5
  5. 5. Industrial and Systems Engineering • Scheduling options • Expectations of the organization on the PM o Understand types and advantages/ • Skills needed by a PM disadvantages • Conflict resolution • CPM and PERT • Measurements to show performance o Definition against the plan o Identification and usage • How do you make “% complete” work • Slack and float • Program reviews – why, types o Definition • Task review – why, content o Identification and usage • Tracking with cost vs. time upside/downside • Cost elements • Earned value • Resource constraints o Terminology o Identifying them o Definition o Effect on plan o Usage o Strategies to overcome o Upside/downside o Solve simple projects with network o Calculations concepts • Variances – definitions, calculation • Accelerating projects, “crashing” • Change control • Risk o Factors o What is it o Cause and effect o Types of risk o System elements o Risk statement o Change control board concept o Process to manage • Scope change control – elements, plan • Risk management plan – ability to write one • Project problem solving tools • Risk mitigation strategies – ability to identify • Decision trees – calculations them for various problems • Completing a project- understanding the • Impact of the organization on the program elements manager (understand impact of 3 different • Small projects – elements for simplified organizations) management, issues • Launch meeting –elements, PM follow up • New product development projects – • Effect of team size and project duration on elements that are unique project performance Syllabus ISE 515 -- Spring 2007 Page 5 of 5