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Course Description

Project management as a professional discipline in information and communication technology. Introduction to roles, activities, methods, and tools. Critical review and application of principles. 

The course will focus on the standard body of knowledge required by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which is the world's leading certification organization for professionals in all disciplines of Project Management. While PMI Certification is not provided through the course, it serves as a map of the comprehensive set of knowledge and skills that project managers must generally have in order to be productive in a variety of contexts.

Credit(s)

3.0

Professor of Record

Arthur Thomas

Audience

Master's students desiring a formal grounding in project management principles. 

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to: 

  1.  Define the knowledge areas within the Project Management Body of Knowledge, as articulated by the Project Management Institute (www.pmi.org). 
  2. Explain how project managers are credentialed by professional organizations, and how project management careers develop in small and large organizations.
  3. Describe the roles of project participants, including roles in large-scale, global projects. 
  4. Articulate the sequence of activities in a typical ICT project, and distinguish the approaches of predictive, adaptive and hybrid project methodologies regarding the deliverables suited to each method.
  5. Describe the deliverables that are typical outcomes of project management activities, and recall differences between those of small vs. large-scale, global projects.
  6. Describe typical stages in the life-cycle of an ICT product or service, from conception to maturity.
  7. Identify typical approaches used for management of Project Constraints, such as Time, Cost and Scope, in small projects as well as large-scale, global projects. 
  8. Use project management methods and tools based on actual examples from organizations of varying sizes to deliver written work on project case problems assigned for the course.
  9. Apply the methods and concepts of project management in class to situations and case studies based on actual projects of small, large and global size.
  10. Explain how application of the methods and concepts of project management may vary, depending on contextual factors such as clients’ organizational culture, needs, Stakeholder tolerance and project size.
  11. Recall specific challenges of managing projects in large-scale, global environments across time zones, cultures and languages, specifically in the areas of communications, team management and motivation, meetings, cross-functional teams, matrixed management and virtual team environments.

Course Syllabus

IST 645 Fall 2020 Syllabus- Thomas, Arthur

IST 645 Fall 2020 Syllabus- Borte, Mark


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