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8 Project Management Courses You Can Take this Winter

Mark Jewell
If you're interested in exploring a Project Management class during the Winter Term, here's a quick summary of some of the courses being offered.

PM 800 (Online, Portsmouth)

Project Management Seminar
Project Management Seminar is a survey course introducing project management as a profession and an academic field of study. It provides the foundation for more advanced project management courses. It serves as a pre-requisite to other courses in the degree program unless permission is granted based on previous work and/or academic experience. The student is introduced to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), published by the Project Management Institute. The course examines key tools and methodologies currently in use to manage large, complex projects; explore how these tools and techniques can be used to assess the overall status of a project and its variance from the project plan; and evaluate alternative recovery scenarios. Students are introduced to the roles of project and program managers in current business enterprises and to the triple constraints of scope, time and cost. 

PM 804 (Online)

Leading Teams
Project leadership is the process of motivating people to achieve project goals, usually in a dotted-line organizational setting. The success or failure of the project, and by extension the project manager, is dependent upon the project manager’s ability to assess the team as a whole (strengths and weaknesses), and then apply that analysis to the individual team members and to the project. Within the course, students survey and discuss multiple methodologies used to evaluate project teams. Students analyze how organizational dynamics and structure impact the project manager, limit or increase their power, and influence their ability to perform their job.

PM 809 (Online)

Global Project Management
Global Project Management addresses the growing demand for project management across international boundaries. The environment requires project managers and their teams to develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a field which is becoming increasingly more diverse through the lenses of culture, economics, and politics. Students will examine multiple distribution channels, outsourcing and unique pricing policies. Students will also discuss the need for adaptive procedures to account for unique sales and management styles, legal settings, and the expectation of the target environments.

PM 810 (Online)

Change Management and Communication
This course provides students with an understanding of the principles of assessing change, managing change and employing the communication tools necessary to implement change effectively. Issues regarding client satisfaction, morale and relationships will be explored. The effective project manager must possess skills in adaptability to ensure that projects are responsive to changing conditions and that all stakeholders receive appropriate communication. This course develops a thorough understanding of strategic change and communication within organizations.

PM 801 (Online, Portsmouth 6-week course)

Project Planning & Scheduling
This course addresses project scheduling challenges in the current economic environment. Studies have shown that nearly 75% of commercial projects are deemed not to have met the expectations of their funding sponsors. One reason is the inability to achieve the committed schedule. This course examines state of the art planning and scheduling tools and techniques. It also explores the application of the Earned Value methodology as a tool to determine and quantify current project status and as a tool to predict future project team performance. Specific emphasis is given to current deterministic and probabilistic scheduling techniques. Students learn the interrelationship and planning dependency between scheduling and risk assessment, project constraint analysis and the application of diverse scheduling methodologies. The course explores the impact that proprietary technologies; limited resources, competition, and bargaining agreements might have on the planning and scheduling decision making processes. Dependency management, particularly discretionary dependencies and their impact on the scheduling process is discussed in detail. Pre-requisite: PM 800 Project Management Seminar.

PM 803 (Online)

Cost & Budget Management
Cost and Budget Management will examine current cost estimating techniques and commonly used tools that can be applied to evaluate project alternatives: break-even, life cycle costing, net present value and others. Students will learn to apply the earned value methodology to describe a project status for both schedule and cost in terms of the dollar value of work performed. Students will also investigate how financial elements such as cost categorization, depreciation, net present value and project duration can impact the project decision making process. Pre-requisites: PM801-Project Planning & Scheduling and PM802-Risk Management.

PM 807 (Online, Portsmouth 6-week course)

Project Quality Management
Project Quality Management is critical in today’s complex project management endeavors. It is also a dual track effort as it must address both project quality and project management quality. Students will review the history of the quality efforts from Deming, Juran, and Crosby in the setting of the original quality efforts, international competition, and the concept of six-sigma as initiated by the Motorola Corporation in response to that threat. Students will examine multiple quality process improvement efforts and their impact on the business world: Prevention over Inspection, Continuous Improvement, Voice of the Customer, Just in Time, and others. This course is compatible with and will cover a subset of the Six-Sigma methodologies and practices. Pre-requisite: PM800-Project Management Seminar.

PM 808 (Online)

Project Management Capstone
This integrative capstone is the final course in the Master of Science in Project Management program. All other required coursework must have been completed prior to receiving approval to register for this course. Students in this course will have the opportunity to apply the principles learned to the entire program of study and will demonstrate competence by integrating and applying those skills to a real-world scenario. Students will apply knowledge in a group case study setting while documenting the decision making process, and will analyze methodologies and rationale for selecting those methodologies in a project log including templates designed and used, case study analytical results, and decision outcome analysis/results. Pre-requisites: All required coursework.


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