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MGMT 4335 - 18487 Summer 2014

Course Number MGMT 4335 - 18487
Course Title Project Management
Location Sugar Land
Prerequisites MGMT 4320
Instructor Rupak Rauniar
Office Brazos Hall 314 (Sugar Land)
Office Hours Monday, Online at http://breeze.uhv.edu/rauniar/ (enter as "Guest"); Tues 10AM-1PM Sugar Land; Thurs 5PM-7PM Sugar Land or Victoria
Phone 281-275-8815
Fax
Email RauniarR@uhv.edu
Faculty Homepage/URL www2.uhv.edu/rauniarr

Prerequisite Policy

Prerequisites for a course exist because the School of Business Administration faculty have determined that the knowledge, skills, and/or exposure students receive through the prerequisites is critical to their success in the course and their ability to contribute to their fellow students' learning experience. In addition, taking your core courses and concentration or elective courses in a prescribed sequence prepares you to integrate the knowledge and skills you are acquiring properly. Students bear the responsibility for verifying that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses. Students who enroll in a course without completing the prerequisites risk being dropped from the class at any time during the semester should their lack of prerequisites come to light. In addition, students who enroll without the prerequisites and as a result find themselves at a disadvantage in meeting course objectives will have no redress with the instructor.

Course Description

Analysis and application of project management techniques and processes to large scale, complex and unique projects. Topics include project selection; planning and organization; negotiation and conflict resolution; budgeting and cost elimination; scheduling; resource allocation; monitoring and control; project auditing; and termination. 

Project management has been proven to be the most effective method of delivering products within cost, schedule, and resource constraints. This course presents specific concepts, techniques and tools for planning, organizing, and controlling projects effectively. The course is structured around the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) standards prescribed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to develop the necessary skill and knowledge of project management. The role of the project manager as team leader is also examined, together with important techniques for controlling project cost, schedules and performance parameters. Topics covered in the course include project scoping, project launching, monitoring and control, and project closing along with project life cycle and project portfolio management.

Textbook Information

Jack Gido & James Clements, Successful Project Management, 6th ed., South-Western Cengage Learning, ISBN 9781285268374(Required)

Information on Buying Textbooks

The Victoria College Bookstore carries textbooks for all UHV SBA courses.

Students may use the publishing information posted above to order their textbooks from their favorite book vendor. However, before doing so you should find out what your vendor's anticipated shipping time is, and what their return policy is. Also, you should not write in or remove shrinkwrap from any textbook or materials you purchase from any vendor until the first class day in the event that:

  • the vendor supplies you with the wrong edition of your text,
  • the course instructor is forced to make a late change to the required textbooks,
  • you are forced to make a last-minute change to your schedule due to missing prerequisites, or
  • your course is canceled due to low enrollment.

In addition, be aware that, on occasion, certain outside vendors may substitute an international version of a textbook for the version you have requested without notice. International versions of textbooks may be quite different from the editions we require.

Required Course Materials

The text book comes with a licensed 60 day trial copy of Microsoft (tm) Project Professional. You can also download free trial version (60 days) from: http://www.microsoft.com/project/en-us/try.aspx

AACSB Accreditation Standards

The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation adds value to your degree. The AACSB International accreditation standards require you to:

  • Operate with integrity in your dealings with faculty and other students.
  • Engage the learning materials with appropriate attention and dedication. (This standard recognizes the role students play in the creation of high-quality education. You cannot be passive, nor can your participation be superficial.)
  • Maintain your engagement when challenged by difficult learning activities.
  • Contribute to the learning of others. (Regardless of the delivery mode of the program, students should have opportunities to work together on some learning tasks. Students need to acknowledge their responsibilities to their fellow students by actively participating in group learning experiences.)
  • Perform to standards set by faculty.

Course Objectives

As a result of this course, students will:

  1. Understand and explain the basic foundations of a project management concepts and vocabulary.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of selecting, planning, performing, and controlling projects.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of project scheduling and budgeting.
  4. Evaluate project risks and how to monitor and manage the risks.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of project management skills, teamwork, and the organizational structures in which project management takes place.
  6. Exhibit knowledge of applying project management software (MS Project) to a project.

Course Evaluation Process

Grading Scale:

Your letter grade is determined using the grade distribution that follows. You can calculate your percentage grade at any time in the semester by dividing the points you have accrued by the total points available up to that point. This percentage is then matched to a letter grade.

A 90% or higher
B 80 to 89%
C 70 to 79%
D 60 to 69%
F Less than 60%

Course Assessments:

Tests (3 x 20 %)60 %
Assignments (25%)25 %
Class Participation (15%)15 %

Tests (3 x 20 %)

There would be altogether 3 tests, each worth 20% of student grade. Assesses learning objectives 1 to 5.

Assignments (25%)

There would be 4 assignments based on Microsoft (MS) Project. A 60 days free trial version can be downloaded from : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh973401.aspx Because this is a limited trial version, please do not download and install the software unless the Instructor has asked you to do so. Assignments would be based on the Textbook problems. Assesses learning objectives 2. 3. and 6.

Class Participation (15%)

The course will use case-based teaching methodology. Students would be required to prepare the case study (Situation Analysis, Application of Theory/ Best Practices to Recommend Solution)in advance.

Reading Assessments

Your capacity to contribute to class discussions is directly related to your commitment to completing all reading assignments by the dates listed on the course schedule. Class participation grades will reflect both the quantity and the quality of your participation.

Makeup Exams

Make-up exams will only be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students are strongly cautioned to notify the instructor immediately if legitimate and insurmountable obstacles prevent them from participating in a scheduled exam session.

Late Assignments

The due dates for all assignments will be strictly followed. Late assignments may or may not be accepted at the instructor’s discretion; should the instructor accept a late assignment, he or she may reduce the grade of the assignment the equivalent of one (1) letter grade for each day the assignment is late.

Attendance Policy

According to the UHV Student Handbook, students are expected to be diligent in their studies and regular in class attendance. A student whose absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive shall be dropped prior to the last day to drop a course or withdraw from UHV with a grade of W or F. For students enrolled in online courses, "absence" connotes a failure to engage in class participation activities on a weekly basis. If an unforeseen crisis (including family emergencies, professional obligations, and technical difficulties) prevents you from fulfilling your course obligations, you are responsible for alerting your instructor to the reason for and anticipate duration of your absence.

Teaching and Learning Partnership

Teaching and learning is a partnership between faculty and students. I will fulfill my partnership obligations by serving as advisor, consultant, mentor and purveyor of general comments and clarifications of difficult or confusing concepts. To this end, I will respond to questions within 72 hours.  You will fulfill your partnership obligations by being a fully participative, responsive, helping, and working team member of the class.  You should check your UHV email frequently and respond to faculty in a timely fashion. Good business and professional etiquette is expected. No derogatory comments should be made. You may certainly disagree with others in class discussions, and you may state your disagreement (if you choose to); however, please do so in a polite manner.

Homework, take-home exams, case assignments and bulletin board participation all play an important role in your education in this course. They are an essential part of the learning process in that they require the synthesis and extension of concepts. They also help both the student and the instructor to evaluate one’s progress in mastering the material. Past experience indicates that generally the course material cannot be adequately mastered without active involvement on your part.

Discussion of homework assignments with others who are also struggling with them can be highly beneficial and is encouraged. Most real-life problems are solved through team efforts, and it is important to learn how to solve problems cooperatively. The interaction with others working on the same problem often reveals different approaches to common difficulties.

Academic Honesty

Each student is responsible for maintaining high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. In order that each student understands what is (or is not) acceptable behavior, the following guidelines are offered.

  • Discussion of assignments with other students and members of the faculty is both permitted and encouraged as a constructive educational practice.
  • Students are expected to write their exams, quizzes and papers on their own, based on their individual level of progress with the material.
  • Copying of another’s work and representing it as one’s own work is a serious academic offense, and will be treated as such.
  • Students are encouraged to review materials other than those required for the course in preparing assignments, but should always properly cite any sources used in assignment preparation.

UHV’s Student Handbook contains a detailed description of the university’s Academic Honesty Policy. In addition, tutors at the Academic Center (see section below) are available to assist you in providing proper citations for your source materials.

Disabled Student Policy

The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students with a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, each University within the System strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring academic adjustments/auxiliary aids, please contact your University’s student disability services center. University of Houston–Victoria, Office of Disability Services, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Suite 133-B University West, Victoria, TX 77901. Office phone – 361-570-4287; E-mail worleyc@uhv.edu; Website - www.uhv.edu/DisabilityServices

Student Absences on Religious Holidays

Per Texas state law, students will be excused from attending class and other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is excused on these grounds will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within one (1) week of the excused absence.

Sexual Harassment

Students who feel they are the victims of sexual harassment may contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-570-4290 and/or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action at 361-570-4800.

Grievance Procedures

Students who have non-academic grievances or complaints may contact Student Services at 361-485-4409.

Student Success Center Services

The Student Success Center offers writing assistance to all UHV students in the form of paper reviews by peer tutors. Tutors will aid students in looking more critically at their own writing to examine issues such as organization, structure, and development of ideas. To submit a document for online tutoring, or to schedule an appointment for face-to-face tutoring, please visit the Student Success Center online http://uhv.mywconline.com/. For more information about the Student Success Center and its library of online resources, visit the Center's Web site at http://www.uhv.edu/ac or stop by Suite 129 (University West in Victoria).

Weekly Class Schedule

DaysWeekTopicReadingAssignment
Jun 31Class Introduction
Jun 51Chapter 1, Initiating a Project
Jun 102Chapter 2, Identifying and Selecting ProjectsCase Study 1: A Not-for-Profit Organization (ch 1)
Jun 122Chapter 3, Developing Project ProposalsCase Study 2: Transportation Improvements (ch 2)
Jun 173Chapter 4, Defining Scope, Quality, Responsibility, and Activity SequenceCase Study 3: Medical Information Systems (ch 3)
Jun 193Chapter 5, Developing the ScheduleCase Study 4: The Wedding (ch 4)
Jun 244Test 1
Jun 264Chapter 6, Resource Utilization
Jul 15Chapter 7, Determining Costs, Budget, and Earned ValueAppendix Microsoft Project, Pg 135 (Fig 4A.6)
Jul 35Chapter 8, Managing RiskAppendix Microsoft Project, Pg 198 (Fig 5A.10)
Jul 106Chapter 10, The Project ManagerAppendix Microsoft Project, Pg 272 (Fig 7A.8)
Jul 86Chapter 9, Closing the ProjectAppendix Microsoft Project, Pg 229 (Fig 6A.10)
Jul 157Test 2
Jul 177Chapter 11, The Project TeamCase Study 5: ICS, Inc. (ch 10)
Jul 228Chapter 12, Project Communication and Documentation
Jul 248Chapter 13, Project Management Organizational StructuresCase Study 6: New Team Member (ch 11)
Jul 299Article 1: Getting Most out of your Product Development Process; Article 2: Creating Project Plans to Focus Product Development
Jul 319HBR Case: The AtekPC Project Management Office
Aug 510Test 3