Instructor

Name: Dr. Scott Clary

Email: sclary@fit.edu

Phone: (407) 356-4023

Fax: (413) 473-3923

Office Location:  Virtual

Office Hours:  I typically respond to emails (preferred) or phone calls within 24 hours 

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Objective

This course examines the practical tools of strategy, planning and implementation at business and corporate levels. It covers the primary challenges of projects, which are to achieve all the project goals and objectives while managing the project constraints of scope, time and budget.

This course provides the student with fundamental techniques and principles related to project management, following the national standards for project management. The content of this course includes and extends the body of knowledge elements required for completion of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification by the Project Management Institute.

Project management software is utilized throughout the course, particular to demonstrate the usefulness of automated calculations, record keeping, and reporting as related to planning and controlling projects. Throughout, the merger of technical skills, general management skills, and project management skills for successful project completion is emphasized.

The course will be offered as a series of lecture/seminar/workshop sessions. Sessions will vary in their learning/teaching approaches, integrating class discussions, lectures, in-class workshops/exercises, and guest speakers when available. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Students will demonstrate competencies in:

1. Strategic alignment of project management functions to organizational goals

2. Strategic project planning

3. Strategic management of project resources

4. Return on investments (ROI) determination on projects

5. Critical assignment of project resources

6. Best practices in project management

7. Strategic estimation of project budgets

8. Strategic communication of project objectives

9. Effective project closure strategies 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students successfully completing this course should be able to:

1. Develop project objectives

2. Create Statement of Work

3. Develop Work Breakdown Structure

4. Create Project Schedule

5. Create network diagram

6. Identify skills needed for a project

7. Plan resource assignments for a project

8. Prepare linear responsibility chart

9. Use Microsoft Project 2019 to enter task details and assign resources

10. Develop strategies for estimating project budgets

11. Design effective project monitoring and controlling systems

12. Prepare project risk identification plan;

13. Develop project communication plan

14. Develop project evaluation plan

15. Conduct effective and appropriate project termination

ASSESSMENTS:

The learning outcomes will be assessed by:

A. Demonstrated knowledge of project management concepts and processes measured by classroom activities, a group project, individual homework assignment, quizzes, and final examination.

B. Development of a project plan (for a simulated or actual project), through the group project assignment, containing the following:

1. Project scope Statement

2. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

3. Appropriate Work Packages in the Work Breakdown Structure

4. Project Schedule with Early Start (ES), Early Finish (EF), Late Start (LS) and Late Finish (LF) dates

5. Project Budget Projections using ES/EF and LS/LF times

6. Project Communication Plan

7. Project Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan

8. Project Closure Plan

Textbooks

REQUIRED TEXTS AND SOFTWARE:

1. Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling Projects, 1st Edition, Stanley Portny, Samuel Mantel, Jack Meredith, Scott Shafer, Margaret Sutton & Brian Kramer. John Wiley & Sons, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0-470-11124-6

2. Microsoft Project Fundamentals: Microsoft Project Standard 2021, Professional 2021, and Project Online Editions, Wiley, 2022. ISBN-13: 9781119821151

Bookstore:  https://bncvirtual.com/fit.htm

3. Microsoft Project 2021 software. The Microsoft Project Assignments are based on the Microsoft Project 2021 textbook.

** Note for Students without access to full version of MS Project 2021:

If you do not already have access to Microsoft Project 2021, Microsoft Project 2019 or 2016 will also work.  To download your free copy of the full version of MS Project 2021 software, use the following 2 steps:

Step 1:  Go to https://azureforeducation.microsoft.com/devtools

Step 2:  Follow instructions in Week 01 Assignment for MS Project 2021 software download instructions.

SUPPLEMENTAL TEXTS (Not required; for reference only):

1. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 5th Edition, Project Management Institute (PMI) (2013), ISBN: 978-1-935589-67-9

2. Core Concepts in Project Management, Meredith, J. R., et al, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Somerset, New Jersey, 2001. ISBN: 0-471-37162-9.

3. Successful Project Management, 3rd Edition, Gido, J. & Clements, J.P., Thomson South-Western Publishing, Mason, Ohio, 2006. ISBN: 0-324-22428-1.

Materials

As stated in the Textbooks section, Microsoft Project 2021 software is required (2019 or 2016 software will also work).

Prerequisites

None

Grading

Grading Policy:

Exams (Exam 1, Exam 2) 40%

Quizzes and Homework 20%

Projects 20%

Final Exam 20%

Final grades are computed as follows:

Percentage Letter Grade

90 - 100 A

80 - 90 B

70 - 80 C

60 - 70 D

Below 60 F

Exams

Some, if not all, exams may require a proctor. If a proctor is required, the instructor will provide details on how a proctor is to be identified.

Location

Cyberspace -- using the Canvas course delivery system.

Chat

None -- discussion board and e-mail will be the primary method of group interaction.

Schedule

Week 01A - Introduction

Week 01B - Defining Project Management Today

Week 02A  - Identifying Project Needs and Solutions

Week 02B  - Organizing Projects

Week 03 - Planning Projects

Week 04 - Budgeting Projects

Week 05 - Establishing Project Schedules

Week 06 - Estimating and Allocating Resources

Week 07A - Being an Effective Project Manager

Week 07B - Involving the Right People in Projects

Week 08 - Managing Project Teams

Week 09A - Tracking Progress and Maintaining Control

Week 09B - Communicating and Documenting Project Progress

Week 10A - Managing Risk

Week 10B - Evaluating and Ending Projects

Week 11 - Final Exam

Projects

Two projects are required. Details will be provided in Assignments on Canvas.

Readings

No additional readings

Other Items

Research "Helps" and other general information and services about the Evans Library is available directly from the web site: www.lib.fit.edu. Access to the Evans Library's research databases is accomplished by entering your student "TRACKS" account "username and password."

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