Project Management Techniques II

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Course Number: PROJMGT 7020
Course Name: Project Management Techniques II (Online)
Course Description:    An introduction to contemporary project management tools and techniques across three broad areas: organizing and initiating projects, planning projects, and performing projects. Content emphasizes resourcing projects, budgeting techniques, quality, supply chain and procurement management, risk and their integration. This course is the follow-on companion to PM 7010 Project Management Techniques I.

A sequence of project management topics regarding organizational planning, staff acquisition and team development; quality planning, assurance and control; risk identification and control; and managing procurement of goods and services from outside the performing organization.

Prerequisites:    PROJMGT 7010
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: MS in Project Management
MS in Engineering
MS in Integrated Supply Chain Management

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Express your understanding of organizational capabilities as a function of their structure, culture, and roles of various project stakeholders.
  • Understand that the resourcing of projects is both an art and a science.
  • Deal with resource overload and schedule compression to ensure on-time project delivery.
  • Use tools and techniques to estimate project costs and determine a project budget that enhance project success.
  • Understand the core concepts of project quality for contemporary project management.
  • Understand risk management tools necessary to complete qualitative risk analysis and appreciate the relationship between chartering a project and development of risk management plans.
  • Through practice, appreciate the soft skills required when working on a project under firm deadlines with a team that is physically separated.

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of the functional, project, strong matrix, and weak matrix methods of organization; describe how each operates and when to use each.
  • Describe organizational culture elements that are helpful in planning and managing projects, and describe how to overcome organizational culture elements that hinder project success.
  • Describe different project life cycle models and tell when each is appropriate.
  • Describe the duties, motivations, and challenges of each of the executive, managerial, and team roles in projects, and list important attributes for selecting each.

Lesson 2 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Identify resource needs for a project by creating a RACI chart.
  • Describe methods of resolving resource conflicts.
  • Compress a project schedule using crashing and fast tracking, and describe the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Optional outcomes for those students using MS Project and interested in individual study:

  • Assign a resource to each activity in a project schedule using project scheduling software.
  • Show resource assignments on a MS Project schedule and identify any resource conflicts.
  • Resource level a project using MS Project both with deadlines imposed on the project and with resource limitations.

Lesson 3 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Define project cost terms and tell how each is used in estimating cost.
  • Compare and contrast analogous, parametric and bottom-up methods of estimating cost.
  • Describe issues in project cost estimating and how to deal with each.
  • Create a time phased, bottom-up budget for a project.

Optional outcomes for those students using MS Project and interested in individual study:

  • Show both summary and bottom-up project budget information with cumulative costs using MS Project.

Lesson 4 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Describe how to plan for risk management, identify risks, analyze risks, and create response plans for identified risks.
  • Identify and classify risks for a project and populate a risk register.
  • Describe various risk assessment techniques and tell when each is appropriate to use.
  • Prioritize each risk on a project using an appropriate assessment technique, and develop and defend at least one strategy for each of the high-priority risks.
  • Compare and contrast the various strategies for dealing with risks.

Lesson 5 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Describe the major contributions to contemporary project quality made by each of the quality gurus and concepts of Total Quality Management, International Standards Organizations, and Six Sigma.
  • Define each core project quality concept and explain why each is vital in planning and managing projects.
  • Describe each of the project quality tools and explain when to use each.
  • Explain what may be included in a project quality management plan.
  • Compile a complete project management plan, use it to kick off the project, and then baseline and communicate the plan.

Lesson 6 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to

  • Identify the role of supply chain management in project management and its importance for ensuring project success.
  • Describe how to plan, conduct, administer, and close project procurements.
  • Describe the various formats for supply contracts and when each type is appropriate.
  • Explain how to utilize the contemporary approach to project partnering and collaboration.

Lesson 7 Outcomes
Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to apply the lesson outcomes from PM 7010 and Lessons 1 through 6 of PM 7020.

Grading Information

The breakdown of points is as follows:

Course Totals

Assignments Points
Individual Quizzes 120 pts.
Individual Assignments 550 pts.
Group Assignments 350 pts.
Total Points 1020 pts.

Grading Scale:

Grading Scale for Assignments

Individual and Group Assignments
A   93.5 to 100 B+  87.5 to 90 C+  77.5 to 80 D+  67.5 to 70
  B   83.5 to 87.5 C   73.5 to 77.5 D  63.5 to 67.5
A-  90 to 93.5 B-  80 to 83.5 C-  70 to 73.5 D-  60 to 63.5


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