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Southern Oregon University

MM 588
BA 488/588

Hart WilsonHart Wilson, MM
552-8283
wilsonh@sou.edu
Office: Central 114
Office Hours: By Appointment

Course Overview

This course provides the foundations for managing small, medium and large projects for any type of organization. It assumes the students have little or no prior formal training in project management. The course provides an understanding of effective management practices for simple projects that require only the project manager or complex projects that rely on teams to accomplish the project goals. The course covers the five traditional phases of the project lifecycle: Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control (Change Management), and Closeout. The course also includes assessments with debriefings that help to prepare the individual, organization, and team for project management. Related project management forms and templates will be provided as aids to take back to the workplace.

Course Competency Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will:

  1. Be able to identify the temperaments of people who are best suited for the success of a given project.
  2. Be able to identify the optimum organizational dynamics for the success of a project.
  3. Be able to identify risks and constraints related to a project and develop contingency plans accordingly.
  4. Understand the concepts involved in the five phases of project management.
  5. Be able to manage a project through all five phases.
  6. Be aware of the features of MS-Project and its usefulness in managing complex projects.
  7. Be able to use standard project management forms as aids to enhance the efficiency and success of project management.
Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to this course. 

Required Text/ Materials

Portny et al, Wiley Pathways Project Management. Wiley 2007.
A student's notebook contains required course materials. Blackboard technology will be extensively incorporated in the course to facilitate instruction and learning.