UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA

DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT & MIS

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

A. COURSE: MAN 3583: Project Management

 

B. INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Arup Mukherjee

                        Office: Bldg. 76A - Rm. 308

                        Phone: 474-2310

                        E-mail: AMUKHERJ @ UWF.EDU

 

C. REQUIRED TEXTS:

1. Project Management: The Managerial Process; 5th edition; Gray and Larson;

McGraw Hill; 2011.

 

 BRING THE GRAY & LARSON TEXT TO CLASS.

 

D. OTHER MATERIALS:

Typically you will need the usual accessories and a calculator. You need to bring the calculator regularly to class.

 

E. ABOUT THE COURSE:

A project is a complex, non-routine, one time or infrequently occurring operation limited by time, budget, resource, and specifications. Strategic plans of an organization are implemented primarily through projects. Students of all types of careers require skills in management of projects. Examples of projects include conducting audits (Accounting), designing a new Pay for Performance plan (Management), conducting a sales promotion event (Marketing/ Public Relations/ Communications), building houses (Engineering Technology), designing and implementing a web based registration system (MIS/ CIS/ Computer Science/ Information Technology), studying a shipwreck (Archaeology/ History), and arranging a sporting event (Sports Management). At any given time the Northwest Florida region is involved in multiple projects that have wide ranging impact on the daily lives of its citizens.

This course is an introduction to the field of Project Management. The course covers concepts and skills used to propose, plan, secure resources, budget, manage risk, and lead teams to successful project completion. The course emphasizes the universal nature of the techniques which enable individuals to manage a variety of projects in diverse organizational settings. Students individually develop project plans for projects in their specific disciplines.

In summary, the study of Project Management helps the student attain a clear understanding of what projects are and how projects are to be managed. They gain an understanding about defining project scope, project times and costs, and managing project risk. They learn effective ways to develop a project plan, schedule resources, and reduce project completion time. They learn about the important need to develop contingency plans for possible disruptions in project execution. They gain insight about managing project teams and evaluating a completed project.

 

F. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

Students who complete this course will be able to:

1. Define project management concepts and terminology.
2. Develop a project scope statement and a work break down structure..
3. Estimate project times and costs..
4. Develop a project budget..
5. Use software to develop project network and critical path.
6. Evaluate project progress.

7. Develop a plan for a project in the student's discipline using Microsoft Project.

 

G. TEACHING METHOD:

 

1. Lecture: This is primarily a lecture oriented course. Non-trivial discussion of material covered in class is encouraged.

2. Class work: There may be some work assigned for completion during a class period. This work may or may not be graded. Missed class work can't be made up.

3. Quizzes: Quizzes may be held to ensure that students keep up with the material being discussed in class.

4. Homework: Some home work will be assigned for completion using Project Management software such as Microsoft Project.

5. Individual Project Plan: Students will individually complete a project plan as the Final project in the course. Complete guidelines for this final project will be provided in a separate handout.

 

H. EVALUATION:

1.
Midterm
20%
2.
Final
25%
3.
Homework +classwork +quizzes (if any)
35%
4.
Final project
20%
5.
Total
100%

I. GRADING SCALE:

 

                                    A = 94 - 100                A-   =  90 - 93.9

B+  =  87 - 89.9           B = 84 -  86.9              B-   =  80 -  83.9

C+ =   77 – 79.9          C = 74 -  76.9              C-   =  70 -  73.9

D+ =   67 -  69.9         D =  60 – 66.9             F     =  below 60

J. HOMEWORK GUIDELINES:
1. Each student will complete several homework assignments outside class using Microsoft Project. The homework is due in class at the beginning of the class period.

2. Any assignment turned in must be professional. In other words, it must be organized, arranged, stapled and questions asked must be answered. Each turned in assignment must have a word-processed title page (see example provided with handouts). If you are instructed to email assignments, no title page is needed.

3. Taking and giving help:
All assignments are to be done independently; If, on a rare occasion, you decide to seek help, it must be for a general difficulty and not for a specific solution to a problem or task or homework; Similarly, if a student approaches you for help you may explain general ideas but you may not tell him/ her the solution to the problem/task/homework.

4. Each homework assignment will have a due date. For each working day that you are late in turning in your assignment you will lose 20% of the maximum possible in that assignment. For valid reasons (e.g. emergencies), the penalty may be reduced/ waived at the discretion of the instructor. For late assignments, the student needs to state reasons and provide supporting documentation.

 

K. TESTS [MIDTERM/ FINAL/ QUIZZES]

 

1. The best way to prepare for the tests is to come to class. During lectures over text material, the more important ideas will be presented and discussed. In a few chapters, problems will be solved. Students will be allowed opportunity to clarify their difficulties during the lecture. Almost invariably, the form in which a test question might appear from a specific part of the lecture material will also be discussed from time to time. The form in which answers are to be provided will also be discussed. Hence it would be in your interest to come regularly to class and take good notes.

 

2. Your responsibility on a test would include:

      (a) material presented and discussed in class (text + non-text)

      (b) other materials identified by the instructor for test purposes

 

3. The test would usually have two types of questions. The first would be based on theory covered in class/ identified by instructor for self study. This category may include 'short answer', 'matching', 'fill-up-the-blanks', 'one word answer', 'multiple choice' or any other format that is considered by the instructor to be suitable for a particular kind of material. The second type would be ‘problem solving’ and will be used only in chapters where problems were solved in class.

 

 4. The "final" exam will be non-comprehensive.

 

 5. Make-up policy for tests:

 (a) To be fair to all, the tests (midterm or final) must be taken at the scheduled time and place along with other students.

 (b) If, under extra-ordinary circumstances, you need to schedule a make-up test, you must first convince the instructor why you deserve an exemption from the policy of taking the tests along with other students.

(c) If the instructor agrees to give you a make up test, you must then submit (i) a written request detailing circumstances why the make-up is needed and (ii) attach relevant, necessary and adequate documentation that helps to substantiate your case.

 

L. PENALTIES

(a) Risk Penalty: In order to be fair to all students, exams are expected to be taken along with the class. If exams are taken at times other than the scheduled time for the class, a ‘risk’ penalty may be assessed. If the exam is taken later, there is a risk that the student has come to know what was on the exam. If the exam is taken earlier, there is a risk that the exam will leak out. The actual risk penalty assessed will be at the discretion of the instructor and will depend on the circumstances of each case. For tests (midterm and final), the risk penalty is expected to be up to 30% of the maximum points for that test.

(b) Disruption penalty: In order to be fair to all students and enable the course instructor to achieve course objectives, it is necessary for all students to behave in a manner that is conducive to maintaining a professional environment in the class room. Hence, the instructor reserves the right to apply a penalty in calculating the final course grade of students who engage in disruptive behaviors. This includes behaviors such as, but not limited to, talking, eating, leaving class during lecture, entering class during lecture, etc. The penalty may be up to 10 points out of 100 points in the final course grade.

 

 

M. TOPICS TO BE COVERED:

 

1. Modern Project Management

2. Defining the Project

3. Estimating Project Times and Costs

4. Developing a Project plan

5. Managing Risk

6. Scheduling resources

7. Leadership and Managing Project teams
8. Project evaluation
9. Software tools for project management
 

Note: The above is a very ambitious list of topics. If the need arises, adjustments/ modifications/ additions may be made to the above list.

 

N. SPECIAL NEEDS

Students with special needs must inform the instructor within the first week of the course term of any personal circumstances that may require special consideration in meeting course requirements or adhering to course policies. Students with special needs who require specific examination-related or other course-related accommodations should contact The Director of Student Disability Resource Center, SDRC@uwf.edu, (850) 474-2387. Student Disability Resource Center will provide the student with a letter for the instructor that will specify any recommended accommodations.

 

O. EXPECTATIONS FOR ACADEMIC CONDUCT/ PLAGIARISM POLICY

As members of the University of West Florida, we commit ourselves to honesty. As we strive for excellence in performance, integrity – both personal and institutional – is our most precious asset. Honesty in our academic work is vital, and we will not knowingly act in ways to erode that integrity. Accordingly, we pledge not to cheat, nor to tolerate cheating, nor to plagiarize the work of others. We pledge to share community resources in ways that are responsible and that comply with established policies of fairness. Cooperation and competition are means to high achievement and are encouraged. Indeed, cooperation is expected unless our directive is to individual performance. We will compete constructively and professionally for the purpose of stimulating high performance standards. Finally, we accept adherence to this set of expectations for academic conduct as a condition of membership in the UWF academic community.