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Undergraduate Certificate in IT Project Management Essentials




Program Description

The world of Information Technology is replete with projects that were abandoned because of runaway scope and cost. On the other hand the trend in the world economy is shrinking budgets and shorter deadlines; all this while projects are getting more complex. This certificate focuses on meeting industry needs for IT Managers that can manage cost, time, scope, quality, risk, and people to ensure that projects come in on time and under budget. It also addresses strategic planning and business systems analysis. This certificate meets the following learning outcomes.

An undergraduate student, regardless of field of study, may enroll in the Certificate of IT Project Management. This Certificate prepares an IT professional to seek higher level career positions such as: IT Project Manager, IT Manager, e-Business Project Manager, Web Content Manager, SEO Analyst, IT Cost Analyst, and IT Planner.

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Program Objectives

While enrolled in this certificate, the student will:

  • Appraise the principles and practices for organizing, allocating, and managing project resources.
  • Analyze the project management framework, including the stakeholders, domains, phases, processes, integration, and lifecycle.
  • Examine the potential complexities and pitfalls in initiating and closing projects; and assess methods to mitigate this risk.
  • Appraise the unique challenges in managing the scope, time, and cost of information technology projects.
  • Assess the principles, strategies, challenges, and measures for managing quality and risk on IT projects.
  • Analyze the phases, procedures, deliverables, and best practices for business systems analysis.
Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
Management Information Systems
3 hours

This course provides a technical and organizational foundation for understanding the use and importance of information systems and information technology in today's management environment. This course covers the hardware, software, and infrastructure that support management information systems. Information and decision support systems, knowledge management and specialized information systems, database management systems, telecommunications, the Internet, Intranets, Extranets, and wireless networks will be examined. This course also covers systems development, e-commerce, and the ethical and societal impact of management information systems.

Information Technology Project Management
3 hours

This course is a study of the planning and processes involved in an information system project. Its topics include planning, scheduling, and controlling aspects of a project during its life cycle. The use of project management techniques such as PERT (Project Evaluation and Review Technique) and Gantt charts will be examined in depth as will be other techniques of planning, scheduling and controlling projects. This course meets the topical requirements for the CompTIA Project+ Certification.

Project Management Using MS Project
3 hours

This course is a study of the concepts and technology trends of Project Management. Students will explore the principles, practices, features, and functions of the Microsoft Project application. The course will be taught with a mixture of analytical methods and practical exercises. Students will create project plans, organize (estimate, budget, and schedule) tasks, perform and manage resource allocation, identify project constraints, determine a project’s critical path, create Gantt Charts and establish a project baseline using Microsoft Project. Students must have access to Microsoft Office Project Standard. Course software requirements with the appropriate versions are listed under the course materials site

Contemporary Internet Topics
3 hours

This course explores the Internet's impact on business and personal dynamics, from a managerial perspective. A review of current literature will examine such issues as: changes in workplace productivity, legal issues arising from company Internet use policies, staff morale in the face of nearly ubiquitous Internet access, institutional liability for employee conduct while on the Internet, telecommuting, and the impact of conducting personal business during work time. Non-workplace issues such as the impact of the Internet on family life, politics and the economy will also be explored.

Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
3 hours

This course examines how laws have had to change to account for the expanded realm of crimes in the digital age. Despite legislation intended to combat the problem of identity theft, it continues to be one of the most common crimes associated with the Internet. Sexual harassment complaints can now be triggered simply by an employee forwarding questionable email to fellow employees. Some regard intellectual property rights violations to be innocent flattery, while others consider them to be violations that must be stamped out by force of law. Plagiarism by students who pull content from the Internet is a growing problem. Stalkers can log into their victims lives and gain access to highly confidential medical and financial information, and even sabotage their victim's reputations. This course examines current literature on such topics.

Virtual Management
3 hours

This course is designed to provide an overview of key individual, group, and organizational issues involved in Virtual Management (technology-assisted employee management). Topics include gauging employer and employee readiness for technology-enabled communication and telecommuting; identifying appropriate job types and flexibility options; applying effective communication strategies and methods when utilizing computers and telecommunication technologies; and implementing and evaluating management procedures and policies in flexible organizations.

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