Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management

 

DEGREE AT A GLANCE:

    • Number of Credits
    • 18
    • Cost Per Credit
    • $ 325
    • Total Tuition*
    • $ 5,850
  • *(Before Transfer Credit)
 

Program Description

The world of Information Technology is replete with projects 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 become 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 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

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Appraise the principles, practices, and models for organizing, allocating, and managing project resources.
  • Examine the models, methods, principles, practices, and challenges pertaining to project cost management and analyze the principles of earned value management (EVM).
  • Apply the qualitative and quantitative approaches of risk analysis to risk assessment and management.
  • Examine the various tools, techniques, principles, and practices of quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) programs.
  • Examine the phases, methodologies, and processes in the e-Business project lifecycle.

Graduate Certificate in IT Project Management

To enroll, you must provide an official transcript of your previously-completed bachelor's or master's degree and meet one of the following:

  • Associate or bachelor's degree in information technology or a related field (ex: computer science, information systems, database development, etc.)
  • Two years of work experience in the specific sub-field for this certificate
  • Completion of six upper-division credits (300-400 level) in IT-related courses at the undergraduate level
  • Completion of an IT-related minor or concentration during your bachelor's degree program
  • Completion of one of our undergraduate IT certificates

If the IT-specific requirements are not noted in the official bachelor's or master's transcript, you must provide official copies of your undergraduate transcripts that show the appropriate coursework. The verification of the 2-years work experience needs to be sent to the university from your current/previous employer on company letterhead.

Send your official transcripts to:

American Public University System
Attn: Document Services
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109

An admissions representative will be assigned to work with you and will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process. Your admissions representative will also be reviewing documents verifying your previous education or work experience and will notify you when you have been admitted and can register for classes.

*Preadmission courses completed at the undergraduate level must be graded C or better; B or better at the graduate level.

 
Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
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DESCRIPTION
CREDITS
ITMG624
Information Technology Project Management
3 hours

This course explores successful project management for information technology projects. The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) models are defined including the waterfall, spiral, incremental release, and prototyping models. Students will differentiate between these models and apply corresponding project management methods to identify critical checkpoints and reviews. Risk management, as applied to technology projects, is examined. Key project indicators are discussed, and students will explore defining measurement criteria for determining critical success factors on a project. The course defines the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities and includes a tutorial for Microsoft Project. Emphasis is placed on the three dimensions of the information technology project constraints: scope, time, and cost. Students are recommended to have access to Microsoft Project. Course software requirements with the appropriate versions are listed under the course materials site.

ITMG625
IT Project Management: Integration, Scope and Time
3 hours

The course is an advanced study of project management; it takes a systems approach to project management and examines project integration, project management knowledge areas (domains), project life cycle, software development life cycles, phases, and process groups, such as project initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. This course also appraises the challenges and the techniques for managing scope on IT projects. This course also assesses methods, tools, and techniques to perform time management. Students must have access to Microsoft Project. Course software requirements with the appropriate versions are listed under the course materials site. Prerequisite: ITMG624

Pre Reqs: Information Technology Project Management(ITMG624)

ITMG626
IT Project Management: Cost and Communications
3 hours

This course is an advanced study of the models, methods, principles, practices, and challenges pertaining to project life cycle cost management, including earned value management (EVM). This course also examines the process for developing project communications plans, and it analyzes various communications and technology tools to enhance project communications. Students must have access to Microsoft Project. Course software requirements with the appropriate versions are listed under the course materials site. Prerequisite: ITMG624

Pre Reqs: Information Technology Project Management(ITMG624)

ITMG627
IT Project Management: HR and Procurement
3 hours

This course is an advanced study of Human Resource Planning and Development; it also analyzes various human resource organizational structures for project success. It appraises various theories of human motivation and applies these theories to develop effective project teams. This course also appraises the inherent risk in various kinds of contracts and examines the principles of effective contract creation and administration. Students must have access to Microsoft Project. Course software requirements with the appropriate versions are listed under the course materials site. . Prerequisite: ITMG624

Pre Reqs: Information Technology Project Management(ITMG624)

ITMG628
IT Project Management: Quality and Risk
3 hours

This course is an advanced study of engineering high quality on IT projects. Quality does not happen; it must be planned, promoted, and practiced intentionally and deliberately. This course also examines the various models and methods for assessing and managing project risk. This course also applies both qualitative and quantitative risk analysis to minimize project risk. Students must have access to Microsoft Project. Course software requirements with the appropriate versions are listed under the course materials site. Prerequisite: ITMG624

Pre Reqs: Information Technology Project Management(ITMG624)

ITMG630
Project Management for e-Business
3 hours

E-Business projects have become even more commonplace than the neighborhood bowling alley; e-Business development time lines have shrunk dramatically while costs have increased significantly. While traditional IT project managers have filled the gap, it should be recognized that e-Business introduces challenges over and above that of traditional IT project management. This course is a study of the project management framework related to e-Business, it includes: strategic planning, risk management, web content management, customer relationship management, security and privacy management, web usability, agile application development, application deployment, search engine optimization (SEO), internet marketing, and vendor management.


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