Course Code: ITMG625 Course ID: 4090 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate
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)
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|12/28/20 - 06/04/21||06/07/21 - 08/01/21||Spring 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
|03/29/21 - 09/03/21||09/06/21 - 10/31/21||Summer 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
A successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:
CO-1: Examine project charter, project management plan, and directing and managing project execution.
CO-2: Examine monitoring and controlling techniques, and integrated change control
CO-3: Examine the processes of collecting requirements and defining scope
CO-4: Examine the processes of creating WBS
CO-5: Examine the processes of scope verification and controlling scope
CO-6: Examine the processes of defining and sequencing activities
CO-7: Assess the tools and techniques of time estimates, including estimating resources and duration for activities
CO-8: Assess the tools and techniques of developing project schedule
Submit assignments to your student folder, and make sure you select the correct assignment association. Please name your submitted document with your last name as the first part of the file name. For example, Assignment #1 could be named, Lastname_Assignment1.doc. Discussion questions only need to be posted on the discussion board. It is not necessary to submit a word document containing your discussion board posts.
Forum discussions will consist of one or more threads/topics each week. The questions are designed to allow you to apply what you have learned in the chapters to real-world scenarios or hypothetical, but realistic, situations. Post your answers to the questions in each thread prior to 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday. Please do not be late with this post because your classmates will be relying on you to post on time to give them a post to respond to later in the week. A discussion period will then ensue from Thursday through Sunday.
Read your classmates' posts and post at least two follow-up messages to your classmates’ posts prior to 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday. You may always post more than the required number of replies and you are encouraged to continue participating in the discussion even after you have met the minimum number of posts required. Your follow-up posts must contain substance and should add additional insight to your classmates’ opinions or challenge their opinions. It is never sufficient to simply say, “I agree with what you wrote” or “I really liked your post.” You must use your follow-up posts as a way to continue the discussion at a high level of discourse. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification, including questions posted by your professor. You will be expected to log into the classroom several times each week to participate in the forum discussions.
There will be four assignments, including case studies and critique of articles. These assignments have a strong writing component. The goal is to organize, synthesize, and demonstrate your comprehension of core concepts investigated during this course by applying a combination of the terms, concepts, and details you have learned in a systematic way. As important as "the details" that you analyze and arrange in your writing, however, are the conclusions you draw from those details, and your predictions, responses to, and ultimate interpretation of those details. You are required to list your references at the end of each assignment. References should be in APA citation format.
In week 2, submit a research proposal for your final research paper. The subject of the final research paper must be in one of these areas: Project Integration Management, Project Scope Management, and Project Time Management. The research proposal must contain at least 2 pages and 3 of the 6 references required. References must be balanced among peer-reviewed articles, books, and websites. Search APUS online library for peer-reviewed articles within the last 3-5 years with at least 10 pages if possible.
The research proposal must include the following sections: abstract, introduction, research questions, relevance value, research methods, and expected results.
Final Research paper:
You will be required to write one final research paper this semester. Details on the projects will be listed under the assignments section. General specifications are as follows:
- Content, not including cover page, reference pages, and tables, charts, and diagrams, must be 12 pages, no more than 15 pages. Cover and reference pages are required. The cover page must include the title of your paper, the date, the name of this course, your name, and your instructor’s name. Topics must be approved.
- The final research paper is due at the end of week 8.
- The final research paper must be written in APA citation style Arial 12-point font or Times New Roman styles, double-spaced texts. You must cite a minimum of six outside sources which must be balanced among peer-reviewed articles, books, and websites.
- Your paper must be in your own words, representing original work. Paraphrases of others’ work must include attributions to the authors. Use quotations sparingly! It is always better to paraphrase than to directly quote.
- The final research paper must be submitted to Turnitin for review in the classroom. PAPERS WITH AN ORIGINALITY REPORT FROM TURNITIN OVER 10% OR OVER 2% FROM A SINGLE SOURCE WILL RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT POINT REDUCTION.
- PER THE STUDENT HANDBOOK, YOU CANNOT SUBMIT A PAPER THAT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED IN ANOTHER COURSE.
Book Title: Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge-PMBOK Guide,6th ed. (PMI membership is recommended but not required- see more information here- https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/277540) - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Bates, S. (2010 August). Running a meeting: Ten rookie mistakes and how to avoid them [Online]. Available: http://www.managementconsultingnews.com/articles/bates_meeting.php
Campbell, C. (2006). The One-Page Project Manager: Communicate and Manage Any Project with a Single Sheet of Paper. Hobeken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons
Chapman, C. & Ward, S. (2003). Project Risk Management: Processes, Techniques and Insights, 2nd Edition. Hobeken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons
Cook, C. (2005). Just Enough Project Management. New York, NY: Mcgraw-Hill
Cusolito, R. (2010, August). Common challenges project managers face and tips for solving them [Online]. Available: http://www.butrain.com/project-management-training-courses/project-manager.asp
Fleming, Q. & Koppelman, J. (2005). Earned Value Project Management. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute
Mathur, A. (2007, July). Scope management [Online]. Available: http://www.projectperfect.com.au/info_scope_management.php
Marchewka, J. (2006). Information Technology Project Management: Providing Measurable Organizational Value. Hobeken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons
Morris, P. & Pinto, J. (2007). The Wiley Guide to Project Control. Hobeken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons
Turbit, N. (2004, May). Creating a communication plan [Online]. Available: http://www.projectperfect.com.au/info_comms_plan.php
|Book Title:||A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 6th ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library) (PMI membership recommended but not required- see more information here- https://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/277540)|
|Publication Info:||Project Management Institute|
|Author:||Project Management Institute|
|Book Title:||Microsoft Project - Please use this link for requirements/purchase information- http://apus.libanswers.com/coursematerials/faq/2217|
|Book Title:||Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 11th ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)|
|Author:||Harold R. Kerzner|
Not current for future courses.