FI 2301H Project Management Detailed Class Outline:

You will notice there are not as many assigned readings as you may have in other classes. This is because you will be asked to find readings that are most relevant to you that relate to topics in class.

We will also use the time that you would spending reading papers to extend in-class activities that will enhance your learning and experience.

The course is divided into 3 sections[1]:

Part 1.                 Introduction, Overview, Projects, Portfolios, Organizational Goals

Part 2.                 Tools and Techniques for Planning, Managing, Closing, Auditing Projects

Part 3.                 Organizational, Interpersonal, Leadership, Political Issues in Managing Projects

With the exception of the first part, we will spend roughly the same amount of class time on each section and there will be one assignment that corresponds to each section.

Part 1: Introduction, Overview, Projects, Portfolios, Organizational Goals

 

Week 1 (Sept 8 / 9) Overview of Course and Introduction to Project Management

Readings (we will go over these in class as you are not expected to read them before our first meeting):

         Stretton, A., A Short History of Modern Project Management, Second Edition, PM World Today, October 2007 (Vol. IX, Issue X)

         Ben Zander Youtube video on Leadership: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=zErpOnYZZH0

Assignment 1 handed out in class

Week 2 (Sept 15 / 16) Projects, Portfolios, Project Management

Readings:

         Grey and Larson Ch1 pages 3-20

         Grey and Larson Ch2 pages 21-45

Assignment 1 due Thursday, September 18 by 11:59pm

Week 3 (Sept 22 / 23) Organizational Strategy, Organizational Structure, and Projects

Readings:

         Grey and Larson Ch3 pages 57-71 and Summary pages 78-79

         Grey and Larson Ch16 pages 519-533

Week 4 (Sept 29 / Sept 30) Defining and Scoping a Project

Readings:

         Grey and Larson Ch 4 pages 91-111

         Baca Ch 3 pages 53-85

Assignment of projects and project teams

Teams sign up for reading assignment and discussion-leading

 

Part 2: Tools and Techniques for Planning, Managing, Closing, Auditing Projects

 

Week 5 (Oct 6 / Oct 7) Project Scheduling and Planning

Readings

         Grey and Larson Ch 6 pages 145-171

         TBD: Based on reading selection by project team

Assignment 2 Handed out

Week 6 (Oct 13 / 14) Project Costs: estimating, budgeting, and controlling:

*** Thanksgiving: No face-2-face class; On-line discussion ***

Readings

         Grey and Larson Ch5 pages 117-136

         TBD: Based on reading selection by project team

Week 7 (Oct 20 / 21) Project Resources:

Readings:

         Grey and Larson Ch8 pages 233-260

         TBD: Based on reading selection by project team

Week 8 (Oct 27 / 28) Performance Measurement, Project Closure and Audit

Readings:

         Grey and Larson Ch13, pages 419-445

         Grey and Larson Ch14, pages 467-483

         TBD: Based on reading selection by project team

Assignment 2 due Wednesday, Oct 29 11:59pm

Week 9 (Nov 3 / 4) Risk Management

Readings:

         Grey and Larson Ch7, pages 197-219

         TBD: Based on reading selection by project team

 

Part 3: Organizational, Interpersonal, Leadership, Political Issues in Managing Projects

 

Week 10 (Nov 10 / 11) Leadership and Management

Readings:

         Grey and Larson Ch10, pages 315-337

         TBD: Based on reading selection by project team

Assignment 3 Handed Out

Week 11 (Nov 17 / 18) Building a Project Team

Readings:

         Grey and Larson Ch11, pages 349-378

         TBD: Based on reading selection by project team

Week 12 (Nov 24 / 25) Managing Inter-organizational Relations, International Projects

Readings:

         Grey and Larson Ch12, pages 389-408

         Grey and Larson Ch15, pages 489-512

         TBD: Based on reading selection by project team

Assignment 3 due Wednesday, Nov. 26, 11:59pm

Week 13 (Dec 1 / 2) Organizational Culture and PM Careers, Summary, Review, Overview

Readings:

         Grey and Larson, Ch3, pages 71-78

         Grey and Larson, Ch16, pages 535-537

         TBD: Based on reading selection by project team

Final Paper Due: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 11:59pm



[1] This course outline closely follows that used by Professor R. Irving who taught this course in Summer 2006.