Project Planning & Scheduling – MGMT 625

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/25/2022

Course Description

This course explores the area of project planning and scheduling, and is cross-referenced with PM BOK concepts. Topical coverage includes: defining the work breakdown structure, addressing work breakdown structure quality, and key considerations when creating the work breakdown structures. Coverage also includes principles and concepts of the scheduling model, best practices for scheduling, developing a project schedule, and the components of a schedule.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This is one of several courses covering advanced topics in Project Management, cross-referenced with PMBOK concepts. The student will explore the critical elements of project planning and scheduling through assessment of best practices in planning, work breakdown structure, development, and project schedules.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided topic for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 500 words, include at least 2 scholarly sources and 1 Scripture reference, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and include at least 1 scholarly source to support the student’s response.

Self-Reflection Assignment

For this assignment, the student will give a reflection on how deficient planning (e.g. lack of stakeholder involvement, undefined scoping, unclear structuring, etc.) can obstruct scheduling. The student will develop a 100–150-word essay. The essay is intended to be a reflective, conversational post; therefore, first person voice is expected and no resources/citations are needed.

Project Management Plan Assignment

Using Microsoft Word, the student will create a Project Management Plan for a construction, IT, higher education, city government, or healthcare-related project. The plan must include: a project description; project scope, cost, and objectives; team roles and responsibilities; key stakeholders for the project; assumptions and constriants; a communication management plan; a risk management plan; and a change management plan. The Project Management Plan must be 8–10 pages and include a cover page and table of contents (not included in the page count).

Work Breakdown Structure Assignment

Using a hierarchical or mind map format, the student must provide a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) or Gantt chart for the Project Management Plan he/she developed. The WBS must be 1–2 pages and can be created in MS Excel, MS Word, or MS Project.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the module: week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 50-minute time limit.