Project Planning & Scheduling – MGMT 625

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites

BUSI 680 and BUSI 681

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss project plan development and key environmental forces that have impacted the way modern organizations develop their project plans.
  2. Identify the activities required to accomplish a successful Project Plan.
  3. Create a Project Schedule Plan that presents principle elements of project plan development.
  4. Analyze the impact that schedule difficulties have on the project plan.
  5. Integrate biblical principles with key project plan processes.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 Blog

For this blog post, 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 post. The blog is intended to be a reflective, conversational post; therefore, first person voice is expected and no resources/citations are needed. The student is encouraged to respond to his/her peers with engaging replies in order to generate discussion.

Project Management Plan

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

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.

Tests (3)

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