Capstone, Project Management – MGMT 690

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

Course Description

In this course, students integrate the concepts, techniques, and knowledge of the principal components of project management in a comprehensive, applied case study exercises. Course topics include project planning, project scope management, risk management, project scheduling and estimation, and project assessment.

Prerequisites

MGMT 620 and MGMT 625 and MGMT 645

Rationale

The MSPM offers an in-depth study of multiple aspects of project management. The capstone course is designed to allow the student to apply the concepts and skills gained from these courses to comprehensive case study scenarios, employing a broad range of project management knowledge.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesize the knowledge gained from life experience and previous MSPM curriculum.
  2. Formulate a proposal to establish a Project Management Office (PMO) in a selected industry.
  3. Evaluate project performance gleaned from case study data.
  4. Integrate biblical principles with project management 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)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500–750 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must reference at least 3 peer-reviewed sources and must include at least 1 Biblical integration. In addition to the thread, the student is required to collaborate with his or her group and post a reply to at least two group members. Each reply must be 200–250 words and reference at least 1 peer-reviewed source or include at least 1 Biblical integration. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical interaction.

Red Zuma Case Project

Each student will complete the Red Zuma Case Project, found in the Create text. The project will bring together many of the skills developed throughout the program, including the use of Microsoft Project software, project planning, evaluation, reporting, and analysis. The Red Zuma Case Project will be completed in 4 parts in both MS Project and MS Word.

Book Critique

Each student will read and analyze the course text, The Next Evolution - Enhancing and Unifying Project and Change Management: The Emergence One Method for Total Project Success. The student will develop a 6-7-page critique of this text, evaluating the content in light of personal experience, the PMBOK, and recent developments in project management, as well as the Christian worldview. The paper will require a title page, abstract, and reference page. A minimum of 5 references must be included.

Capstone Research Paper

Each student will develop a 15-20-page research paper based on an industry of the student’s choosing that summarizes the current status of the industry and suggests the implementation of a PMO. The paper will contain sections on key project management topics, such as leadership, teamwork, planning, evaluation, and sustainability, and will evaluate these topics through a Christian worldview. A minimum of 20 references will be included with at least 10 of those being scholarly references, the Bible, PMBOK, and the textbook. The paper will require a title page, abstract, and reference page.