Engineering Professional Education

Project Management


Spring 2018

Days/Time: TTh / 9:00-10:15 am
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
See Description and Topical Areas

This course may not be allowed on a master's plan of study if GRAD 59000-Program Management is also taken. Please consult your Graduate Program Office.
Whether an organization is developing a new product, redesigning an existing process, or planning an event, project management is necessary to ensure that the project team fulfills its budget, schedule, and organizational requirements. This course will focus on all aspects of project management from project selection through project termination. The material covered will include both quantitative techniques (such as resource scheduling and project crashing) and management issues (such as team dynamics and communication). The course is designed for students with no previous project management experience.

Topics Covered:
Topics include project management overview (Chapter 1), organizational structures (Chapter 3), project selection (Chapter 2), defining projects (Chapter 4), pricing and estimation (Chapter 5), planning and scheduling (Chapter 6, Appendix 7.1, Chapter 9), resource allocation (Chapter 8), risk management (Chapter 7), cost control (Chapter 13), project closure (Chapter 14) and others as appropriate (Chapters TBD).

Please verify with your school if can be used on a plan of study if you're also taking GRAD59000 Program Mgt:Comp Overview Discipline

Applied/Theory: 100/0

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Web Content:
Grades, Lecture Notes, Homework Assignments, Solutions, Chat Room, Message Board, and Other Threaded Discussions.

Homework assignments will cover the quantitative problems presented in class and in the textbook. Brief quizzes covering material in reading assignments may be given in Blackboard.

Required - Teams will have two projects during the semester. First, teams will be assigned a managerial issue associated with project management (e.g., organization structure, customer relations, international project management); teams will prepare a presentation and manage a threaded discussion about the topic. The second project is currently being revised; it will entail practicing techniques learned in class and preparing deliverables (e.g., report, graphics).

One midterm and one final exam will be given.

Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative: Required - Gray, C.F. and Larson, E.W. 2011. Project Management: The Managerial Process. 5th edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill. A 6th edition of the text has recently been published. Given the price difference in the two versions and the minimal changes between the two texts, we will be using the 5th edition.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project. A free 60-day license for Microsoft Project is included with the textbook.

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Other Requirements:
Some homework will be easier to complete using computer software, such as Excel. MSProject will be covered in lecture and may be useful for homework assignments and the second project.


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Sara A. McComb



Purdue University
Grissom Hall
315 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2023

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