GRAD59000 - Program Management: A Comprehensive Overview of the Discipline

Summer 2016

Days/Time: MTWThF / On-Demand
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
For technical and non-technical alike to develop a basic understanding of key concepts, theories and methodologies applicable to program and project management. To be cognizant of what is required to take Project Management Institute (PMI) PMP Certification exam. Demonstrate assimilated knowledge through research and reflection, and applied exercises. To gain an in-depth understanding of discipline specific internationally recognized Body of Knowledge.

**Lectures for this course are pre-recorded** Through lectures, videos, interactive group discussion, and applied exercises, participants gain comprehensive breadth of understanding of program and project management--specifically, the multiple interrelated activities and attendant products that compose the program and project management process. Participants learn how to adequately define the requirements for a program; allocate and schedule the work; manage unanticipated risks; and monitor cost, schedule, and performance to the planned baseline. Qualitative aspects of the process focus on how to choose an organizational structure that best fits the organization, how to motivate program personnel, and how to increase the efficiency of the multiple generations at work within the program. Course materials are designed both for effective learning during the course and for future follow-up reference. Tentative Syllabus

Topics Covered:
Introduction; The Importance of PM; Evolution of Process Management - PM; Contract Types; The Bidding Process: Obtaining a price quote; Defining the Work; Scheduling and Staffing the Work; Risk Management; Disruptive Technologies; Management Cost/Schedule Control System; Understanding the Multiple Generations in our Workplace; Leadership and Gender: A Science-Based Understanding; Motivation and Leadership; Managers, Leaders and Entrepreneurs; Organizational Design Models; Building Teams: Understanding Ourselves and Others; Establishing Program Management as a Discipline.


Applied/Theory: 25/75

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Syllabus, grades, and homework assignments.

Research and Reflection papers will be required, which are intended to be brief and reflect an understanding of topic. Refer to the Projects and Exams Description. Homework will be accepted via email

The required course project is designed to demonstrate an understanding of the Program Management process, activities and attendant products. The details of the project are discussed in videos. The project should be submitted in Microsoft Powerpoint.

One final take-home exam

Project and Program Management: A Competency-Based Approach ISBN#: 978-1-55753-556-6. It can be ordered through Amazon or directly from Bookmasters, Inc. at (800) 247-6553.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements.

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Other Requirements:
This course may not be allowed on a master's plan of study if IE 59000-Project Management is also taken. Please consult your Graduate Program Office.


Mitchell L. Springer
260-403-6130 cell
Purdue University
516 Northwestern Ave Suite 2500
West Lafayette, IN 47906-3105

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