Syllabus for MNP-510
PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR PUBLIC SERVICE
Project Management for Public Service introduces project management from the standpoint of a manager who must organize, plan, implement, and control tasks to achieve an organization's schedule, budget, and performance objectives.
Tools and concepts such as project charter, scope statement, work breakdown structure, project estimating, and scheduling methodologies are studied. We will even practice with Microsoft Project software to be able to manage a project from start to deployment!
What is a project? How do you manage one? What is the best approach? We'll answer those questions and many more in the next twelve weeks. This is an opportunity to learn the project management fundamentals that can guide a project through a maze of challenges to successful completion!
Successful projects do not occur by luck or by chance. In fact, many projects do not achieve their organization's goals!
After completing this course, you should be able to:
CO1 Apply project management methodologies, processes, and tools to execute complex projects in organizations.
CO2 Examine the roles that project management play in accomplishing an organization’s strategic objectives.
CO3 Develop effective approaches for managing high-performance project teams, communication strategies, and best practice closeout strategy that maximizes the value of the project experience.
CO4 Critique the impacts of schedule, cost, and scope elements in projects and analyze different techniques for managing risks.
CO5 Create project Charters, Scope statements, Work Breakdown Structures (WBS), Project Network Diagrams, and Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM).
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Project Management is a three-credit online graduate course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for more details. Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
Each module you will participate in an online class discussion forum. All discussion forums take place asynchronously.
Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to interact with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Discussion forum interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.
Please participate in online discussions as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.
Consult the Online Discussion Rubric for grading in the Evaluation Rubrics folder located in the course website.
You are required to complete six written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. Consult the Written Assignment Rubric located within the assignment link in Moodle for grading.
At the end of the semester, you are required to submit a final paper (between 10–12 pages) in the form of an executive project management high level report to your company’s Vice Presidents and Directors. The goal is to produce a report addressing project management activities and tasks that will be handled by the team that you will lead. In this paper, you will apply a range of project management principles and methodologies presented throughout the course.
Consult the Final Project section of the course website for details and consult the Course Calendar for due dates. Refer to the Final Project Rubric located within the assignment link in Moodle for grading.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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