MGMT 350 - Introduction to Project Management - Spring 2004

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Week 1   1/20/04
Week 2   1/27/04
Week 3   2/03/04
Week 4   2/10/04
Week 5   2/17/04
Week 6   2/24/04
Week 7   3/02/04
Week 8   3/09/04 
Midterm Exam     
000Spring 3/16/04
000Break
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Week 9   3/23/04
Week 10  3/30/04
Week 11  4/06/04
Week 12  4/13/04
Week 13  4/20/04
Week 14  4/27/04
Week 15  5/04/04
Final Exam  5/11/04

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MGMT 350
Introduction to Project Management
Spring 2004

Professor: Dr. Randy Sleeth
Office: 5107 School of Business
(804) 828-1540 voice
(804) 828-1602 fax
rsleeth@vcu.edu e-mail

Main Web Page
http://www.people.vcu.edu/~rsleeth/

Resources Page
http://www.people.vcu.edu/~rsleeth/OBLinks1.html

Class meets:
Tuesdays 7:00pm - 9:40pm in room 5136


Week 1
Tuesday
1/20/2004

 
Agenda

Course Introduction
Topics/Activities/Course Overview

  • Course Design & Vision
  • Project Management Discipline
  • Web Pages / Blackboard (personal information)
  • Chapter Quizzes
    • Text Publisher web pages, Blackboard:
      ("External Links |
      Syllabus Schedule & Assignments |
      Text Supplementary Pages")
    • Complete a Quiz for each text chapter
    • Review results
    • Retake quiz as necessary to reach 100% correct
    • e-mail results to Dr. Randy
    • Earn Participation Points if meet all conditions
      • e-mail date/time prior to class meeting
      • e-mail date not more than 2 weeks early
      • quiz shows score of 100%
  • Looking ahead ... questions: plan for course (?)

Preparing for Class

  • Remain flexible
  • Guest Speakers (priority #1)
    • scheduled ad hoc, as commit
    • posted to Blackboard as available
    • may run over time
  • SimProject Exercise (priority #2)
    • (pp. 555-565)
    • exercises track with content of text chapters
    • run 6 or 9 simulated periods
    • design Sim schedule after course underway
  • Student Questions (priority #3)
  • Other Exercises (priority #4), some unannounced
  • Prepare (questions, exercises, or cases)
    • assignments for in-class presentation
    • no items to submit (except quiz e-mail)
    • present as teams
    • teams schedule among themselves
  • define:
    • Sim=SimProject Exercise
    • Ch= Chapter to Study
    • Q = Chapter Questions to Prepare for Class
    • E = Chapter Exercises to Prepare for Class
    • C = Chapter cases to Prepare for Class
  • Ch 1
  • Q: 1, 2, 4, 5
  • E: 4
  • C: A Day in the Life
Week 2
Tuesday
1/27/2004

 
Agenda

Aligning Projects with Organization Strategy
  • Continue setting up
    • class procedures
    • Class expectations
    • class schedule (SIM)
  • Ratify formation of class teams

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 2
  • Q: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
  • E: Film Prioritization Case (in-class) pp. 50-54
  • C: Hector Gaming Company
Week 3
Tuesday
2/3/2004

 
Agenda

Organization: Structure and Culture

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 3 & Appendix 3.1 (pp. 92-97)
  • Q: 3, 4
  • E: 3
  • C: Moss & McAdams Accounting; Orion Systems A & B
Week 4
Tuesday
2/10/2004

 
Agenda

Defining a Project

  • Assess Culture
  • Class exercise with questionnaire-see link

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 4
  • Q: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • E: 3
  • C: Manchester United Soccer Club
Week 5
Tuesday
2/17/2004

 
Agenda

The Challenge of Estimating Project Times and Costs; Developing a Project Plan

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 5, 6
  • Q: Ch5 (none); Ch6: 1, 3, 4, 6
  • E: Appendix 5.1 (pp. 149-152, A, B, C, D, E); Ch6: 1
  • C: none
Week 6
Tuesday
2/24/2004
 
Agenda

Developing a Project Plan

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 6 (continue)
  • Q: none
  • E: Appendix 6.1 Zuma Project--Part 1
  • C: Nightingale Project A & B
Week 7
Tuesday
3/2/2004

 
Agenda

Risk Management;
Resources Scheduling

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 7, Appendix 7.1, 8
  • Q: Ch7: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Ch8: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • E: Appendix 7.1 (exercise 1, p 238)
  • E: Ch8: 1, 2, Zuma Project--Part 2 (pp 283-284)
  • C: none
Week 8
Tuesday
3/9/2004

 
Agenda

Midterm Examination (Multiple-choice)
see Study Guide when available
  • Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • 75 minutes, closed book
  • 100 questions
  • review answers after exam
  • remaining class time unscheduled

Week of March 16, 2004
Spring Break
Classes do not meet

   
Week 9
Tuesday
3/23/2004

 
Agenda

Reducing Project Duration

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 9
  • Q: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • E: 1, 2, 3, 4; Zuma Project--Part 3
  • C: Whitbread
Week 10
Tuesday
3/30/2004

 
Agenda

Project Leadership;
Managing Project Teams

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 10, 11
  • Q: Ch10: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7; Ch11: 2, 3, 5, 6
  • E: Ch10:1, 4, 6; Ch11: 1
  • C: Western Oceanographic Institute;Kerzner Office Equipment; Franklin Equipment
Week 11
Tuesday
4/6/2004

 
Agenda

Partnering

  • Negotiation Exercise

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 12 & Appendix 12.1
  • Q: 1, 3, 4, 5
  • E: 1 (requires in-class handout)
  • C: none
 
Week 12
Tuesday
4/13/2004

 
Agenda

Progress and Performance Measurement and Evaluation

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 13
  • Q: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • E: 1, 2, 3; Zuma Project--Parts 4 & 5 & 6
  • C: none
 
Week 13
Tuesday
4/20/2004
 
Agenda

Project Audit and Closure

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 14
  • Q: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • E: 1
  • C: none
 
Week 14
Tuesday
4/27/2004

 
Agenda

International Projects
;
The Process of Project Management and the Future

Preparing for Class

  • Ch 15, 16
  • Q: Ch15:1, 2; Ch16: none
  • E: Ch16: 1, 2
  • C: none
 
Week 15
Tuesday
5/4/2004

 
Agenda

Course Overview;
Presentations

  • Project Presentations: each team, as scheduled
  • Quiz (Internet Explorer only)

Preparing for Class

  • E: 16-1, 2 (PMP Practice Examination--pdf file format)
  • Project Presentation Evaluations
    (use available form)
  • Submit completed forms at end of class meeting
  • Submit Project Paper (Project Report)
  • E-mail course comments and questions to Dr. Randy
  • Peer Evaluation (Individuals submit Peer Evaluation Forms to Dr. Randy to rate team members)
Final Exam
5/11/2004

 
Agenda
Final Examination
(Multiple-choice)
see Study Guide when available

7:00pm - 8:30pm
(room 5136)
Final Examination
  • Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • 75 minutes, closed book
  • 100 questions
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