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Advanced Project Management I
BUSI-680

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/30/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

This is the first of a two-course series covering advanced topics in Project Management, cross-referenced with PMBOK concepts. Topical coverage includes: project selection and definition, aligning projects with organizational strategy/structure/culture, estimating project times and costs, developing the project plan, managing risk, and scheduling resources and costs. (Crosslisted with BMIS 680)

Requisites

Prerequisite

BUSI 611 or BUSI 613 or BUSI 650

Rationale

This is the first of a two-course series covering advanced topics in Project Management, cross-referenced with PMBOK concepts. Topical coverage includes: project selection and definition, aligning projects with organizational strategy/structure/culture, estimating project times and costs, developing the project plan, managing risk, and scheduling resources and costs.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss modern project management and some key environmental forces that have changed the way projects are managed.
  2. Formulate organization strategies and project selections and describe the major components of the strategic management process.
  3. Assess organization structure and culture and how it relates to the project management decision-making.
  4. Construct an effect Gantt chart for an assigned case study.
  5. Evaluate project risk and determine how project risks can/cannot be eliminated if the project is carefully planned.
  6. Schedule project resources.

Course Resources

Required Resources

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Larson, E. W., & Gray, C. F. (2018). Project management: The managerial process (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. (This required resource has been provided in this course as an e-book). However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the book, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of the physical copy of the textbook is optional.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office
    5. The Holy Bible (any version)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forums (4)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each Group Discussion Board will consist of 2 parts over the course of 2 modules/weeks: an individual thread and a collaborative group reply. 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 to create a group reply of 450–600 words. Each group reply must reference at least 3 peer-reviewed sources and must include at least 1 biblical integration. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical interaction.

Annotated Bibliography

Each student will select 1 project management concept that interests him/her and will annotate 10 scholarly, academic journal articles, 5 years old or fewer that pertain to this topic. Format the annotated bibliography in current APA style and include a title page. No reference page is needed unless additional (non-annotated) resources are cited.

Case Study: Shoreline Stadium

Construct a Risk Response Matrix that details at least 3 risk events that are likely for the presented case, your responses to the risks, contingency plans, triggers, and the responsible party for each risk event. Create a Gantt chart that details the project schedule and answer questions pertaining to the chart and following current APA format. The student must include at least 3 resources (the text and at least 2 scholarly sources) and total 5–6-pages.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 45-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Group Discussion Board Forums (4 at 75 pts ea)

300

Annotated Bibliography

150

Case Study: Shoreline Stadium

150

Quizzes (8 at 50 pts ea)

(Modules/Weeks 1–8)

400

Total

1010

Course Policies

Quizzes/Tests/Exams

For timed quizzes/tests/exams, the student is required to complete the quiz/test/exam within the assigned time. For the student who exceeds this time limit, a penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each minute, or part thereof, he/she exceeds the assigned time limit.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

BUSI 680

Textbooks: Larson & Gray, Project Management (2018).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Larson & Gray: ch. 1

Bible Readings

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Group DB Forum 1 Thread

Quiz 1

10

0

50

50

2

Larson & Gray: ch. 2

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 1 Reply

Quiz 2

25

50

3

Larson & Gray: ch. 3

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 2 Thread

Quiz 3

50

50

4

Larson & Gray: ch. 4

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 2 Reply

Annotated Bibliography

Quiz 4

25

150

50

5

Larson & Gray: ch. 5

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 3 Thread

Quiz 5

50

50

6

Larson & Gray: ch. 6

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 3 Reply

Quiz 6

25

50

7

Larson & Gray: ch. 7

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 4 Thread

Quiz 7

50

50

8

Larson & Gray: ch. 8

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 4 Reply

Case Study: Shoreline Stadium

Quiz 8

25

150

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.