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Advanced Project Management II

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

Course Description

This is the second of a two-course series covering advanced topics in Project Management, cross-referenced with PMBOK concepts. Topical coverage includes: reducing project duration, leading and managing project teams, outsourcing, progress and performance measurement and evaluation, project closure, and agile project management. (Crosslisted with BMIS 681)



BUSI 680


This course is designed for those who work or plan to work in project-based organizations. As this course builds on and develops the skills needed for project execution, management, and close-out, students who intend to make project work a significant part of their careers will benefit. Students interested in earning the PMP Certification will also find this a very useful building block to PMP preparation. While the course is geared towards project and resource managers, programmers, teachers, and engineers will also benefit from the material.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine risk management planning, identification, analysis, response planning, and monitoring and control on a project.
  2. Construct a project WBS, Gantt chart, and Network Diagram in accordance with best practices.
  3. Assess the balance of technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills needed to analyze situations and interact appropriately.
  4. Integrate biblical principles within the field of project management.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Larson, E. W., & Gray, C. F. (2018). Project management: The managerial process (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 9781259666094.

Microsoft. Microsoft Project Standard 2013 (2012 ed.). This software is available for free through the IT Marketplace.

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.

Recommended Resource

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

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

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. For Part 1, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 for Part 2. Each group synthesized 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.

Case Study: Project Model (2)

The student will complete a 2-part project model on a topic of his or her choice. Part 1 must include a Project Proposal Form, a Responsibility Matrix, a Risk Assessment Matrix, and a Stakeholder Communication Plan. Part 2 will be created using Microsoft Project, and must include a detailed description of the project, list of principle deliverables, and a breakdown of all necessary tasks, project dates, costs, and resources.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 45-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Group Discussion Board Forums (4 at 75 pts ea)


Case Study: Project Model (2 at 150 pts ea)



(8 at 50 pts ea)





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 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


BUSI 681

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


Reading & Study




Gray & Larson: ch. 9

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Group DB Forum 1 Part 1

Quiz 1






Gray & Larson: ch. 10

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 1 Part 2

Case Study: Project Model Topic Submission

Quiz 2





Gray & Larson: ch. 11

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 2 Part 1

Quiz 3




Gray & Larson: ch. 12

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 2 Part 2

Quiz 4




Gray & Larson: ch. 13

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 3 Part 1

Quiz 5




Gray & Larson: ch. 14

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 3 Part 2

Case Study: Project Model Part 1

Quiz 6





Gray & Larson: ch. 15

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 4 Part 1

Quiz 7




Gray & Larson: ch. 16

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 4 Part 2

Case Study: Project Model Part 2

Quiz 8






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.