Even the best-laid plans change.
Within an organization, a project is the sum of many factors — multiple players, several steps, different processes, numerous deadlines. One change in any of these areas can throw a project and everyone involved with it for a loop. That’s why you need a plan.
Over the past 25 years, the concept of project management has gained a foothold in the business world. Specific project management tools and techniques are continually being developed to effectively manage projects of all sizes.
OM 543 will rely heavily upon the project management standards of the premier worldwide project management organization, the Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI membership has been growing very rapidly throughout the world for several years and its members come from industries as diverse as aerospace and pharmaceuticals.
Project management standards are in place to prevent cost overruns, projects coming in behind schedule, and projects yielding unacceptable results. Every four years, these standards are updated by PMI and appear in The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). You’ll join fellow students on a team to create a comprehensive project plan relying on the PMBOK Guide as a reference source for the six-week duration of this team project.
Every project begins with questions. What’s needed to complete the project? What is the scope of the project? Risks? Schedule? Budget? You’ll see how this technical part of a project is addressed. You’ll examine basic project management fundamentals, such as configuration management, the need for a documented methodology, and the project lifecycle. You’ll also learn purpose and content of the Project Charter document, which authorizes the start of a project.
You’ll also explore the human concepts of project management, such as communication, transparency, negotiation, motivation, and influencing stakeholders. Knowing the ethical framework for project and change management ethics is vital for a sustainable business environment. You’ll use case studies to assess appropriate project management behaviors.
In OM 543, you’ll gain experience using Microsoft Project Professional 2013 software.
You’ll look at broader change management principles, concepts, and models often addressed by the organization as a whole. Whether it’s global warming or to the aging highway infrastructure in the United States, we continually face the need for change. Although some of these challenges seem overwhelming, many change efforts are underway to address them. Most change efforts occur within organizations and many are related to the implementation of a new strategic direction. You’ll look at some basic change management concepts by examining different types of change and change characteristics, then by looking at change as a process.
Through OM 543, you’ll understand ways to manage projects through integration and how to link them to strategic organizational change.
Sample Course Topics
- Introduction to Change Management
- Ethical Considerations of Project Change Management
- Fundamentals of Project Management and the Project Charter
- Needs Assessment
- Requirements Determination
- Project Feasibility
- Project Scope
- Scope Change Management
- Project Schedule Development
- Shaping and Managing Implementation Strategies for Change
- Project Communications Management
- Project Budget Development
- Project Time/Cost Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Quality Management
- Project Human Resources Management
- Project Procurement Management
- Examining Successful Projects and Change Efforts
Working with a team of your fellow students, you’ll complete a comprehensive project plan over the course of OM 543.
What You’ll Learn
In OM 543, you’ll learn the tools and methods used to effectively manage change efforts within an organization.
- Apply project management concepts.
- Consider and analyze ethical and justice ramifications of business within a project management context.
- Understand how project management, program management, and the project management office fit within the broader context of managing change.
- Be familiar with and understand when to use various schedule, resource, and reporting techniques.
Through OM 543, you’ll gain skills using micro-level tools to effectively manage projects. For more information about The University of Scranton’s Online Master's in Business Administration degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.
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