MSPM: In the Know, March 24, 2015

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Summer and Fall 2015 Classes
Registration is now open for both the summer and fall 2015 semesters. Review your plans in DegreeMAP, schedule an advisement session with me, and register for classes to ensure you earn the seat in the course/section you want/need.

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule for summer 2015 is now available on the blog.
As a reminder, all general elective courses must be approved by your advisor to apply to the degree requirements. Failure to receive approval for your general elective may result in you having to take additional courses. Schedule an advisement session, plan ahead, and never make assumptions. Please also remember that you have both a general elective requirement to fulfill and a DNSC elective requirement. A DNSC elective is one that is offered by the Decision Sciences Department. Consult DegreeMAP to confirm your individual program requirements.

• VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant
The Office of Military and Veteran Student Services and GW Career Services are proud to announce a new initiative aimed to support our VALOR students in their efforts towards professional development. The VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant allows for eligible VALOR students to apply for reimbursement grants towards a number of professional certification exams. 10 exams are included on the list, the PMP being of most relevance to MSPM students. Application period is 1-20 Apr. Visit http://services.military.gwu.edu/valor-professional-credentialing-grant for details.

GW Women in Business Sixth Annual Spring Conference, 28 Mar
The GW Women in Business Association is hosting their sixth annual spring conference on Saturday, 28 Mar. This year’s conference, “Be Bold, Be You,” will feature business leaders from Lucky Group, Donna Karen, Under Armour Women, and Chobani. Purchase tickets before they sell out at gwwibspringconference.org!

Young AFCEA Bethesda Women in Technology Leadership, March 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join Young AFCEA Bethesda and the George Washington University for a morning panel and networking session with leading women in management and technology. This unique event will provide young professionals in the first decade of their career with an opportunity to learn from a group of accomplished women leaders. The panel discussion share lessons learned among women in the Federal technology industry, and will provide actionable guidance and practical advice to attendees to plan their own careers. Special pricing available for GW students.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Casey Coleman, Client Executive Vice President, AT&T Government Solutions

Panelists:

  • Angela Altimont – Director, Northrop Grumman
  • Daphne Zweifel – Executive Vice President, Inserso
  • Jolene Merkel – Deputy Director, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Susie Sylvester – Chief Executive Officer, Dev Technology Group
  • Vicki Schmanske – Vice President, Lockheed Martin
  • Cristina Mossi – Chief Executive Officer, Devis
  • Mika Cross – Director of Work/Life Programs and Flex Work Strategy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Camille Tuutti – Executive Editor, NextGov
  • Heidi Myers – Branch Director, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/young-afcea-bethesda-women-in-technology-leadership-tickets-16001573136

 

VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant

VALOR and the Office of Military Affairs in conjunction with GW Career Services is proud to announce a new initiative aimed at supporting our VALOR students at GW in their efforts towards professional development with the advent of the VALOR Professional Credentialing Grant. Eligible VALOR students may apply for a reimbursement grant to be applied towards a number of professional certification exams. The initial ten eligible exams are listed below and we hope this program will continue to expand in the future. Further information and applications can be found at http://services.military.gwu.edu/scholarships. Applications for tests taken or to be taken between February 2015 and July 2015 may submitted as of April 1 and are due no later than April 20.

o             Accounting (CPA)

o             Marketing (PCM)

o             Project Management (PMP)

o             Human Resources (PCHR)

o             Nursing (RN/NP)

o             Professional Engineer (PE)

o             Law Bar Exam (JD)

o             Paralegal (PCPS)

o             Private Detective and Investigator (PI)

o             Professional Counselor (CPC)

MSPM: In the Know, March 17, 2015

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Fall Registration Opens Monday, 23 Mar
Registration for the fall 2015 semester opens on Monday, 23 Mar. Review the Schedule of Classes for course offerings. Have you confirmed your courses per the plan in DegreeMAP? If you are uncertain on which courses to register in, schedule an advisement session via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

Information on the fall DNSC electives is available on the blog at www.gwprojectmanagement.org. We will offer two 1.5 credit electives and one 3 credit elective in the fall, on campus and online sections available.
• Summer 2015 DNSC Electives
The MSPM program is not offering project management-specific electives in summer 2015, only core courses. The Department of Decision Sciences (DNSC), though, is offering several electives from their business analytics program that may be of interest:
  • DNSC 6290.10 Visualization for Analytics, 1.5 credits, on campus only, Dr. Grover (suneel@gwu.edu)
  • DNSC 6290.11 Business Process Analytics, 1.5 credits, on campus only (hope to offer online section), Dr. Jain (jain@gwu.edu)
  • DNSC 6290.20 Big Data, 1.5 credits, on campus only, instructor TBD
  • DNSC 6290.ON Social Network Analysis for Managers, 3 credits, online only, Dr. Kanungo (kanungo@gwu.edu)

Academic Probation
Although the terms of academic probation are outlined in detail during the new student orientation, a refresher mid-semester is always helpful. As always, if you have specific questions or concerns about your academic progress, schedule an advisement session with your advisor, that’s Cambria, to discuss in detail.

The University Bulletin provides details on the terms of academic probation at GWSB. A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 at any point after completing 9 credit hours will be placed on probation. You will receive a notice from the program when this occurs.

At the graduate level, students may earn grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, or F. Grades of A through C- are considered passing grades. A grade of F indicates a failure in the course. Students who receive a grade of F are required to present cause, for consideration by the program director, as to why continued study should be permitted. Grades of F remain a part of your permanent record and are calculated into your GPA.

Summer 2015 Electives

The MSPM program is not offering project management-specific electives in summer 2015, however the Decision Sciences Department is offering several electives from their business analytics program that may be of interest. These courses will fulfill your Decision Sciences or General Elective requirements.

DNSC 6290.ON Social Network Analysis for Managers (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Kanungo (CRN 32793)

Course offered online only, format follows that of the Online MBA program rather than the MSPM online format.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: kanungo@gwu.edu

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DNSC 6290.10 Visualization for Analytics (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Grover (CRN 31946)

Course offered on campus only.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: suneel@gwu.edu

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DNSC 6290.20 Big Data (1.5 credit hours) taught by TBD (CRN 31682)

Course offered on campus only.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: TBD

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DNSC 6290.11 Business Process Analytics (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Jain (CRN 31683)

Course offered on campus only. Hopefully we can also offer an online section, stay tuned!

Prerequisites: No specific course, but strong quantitative background required. Course will require students to develop process models using simulation software.

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: jain@gwu.edu

Fall 2015 Electives

The MSPM program will offer three electives in the fall 2015 semester – two 1.5 credit electives and one 3 credit elective. These electives are project management-specific, available both on campus and via distance/online, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  An executive summary of each elective is provided below.

DNSC 6290 Project Quality Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Andrew Griffith

Classic project management theory includes the concept of the triple constraint – time, cost, and quality. However, quality can be a rather vague term that is hard to quantify, measure, or improve. Project quality can be divided into three separate concerns: (1) the features incorporated in the project deliverables, (2) the fitness of the deliverables for the intended application, and (3) the effectiveness or efficiency of the project development and execution. This course is focused on the quality management of projects. It explores current theories and practices regarding quality management as applied to manufacturing and the service industry, the application to project systems, and the application to individual projects. In addition, we will explore the application of project management techniques in implementing a quality improvement initiative within an organization.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: griffith@gwu.edu

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DNSC 6290 International Project Management (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Sam Ghosh

August 31-October 24, 2015

The course is designed to augment the basics of project management theory with theory, practices and methodologies pertinent to the global project environment.  The course begins with a practical look at investigating the cultural environment in order to understand the context of managing global projects.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: sghosh12@gwu.edu

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DNSC 6290 Project Management & Organizational Context (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher
October 26-December 9, 2015

This course explores how the organizational context in which project management takes place interacts with project management practices.  Readings focus on three areas: 1) the characteristics that define and differentiate organizational contexts and organizational culture, 2) the role and function of a Project Management Office and 3) the interaction of organizational context and culture on project management processes. Assignments and learning activities involve applying course concepts to real-world situations and case studies. Students will analyze the influence of organizational context on project management decisions taking place during initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing processes.

Prerequisites: None

Contact professor for sample syllabi and additional information: jbkeleher@gwu.edu

MSPM: In the Know, March 10, 2015

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Young AFCEA Bethesda Women in Technology Leadership, 26 Mar
Young AFCEA Bethesda and GW are pleased to host a panel discussion and networking session focused on women in management and technology. The event is intended for young professionals in the first decade of their careers. The panel features high-level female executives from government and industry. GW students may register at a reduced rate. Learn more about the 26 Mar event online.

• Capital City Fellows and District Leadership Internship Program
The DC Department of Human Resources is hosting an information session on their Capital City Fellows Program, a mayoral initiative designed to attract recent graduates of master’s degree programs in public administration, urban planning and related fields for an 18-month fellowship in municipal management. The session is scheduled for Monday, 16 Mar, 2-5 p.m. Learn more and register online to attend.

DC’s government is also proud to announce the District Leadership Program (DLP). The DLP is an internship program designed to provide tomorrow’s leaders with knowledge, tools, and experiences in government operations. Internship requires 24 hours of work each week and is open to students eligible to work in the U.S.

How to Register on GWeb
If you ever forget how to register for classes or need to confirm your schedule for a given semester, the Office of the Registrar website provides detailed instructions on how to accomplish these tasks. They also have an online tutorial to guide you through the registration process.

Once you register for the Summer 2015 (now open) or Fall 2015 (opens 23 Mar) semesters, confirm your schedule in GWeb by following these steps:

1. Select ‘Student Records & Registration Menu,’ then ‘Registration Menu.’

2. Select ‘Student Schedule by Day & Time’ to view your schedule for any given week. Select ‘Student Detail Schedule’ to view your schedule for a given term. Select the term of interest and ‘Submit.’ Full details for your registered courses will be listed. This is a great way to confirm that you registered for the correct sections, whether they be distance/online or on campus.

Each student is provided these tools to better manage themselves and their schedules. I recommend you each learn to use the tools and take full advantage of them.

Summer 2015 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

The Blackboard Collaborate schedule is now available for the summer 2015 distance/online courses. Your professors will review the schedule and expectations during the first week of class.

Course Course Title Professor Blackboard Collaborate Night Time Notes
DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making Forman Monday 9 p.m. Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6259 Project Portfolio Management Forman Monday 9 p.m. Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Project Management Khamooshi Wednesday 9 p.m. Eastern Highly Encouraged

MSPM: In the Know, March 4, 2015

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AY 2015-2016 Tuition Rates Released
The tuition rates for the 2015-2016 academic year were released last week. The per credit hour rate for summer 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016 semesters will be $1,545. The student association fee will also increase to $2.25 per credit hour.

• Save the Date for the 3rd International Workshop on Megaprojects, 4-5 Jun
The MSPM program is proud to host the 3rd International Workshop on Megaprojects: Theory Meets Practice. The event will take place in Duques Hall, 4-5 Jun. As more information becomes available, the website will be updated. Registration will open soon. Stay tuned!

Regalia for the May 2015 Graduation
We are aware that the Herff Jones website does not reflect the correct dates for the School of Business Celebration events for both undergraduates and graduates. The responsible parties are correcting the issue. Once updated, I will notify all graduating students so that you may order your regalia.

For those planning to purchase regalia at the Commencement Fair, the fair is scheduled for 24-28 Mar at the GW Campus Store in Foggy Bottom. A Commencement Fair is also scheduled at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus on 9 Apr, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

MSPM: In the Know, February 24, 2015

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GW VALOR Travel Award
Through the generosity of GW Trustee Mark Shenkman an award focused on travel funds is now available. The funding allows eligible military and veteran students in online degree programs to visit campus to connect and interact with industry professionals and employers at specific events. Review the application requirements and instructions to apply. Details available online.

• IT Management: How Evolving Technology is Driving Change, 25 Feb
The MSPM program will host the PMIWDC Chapter’s monthly brown bag on Wednesday, 25 Feb. Beth Ward from the Office of the CIO at the FAA will speak on “IT Management: How Evolving Technology is Driving Change.” Event is 12-1 p.m. in Duques 453. Event is free, registration requested.

Business Gives Back Gala, 28 Mar
Business Gives Back is a student-led initiative that celebrations GWSB’s past, present, and future commitment to promoting responsible corporate citizenship by fostering partnerships between business, alumni, students, and their communities. The annual gala, scheduled for 28 Mar, recognizes student-led initiatives and alumni that are giving back to their communities. Purchase tickets online at go.gwu.edu/bgb2015 before 4 Mar for $40 each.