MSPM: In the Know, October 30, 2013

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How Do You Want to Hear From Us?
Spring 2014 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule
Do You Know What Classes You Are Taking in Spring 2014?

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

How Do You Want to Hear From Us?

As a student, you are inundated with information via email, mail, phone, text, etc. We want to learn from you about how you would like to receive information from the MSPM program. Complete a short online survey to tell us what is working and what can be improved upon. Survey link: http://gwu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4GvpG7Cqy8KcMTj

Spring 2014 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

The spring 2014 Blackboard Collaborate schedule is now available for those registering in distance courses. Please note that the Bb Collaborate session for DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains is mandatory per Prof Matta. All other sessions are highly encouraged by the faculty.

Do You Know What Classes You Are Taking in Spring 2014?

Spring 2014 registration opens on Monday, November 4, 2013. Review your plans in DegreeMAP and schedule an advisement session with me via www.meetme.so/gwmspm to confirm your courses for the upcoming semester.

MSPM: In the Know, October 23, 2013

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Updated List of External Scholarships
Spring 2014 – Schedule, Registration, and Holds
Upcoming Networking, Education, and Social Events

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Updated List of External Scholarships

New scholarships have been added to the list of external scholarships on www.gwprojectmanagement.org. The scholarships listed are available to graduate students pursuing studies in project management and related fields. Scholarships are like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play.

On a related note, the MSPM program does not have additional funding available for current students at this time. Should funding become available, we will certainly notify all students within the program.

Spring 2014 – Schedule, Registration, and Holds

The spring 2014 schedule is now available on the Schedule of Classes via the Office of the Registrar website. Registration opens November 4. Prior to registering for classes, schedule an advisement session with me via www.meetme.so/gwmspm to confirm your plan in DegreeMAP is aligned with your course selection.

Make sure you remove any holds on your account that may prevent you from registering for your classes. Pay your student account balance as financial holds will be placed on accounts showing a balance of $500 or more. If you are currently on probation, you must register for classes through me during your advisement session.

If you are taking DNSC 6269 PM Applications (capstone) in the spring, you must submit a completed Registration Transaction Form to my attention via email or fax to register for the course. Don’t forget to also apply for graduation if you are completing all program requirements in the spring 2014 semester.

Upcoming Networking, Education, and Social Events

Wednesday, 6 Nov, 12-1pm Eastern – GW LinkedIn East Coast Cities Virtual Networking Hour

Wednesday, 6 Nov, 5:30-7:30pm Eastern – Deloitte Project Management EVM Case Study at GWSB in DC

Tuesday, 12 Nov, 5:30-7pm Eastern – Making a Business of Change: American Women in Business in DC

Tuesday, 19 Nov, 12-1pm Eastern – GW LinkedIn Group Virtual Networking Hour

Spring 2014 Blackboard Collaborate Schedule

The spring 2014 Blackboard Collaborate session schedule for the distance sections is provided below.  Your professors will review the schedule and expectations at your first class. Please note that the DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains Bb Collaborate session is mandatory.

Course Course Title Professor Blackboard Collaborate Night Time Notes
DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting Easley Wednesday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6250 PM Finance Cathey Wednesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6251 Opt Models for Dec. Making Jarrah Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6252 Risk Analysis for Dec. Making Kettunen Thursday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 Comm Strat for PM Keleher Thursday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6202 Stats for Mgmnt Khamooshi Monday 8pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6267 Planning & Scheduling Jain Monday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6261 Intro to PM Griffith Tuesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6269 PM Applications Khamooshi Tuesday 9pm Eastern Highly Encouraged
DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains Matta Tuesday 9:30pm Eastern Mandatory

MSPM: In the Know, October 16, 2013

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Spring 2014 Registration Opens 4 Nov
Self-Service Enrollment Certificates
Upcoming Networking, Education, and Social Events

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Spring 2014 Registration Opens 4 Nov

Registration for spring 2014 classes begins Monday, November 4, 2013. Review your degree plan in DegreeMAP (via GWeb) to confirm that you are on track for the spring term. Each student should also schedule an advisement session with me to touch base on your progress in the program and to confirm your plans for the spring. Schedule the session online via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

Self-Service Enrollment Certificates

Current students can obtain enrollment certificates through a GWeb link to the National Student Clearinghouse. Select “Obtain an Enrollment Verification” from the Student Records Information Menu to print your own instant verification.

Letters of Enrollment primarily certify the semesters in which a student is or has been enrolled, the dates of those semesters, and the student’s enrollment status (full-time, etc.).

Upcoming Networking, Education and Social Events

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 8:45am-12pm – Volunteer with YGL at DC Central Kitchen in DC

Friday-Sunday, October 18-20, 2013 – Colonials Weekend in DC

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12-1pm – GWebinar “The Introvert’s Guide to Workplace Happiness and Productivity”

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 11:30am-1pm – PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon at GWSB in DC

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 6-10pm – Graduate Student Networking Social at Alumni House in DC

MSPM: In the Know, October 11, 2013

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Free Conference Registration to PMI GCNA, 27-29 Oct
Change to GWSB Celebration Schedule, May 2014
Share Your Success Stories in GWBusiness

Dear MSPM Students,

This special issue of MSPM: In the Know contains exciting new information for all MSPM students.

Free Conference Registration to PMI Global Congress 2013–North America, 27-29 Oct

The MSPM program is happy to offer one complimentary full registration to the PMI Global Congress 2013–North America in New Orleans, LA on October 27-29, 2013. Join thousands of professionals in project management from across the globe to participate in a program and exhibit hall that will provide practical information to increase efficiency, productivity and profitability while tackling the challenges facing the project management profession.

If you are interested in attending, send an email to chapp@gwu.edu with a brief statement as to why you deserve to receive the complimentary registration (no more than 250 words). A recipient will be selected by 5pm EDT Tuesday, October 15. The full registration is valued at $1,675. Please note that the offer is limited to the Full Congress Registration and does not provide funding or support for travel, lodging, meals, incidentals, etc. In exchange for the full conference registration, we would like for the recipient to provide a summary of their experience at the event to be shared via social media, the blog, or in a future newsletter.

Change to GWSB Celebration Schedule, May 2014

Due to the increase in the number of graduating students we have exceeded maximum capacity at the Smith Center. As a result, the School of Business will host two ceremonies during commencement week. Those graduating from the specialized masters programs will be honored at the GWSB Celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 7:30pm in Lisner Auditorium. Further details will be released as we approach graduation, but I wanted to be sure that everyone was aware of the dates so that you may plan accordingly. The benefit of this decision is that each student should receive additional tickets for their guests at the GWSB Celebration.

Those taking DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (capstone) in spring 2014 in the distance mode should plan for residency week to be scheduled May 12-16, 2014. All graduating MSPM students will also be invited to a feedback session during lunch on Friday, May 16.

Finally, the University Commencement will remain as planned for Sunday, May 18, 2014. The event usually begins at 10 and is held on the National Mall. All those graduating in fall 2013, spring 2014, and summer 2014 are eligible to participate in both the GWSB Celebration and the University Commencement in May 2014.

Share Your Success Stories in GWBusiness

We want to highlight your successes in the next issue of GWBusiness, the biannual GW School of Business magazine. Did you win an award or receive professional recognition in the past 6 months? Perhaps you worked with a team in one of your classes on a project the was then implemented within your organization? Or were you involved in organizing an event for a student association that directly impacted society or business? Share your stories and pictures with the program so that we can show the world why GWSB is a top school for project managers!

MSPM: In the Know, October 9, 2013

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Congrats to John Turner, Bishop/Kloch Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Student Association Senate Applications, 23 Oct
Last Day to Withdraw, 18 Oct

Dear MSPM Students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Congrats to John Turner, Bishop/Kloch Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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Congratulations to MSPM student John Turner on receiving the Bishop/Kloch Memorial Scholarship in 2013. The $2,500 scholarship is provided through the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation in honor of Bob Bishop and Joyce Kloch, both founding members of the PMI Baltimore Chapter. The scholarship is designed to support the PMI Baltimore Chapter membership’s dedication to the field of project management. Well done John!

Interested in learning more about external scholarships available to those pursuing graduate education in project management? Visit www.gwprojectmanagement.org to review the list of organizations that offer scholarships. If you know of any scholarships that may be of interest to MSPM students that are not listed on this page, contact me with details.

Student Association Senate Applications, 23 Oct

Get involved with student advocacy and apply for one of the open seats on the Student Association Senate. Applications are due by October 23, 2013. Contact SA Senate Leadership Committee Chair Daniel Egel-Weiss at danielew@gwu.edu for more information or to address any questions.

Last Day to Withdraw, 18 Oct

Friday, October 18 is the last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” using a Registration Transaction Form with the Dean’s permission. Given that we are now past the fourth week of classes, no refunds will be issued for courses you withdraw from. Should you need to withdraw from a course, please schedule an advisement session with me via www.meetme.so/gwmspm to discuss the impact on your degree plan.

Student Association Senate Applications Due Oct 23, 2013

Colonials,

Are you looking to get involved with student advocacy? The Student Association Senate currently has open Senate seats for graduate students in the following schools: the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Medicine and Health Services, and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. There are also two non-voting Senate seats open to all first-year graduate students.

If interested, please fill out the attached application and return it to the Student Association office, Marvin Center 427 by October 23. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to SA Senate Leadership Committee Chair Daniel Egel-Weiss at danielew@gwu.edu. Thank you for your interest.

Julia Susuni and Kostas Skordalos

President and Executive Vice President
Student Association
800 21st Street, NW, Suite 427
The George Washington University
Washington, D.C. 20052
Website: sa.gwu.edu
Twitter: @GWStudAssoc

Spring 2014 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two 3 credit electives in the spring 2014 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  We will also offer one 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  An executive summary of each elective is provided below.

DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting (3 credit hours) taught by Peter Easley, JD

The purchase of services and materials by organizations is the subject of this course.  The course reflects current changes whereby the federal buying process is emulating many of the best practices found in private sector purchasing.  The study encompasses policy and public interest factors that complicate government buying and places those factors in perspective with private sector buying which often captures significant efficiencies and economic advantages associated with well managed corporate acquisition programs.  The study spans requirements determination, procurement planning, solicitation, pricing, contract design, award procedures and administrative issues that affect procurement.

Prerequisites

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Course Objectives

  • To prepare students to perform and lead the work necessary to ensure proper examination of requirements planning of the most appropriate acquisition process, and formation of the needed contract relationship.
  • To develop analytical skills necessary to finding and qualifying sources ensuring adequate costing and pricing of purchases, and assessing the impact of proposed acquisition decisions.
  • To develop an appreciation of the policy factors and environment considerations that influence the acquisition process.
  • To practice decision making skills critical to good contract awards using case analysis, oral presentations and simulated negotiations.
  • To refine student research skills pertinent to contractual matters.
  • To enhance student skills in resolving selected case situations pertinent to public procurement
Assignments
Assignments will include written case analyses, a research paper, and an exam.
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DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher
This course focuses the leadership and management practices that facilitate successful project implementation. The course examines project management in various organizational settings and addresses 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance management. The course readings focus on best practices in these areas. Case studies are used to provide a context for analyzing the role these practices play in successful project implementation.
Prerequisites NoneCourse Objectives

1.     Identify how different management and leadership strategies facilitate effective project implementation

2.     Understand and examine the role of communication in project success

3.     Understand and evaluate how change management processes influence project success

4.     Understand and explore different strategies for measuring, reporting and communicating project performance

5.     Identify ways to improve your practice/use of communication, change management and performance measurement

6.     Further develop academic skills necessary to conduct literature reviews, apply best practices to new situations and draft academic papers

Assignments

Assignments will include an individual development plan, a completed communication management plan, and a proposal for managing change and measuring/reporting performance for a proposal you select.  There are no exams.

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DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5 credit hours, 1st half of semester) taught by Dr. Marie Matta

This course will introduce the concepts and techniques related to analyzing strategic issues in supply chain management. Diverse topics, such as supply chain design, network planning, supply contracts, risk pooling, supply chain coordination and integration, and strategic alliances, comprise this course. Using cases, students will explore supply chain decision making at the strategic level in diverse industries such as apparel, electronics, automobile, grocery, and retail. Issues and trends related to supply chain system activities such as communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location decisions will be discussed at a strategic level. By the end of the course, students will understand that when a company’s supply chain is integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy it serves as a powerful competitive weapon.
SPECIAL NOTE: Attendance of Blackboard Collaborate sessions are mandatory for distance students. Collaborate sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings, 9:30-10:30pm Eastern. On-campus lecture is on Thursdays, 10:30am-1pm.

Prerequisites

None

Course Objectives

  • A well-trained manager must be familiar and conversant with the many issues and concepts that arise within the functional area of supply chain management. This course has several objectives for the student. By the end of the term, the student will:
  • Understand the terminology associated with supply chain management.
  • Explore different ways in which supply chains may choose to compete in the marketplace
  • Articulate the tradeoffs that occur in supply chain decision-making
  • Analyze the long-term decisions necessary for a network of firms to handle the supply components of planning, sourcing, making, delivering, and returning products
  • Recognize the interrelated processes both within a firm and also across a channel of firms in strategically designing a supply chain
  • Evaluate supply chain problems across a broad range of companies
  • Identify and understand the principles, challenges, and issues associated with recent supply chain management approaches
  • Develop the ability to evaluate supply chain performance and to formulate supply chain strategy.

Assignments

Assignments may include individual and group assignments, plus an exam.