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Elective Offered in Fall 2016: DNSC 6290 Project Management and Organizational Context (1.5)

The MSPM program will offer one (1.5 credit) elective in the fall 2016 semester. This elective is available online, and may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement for the program.  Below is a brief description of course offering:

DNSC 6290: Project Management and Organizational Context (1.5 credit)

This course meets during the second half of the Fall semester. The course examines leadership and management practices related to communication that facilitate successful project management. The course considers project communications across various organizational settings and through the five (5) project management process areas. We will focus on strategies and practices related to 1) communication 2) change management, and 3) performance reporting. Course readings focus on best practices in these areas. The culminating course project requires the application of practices learned in the context of an actual project.

Prerequisites: None

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Understand the key terms and concepts used to define and classify organizations
  2. Understand the key terms and concepts used to define organizational culture
  3. Explain how and why organizational context and culture influence project management processes
  4. Apply course concepts to real world situations and cases
  5. Identify strategies for customizing the practice of project management in different organizational contexts

For more information, please contact course instructor:                                                     Dr. Julia Keleher (jbkeleher@email.gwu.edu)

 

 

 

MSPM: in the Know, May 24, 2016

Top 3 for 24 May

1 – Registration

Friday, 27 May, is the last day to drop a course in Summer Session 1. The last day to withdraw from a Summer Session 1 class with a grade of W is Friday, 10 Jun. Each student is responsible for reviewing the registration schedule and for managing themselves accordingly.

Summer II Elective offered beginning 5 July – 8 August 2016: PbuH 6199.11 Veterans, Deployment and Environmental Issues (1 credit). 

This class is ideal for anyone seeking a job at the Veterans Administration (VA) or with Tricare, or who seeks a research or policy position that addresses the health of active duty military or veterans. For more information,  please email or call Dr. Goldsmith (dgoldsmi@gwu.edu, or call 202.549.1019) or view full description here.

2 – Volunteer and Job Opportunities

Seeking Graduate Ambassadors for 2016-2017. Graduate Ambassadors Program is currently accepting applications for 2016-2017. Launched Fall 2014, the program provides opportunities for graduate students to be actively involved in building and promoting a graduate community to create a network for communication and assistance among prospective, current and former graduate students. Ambassadors plan events for the graduate community; answer questions for prospective students about the university, various curriculum, clubs and activities; and most importantly, share their personal experiences as graduate students at GW. If interested, Apply to be a Graduate Ambassador here!

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union is hiring! These positions will be in Chantilly VA and students can apply directly at careers.penfed.org or GWork as the positions are posted on both sites. See full job description below:

Project Coordinator IT Documentation Specialist

IT Project Manager I

3 – Events Roundup

How to Train Your Sponsor

featuring Laura Barnard, PMP

FREE Event!  REGISTER HERE.
Date: Wednesday,  25 May 2016

11:30am – Networking | 12:00 through 1:00pm – Presentation

Location: The George Washington University School of Business                                   2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453 | Washington, District Of Columbia 20052         See map: Google Maps

PMIWDC’s PMP certification prep course is one of the most comprehensive and best priced PMP review courses in the area. Spring Prep Course in Fairfax is just around the corner. Read More and Register at www.pmiwdc.org/PMPprep

Dates:  4 & 5 June and 11 & 12 June (Weekends)
Location: Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute
2677 Prosperity Ave, Suite 600, Fairfax, VA
Cost: $975 PMIWDC Members; $995 Non-Members
Course Length: 26 contact hours, 4 days, 8:30am – 4pm

Graduate Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications for 2016-2017

Seeking Graduate Ambassadors for 2016-2017

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Graduate Ambassador Program. Launched Fall 2014, the program provides opportunities for graduate students to be actively involved in building and promoting a graduate community to create a network for communication and assistance among prospective, current and former graduate students.

Graduate Ambassadors are a group of current graduate students who have volunteered to serve as representatives of the George Washington University graduate student experience. Ambassadors plan events for the graduate community; answer questions for prospective students about the university, various curriculum, clubs and activities; and most importantly, share their personal experiences as graduate students at GW.

Interested students should submit this application by June 15, 2016. After a short review period, you will be notified if you are offered a phone interview.

 Apply to be a Graduate Ambassador here!

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Tripsas, Program Coordinator at mtripsas@gwu.edu

PMIWDC Circle Luncheon Event: How to Train Your Sponsor, May 25, 2016

How to Train Your Sponsor

 featuring Laura Barnard, PMPFounder, PMO Strategies

FREE Event! REGISTER HERE.
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

11:30am – Networking

12:00 through 1:00pm – Presentation

Location: The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453 | Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

About the Event

Having trouble getting your sponsor to focus on your project? Did their engagement end when the charter was signed? What!? They didn’t even read the charter? If you want to improve your sponsor relationship and get exactly what you need from them to keep you project moving forward, this presentation was built for you.

Unfortunately, most sponsors don’t understand what is expected of them. Why would they? We haven’t told them, yet! We start with a sponsor assessment to help you evaluate the kind of sponsor you have for your project. That is key to understanding what comes next. Then, we apply a sponsor management process and various techniques and tools to help you focus your sponsor on precisely what they need to know, help them understand what is expected of them throughout the project lifecycle, and how they can support you through the process of managing a project.

Happy and engaged sponsor = happy project manager! Join us if you want to learn the secrets to sponsor engagement and how to master the most critical component of any change success.

PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:
Strategic and Business Management

Full Event Details.

 

Summer II Elective: PbuH 6199.11 Veterans, Deployment and Environmental Issues 1 Credit

Summer II 2016 – PubH 6199.11  Veterans, Deployment & Environmental Issues – 1 credit – Dr. David Goldsmith (Mondays, 6:10pm – 8:40pm from July 5 (Tues as Mon is a holiday) –Aug 8, 2016)


For more information, please email or call Dr. Goldsmith (dgoldsmi@gwu.edu, or call 202.549.1019)

This course examines the historical and current policy concerns about environmental exposures and the risks of illness among deployed troops and military veterans. The class will emphasize troops’ exposure during Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.  It will examine the roles of DOD, the Veterans Administration, and the Institute of Medicine in health protection, exposure monitoring, health research, and policies regarding service-connected disabilities. Current topics such as sexual assault, the increase of women vets, and delays in VA disability benefits, burn pits, and PTSD/traumatic brain injuries will be included.  Students will write a paper and make a short presentation on a topic of interest.  Both written and oral communication will be emphasized throughout the course. There is *no* exam.

This class is a must for anyone seeking a job at the Veterans Administration (VA) or with Tricare, or who seeks a research or policy position that addresses the health of active duty military or veterans.

Examples of current news stories that will be covered in the course:

Dr. David Goldsmith is an occupational and environmental epidemiologist, and was a Fulbright academic fellow in 2014 at the University of Manitoba.  In addition to his long-time affiliation with the George Washington University, he has also worked at the Veteran’s Administration (VA).

MSPM Graduation Photos 2016

Here are a few photos shared by our recent MSPM graduates. Do you have anything to share? Please email photos to Agnes, aesocrates@gwu.edu.

Feedback Session Spring 2016

This year’s MSPM Feedback Session held on May 12, 2016 from 4-5:30 PM at Duques 652 was worth a blog. The goal of the session was to get feedback from graduating class of Spring 2016 on how MSPM can improve from a programmatic standpoint, in terms of delivering high-quality education. Besides the high turn-out of participants (85% of Spring 2016 class), the MSPM team of facilitators implemented a new strategy to solicit feedback from students this year.  This strategy included focused group discussions, group presentations followed by comments from the MSPM faculty and staff. This was quite different from the previous years’ session where the floor was open to everyone to speak about their experience.

Thank you participants! The MSPM program was impressed by the wealth of ideas from the students. We are committed to take action based on your feedback.