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MSPM: In the Know, March 1, 2016

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Summer 2016 Registration Opens Today, 1 Mar
Registration for summer 2016 courses begins today. Visit the Schedule of Classes for full details on available courses. Summaries of the Decision Sciences (DNSC) electives may be found on the blog. Remember, general elective courses must be approved by your advisor to ensure they will apply to the MSPM degree requirements.
Textbook information is available from the GW Campus Store. If you have a hold on your account, you will not be able to register for classes. Clear your holds to register for classes. If you have a hold for academic probation, schedule a meeting with me to discuss plans for summer and to register.

Congratulations to Matthew Nessan, Administrative Director, MSBA
Congratulations to Matthew Nessan as he assumes the Administrative Director role for the MS in Business Analytics program. Matthew served as the Assistant Director for the MSPM program since November 2014. Matthew assumed his new role in February 2016 after serving as the interim director for four months. Many of you worked with Matthew through the MSPM application and admissions process. If you are interested in pursuing the certificate in business analytics, Matthew will be an essential resource. Congratulations!

SMPP 6290.10 Governance through Dealmaking, Approved General Elective
Prof de los Reyes is offering a new course in summer session I, SMPP 6290.10 Governance through Dealmaking. The goal of the course is to help you become more powerful as a business person by developing your dexterity in dealmaking. The 3 credit hour course is approved to fulfill the MSPM general elective requirement. Course is only available on campus. Summary of course is available on the blog.

MSPM: In the Know, February 2, 2016

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Upcoming Events

Resources for Success
The MSPM director serves as the academic advisor and staff resource for all MSPM students. Please contact your advisor with any questions regarding the program, degree requirements, room reservations within GWSB, scholarships, or any other matters pertaining to your degree.
Students are also responsible for understanding and complying with University, School, and MSPM Program requirements. Below is a listing of resources to assist in your success at GW (list is not exhaustive):

Summer 2016 Registration Opens 1 Mar
Registration for summer 2016 courses begins 1 Mar. Summer session I begins 16 May and summer session II begins 5 Jul. Review the DNSC course offerings via the Schedule of Classes. No core MSPM courses will be offered in summer 2016, only electives. Schedule an advisement session with me to discuss your options and to review your plan in DegreeMAP. Take action now to avoid schedule conflicts or delayed graduation.

The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 electives in summer session I:

The Decision Sciences Dept also offers electives focused on business analytics, some of which are open to MSPM students:

  • DNSC 6290 Visualization for Analytics, Grover, campus only
  • DNSC 6290 Big Data, Vaisman, campus only
  • DNSC 6290 Business Process Simulation, Jain, distance/online section open to MSPM students, campus section restricted to MSBA students (see MSBA program for permission to enter campus section)
  • DNSC 6290 Social Network Analysis for Managers, Kanungo, distance/online only

Summer 2016 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 credit hour electives in summer 2016: DNSC 6290 Project Governance and DNSC 6290 Project Management Methodologies. Short summaries of each course are provided below. Please contact the respective professors for more detailed information on the courses. The Decision Sciences Department offers additional courses focused on business analytics. These course may be applied to the DNSC elective or general elective requirements for the MSPM degree. See the Schedule of Classes for details. The schedule is subject to change.

DNSC 6290 Project Governance (1.5 credit hours), Dr. Sam Ghosh (sghosh12@gwu.edu), Campus and Online Sections, 5/16/16-6/25/16

An overview of project governance: models, practices and case studies. It is designed to augment the basics of project management courses with information pertinent to the governance, limitations and recommendations for practice.





Course Objectives

1)     To understand difference between project management and project governance

2)     To understand different strategies and framework for project governance

3)     To understand different modules involved in the governance process

4)     To provide fundamental information for the PM as a “what to expect” road map to project governance




Assignments will include an exam, short paper, and a project.


DNSC 6290 Project Management Methodologies (1.5 credit hours), Dr. Homayoun Khamooshi (hkh@gwu.edu), Campus and Online Sections, 5/16/16-6/25/16

An overview of PMI’s PMBOK is presented and explained using the systemic process adopted in the PMBOK. The course also covers the Agile project management approach as a flexible and dynamic methodology suitable for a particular class of projects. The course will also cover PRINCE II, which is a well structured project management methodology, and is introduced and compared against Agile and PMI’s PMBOK.





Course Objectives

1)     Develop knowledge and skills about the structure and content of the PMI PMBOK.

2)     Develop knowledge and skills about the structure, processes and content of Agile project management.

3)     Develop knowledge and skills about the structure, processes and content of PRINCE II.

4)     Develop skills and learn how a project management methodology could be tailored to the needs of a project using project management skills and expertise.

5)     Enhance understanding of the relationships between these approaches and systems thinking.

6)      Develop skills to conduct comparative analysis of different project management methodologies.



Assignments will include an exam and a case study.

MSPM: In the Know, January 11, 2016

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Online Section (DE) of DNSC 6234 Course Running as Scheduled, Campus Section (10) Cancelled
The online section (DE) of DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting will run as scheduled. The campus section (10), though, was cancelled. All students who were registered in the campus section were moved to the online section. Students may see updates via Blackboard or via email as Prof Easley prepares for the course. The lectures will be pre-recorded and posted by Prof Easley in the absence of the on campus lecture. Blackboard Collaborate sessions will provide interactive sessions with Prof Easley.

Dr. Miguel Lejeune Teaching DNSC 6251
Dr. Miguel Lejeune will teach DNSC 6251 Optimization Models for Decision Making in place of Dr. Jarrah. The course will run as scheduled. The Blackboard Collaborate session day/time is under review. Updates will be provided shortly.

Course Not Appearing on Blackboard Yet
Courses are not required to appear on Blackboard until the first week of the semester. Many professors may not make their course live on Blackboard until the first day of their class. For example, if the campus lecture is scheduled for Thursday, course may not appear until Thursday. Still concerned? Contact the professor directly for an update.

Remember, Blackboard is the not the correct source to confirm your course registrations. GWeb is the source of registration and schedule information.

Spring 2016 Electives

Two 3 credit electives are available in the spring 2016 semester – DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting and DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management.  One 1.5 credit elective – DNSC 6290 Sustainable Supply Chains – is also available. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective or general elective requirements for the program.

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: None


DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management (3 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher (winner of 2014 MSPM Outstanding Faculty Award)

This course focuses on the leadership and management practices related to communications that facilitate successful project implementation. Readings focus on 1) best practices in communication, 2) change management strategies, and 3) performance management strategies. The course culminates with a team project to develop a Communications Management Plan for a predefined project. Students are asked to integrate course topics related to change management and performance management into their Communications Management Plan.

The class format includes teacher-led delivery, student-led presentations and discussion. Online sessions using Blackboard Collaborate and prerecorded videos characterized as informed and lively discussions in which all students participate and present their ideas and perspectives. Assignments and learning activities require a synthesis of course concepts and their application to real-world situations or case students. As a result, there is a significant requirement for student reflection, participation and engagement.

Prerequisites: None


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 mandatory for distance students.

Prerequisites: None

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!

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.

Fall 2015 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two electives in the fall 2015 semester – a 1.5 credit elective and a 3 credit elective. These electives are project management-specific, available on campus or 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


DNSC 6290 International Project Management (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Sam Ghosh (offered online only, not on campus)

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