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DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 Cr., Fall 2017

MSPM is going to offer one, three-credit elective course in Fall 2017 semester. The following course will fulfill either your Decision Science Elective requirement or the general elective requirement.

DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 credits

DESCRIPTION:  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: No required pre-requisites

PROFESSOR:  Andrew F. Griffith, Ph.D.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Understand the origins and the theoretical basics of quality management as applied to manufacturing and service industries.

2.  Understand and apply quality management practices to project systems including best practices such as benchmarking, continuous improvement, six sigma, and statistical quality control.

3.  Understand and apply quality management practices to individual projects including the development of quality plans during project definition and quality assurance and quality control processes to monitor and control project quality in execution.

4.  Develop a comprehensive quality control / quality assurance plan for projects that supports the project’s quality objectives during execution.

 

MGT 6290 1.5 credit Leadership Courses for Fall 2016

Still looking for ways to fulfill your elective requirement for Fall 2016? You may want to explore the following MGT 6290 Leadership Courses, each is offered as a 1.5 credit class:
Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices I
MGT 6290-10, CRN 17210
8:30-5:30 pm in DUQUES 255
Sept 23 and Sept 30
Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices II
MGT 6290-11, CRN 14518
8:30-5:30 pm in DUQUES 255
Nov 4 and Nov 11
Students needing 1.5 credit can take Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices I. Students looking for 3 credits can take both classes. Part I is a pre-requesite to part II. For more information, see the course description, Contemporary Leadership Perspectives and Practices announcement, 3-16. Students may register via Gweb.

Business and Society Course, Study Away Program in DC, January 6-9, 2016

An exciting accelerated course elective is still available for the Spring of 2016. Business and Society, a 4 day on campus residency will be held from January 6-9, 2016. If you are interested in enrolling in this course option please submit a Registration Transaction Form (RTF) to the MSPM director for review and processing. Forms will be processed on a first come first serve basis with an internal wait list being created once the course reaches 30 students.Business and Society Residency (3 credits, CRN 74642)

Meeting Dates:

  • Wednesday through Friday, January 6-8 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 9 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Course Description:

2015 has been deemed the year of the crowd, recognizing that the collaborative economy is increasingly impacting many sectors of society. In this course, students will take an in depth look at how crowdfunding democratizes access to finance for development. Crowdfunding is the process of relaying on a crowd of small contributions for funding rather than relying on funding from a fewer number of big corporations or funding entities. Crowdfunding allows people to raise money outside of institutional systems, which are often encumbered with bureaucracy.

In this course students will review current trends and issues in crowdfunding and how they apply to (economic) development starting by reviewing the Jumpstart Our Business Act (aimed at creating new ways for investors to fund start-up businesses) and financial regulations for crowd funding. During this class students will investigate debt crowd funding models to promote access to finance as well as learn how crowd funding accelerates poverty alleviation.

This course is part of the Business and Society series and is condensed into four days from January 6th through January 9th. Classroom lectures will be complimented by site visits to Crowdfunding platforms (Fundrise) and incubators (1776) in the Washington D.C area.

MSPM: In the Know, December 1, 2015

Top 3 for 1 Dec

Scholarships for Spring 2016, 11 Dec Application Deadline
The program will award five scholarships to current students, each in the amount of $4,000. Details on the application process, the guidelines, and criteria are available on the blog. Applications due on Friday, 11 Dec, by 6 p.m. EST. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Spring 2016 Course Updates
Registration remains open for spring 2016 courses. Register via GWeb immediately to secure a seat in your required courses. Non-MSPM students on the wait list for core courses will be allowed to register December 15. Secure your seat before the seat is given to those on the wait list.

Update on DNSC electives – the campus section of DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management, section 13, was cancelled. The DE section will continue to run as scheduled, though.
Textbook information is available through the GW Campus Store website. Search for your course via the website to verify the required textbooks.

GW Tourism Alumni Network Cocktails and Connections, 3 Dec
The GW Tourism Alumni Network invites all graduate students and alumni to their Cocktails and Connections event on Thursday, 3 Dec. The event will take place at Tonic, 2036 G St, NW, from 6-7 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided, register online to attend.

Summer 2016 Short Term Study Away Programs, Applications Due Feb 28

http://business.gwu.edu/international-programs/study-abroad/short-term/

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 28

Courses must be approved by your MSPM advisor to be applied to the MSPM degree via the general elective requirements.

Short-Term Study Away Courses:

  • Brazil “Behind the Scenes at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro” [3 credits]
  • California “A Journey Through the Sharing Economy: Customer Experience Fieldwork in San Francisco” [3 credits]
  • Denmark “International Summer University Program” Short-term Exchange with Copenhagen Business School [6 credits]
  • England “Business and the State: Privatization and Public-Private Partnerships” [6 credits]
  • France “Globalizing Europe” Short-term Exchange with EDHEC Business School [3-6 credits]
  • France “The Global Manager in Europe” Short-term Exchange with ESSEC Business School [3 credits]
  • Germany “Successful Leadership in Europe” Short-term Exchange with European Business School [3 credits]
  • Israel “ Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The Israeli Model” Short-term Exchange with Tel Aviv University [3 credits]
  • Mexico “Sustainable Tourism and Adventure Tourism Development in Chiapas” [6 credits]
  • New York/New Jersey “Global Social Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice” [3 credits]
  • Singapore “The global Manager in Asia or Corporate Finance” [6 credits]
  • Sweden “Healthcare and Marketing Strategy: The Swedish Experience” [4.5 credits]

MSPM: In the Know, November 3, 2015

Top 3 for 3 Nov

Attend the GWSB Alumni Roundtables, 9 Nov
Alumni roundtables will be held Monday, 9 Nov, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the City View Room at 1957 E St, NW. Register to attend this event and network with prominent GW alumni. Who knows, you may find your next employer at the event! Event begins with a cocktail reception followed by two roundtable discussions. Attire is business formal, strict dress code is fully enforced. Register to secure a limited number of seats.

Check for Holds that May Prevent Registration
Be sure to remove any holds on your account that may prevent you from register for classes 9 Nov. Did you…

  • Pay your student account balance?
  • Submit you immunization records?
  • Submit official transcripts?
  • Take care of all official administrative business?
To view your holds, log in to GWeb:
  • Click on “Student Record and Registration” folder
  • Next, click on “Student Records Information Menu”
  • Finally, click on “View Administrative Holds”

Spring 2016 Registration Opens 9 Nov
The spring 2016 schedule of classes is now available to help you plan for registration, which opens Monday, 9 Nov. Questions? Schedule an advisement session with Cambria Happ via www.meetme.so/gwmspm.

Registration in DNSC 6269 Project Management Application, the capstone, is not available via GWeb. See last week’s edition for instructions on how to register for DNSC 6269.

Two 3 credit hour project management electives scheduled for spring:

  • DNSC 6234 Procurement & Contracting, on campus and online sections available
  • DNSC 6290 Communication Strategies in Project Management, on campus and online sections available

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

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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

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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 mandatory for distance students.

Prerequisites: None

Fall 2015 DNSC 6290 Project Mgt & Org Context Cancelled

Both the on campus and distance sections of DNSC 6290 Project Management & Organizational Context, section 10 and DE, with Prof Keleher were cancelled for the fall 2015 term. Contact the MSPM office at 202-994-6145 or mspminfo@gwu.edu with any questions.