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.
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.
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)
Wednesday through Friday, January 6-8 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 9 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
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.
•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.
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.
•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?
•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 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.