The MSPM program will offer two electives in the fall 2013 semester. These electives may be applied to the Decision Sciences (DNSC) elective requirement of the program. An executive summary of each elective is provided below.
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.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
• Understand the origins and the theoretical basics of quality management as applied to manufacturing and service industries.
• Understand and apply quality management practices to project systems including Best Practices such as benchmarking, continuous improvement, six sigma, and statistical quality control.
• 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.
• Develop a comprehensive quality control / quality assurance plan for projects that support the project’s quality objectives during execution.
3 homework assignments, 2 exams, and one group project.
Project Management and Organizational Context (1.5 credit hours) taught by Dr. Julia Keleher
This course, offered during the first 7 weeks of the semester, explores how the organizational context in which project management takes place interacts with project management practices. Readings focus on three areas: 1) the characteristics that define and differentiate organizational contexts and organizational culture, 2) the role and function of a Project Management Office and 3) the interaction of organizational context and culture on project management processes. Assignments and learning activities involve applying course concepts to real-world situations and case studies. Students will analyze the influence of organizational context on project management decisions taking place during initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing processes..
- Understand the key terms and concepts used to define, classify and describe organizations, organizational context and organizational culture
- Identify the implications of organizational context and culture for project management and learning
- Recognize the benefits and challenges associated with centralized project management practices and Project Management Offices (PMO) across organizational contexts
- Apply course concepts to your professional experiences and real world cases
- Identify the skills and competencies a Project Manager needs to be successful in different organizational contexts.
2 written assignments and 2 presentations