Master of Professional Studies in Project Management

Elective Courses (9 credits)

MPPM 700: Project Analytics (3 credits)
(Prerequisite: MPPM 520: Project Fundamentals)

Project analytics track key performance indicators (KPIs) related to scope, schedule, and cost to provide a structured approach to project planning and management. This course applies a variety of analytical tools and techniques to balance the competing demands of scope, schedule, and cost. Students learn how to establish the performance measurement baseline and gain proficiency in the tools and techniques used to compare actual work accomplished against established plans. The course utilizes industry standard scheduling and budgeting tools, including schedule diagnostic tools. Coursework aligns with the Project Management Institute’s Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures, Practice Standard for Scheduling, and Practice Standard for Project Estimating. Students develop a collection of project analytics in reports, graphs, and charts appropriate for presentation to business leaders.

MPPM 730: Project Risk Management (3 credits)

Risk management is the structured, disciplined approach to dealing with unknown events and how they can affect project performance. This course includes a review of the basic components of risk: the probability of an event and the consequences of the event. The core elements of probability theory are reviewed, as are the basic components of estimation theory. Risk management is assessed from its basic steps: risk identification, risk impact analysis, risk response planning, risk monitoring and control, and recovery. Risk modeling, using Monte Carlo simulation, is fully discussed. Throughout the course, students study case studies that illustrate how risk management is successfully used in a variety of fields. Project management applications are reviewed to show how risk management improves project performance, as measured by reduced cost overruns and schedule delays, as well as how quality and safety issues can be improved by applying risk management techniques. Coursework aligns with the Project Management Institute’s Practice Standard for Project Risk Management.

MPPM 725: Managing Complexity (3 credits)
(Prerequisite: MPPM 520: Project Fundamentals)

This course investigates and discusses navigation complexity in large projects for successful outcomes. By the end of this course, students are able to understand and apply a best-practice framework for managing project complexity, including the development of management approaches for large and high-risk projects. This course also discusses industry standard guidelines established to help navigate intricate organizational challenges associated with project complexity, and explores case studies and real-world scenarios, which illustrate such challenges, and means to overcome them. The coursework aligns with the Project Management Institute’s Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide.  

Cross-Program Elective Options: In addition to the courses above, students may take up to two electives from the MPS in Technology Management (TM) program, provided that they have permission from both their program advisor and the program advisor of the TM program. Students will be granted this option on a space-permitting basis.

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