Course Schedule for Fall 2017


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MPPM-900-20

Capstone

The Capstone course is to be completed in the final term of the program and provides an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the program by producing a substantial piece of work under the tutelage of an industry advisor and program faculty. Projects are aligned with students’ chosen areas of interest. Students have the opportunity to present their work to industry professionals for review and feedback. Each student receives assistance in devising a strategy to support the topic of interest, consistent with the course goals, by semester’s end. Classroom assignments and lectures also focus on preparing students for successful project management careers after they graduate from the program.

Note: Additional sessions required

  • Course #: MPPM-900-20
  • CRN: 32151
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Michael Fanning
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPPM-900-201

Capstone

The Capstone course is to be completed in the final term of the program and provides an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the program by producing a substantial piece of work under the tutelage of an industry advisor and program faculty. Projects are aligned with students’ chosen areas of interest. Students have the opportunity to present their work to industry professionals for review and feedback. Each student receives assistance in devising a strategy to support the topic of interest, consistent with the course goals, by semester’s end. Classroom assignments and lectures also focus on preparing students for successful project management careers after they graduate from the program.

Note: The Capstone course is to be completed in the final term of the program and provides an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the program by producing a substantial piece of work under the tutelage of an industry advisor and program faculty. Projects are aligned with students’ chosen areas of interest. Students have the opportunity to present their work to industry professionals for review and feedback. Each student receives assistance in devising a strategy to support the topic of interest, consistent with the course goals, by semester’s end. Classroom assignments and lectures also focus on preparing students for successful project management careers after they graduate from the program.

  • Course #: MPPM-900-201
  • CRN: 33416
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: DelGrosso, S.
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017

MPPM-600-101

Comm & Collab for Managers

This course teaches students the essential communication skills utilized by successful managers, including negotiation, persuasion and influencing, and presentation skills. Learning objectives for this course include demonstrating leadership skills and applying proven techniques in leading teams; applying communication best practices in projects; and evaluating communication needs for different motivational approaches by leveraging the Strength Development Inventory for both the “normal behavior” and “conflict mode” of individuals. By the end of the course, students are able to identify and resolve conflicts by practicing different conflict resolution approaches. This course also includes an examination of the individual motivators that aid students in effectively negotiating and influencing discussions with others.

Note: This course teaches students the essential communication skills utilized by successful managers, including negotiation, persuasion and influencing, and presentation skills. Learning objectives for this course include demonstrating leadership skills and applying proven techniques in leading teams; applying communication best practices in projects; and evaluating communication needs for different motivational approaches by leveraging the Strength Development Inventory for both the “normal behavior” and “conflict mode” of individuals. By the end of the course, students are able to identify and resolve conflicts by practicing different conflict resolution approaches. This course also includes an examination of the individual motivators that aid students in effectively negotiating and influencing discussions with others.

  • Course #: MPPM-600-101
  • CRN: 32149
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Finn, S.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Oct 24, 2017

MPPM-500-10

Ethics

The Ethics course is the flagship course in all Georgetown-SCS MPS programs, taken at the beginning of the program. In the first part of this course, students are introduced to ethical methodologies, principles, values, and frameworks. In the second part of the course, students study discipline- and field-specific codes of ethics within the profession. The course explores the ethical responsibilities of all project management professionals to themselves, corporations, the government, and the public. Students contrast the roles and responsibilities of ethics versus compliance and their interdependencies. In the third part of the course, students are introduced to an ethical decision-making framework and applied ethical issues.

Note: Core course requirement for MPS in Project Management students. Additional session required.

  • Course #: MPPM-500-10
  • CRN: 30793
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Wade, K.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Oct 24, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPPM-500-201

Ethics

The Ethics course is the flagship course in all Georgetown-SCS MPS programs, taken at the beginning of the program. In the first part of this course, students are introduced to ethical methodologies, principles, values, and frameworks. In the second part of the course, students study discipline- and field-specific codes of ethics within the profession. The course explores the ethical responsibilities of all project management professionals to themselves, corporations, the government, and the public. Students contrast the roles and responsibilities of ethics versus compliance and their interdependencies. In the third part of the course, students are introduced to an ethical decision-making framework and applied ethical issues.

Note: The Ethics course is the flagship course in all Georgetown-SCS MPS programs, taken at the beginning of the program. In the first part of this course, students are introduced to ethical methodologies, principles, values, and frameworks. In the second part of the course, students study discipline- and field-specific codes of ethics within the profession. The course explores the ethical responsibilities of all project management professionals to themselves, corporations, the government, and the public. Students contrast the roles and responsibilities of ethics versus compliance and their interdependencies. In the third part of the course, students are introduced to an ethical decision-making framework and applied ethical issues.

  • Course #: MPPM-500-201
  • CRN: 32148
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Matthews, L.
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017

MPPM-650-20

Execution & Delivery

This course explores the last three phases of the project lifecycle—execution, monitor and control, and closing. Students gain a deeper understanding of project execution, including the monitor and control component. Students also learn how to utilize real-world scenarios and/or project management simulation software to build the project deliverables; control the project delivery, scope, costs, quality, and risks; and manage issues. The course also teaches students about successful project closure, including winding down the project by releasing staff, handing over deliverables to the customer, and completing a post-implementation review.

Note: Requirement for MPS in Project Management students. Additional session required.

  • Course #: MPPM-650-20
  • CRN: 30799
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Reed, M.
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPPM-950-01

Independent Study

Note: Meetings are determined between the instructor and student.

  • Course #: MPPM-950-01
  • CRN: 33026
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 20, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPPM-725-101

Managing Complexity

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.

Note: Elective. Additional session required.

  • Course #: MPPM-725-101
  • CRN: 32150
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Cleveland, S.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Oct 24, 2017

MPPM-725-20

Managing Complexity

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.

Note: PM Elective

  • Course #: MPPM-725-20
  • CRN: 33552
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Ferreiro, L.
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPPM-700-10

Project Analytics

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.

Note: Elective course.

  • Course #: MPPM-700-10
  • CRN: 33605
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Stanton, T.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Oct 24, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPPM-700-201

Project Analytics

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.

Note: Electivet for MPS students

  • Course #: MPPM-700-201
  • CRN: 30801
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: DelGrosso, S.
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017

MPPM-550-101

Project Initiation & Dev

This course provides an in-depth examination of project initiation. Students are introduced to the requirements involved in completing a feasibility study, starting up the project, documenting a business case, and ultimately gaining project approval and funding. Students also learn how to effectively provide terms of reference, appoint the project team, and set up project procedures. The course also examines the importance of clearly defining the high-level project description or product requirements in order to ensure that the strategic and/or operational business needs are met during project execution. This includes what is necessary to meet the specific customer and other stakeholder project needs or expectations and what benefits need to be realized for the project to be deemed successful. Topic discussions include organizational, environmental, and external assumptions, risks, and constraints. Upon completion of the course, students are able to determine what is needed within a business case to justify a project, including a return on investment (ROI), a preliminary budget, and a schedule summary. The coursework aligns with the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

Note: This course provides an in-depth examination of project initiation. Students are introduced to the requirements involved in completing a feasibility study, starting up the project, documenting a business case, and ultimately gaining project approval and funding. Students also learn how to effectively provide terms of reference, appoint the project team, and set up project procedures. The course also examines the importance of clearly defining the high-level project description or product requirements in order to ensure that the strategic and/or operational business needs are met during project execution. This includes what is necessary to meet the specific customer and other stakeholder project needs or expectations and what benefits need to be realized for the project to be deemed successful. Topic discussions include organizational, environmental, and external assumptions, risks, and constraints. Upon completion of the course, students are able to determine what is needed within a business case to justify a project, including a return on investment (ROI), a preliminary budget, and a schedule summary. The coursework aligns with the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

  • Course #: MPPM-550-101
  • CRN: 30796
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Michael Fanning
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Oct 24, 2017

MPPM-520-10

Project Mgmt Fundamental

This course provides an overview of the project management lifecycle and associated processes. Students gain a solid grounding in fundamental project management concepts and learn how to develop a project charter, components of a project management plan, a work breakdown structure (WBS), and a risk management plan. Assignments include the creation of a communications management plan, a realistic schedule, a change management plan, and an on-the-job action plan. Participants learn what is required to monitor and report project statuses, as well as how to successfully close out a project and capture the value of lessons learned. Note: Students who have a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in good standing have the option to waive the Project Management Fundamental course. Approved students will instead complete a three-credit elective course.

Note: Foundation course requirement for MPS in Project Management students. Additional session required.

  • Course #: MPPM-520-10
  • CRN: 30794
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Spead, M.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Oct 24, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPPM-520-201

Project Mgmt Fundamental

This course provides an overview of the project management lifecycle and associated processes. Students gain a solid grounding in fundamental project management concepts and learn how to develop a project charter, components of a project management plan, a work breakdown structure (WBS), and a risk management plan. Assignments include the creation of a communications management plan, a realistic schedule, a change management plan, and an on-the-job action plan. Participants learn what is required to monitor and report project statuses, as well as how to successfully close out a project and capture the value of lessons learned. Note: Students who have a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in good standing have the option to waive the Project Management Fundamental course. Approved students will instead complete a three-credit elective course.

Note: This course provides an overview of the project management lifecycle and associated processes. Students gain a solid grounding in fundamental project management concepts and learn how to develop a project charter, components of a project management plan, a work breakdown structure (WBS), and a risk management plan. Assignments include the creation of a communications management plan, a realistic schedule, a change management plan, and an on-the-job action plan. Participants learn what is required to monitor and report project statuses, as well as how to successfully close out a project and capture the value of lessons learned. Note: Students who have a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in good standing have the option to waive the Project Management Fundamental course. Approved students will instead complete a three-credit elective course.

  • Course #: MPPM-520-201
  • CRN: 30795
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Cleveland, S.
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017

MPPM-620-20

Project Planning

This course provides an in-depth look at project planning by defining what effective project planning consists of, including setting out the project roadmap and creating the following plans: project plan, resource plan, financial plan, quality plan, acceptance plan, risk management plan, and communications plan. Students learn how to construct a detailed project plan while examining case studies that teach them the essentials of project planning—including that successful project planning must be detailed and organized, and requires full team participation. In applications, plans and priorities always change with the evolving business environment, so students also learn the importance of adaptability in project planning.

Note: Foundation course requirement for MPS in Project Management students. Additional session required.

  • Course #: MPPM-620-20
  • CRN: 30797
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Stanton, T.
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPPM-730-201

Project Risk Management

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.

Note: PM Elective

  • Course #: MPPM-730-201
  • CRN: 31296
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Moschoglou, G.
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017