While the SCS campus remains closed, on-campus classes will continue to be held remotely. These courses usually run during their regularly scheduled time and are held in synchronous sessions conducted via Zoom. Students should work with their academic advisors to develop course schedules that meet their academic and personal needs.
Agile Project Management Funda
The course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Agile Project Management Fundamentals. The course not only teaches students how to manage projects with an adaptive approach, but also allows students to understand the differences and similarities between agile and traditional project management. Throughout the course, students acquire the essential knowledge on agile values, principles, practices, tools, and benefits of applying a lean-agile approach to Project Management. The course also provides students with the tools necessary to select an adequate approach to project management while considering degree of uncertainty and complexity. Through simulations and demonstrations of agile concepts, students gain experiential learning and acquire essential Agile PM skills to operate in an agile setting. By the end of the course, students can apply insights on how to blend linear, incremental, and iterative approaches in a traditional, agile, or hybrid environment.
The Capstone Course is the culmination of the student's academic and professional experience in the Technology Management program. Over the course of the semester, students will be asked to apply the knowledge gained during the program to a project. With a focus on technology for social good, students will incorporate the skills necessary for analyzing key issues, thinking creatively, and making sound decisions in order to develop and execute plans. Projects will address global and local challenges.
During the semester in which students are enrolled in the Capstone Course, it is strongly recommended that they only take one additional course along with it. Students must earn a grade of B or better in the Capstone Course in order to graduate.
This is an introductory course in Enterprise Architecture (EA). The course defines EA as a series of interrelated reference models designed to foster a holistic top-down approach to managing Information Technology (IT) assets. Effective use of IT is essential to serving customers and/or constituents and this course explores how to align an organization’s business goals with the use of technology. The course explains the use of EA as a structured discipline for managing and governing IT, enabling everyone in the organization, from strategic leaders to tactical office workers, to see how IT affects productivity. The course explains the benefits of EA such as:
• Fosters a common consistent approach to managing IT assets and technology use; providing the necessary discipline to support business agility.
• Provides the framework to manage business processes as assets. With the relative cost of technology ever affordable, an organization’s business processes (how it produces goods and services) is what differentiates a successful organization from its competitors. Technology by itself is no longer a differentiator.
• Provides a direct link between business needs and technology use by establishing the vertical alignment of organizational strategies, business processes, and technology solutions.
Course #: MPTM-655-40
Dates: May 24 – Aug 15, 2021
Management of Technology
The Management of Technology course provides theoretical and practical experience in using information technology to support organizational decision-making processes. You will examine the requirements of an organization to optimize its competitive strategy and core competencies. You will learn different tactical, strategic, and organizational factors relative to various information systems, as well as how to gauge the effectiveness of an organization’s information system. The course addresses some of the unique issues in managing different types of IT professionals, from senior-level architects to junior-level infrastructure support personnel. You will explore tools and techniques related to hiring, developing, assessing, and retaining staff—as well as theories/methods of managing remote workers and virtual teams.
This course is designed to introduce Project Risk and Change Management related to the integration of new technology initiatives. In this course we will use a combination of presentation, discussion, and research to understand the risk of new technology project failure in the absence of a comprehensive change management strategy. The process is introduced from the systems view of organizational change and includes data collection methods (qualitative and quantitative), diagnosis, and the management of system-wide technology change integration. In addition to the practical component of the course of study, substantive and validated theory is integrated that spans 50+ years of change management literature.
Course #: MPTM-621-40
Dates: May 24 – Aug 15, 2021
Gives you a strong understanding of the system development life cycle (SDLC). You will learn methods of gathering, analyzing, and prioritizing business requirements with a focus on the ease of use for IT staff and end-users alike. The course covers many of the specifics of gap analysis through correctness and completeness methods, the use of case models, process and data modeling, database design principles, and more. In addition, the course covers SDLC models, Unified Process and CASE tools, Rapid Application Development methodologies, Package Evaluation and Selection, and more. Finally, the course will be well-grounded in practice through the coverage of relevant requirements standards (IEEE Standard 830) and current government practices for requirements management (i.e., System Requirements Specifications (SRS).
Note: This course meets online. Required course required for Tech Mgmt students.
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Guidance Related to COVID-19
Updated Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 at 12:35 PM EDT
SCS continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and respond in support of the University community. Currently, all summer term courses will continue through distance instruction.
In terms of the Fall 2021 semester, the School of Continuing Studies will resume regular operations effective August 16 at the 640 Massachusetts Avenue building, unless otherwise noted for specific programs.