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RPJM 101

Foundations of Project Management

This course covers the history, current practice, and future directions of project management. Principles and concepts of project management are presented and discussed within the context of the knowledge areas and process groups defined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). Concepts covered include process groups from initiation through closure; techniques for planning, estimating and reporting; management of risk, quality, resources, and communications; earned value analysis; agile and traditional methods of project management.

At the end of this course the student will be able to:

Write a clear, concise project charter document to launch a project.

Create a complete work breakdown structure to organize, define, and graphically display the work to be accomplished to achieve the objectives of a project.

Build a comprehensive project schedule using Microsoft Project to realize defined requirements given time and cost constraints.

Create, analyze, and respond to project tracking/control reports in the areas of requirements, staffing, incidents/quality, schedule, milestones, earned value, and risk.

Analyze change, configuration, and quality management processes in the context of managing a project.

Apply appropriate project management techniques based upon: the size and scope of the project; organizational structure, maturity, and culture; and procurement needs.

Microsoft Project (version 2002 or higher) is required for this course. A free 60-day trial version of Microsoft Project 2010 can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com. The software may be purchased for a substantially reduced price through www.journeyed.com with proof of academic status. Registered students can download an enrollment verification report from SAGE for this purpose. Contact gps@brandeis.edu if you need assistance.

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