BUS 265 Basics of Project Management, 3 credits
In today's business environment, the ability to work cross-functionally as a team member to solve problems, control costs, and achieve competitive advantage is of paramount importance. This course introduces the key concepts and techniques which are necessary to select, plan, schedule, monitor and control projects. These Project Management principles are applicable to any organization and any unique undertaking; for example, new product launch, building construction, information system installation, business expansion, and entertainment events. Primary class emphasis is on the project managment process and tools. Microsoft Project will be used to create time-phased project plans. Network diagrams, work breakdown structures, and critical paths will be developed. Also covered are the interpersonal skills vital to managing cross-functional teams, and the approaches used to monitor project performance and to take corrective actions in order to achieve the project's expected outcomes.