Examines project management theory and practice, with emphasis on scientific, technical, and medical applications. Uses PMI's PMBOK framework to explain the creation and management of projects in contemporary organizations. Cases and examples illustrate the application of this framework to real-world Waterfall, Iterative, and Agile projects. Prerequisite: Acceptance to BAS program or instructor permission.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand and demonstrate what defines a project, and describe the role and responsibilities of a project manager.

  • Explain the role, importance, and application of project management in today’s scientific, technical, and medical organizations.

  • Analyze appraise the fundamental trade-offs between cost, schedule, scope, and quality embodied in any project.

  • Show and explain how project requirements are converted to an appropriate Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and define the appropriate task dependencies and sequences for the WBS.

  • Explain the significance of the critical path in a project, show how the critical path is determined, and use CPM and PERT analysis to appropriately “crash” and re-plan projects.

  • Describe the process groups and knowledge areas defined by PMI’s Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), and explain why each is important for effective project management.

  • List and explain the steps needed initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and close a project in a typical organization.

  • Describe and explain the documents, systems, and procedures needed to support real-world projects, and create the documents, systems, and procedures needed to support a real or hypothetical project.

  • List and categorize the key players associated with a project and describe their roles.

  • Describe the project management methodologies in common use (including Waterfall, Iterative & Incremental, and Agile approaches), and explain why each methodology was developed.

  • List the tools that are typically used by project managers to monitor and control projects, and show how these tools are applied in real and hypothetical situations.

  • Describe and evaluate representative software systems currently used to support project management.

  • Use project management software to plan and re-plan a small project, and to generate an array of management reports.

  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional Waterfall project methodology, Iterative and Incremental Development methods, and Agile project management (including SCRUM), and recommend the appropriate approach to use in a given situation.

  • Explain the relationship between project management, portfolio management, and program management.