BUS402: Project Management (undergrad section of graduate course)

Course Description

Students in this course will learn how to manage client requests, the tasks that issue from them, and the staff and other resources that their organization has available in order to attain the desired goal of a project within a specified period of time. This course relies heavily on the definitions and principles found in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, which represents the best practices in the field.

This course explains the five key process groups in any project: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, as well as closing. It also covers communication skills and delegation of work. Additionally, it covers setting priorities and expectations, controlling expenses and reporting results, and evaluating project success or failure. It also introduces some of the tools used in contemporary project management.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the growing need for better project, program, and portfolio management and distinguish the differences.
  2. Describe project management and discuss key elements of the project management framework, including the five levels of project portfolio management, the project management knowledge areas, common tools and techniques, and project success factors.
  3. Discuss the initiating process from pre-initiating tasks to initiating tasks and create a project charter to formally initiate a project.
  4. Describe the importance of creating plans to guide project execution and outputs for project integration and scope management and create related documents including scope, work breakdown structure (WBS), a milestones list, quality checklist, communications and risk management plans.
  5. Recognize planning processes and outputs for project quality, human resource, communications, stakeholder, risk, and procurement management and update project-related information as part of quality assurance and development internal and external communication documents.
  6. Understand processes and outputs of project monitoring and controlling by developing a performance/progress report.
  7. Develop a lessons-learned report based on an understanding of common way to close or terminate projects and reflect on best practice in project management.


Available to undergraduates with at least 90 credits and a 3.0 GPA.


Course Materials & Tuition 

Schwalbe, Kathy. An Introduction to Project Management, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 7th edition (May 29, 2015). ISBN:  9781505212099




Total Cost of Course