Mar 22, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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IE 340 - Project Management

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course will enable the student to gain an understanding of the mechanics of guiding an engineering project from the initiation phase through project implementation and, finally, termination. The class will focus on the application of project management tools to engineering oriented projects, including the role of technology and the balance between cost, schedule and technical performance. (prereq: MA 262  or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the general issues related to the management of engineering oriented projects
  • Plan and develop the project objectives, scope and boundaries of a project with regard to the triple constraint of technical performance, cost and schedule
  • Use the Critical Path Method (CPM) and Activity on Node (AON) in the development of the project schedule
  • Identify and develop project metrics and deliverables
  • Define the project by creating the work breakdown structure, responsibility matrix and communication plan
  • Develop the project budget and understand how resources are allocated to a project
  • Understand how to monitor, control, evaluate and terminate the project
  • Better understand the various roles one may assume on an engineering team, including the responsibilities of the project manager

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic understanding of probability and statistics.

Course Topics
  • Introduction to Project Management in an engineering context and the characteristics of an Effective Project Manager (PM) including PM’s Roles and Responsibilities (1 week)
  • Planning the Project - Project Charter, Project Initiation (including objective, scope, boundaries, triple constraint, stakeholders, project metric and deliverables), Communication Plan (2 weeks)
  • Defining the Project - Work Breakdown structure, Responsibility Matrix and Project Accountability (2 weeks)
  • Budgeting the Project (1 week)
  • Scheduling the Project, including Critical Path Method (CPM) and Activity on Node (AON) (1 week)
  • Allocating Resources to the Project, Monitoring and Controlling the Project, Evaluating and Terminating the Project (2 weeks)
  • Leadership and Motivation (1 week)

Leah Newman

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