Bachelors (BS) in Project Management

Overview

The Project Management program is a 36-semester hour program designed to guide students in becoming effective project managers, equipped with the knowledge, tools, and skills to deliver successful projects in today’s fast-paced business environment. The course of study blends the tools and techniques advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI) into a solid study of the theories, techniques, and approaches used by successful managers and leaders. Students who complete the program will be positioned academically to further their project management careers and to continue on to PMI certification, a commonly requested requirement of hiring managers.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish project leadership from project management in the organization and in projects.
  • Explain their personal leadership style or approach.
  • Apply leadership theories to project management situations.
  • Explore virtual team leadership from a project perspective.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the PM’s role in the delivery of strategic objectives.

Course Requirements

Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

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Major Requirements

Complete the following:

Course content focuses on organizational behavior models and practices and their application in work, group, and virtual teams. Emphasis is placed on group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness.
This course provides an overview of the fields of organizational and management theory. It gives the student an understanding of the roles of management in fulfilling the mission and goals of the organization. Students are expected to apply management theory as they make decisions to solve organizational problems. Prerequisite: MGOL 401 Organizational Behavior.
The roots and origins of the Christian faith are investigated. Focus is placed on the history of Christianity, the influence of Christianity upon society, and how Christian values relate to managing people. Prerequisite: MGOL 401 Organizational Behavior, MGOL 413 Ethics for Managers.
Topics covered will enable students to analyze and interpret both historical and estimated financial data used by management to conduct daily operations, plan future operations and develop overall business strategies. Prerequisites: MGOL 401 Organizational Behavior, MGOL 403 Organizational Theory.
This course introduces concepts and techniques for design, planning, and control of service and manufacturing operations. It provides basic definitions of operations management terms, tools and techniques for analyzing operations, and strategic context for making operational decisions. Prerequisites: MGOL 401 Organizational Behavior, MGOL 410 Financial Decision Making, MGOL 415 Data Informed Decision Making, MGOL 440 Human Resource Management.

Complete the following:

Required for Project Management majors and minors. Waterfall Project Management Methodologies exposes students to waterfall project management processes, knowledge areas, and lifecycles. From initiating to closing, students will learn the relationship between the process groups of the Project Management Institute PMI® and the respective knowledge areas. Waterfall scheduling concepts will be utilized while learning to deliver a complete project management plan, from project charter to project close. Students will apply their knowledge through development of a team-oriented project. Industry accepted Project management software will be used to support the course material. Prerequisite: MPJM 418 Introduction to Project Management
Required for Project Management majors and minors. Introduction to Project Management provides students an overview of project management with a focus on the role of effective project management in achieving operational and strategic goals. Students will be introduced to ways to integrate and mange projects in modern organizations, while keeping projects on schedule and within budget by using a systematic approach for planning, scheduling, and controlling projects. Students will learn about various methodologies for project delivery. Industry accepted project management software will be used to support the course material. Students will prepare a project plan at the first level of difficulty. Prerequisite: MGOL 403 Organizational Theory
Required for Project Management majors and minors. Agile Project Management Methodologies provides students with experience using Agile Project Management methodologies with a focus on SCRUM. Students will explore the operational cycles of an Agile implementation in modern project management organizations. Students will be introduced to the various roles involved in Agile delivery and integration with the modern Agile life cycle. Students will participate in an Agile Project Management plan, delivering artifacts required of good Agile practitioners. Prerequisite: MPJM 412 Waterfall Project Management Methodologies
Required for Project Management majors and minors. Project Risk Management provides a framework for approaching, evaluating and implementing project risk principles to obtain optimal project results. Students will understand a variety of methods deployed in the project management industry to manage and respond to risks in projects, including a variety of components that integrate into a complete risk attitude and appetite for an organization. Students will introduced to tools and methods for project management. Prerequisite: MPJM 412 Waterfall Project Management Methodologies, MPJM 419 Agile Project Management Methodologies and MGOL 410 Financial Decision Making
Required for Project Management majors and minors. Ethics for Project Managers explores the ethical responsibilities project managers face in the workplace. Topics of discussion include creating an ethical climate, decision making when interests differ, and managing through conflict. Students will explore their own ethical boundaries and apply ethical reasoning to dilemmas posed. Students will become familiar with the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct along with a variety of theories and perspectives. Prerequisite: MPJM 424 Project Risk Management and MGOL 407 Christian Faith and Thought
Required for Project Management majors. Students will apply a variety of tools utilized by project managers as they learn to assess the current state of the project environment, develop a change management plan, and establish the processes to implement change control. Students will explore how projects move an organization from one state to a changed state Students will consider change management approaches to be applied to differing project change scenarios. Prerequisite: MPJM 424 Project Risk Management and MGOL 407 Christian Faith and Thought
Required for Project Management majors and minors. Team Leadership and Management culminates the Project Management degree program. In this course, students will evaluate themselves as leaders, and understand their position as project leaders working to deliver the strategic objectives of a business. Students will explore the complexities of virtual teams, especially in a global environment. Leadership styles will be explored in depth; students will explore their own styles and create a leadership development plan. Prerequisite: MPJM 412 Waterfall Project Management Methodologies, MPJM 419 Agile Project Management Methodologies