Project Management, Fundamentals of
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2022
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Business Analysis, Canadian Institute of Manageme, Consulting Essentials, Project Management
Program Coordinator(s): Alan Martin, Maria Amuchastegui
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20220110_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Access to course materials and assignments will be available on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE). Students will need reliable access to a computer and the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students examine the fundamental concepts of project management as they apply through the project life cycle. Utilizing the methodology standardized by the Project Management Institute (PMI), students review project management processes, knowledge areas, tools and techniques used from project initiation to project closeout. Other topics include; the importance of stakeholders, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), critical path analysis, motivation theory and Earned Value Management (EVM). Students in the online course engage in interactive online discussions, individual and group online assignments, online self-assessments and case studies.

Program Context

Business Analysis Program Coordinator(s): Maria Amuchastegui

Canadian Institute of Manageme Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Consulting Essentials Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Project Management Program Coordinator(s): Alan Martin

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course students will have demonstrated the ability to apply fundamental concepts and principles of project management from project initiation to successful project completion.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain the key concepts, principles and processes to follow in project management.
  2. Analyze the appropriate use of the tools and techniques used in project management.
  3. Evaluate project performance through the earned value management (EVM) cost management Technique.
  4. Estimate a project's critical path through a network diagramming technique.
  5. Assess the impact stakeholders have on a project.
  6. Describe the process of procuring goods and services from outside the organization.
  7. Develop a plan for addressing and/or mitigating project risks.
  8. Analyze the effectiveness of change management as it is applied throughout the project lifecycle.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Individual Assignments (2x5%, 1@10%)20.0%
 Group Assignments (6x5%)30.0%
 Online Discussions (2x2%, 2x3%)10.0%
 Mid-Term Exam15.0%
 Final Exam25.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
*Please note - For the online course both the midterm and final exam are administered online

Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Individual Assignments (2x5%, 1@10%)20.0%
 Group Assignments (6x5%)30.0%
 In Class Discussions (2x2%, 2x3%)10.0%
 Mid Term Exam15.0%
 Final Exam25.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
The In-Class Evaluation Plan applies to the 7, 12, and 14 week course formats. The following protocol applies to every course offered by the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion. **The mid-term exam for the 7, 12 and 14 week in class courses is administered online

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Print Instruction Mode Professor Applicable Student Group(s)
In-Class Multiple Professors Continuing Education Students - 7, 12, and 14 Weeks
Online Alan Martin Online Continuing Education Students

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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