Project Management, Fundamentals of
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  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: Fall 2017
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): Maria Amuchastegui
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered in a classroom version and an online version. In the classroom version, there are three hours per week of classroom instruction. The online version is a web-based course offered entirely online through Sheridan and hosted by Sheridan College. Students taking this course will need reliable access to the internet, and should have a basic level of comfort using computers as well as the self-discipline to study online. Students can expect to spend an additional three hours per week for online activities such as postings, discussions, and homework.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
From home renovations to integrating new I.T. systems - there are projects all around us. Do you know that managing a project and how you communicate with stakeholders will impact long-term success? Get ready to acquire a high level understanding of project management. You will acquire the skills needed to lead projects successfully - end-to-end - by understanding the project management fundamentals, as determined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Critical aspects of projects, such as scope, quality, time, cost, risk, procurement, human resource, and stakeholder and communication management will be revealed and studied. You will understand how these concepts fit into the role of a project manager, across several industries. This course is a pre-requisite in the Project Management Certificate program. Other courses in the program build on the fundamentals learned in the course. To help you fast-track your goals we now offer this course in a seven week compressed format. You will be required to purchase a textbook. PMBOK is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to discuss all of the fundamental concepts 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 theoretical concepts of project management including the project management processes and knowledge areas.
  2. Analyze the appropriate use of the tools and techniques used in project management, such as; scope statement, project charter,a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), etc for a typical Project.
  3. Evaluate project performance through the cost management technique earned value management (EVM).
  4. Estimate a project's critical path through a network diagramming technique.
  5. Assess the positive & negative impact on a project through project stakeholder analysis.
  6. Describe the process of procuring goods and services from outside the organization.
  7. Analyze the process involved in developing a mitigation strategy for project risks.
  8. Examine the relationship between the triple constraints of a project.
  9. Analyze the importance and practical application of managing changes throughout the project lifecycle.
  10. Exhibit professional behaviours including: Working effectively in a team environment for all group assignments, meeting due dates, producing professional quality reports and presentations, using reference materials responsibly.

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 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:
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within 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 professor. 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. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends 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. 3. Students who miss a test or in-class/online activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student┐s return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments. 4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the date and time specified by the instructor. 5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort, unless the professor specifies otherwise. 6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact: Registrar’s Office

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous life and work experiences. 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 Weeks
In-Class Alan Martin Online Continuing Education Students
In-Class Multiple Professors Continuing Education Students 12 Weeks
In-Class Multiple Professors Continuing Education Students - 14 Weeks

Sheridan Policies

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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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Couse Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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