Fundamentals of Project Management
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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: Winter 2014
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Project Management
Program Coordinator(s): Alan Martin
Course Leader or Contact: Multiple Course Leaders
Status: Approved - Under Rev (AREV)

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
Students examine the fundamental concepts of project management and are taken through the project life cycle and the importance of the project management processes and knowledge areas. 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

Project Management Program Coordinator: Alan Martin
This is a prerequisite course in the Project Management Sheridan Certificate Program, offered through the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies and sets the foundation for the learning in the other five required courses.

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 
3.  Evaluate project performance through the cost management 
    technique earned value management (EVM).
4.  Estimate a project's critical path through a network diagramming 
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 
9. Analyze the importance and practical application of managing 
    changes throughout the project lifecycle.
10. Exhibit professional behaviours including:
	a. Working effectively in a team environment for all group 
	b. Meeting due dates
	c. Producing professional quality reports and presentations
	d. Using reference materials responsibly

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:


Assignment 1       20% 
Assignment 2       20% 
Group Exercise     10%      
Mid Term Exam      20% 
Final Exam         30% 
Total             100%


Individual Assignments (2x5%, 1@10%)   20% 
Group Assignments (6x5%)               30%   
Online Discussions (2x2%, 2x3%)        10%    
Mid-Term Exam                          15%  
Final Exam                             25%
Total                                  100%

*Please note - For the online course both the midterm and final exam
are administered online.


1) For submission of assignment, the instructor will specify, in  
a) due dates and special instructions for submissions for both
   in class and online
b) deductions for overdue submissions for both in class and online 
2) Assignments must be completed as individual efforts unless the
   instructor states otherwise in writing.  The assignment will allow
   students to propose solutions and recommendations to practical,
   project related issues.
3) Individual / group exercises  will be assigned as per the
   instructor for both in class and online
4) In the online course the mid-term and final examinations  are 
   scheduled in Modules 7 and 14, for approximately  1.25 hours
5) Mid-term and final exams will comprise of true/false, multiple
   choice, short answer questions and case studies for both in class 
   and online
Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  Communication   Critical Thinking & Problem Solving   Interpersonal
  Numeracy   Information Management   Personal

Notes: N/A

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 Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR

Notes:  N/A

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 Effective Term Professor Applicable Student Group(s)
Winter 2014 Multiple Professors Continuing Education Students - 14 Weeks
Winter 2014 Multiple Professors Continuing Education Students 12 Weeks
Winter 2014 Alan Martin Online Continuing Education Students
Winter 2014 Multiple Professors Continuing Education Students 7 Weeks

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

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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