TECH 5105/6105/7105
PROJECT PLANNING AND SCHEDULING
3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This graduate level course has a required text, and will be project based.  It was initially developed and delivered through the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program.  However, the focus, content and delivery are developed with an intent to be open and applicable to those having other majors.

The course content is offered at a graduate level and assuming that the average enrolled student has a basic understand of algebra as well as PC operations such as Windows and MS Office applications.  Prior knowledge and experience with MS Project is helpful, but not expected.

The Bulletin description of this course is:  “Contemporary methods used in project planning and scheduling; emphasis on critical path method (CPM) with computer application; solution of actual problems stressed.”

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

1.      Understand the principles of project planning and scheduling.

2.      Realize issues important to project management, particularly with planning and scheduling.

3.      Effectively review case studies and apply proven tools and techniques.

4.      Have a familiarity with current periodicals and sources of information pertaining to project management.

Have a basic understanding of the capabilities and use of Project Management Software.

Prerequisites and Corequisites:

Student must be admitted to the Master of Professional Studies program or have departmental permission to enroll in this class. There are no other prerequisites; however, the student should be a graduate student with a good working knowledge of computer applications, and an aptitude to understand abstract concepts.

Course Topics:

Topic areas include:  Project definition including scope, work breakdown structure, establishment of milestones and methods for estimation of time and costs.  Advanced topics include: Resource leveling, risk management and project crashing.  All modules will be followed in sequence and according to the course schedule.

Specific Course Requirements:

A working knowledge of researching topics on the World Wide Web and a basic understanding of computer navigation is necessary.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course:
http://rodp.bkstr.com/

 

Supplementary Materials:

Web-based resources are required and are listed in the course schedule as well in the content areas of this course. Please note that web-based resources and links that are provided may be changed with some provided as examples only.  Disclaimer: TBR nor the instructors are responsible for changes on external websites and we do not endorse any products, concepts, or commercial ads on the external links. Thus, if at any time you find that a website has published any inappropriate materials, please notify the instructor immediately

 

Required site references:

Microsoft Office Online: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project/FX100649021033.aspx 

Project Management Institute http://www.pmi.org/

Recommended sites to review:

Free Management Library – Project Management:  http://www.managementhelp.org/plan_dec/project/project.htm

Project Smart http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/communication-the-lifeblood-of-a-project.html

Ten Step:  http://www.tenstep.com/open/0.0.0TenStepHomepage.htm

 

Hardware Requirements:

The minimum requirements can be found at http://www.rodp.org/students/hardware_software.htm. Specific hardware requirements for this course include...

Software Requirements:

The minimum requirements can be found at http://www.rodp.org/students/hardware_software.htm.
A 120 day trial version of the required Microsoft Project Software comes with purchase of the text.

Instructor Information

Please see the separate page inside the course to find instructor contact information as well as a statement of virtual office hours and other communication information.

Assessment and Grading

Testing Procedures:

All examinations will be given online.  Most assignments have a related quiz that provides immediate feedback on key issues.  While assignment work is to also be turned in to the Dropbox for possible partial credit and evidence of the level of student work, most primary grading comes from assessments (quizzes and exams).  Most quizzes and even regular exams are opened for a second attempt.  This second attempt policy requires a 12-hour period of time between attempts, where it is assumed further preparation is being accomplished.  Without the time interval, the second attempt is disregarded.

Second attempt allowed for all Quizzes & Exams

Policies for the second attempt include:

The purpose of making second attempts for all Quizzes and Exams routine is enhancement of learning, and to encourage setting a schedule to perform the work early enough to allow for the second attempt, if desired. This policy is NOT intended to provide an opportunity for quiz and exam preview. Policies include:

  • To encourage preparation before opening the first attempt, the score used is the average of attempts. Determination of any scoring curve will include all legitimate attempts.
  • While the second attempt could increase your grade for the item, it can also lower your grade.
  • Many quizzes and exams are test banks, so the second attempt, while covering the same materials, may not be exactly the same questions and in the same order as the first attempt.
  • There MUST be at least 12 hours between attempts, or the second attempt will not count. Since D2L will not accommodate specification and enforcement of the time delay between attempts, this will be manually administered. If the 12 hour minimum delay between the first and second attempt is not observed, the second attempt will be disregarded and the score from the initial attempt will be used in the official gradebook.

 

Grading Procedure:

The grades will reflect the student's performance from all required course activities. High achievement in the course will occur when the student is actively involved in all required learning events.  The Content Modules are supposed to lead you through the material to be certain you do not miss a course activity.

Grading Scale:

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D (Not available from all institutions.  IF not, scores less than 70 will result in an “F”)
0-59 = F

The grading scale is weighted between assignments, projects, and student participation in the learning community as well as timed quizzes and periodic examinations.

 

Course weighting:

20% Quizzes and Discussion Boards (appproximately18 content or assignment quizzes and 4 discussion boards, drop 3 lowest grades, average of others)

 5% Writing Assignments (3 Critiques @ 1.67% each)

10% Advanced Topic (or Project) Paper

45% Regular Exams (3 @ 15% each)

20% Final Exam

Assignments and Participation

Assignments and Projects:

Assignments and Projects:  Note that more detailed contents of units, dates of availability and web page links are provided in the Course Schedule (An MS Excel File) and in the course content modules

Week 1:

Review course mechanics and expectations.  Accomplish Unit 1 and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion – Self-Intro & Ch01, Assignments = Student Info Sheet, Pretest and Quiz on Chapter 1

Week 2:

Accomplish Unit 2, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion, Two quizzes from MS Office Online web page information.

Week 3:

Accomplish Unit 3, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion, Two quizzes, one from MS Office Online, second on Chapter 2.

Week 4:

Regular Exam on Units 1, 2, & 3,
Deliverables:  Exam 1, Critique #1

Week 5:

Accomplish Unit 4, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion, feedback survey, Quizzes on Chapters 3 and 4.

Week 6:

Accomplish Unit 5, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion, Assignment = Project Scheduling-Networks

Week 7:

Accomplish Unit 6, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Project Paper Proposal, Discussion, Assignments = Project Scheduling – Gantt and Quiz on PMI

Week 8:

Regular Exam on Units 4, 5, & 6,
Deliverables:  Exam 2, Critique #2

Week 9:

Accomplish Unit 7, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion, Quiz Chapter 6, Quiz MS Office Online-Resources

Week 10:

Accomplish Unit 8, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion, Assignment-Resource leveling, MS Online Quiz-Defining project scope

Week 11:

Accomplish Unit 9, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion, Assignment-Risk management, 2 Quizzes from MS Office Online

Week 12:

Regular Exam on Units 7, 8 & 9,
Deliverables:  Exam 3, Critique #3

Week 13:

Accomplish Units 10 & 11, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion, Quizzes on Chapter 7 & Chapter 8, Project Paper is Due at end of week

Week 14:

Accomplish Unit 12, and post to discussion boards.
Deliverables:  Discussion

Week 15:

Final Exam (comprehensive)

Class Participation:

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course, although all are asynchronous. Participation in threaded discussion boards includes responding to the instructor’s posting and also to postings by other students.  Participation in the discussion boards is scored based on evidence of student contribution, quality and interaction or response to postings by other students.  Language and Spelling are also part of the scoring.  Scoring is posted and discussion locked for each unit one week before each of the three exams is due.  Students are responsible for checking course bulletin board and email frequently for announcements.

Punctuality:

Nearly all materials are available for a ten day period, which includes two weekends.  For this reason, late work cannot be accepted.  Each semester some students procrastinate until the waning hours of availability, and then complain about computer problems.  Unless it is a system wide problem, computer issues are not acceptable excuses.  Graduate students are expected to be professional in their approach and timeliness is a key element for most opportunities in life.  As an added incentive to complete work early, most quizzes and exams are set to allow two attempts.  This, however, comes with policies that require personal discipline.  First, the second attempt is only considered valid if there are at least 12 hours between attempts.  To prevent the first attempt from being a quick preview, the average of valid attempts is used for the score of each item.  It is expected that if you need a second attempt, then you also need additional preparation, or you are just guessing.  Thus the 12-hour requirement and the averaging of valid attempts. 

 

Most assignments, quizzes and exams are opened on a Thursday morning, and remain open until the second Sunday evening, making these available for just shy of eleven days.  Be very careful, however, as some items, such as the final exam often must be scheduled differently, being due on a different day of the week.

Course Ground Rules

Participation is required.  Students are expected to communicate with other students through discussion boards. Learn how to navigate in Desire2Learn, Keep abreast of course announcements, regularly check email in the course as well as the one provided in your Student Info Sheet assignment.  Most communication will be within the course, but if you have an urgent need, be certain to use the instructor’s regular email, outside the D2L course.  Students are expected to address technical problems immediately, Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications

Email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members

Discussion Groups:

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Chat:

  • Introduce yourself to the other learners in the chat session.
  • Be polite. Choose your words carefully. Do not use derogatory statements.
  • Be concise in responding to others in the chat session.
  • Be prepared to open the chat session at the scheduled time.
  • Be constructive in your comments and suggestion

Web Resources:

NOTE: Most written work for this class is to roughly follow the APA style, and the major paper is to be in a format for submission to the PMI organization.

Library

The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in the Regents Degree Program. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading must be included in all courses.

Students With Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

Technical Support

Telephone Support:

If you are having problems logging into your course,
timing out of your course, using your course web site tools, or other technical problems, please contact the AskRODP Help Desk by calling

1-866-550-7637 (toll free)

or go to the AskRODP website at:

http://help.rodp.org