Principles of Project Management
InstructorSyllabus, Slides, Grading
Required Text: J. Meredith and S. Mantel. Project Management: A Managerial Approach. Eighth Edition. Wiley.
Other Recommended Texts:
B. Biafore. Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual.
R. Mulcahy. CAPM Exam Prep. Second Edition.
Computer requirements: A laptop is required, and you are required to be able to run Windows. You will be required to install Microsoft Project 2013. Complete instructions are given here. We will also use Microsoft Excel (version 2007 or later.)
Students will be graded on the following activities:
Class participation will be evaluated by the instructor. Unless I know you are someone who regularly misses class without an explanation, or does not pay attention or participate when in class, you should receive full credit for class participation.
The objectives of this course are made official in the Course Charter.
Typical syllabus information for this course will be communicated via Microsoft Project files.
The most up-to-date version of the syllabus will always be available for download here:
You can use the "Compare Projects" feature under the Project tab to compare older versions to the up-to-date version.
Older versions will be stored here with dates in the names:
Assignments, PDFs and MS Word Documents:
Dream Example, a solid example of a Dream Project Proposal to inspire you
Dream Example2, a solid example of a Dream Project Proposal to inspire you
Learning Curve (A sample problem done in class.)
Learning Curve Tutorial (A guide made by former students to help you with learning curve problems)
MSP Budgeting Notes (Notes on organizing budget information using MS Project. Covered on the first Midterm.)
PERT Tutorial (A guide made by former students to help you with PERT problems)
AdditionalPERT (An additional problem showing the subtle problems with using PERT)
Crashing (My guide to setting up a crashing problem with Excel and solver.)
EVA (Instructions on performing Earned Value Analysis in MSP.)
ClosingGuide (Instructions on compiling a closing document for the Dream Project.)
Examples of learning curve problems: PM9-21.xlsx
Solutions to the Chapter 7 Homework: PMch07HW.xlsx
Template for PERT problems: PERT_Template.xlsx
Example of a PERT problem: PM9-28.xlsx
Solutions to the Chapter 8 Homework: PMch08HW.xlsx
Solutions to the Chapter 9 Homework: PMch09HW.xlsx
Some Crashing Problems from Chapter 9: PM10-5.xlsx
Showing how to do NPV and IRR from the slides: PM10-19.xlsx
Solutions to the Chapter 2 Homework: PMch02HW.xlsx
Solutions to the Chapter 10 and 11 Homework: PMch10and11HW.xlsx
Showing how to do Earned Value on 10.13: PM11-2.xlsx
Earned Value quiz and on 10.14, from the Review: PM11-16.xlsx
Microsoft Project Files:
Pasta Dinner, our first example of an MSP file from the in-class tutorial
Calendars, Using calendars for the project and for individual resources
Budget Example, a brief example to show you how to compile budgets from the bottom up and view from several angles in MSP
Project8.8, a problem from chapter 8 done in class
Project8.11 (Part of the solutions to the Chapter 8 homework.)
Painting (Made up in class, talking about units and lags)
Leveling1 (Made up in class, talking about leveling)
Leveling2 (Made up in class, talking about leveling)
Project9.13 (Part of the solutions to the Chapter 9 homework.)
Project10.10 (Part of the solutions to the chapter 10 Homework Assignment.)
Project10.13 (A book problem done in class to demonstrate Earned Value Analysis)
Project10.14 (A book problem done in class to demonstrate Earned Value Analysis)
Lectures Slides (MS PowerPoint )
Slides Topic Chapter From Meredith and Mantel
Lecture 1 Getting to Know Each Other (None)
Lecture 2 Introduction to the PM and the Course (None)
Lecture 3 Projects in Contemporary Organizations Chapter 1
Tutorial 1 A First Introduction to MS Project (None)
Lecture 4 Project Activity and Risk Planning Chapter 6
Lecture 5 Budgeting: Estimating Costs and Risks Chapter 7
Lecture 6 Scheduling Chapter 8
Lecture 7 Resource Allocation Chapter 9
Review Review for the first Midterm Exam
Lecture 8 Strategic Mgmt and Project Selection Chapter 2
Lecture 9 The Project Manager Chapter 3
Lecture 10 Managing Conflict and Negotiation Chapter 4
Lecture 11 Projects in the Organizational Structure Chapter 5
Lecture 12 Monitoring and Controlling Chapters 10 and 11
Lecture 13 Project Termination Chapter 13
Review Review for the second Midterm Exam
Lecture 14 Last Day Takeaways
The Project Management Institute (PMI): www.pmi.org
The Southern New England Chapter of PMI: www.snec-pmi.org
Microsoft Project User's Group (MPUG): www.mpug.com
Association for Project Management (APM, serving Europe): www.apm.org.uk
International Project Management Association (IPMA, global): www.ipma.ch
Behavior that appears to be cheating should be prevented by students and/or reported to the instructor.
For each quiz there will be at least two different versions, and different versions will be printed on different colored paper, allowing the instructor to visually verify that adjacent students take different versions. This is designed to nullify any benefit of looking at an adjacent student's answers. However, if a student is foolish enough to write down an answer that could only apply to a different version of the quiz/test, that student will automatically receive a failing grade on that quiz/test.
Disclaimer: The instructor reserves the right to amend, adjust, or otherwise modify this course outline at any time during the course. The students will be notified in a timely fashion of any modification, by email or announcement in class.