Bachelor of Science in Project Management
REQUIRED CREDITS: 180
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Online: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Is the bachelor's in Project Management program for me?There is a consistent and steadily growing demand for skilled project managers in our workforce today. Organizations around the globe are turning to the profession to improve efficiency and trim costs (PMI, 2010). Whether you want to be a project manager or a contributing team member in the workplace, this program will help you be successful. If you are seeking to learn the fundamentals and business side of project management, our B.S.P.M. degree is a good fit. The tangible, practical skills you learn in class today can be applied to the real world tomorrow. The B.S. in Project Management is an online degree program. While you earn your bachelor's degree online, you still have access to all CityU's great resources. You will log in to get assignments, discuss topics with your classmates, collaborate on projects and check your grades. Basically, everything you do in class but without the commute. With online education, you can advance your career without taking time away from current responsibilities.
What will I learn in the bachelor's in Project Management degree program?In the CityU B.S. in Project Management degree program, you'll learn what it takes to plan and execute a broad range of business projects. You'll gain a combination of strong business knowledge along with actual leadership and team-development skills as a team contributor. You will study the essentials of project management and gain proficiency in developing projects from conception to closure to insure that they come in on time and within budget. You'll choose between one of two emphasis areas –Information Technology Project Management or Specialized Studies - and take courses that build upon each other. All courses are developed using standards from leading industry organizations and programs.
What can I do with my bachelor's degree in Project Management?The field of project management is quickly growing. Your B.S.P.M. degree gives you the tools to address real world business problems, as project management touches virtually every industry. The skills you learn while earning your B.S.P.M. degree could translate into many different careers such as project lead, project coordinator, or business analyst in a corporation, consulting firm, or government agency.
How to get started:
Lower-Division Requirements (90)
College Writing: 5
College Mathematics: 5
Social Sciences: 15
Natural Sciences/Mathematics: 15
Preparatory Course (5)
This course is designed to provide an overview of the fundamentals of computing. Emphasis is placed on the five basic areas of Information Technology (IT): applications, platforms, development, data, and communication. Students will develop their understanding of basic IT concepts, and delve into Information Technology planning and analysis through practical application of current techniques and tools for building a website.
Upper-Division Requirements (90)
Project Management Core (60)
The critical thinking process is used to analyze today's issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. Topics examined include: argument analyzing and building; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information.
This course focuses on the fundamentals of communication in the workplace. Students build professional writing and speaking skills to inform, propose, and persuade. Students will also engage in analyzing a case study, developing PowerPoint slides, making an oral presentation and writing e-mail messages, announcements, memos, letters, and reports. Students will learn how to identify an issue, conduct research, organize research findings, and present an argument. Additional topics include formatting business documents and communicating with different audiences.
This course investigates dilemmas that routinely plague organizations as well as possible solutions to these dilemmas. Topics include diversity within the organization; conflict and negotiation; perception, motivation and reinforcement; leadership roles throughout the organization; human resource management and team building.
Introduction to Project Management utilizes a real team project to manage a project's life cycle. Emphasis is placed on activity networks, managing resources, and creating control mechanisms that minimize risk. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts including time and resource constraints, planning, scheduling, work breakdown structure, Gantt Charts, network diagrams, and project control.
Project Scheduling and Cost Management exposes students to the techniques and tools for project scheduling and cost management. This course includes detailed discussions and a series of related learning exercises on the sequence of project activities, including creating work breakdown structures, creating integrated networks, scheduling, and project cost and schedule controls. Cost management introduces the basic approaches and methods associated with cost management, from the establishment of budgets and cost accounts to the monitoring, interpretation, and use of cost data throughout the life cycle of the project. Prerequisites: PM 401, PM 409 and PM 410.
This course utilizes a simulated project to teach students how to manage risk and crisis occurrence through a project's life cycle. Strong emphasis is placed on integrating SWOT, Risk Breakdown Structure, and Risk Mitigation into the overarching project life cycle. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships, especially in times of uncertainty and crisis. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts related to identifying, classifying, and mitigating risk. Prerequisites: PM 404 and PM 408.
This course provides an overview of people and communication factors in managing projects. Topics include human resource planning; how teams work; managing conflict; social and relationship capital in the context of projects; managing behaviors; diversity; leadership pitfalls; and communication factors within a project environment. Prerequisites: BC 302, PM 401, PM 410 and PM 409.
In this course, students will explore techniques for effective leadership and team management. Students will examine how to lead and participate on teams and manage change. Special emphasis is placed on team development and the ability to lead and work on geographically distributed teams. This course focuses on how to build and sustain alignment among team members by focusing on improved coordination, communication, and collaboration among team members regardless of geographical location.
This course expands on the foundation of project management by focusing in depth on the initiation process phase of a project. It will cover important topics such as the role of the project manager, company culture, identification of important stakeholders, and aligning project priority with the organizational portfolio. At the end of the course, students will be able to develop a project charter based on business goals and initiate a project.
Project Performance and Quality Assurance focuses on providing the student with tools and techniques to ensure that a project achieves the desired level of quality outcome. Students will learn about quality, who defines it and how it is defined, and tools and techniques such as quality plans, control charts, peer review, check lists, and process mapping. The student will have an opportunity to practice managing a process improvement project where they define baseline measures, identify key performance indicators, and use tools like process mapping to improve an everyday activity. Prerequisites: PM 406.
This course will focus on using a simulated project to teach students how to assess and proactively manage project resources and demonstrate project procurement practices. Project procurement addresses acquisition of resources which may include people, services, equipment, facilities, or funding. Students will explore obtaining goods and services from outside companies by understanding the procurement process, creating procurement documentation, and contract management. Strong emphasis is placed on effectively planning, scheduling, monitoring, and controlling project resources through the creation of a resource management plan. Prerequisites: PM 406.
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This capstone course is a cumulative assessment of project management knowledge areas, skills, tools, and technology. The student will construct elements of a Project Management Notebook (PMNB/e-portfolio) as a final capstone project. Prerequisites: PM401, PM409, PM410, PM404, PM406, PM408, PM413, PM414.
Emphasis Requirements (25)
Information Technology Emphasis (25)
The Information Technology emphasis is designed for those students who are interested in learning more about how technology can be used in project management, and how to work effectively with technology organizations. This emphasis provides students with the broad technical basis needed to make management decisions related to technology.
This course develops student understanding of a model of Information Systems composed of data acquisition, data transport, data manipulation, data storage and data display. The use of data to develop business intelligence, competitive advantage, and support business operations through lean supply chains, delivery, and oversight has become an increasingly critical component in business success. Students will learn how modern computer systems work with data across multiple systems to deliver relevant time critical information to managers and workers. Students will gain an insight into networked communications in support of business operations. This course prepares the student for working with data in a modern highly connected organization anywhere in the world.
This course will cover information systems taxonomies and general applications such as CRM, SCM, eCommerce, ERP, business intelligence, knowledge management, finance and accounting, personal productivity, computer supported cooperative work (groupware), and global systems. Future trends and directions of information systems will conclude this course.
This course examines systems analysis and design using the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) as a foundation. The concepts include data, process, and network modeling along with frameworks such as the Zachman Framework and The Open Group Architectural Framework (TOGAF). Object technologies will be built into the program along with design patterns. Several exercises and hands-on activities reinforce the design of a system covered in the course. Prerequisites: IS 320.
This course covers software process improvement concepts including CQI, CMMI, and PCMM. These concepts illustrate how to assess the current state of software development and provide practice in how to systematically improve and manage the software development process using national and international standards. Both the improvement of the software development process as well as the improvement of the capability of software professionals is covered. Students will create a software process improvement plan by the end of this class. Prerequisites: IS 440.
This course focuses on Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) best practices as defined by Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), Six Sigma, and Total Quality Management (TQM). Emphasis is placed on ITSM drivers of processes and strategies to create a viable Information Technology (IT) organization. Students will learn the foundation, values, strategies and operations of ITSM. Several exercises and hands on activities will focus on service support and service delivery. Prerequisites: IS 350.
Specialized Study Emphasis (25)
The Specialized Study emphasis consists of five courses taken in a specific content area. Coursework may be completed through independent study, current course offerings, or developed for a specific industry or organizational setting. The Specialized Study emphasis is proposed by the student and approved by the Program Director/Sr. Faculty prior to registration. (Must be approved by Sr. Faculty.)