Online Master of Science in Project Management

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Project Management

Description
The Project Management course offers a broad view of the project environment, expanding the basic concepts of scope, cost and time that have been acquired in the previous Project Management course. Project Management covers the rest of the knowledge areas that impact on the project, such as risk management, human resources, purchasing or quality. The Project Manager must have a thorough knowledge of the different areas of knowledge, as well as master a series of techniques and tools in order to guarantee the complete success of the Project.
Type Subject
Primer - Obligatoria
Semester
First
Course
1
Credits
5.00
Previous Knowledge

Project Management Essentials

Objectives

1. Acquiring of a structured vision of knowledge about Project Management.
2. Starting up, planning, performing, monitoring and closing a project.
3. Foreseeing situations that may have an impact in a project.
4. Assessing project results.
5. Estimating the required resources and duration when planning the project activities.
6. Mastering the specific techniques and tools of Project Management.
7. Enable the students to analyse the different Project Management existing options in a critical way.
8. Becoming familiar with the main Project Management methodologies, standards and frameworks.
9. Obtaining a practical vision on how theories on Project Management can be applied.
10. Developing Project Management skills in specific areas or disciplines.
11. Applying a humanist view to typical Project Management problems.
12. Becoming familiar with conflict resolution management trends.

Contents

1. The Project Strategy.
2. The human factor - Stakeholder management - Communication plan.
3. Risk management.
4. Quality management.
5. Procurement plan.
6. Execution and monitoring - Project progress and control - Project closure.
7. Ms Project.

Methodology

The teaching methodology used in the on-campus modality is divided into four steps for each of the sessions that make up the subjects of the program:
• Students must prepare at home the previous tasks prior of the session recommended by the professor: reading an article, watching a video, solving a practical case or exercise, etc. In this way, the students prepare the topic of the session and acquires prior knowledge that will allow them to make better use of the session together with the professor and the rest of the classmates.
• The professor dedicates the first part of the session to working on the concepts related to the theme of the day, encouraging debate and discussion among the students, taking advantage of the fact that they have prepared the previous tasks and are based on prior knowledge.
• The professor dedicates the second part of the session to the analysis, debate and resolution of the practical case or exercise proposed in the previous tasks. In this way, the concepts covered in the first part of the session are taken to a practical environment to strengthen the student's learning. It is essential that students work on the case or exercise at home to make the most of the contributions of the rest of their classmates during the second part of the session, as well as make valuable contributions to the group.
• Students are recommended to prepare at home the subsequent tasks of the session recommended by the teacher, which aim to finish consolidating the knowledge discussed and worked on in class.

The teaching methodology used in the online modality is based on a proprietary methodology developed by La Salle URL called SDBL (Self Directed Based Learning). SDBL is an active methodology based on situational learning and self-directed learning. With situational learning, the student is taught, through challenges, to address real problems and situations of the company with which he can consolidate the new knowledge acquired. With self-directed learning, the student decides how to advance in their training based on their previous experience.
Weekly, the LMS (Learning Management System) platform releases the content of a new topic. The operation of the week is as follows:
• Synchronous kick-off session:
o The teacher makes an overview of the contents and tasks that the student will find throughout the week. The objective of this meeting is to try to discover and reveal on a personal level which aspects of the week that are going to be discussed may be more difficult for the individual student.
o The professor solves possible doubts of the students about the subject of the previous week.
• Among synchronous connections:
o The students view session contents and develops the tasks entrusted to them about the topic of the week to consolidate knowledge and identify doubts.
• Synchronous sesión Check point:
o The professor solves any doubts that students may have about the contents of the current week.
o The professor presents additional content or practical cases, which are interesting for the students.
o The professor generates debate and discussion among the students about the content of the current week to help the students in their assimilation, therefore, improving their learning.
o The professor provides oral feedback about the deliverables registered by the students in the feedback well of the previous week, emphasizing the difficulties and errors found. This instance is for feedback only and not for qualification. The feedback is an instrument so that the students to validate with the mentor, in general terms, the resolution to the proposed tasks. In this way, the feedback wells are created thinking of giving the students an opportunity to feel the answers with the mentor. Based on the feedback provided by the mentor, the students will be able to finish developing the task and present it as a final deliverable, with the advantage of having had prior advice from the professor.
• Rest of the week. The objective is to finish the development of the tasks of the current week from the clarifications received in the synchronous check point session to pass the exercises, tasks and / or deliverables of the topic. It is worth mentioning that most of the time spent during this last part of the week should be spent on solving tasks and deliverables, rather than assimilating content (an aspect that should have been resolved between the kick-off and check point sessions).
The LMS platform gradually opens content (week by week) so that the whole group follows the same academic itinerary. In other words, the sequential opening of topics is done so that all students in the program are working on the same subjects simultaneously.

Evaluation

In the On-campus modality:
The assessment of the subject will be based on the individual performance of the student, the grade obtained by the group work and the grade obtained in the final objective test.

In the Online modality:
The evaluation of the subject will be based on the grade obtained by the resolution of cases (deliverables) and the grade obtained in the evaluation activity.

Evaluation Criteria

On-campus modality:
• Class participation (debate, forums): 10%
• Cases and exercises (resolution of cases, practices, exercises): 20%
• Work (group): 50%
• Final objective test (multiple choice test): 20%

Online modality:
• Deliverables (resolution of cases, practices, exercises): 60%
• Assessment activity – Individual interview: 40%

Basic Bibliography

• A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Sixth Edition, PMI, 2017
• Fundamentals of Project Management, Amacom Books – Fourth Edition
• PMP Exam Prep, 8th Edition, by Rita Mulcahy
• PMI-ACP Exam Prep, 2nd Edition, by Mike Griffiths
• Practice Standard Project Risk Management, PMI
• Practical Project Risk Management: The ATOM Methodology, Ed. Management Concepts
• ©2015 Project Management Institute. Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide
• Advanced Project Management: Best Practices on Implementation, 2nd Edition, Harold Kerzner
• Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 10th Edition, Harold Kerzner
• BABOK v3, IIBA, 2020

Additional Material
List of Professors
Xavier Vàzquez Prieto