This course explores areas of project analysis, design, and project management. The foundation of the course provides the background, rationale, and process of disciplined project planning and management using the Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC) methodology. Students learn about conducting user interviews and about developing key project plans and reports. Business elements, such as the following, are covered: the role of project members, scope creation documentation, scheduling, staffing, budgeting, logistical and political considerations, and implementation. Employing concepts of the SDLC, project plans are developed by using Microsoft® Project, by writing project plan documents, and by writing project reports. Microsoft® Project is required for this course.
Note. Macintosh users may use ConceptDraw™ Project.
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Understanding the Role of the Project Manager
- Define the characteristics of an effective project manager.
- Describe project management.
The Analysis Phase
- Apply the steps in the Systems Development Lifecycle phases to a common task.
- Submit a project proposal to include goals, scope, sequence, wants, and needs.
- Describe triple constraints (cost, timeline/schedule, and scope) and the impact of each in a project.
The Design Phase
- Describe the phases of a project management plan.
- Develop the tasks/reports needed at each phase of the project management plan.
- Define the Work Breakdown Structure process.
The Design Phase (continued)
- Explain the purpose and process for using quality measurements in a project management context.
- Identify the importance of using a communication plan.
- Create a contingency plan.
The Implementation Phase
- Organize the elements of managing the implementation phase of a project.
- Determine the elements of quality assurance management during the implementation phase.
The Implementation Phase (continued)
- Describe the key concepts for managing a project team during the implementation phase.
- Describe impact and resolution of scope changes during the implementation phase.
The Definition Phase
- Identify the activities for each phase of the project management cycle.
Maintenance and Support Phase
- Assess the results of the project delivery process.
- Evaluate project outcomes.
- Recommend maintenance strategies.
- Devise a project termination plan.
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