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City University

Graduate School of Business and Management Professions

Program Guide for the

Master of Project Management

Effective: 1/97

Prepared by: Page Carter, Ed.D., P.M.P.

Copyright 1997 by City University

All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview: General Program Information

This program guide is designed to provide the reader with an orientation to the Master of Project Management program. It is intended to support participation in the program. We expect that this guide will be enhanced over time as more faculty and students participate in the program. Please refer to the City University Catalog for all documentation of City University policies.

There are 18 documents associated with the Master of Project Management program: the Program Guide and 17 syllabi (one for each of the fourteen core courses and one for each of the experiential options: Thesis/Project/Internship). Students are expected to purchase the Program Guide when they enroll in the first course. Students may purchase each of the course syllabi as they progress through the program.

Program Overview

The Master of Project Management is an integrated 45 credit program. It is offered in a sequence designed to facilitate the learning, enhancement and application of critical skills that pertain to the various stages and concerns of project management. The program places particular emphasis on systems, processes, and geographically distributed team collaboration.

Participants form teams at the beginning of the program and continue with them throughout the program. Learning is the result of a combination of both individual and team experiences. Experiences are designed to provide participants with something of practical value that can be taken back to their organizations after every class meeting.

The program consists of two parts: an in-class component and an experiential component. Throughout the program, the in-class component addresses: information systems, leadership, planning, project cycles, project scope, quality, scheduling, team dynamics, and how to identify and apply the lessons learned during a project. The experiential component is very flexible and involves completing a thesis, project or internship based on each student’s particular interest and situation.

The program’s overall goal is to prepare participants to become successful practicing professionals who possess the vital skills in project management needed by industry and government.

Program Philosophy

City University, the Master of Project Management Advisory Committee, and the Master of Project Management faculty are committed to the highest possible standards of quality and to graduating students with sound ethical and professional ability. Our mission is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful project management professionals.

Two unique aspects of the City University Project Management program are its use of cohort groups and geographically distributed, “virtual” teams. Students participate in the common core as members of a cohort group. The use of cohort groups provides a consistent, safe, and cohesive learning environment in which students can develop knowledge, self-awareness, and professional skills. The use of virtual teams allows students to develop necessary “real-world” communication and interactive leadership skills. The program facilitates a cohesive community in which students can continually build upon scientific theories and engage in a process of professional exploration.

Program Workload

The workload for the Master of Project Management program is substantial. Students who take two courses each quarter can complete the 45 credit graduate program in less than two years. The program involves extensive reading and other outside-of-class required work, including individual and team projects and papers. Students should expect to spend twice as much time on the program outside of class as they spend in the classroom and should be prepared to participate in a rigorous course of study.

Computer and Internet Access

Because of the emphasis on virtual teams and the use of technology, all students who enroll in the Master of Project Management program must have access to an IBM-compatible personal computer and to the Internet. Internet access should include: e-mail, gopher, ftp, and the World Wide Web. All written assignments must be word-processed.

The City University Catalog

The information presented in this document supplements the City University Catalog. Refer to the catalog for information about financial and academic policies, student rights and responsibilities, and the grading system.

Project Management Advisory Committee

The excellence of the Project Management program is due, in large part, to the efforts and involvement of the Project Management Advisory Committee. The Committee is made up of representatives from numerous companies, organizations and professional associations involved in project management, as well as practicing project management specialists. The Committee is actively involved in the planning, continual improvement, oversight, and evaluation of the program.

Adjunct Faculty

The excellence of instruction in Project Management program is due, in large part, to the involvement of adjunct instructors who teach most of the courses in this program. Adjunct faculty are primarily professionals currently employed in project management or specific areas of professional expertise. They represent diverse perspectives and different teaching styles. Their responsibilities include:

  1. Following a teaching plan guided by the educational objectives in the course syllabus;

  2. Maintaining clear and consistent time boundaries for each class (i.e., starting and ending on time, maintaining specific break times);

  3. Maintaining sensitivity to student diversity (e.g., orientation, learning style, ethnicity);

  4. Providing a convenient means for students to contact the instructor between class sessions (e.g., voice mail); and

  5. Maintaining the professional, legal, and ethical standards of the profession of project management according to the Code of Ethics for the Project Management Profession (March 1987). A reference copy of this code of ethics is available from the Project Management Institute or in the Master of Project Management program office.

Students are encouraged to provide feedback about their instructors formally, on the Student Instructional Report forms completed the last day of class, and informally, by telephone or written communication to the Program Coordinator.

The Course Syllabus/Distance Learning Guide

Available through the City University bookstore, the course syllabus/distance learning guide provides students and instructors with the course description, prerequisites, required and suggested texts, learning objectives, grading criteria, course assignments, course outline, and reading assignments. Students taking courses via distance learning must specify to the bookstore their need for a distance learning guide (not a classroom syllabus). Save all syllabi and distance learning guides to document your graduate education. They can be especially useful for verification of course content, which is sometimes needed for the application for professional certification.

Class Preparation

It is important that students are properly prepared for in-class work. Students are expected to have completed all reading assignments before each class session, including the first session.

Class Schedule, Times and Format

The instructors will develop a tentative schedule for the quarter that will meet the program goals and provide opportunities to implement the activities outlined in the course. Additional learning activities will be assigned.

Classes are normally held on Saturdays, usually from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday classes are not scheduled during three-day holidays.

In-class work consists of a series of modules that support the learning objectives. These include activities such as short lectures, group discussions, team activities, exercises, case discussions, student presentations, computer operations and simulations, and viewing videos. The activities are designed: (a) to provide learning opportunities for a variety of learning styles; and (b) to engage students in the process of learning and professional development.

Student Attendance, Late Papers and Missed Exams

In a graduate program in Project Management, student presence and participation in class are an integral part of learning. Please arrive on time for classes and communicate responsibly with instructors ahead of time about absences. Individual instructors may have different guidelines for late papers and missed tests. Some instructors will deduct points for each day a paper is late; others will allow a make-up exam only in rare instances. Proctoring of exams is available in the City University library.

Team Participation

All members of each class are expected to participate fully with their respective teams. Since 40 percent of the grade comes from team participation, students should participate in and contribute to their teams as much as possible.

Receiving Graded Materials From Instructor at the End of a Class

Students do not have City University mail boxes. Therefore, those who want reports/exams returned during holiday breaks, extended periods between quarters, or following the capstone course (PM 514) must provide a stamped (with sufficient postage), self-addressed envelope to the instructor by the last day of class. All reports/exams not returned by mail will be returned toyou at the beginning of the following class or term.

Student Feedback About the Program

You are encouraged to play a part in the continual system and process improvement of the program. In addition to the faculty and course evaluations done at the end of each quarter, you are encouraged to make suggestions regarding the possible improvement of the program. If any disagreements or problems should occur, every effort should be taken to resolve the situation directly between the parties involved (e.g., another student, instructors, advisors, administrators). Several examples follow.

  1. A student who is concerned about any specifically assigned course requirement is obliged to first discuss the situation with the instructor in order to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution. Only when the student is unable to reach resolution with the instructor should the student request mediation from the Program Coordinator.

  2. When and if an individual or a group of students desires to propose improvements or changes in the program, they should use the following steps, proceeding to subsequent steps if necessary:

  3. Consult with faculty;

  4. Arrange an appointment with the program Coordinator;

Arrange an appointment with the program advisory committee.

Evaluation of Student Progress

Throughout the Project Management programs, you will be provided with feedback in response to the variety of activities and assignments outlined below.

  1. Your faculty will evaluate your work and provide you with feedback on course examinations, individual and group assignments, and individual and group presentations.

  1. You will maintain a Journal and Portfolio that will also be part of your ongoing evaluation process.

  1. You will participate in peer reviews of your teams’ activities and processes.

  1. In addition to feedback on the items listed above, and because your progress in the Project Management program extends beyond academic performance, you are also encouraged to request additional feedback from your instructors throughout the program as the need arises.

Course Activities and Grading

The grade you receive for each of the in-class courses will be derived using City University’s decimal grading system, based on the following:

Individual Graded Assignment 15%

Presentation of Individual Assignment 5%

Team Assignment 20%

Team Assessment 20%

Final Examination 40%

Journal (see page 17) 0%

TOTAL 100%

For specific grading system policies and grade grievance procedures, refer to the City University Catalog.

Students in the Master of Project Management program must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 to remain in good standing within the department. Students whose G.P.A. falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation must resolve that status within two quarters or be placed on suspension. Students who are suspended and wish readmittance into the program must submit a written request to the Academic Standards Committee. This committee evaluates requests for readmittance on a case-by-case basis.

Explanation of Assignments

Individual Graded Assignments

There are several options for individual assignments for the Project Management courses. Although some individual assignments may be specified for particular courses, at least one of each must be completed during the program. Each individual graded assignment should reflect a direct relationship to the content and objectives of the course for which it is submitted. Confer with your current instructor for specific assignments, special requirements and approval of the option you are considering. The following options are available for the Individual Graded Assignments:

  1. Case Study

  2. Critical Analysis

  3. International Communications Feasibility Report

  4. Memo Report: A Significant Project Management Issue

  5. Project Management Research Project and Report

  6. Systems and Processes Analysis and Report

Retention and Disposition of Individual Assignments

You must retain all individual assignments as part of your program portfolio. Further, You should retain, on disk, at least one duplicate copy of each individual assignment report in case the first report is misplaced or lost. You are encouraged to submit your finished reports for publication. Students whose reports are accepted for publication by a professional journal may, at the discretion of the instructor, receive up to a ten percent point bonus on their report grade.

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