Subject to revision to correct errors and omissions.
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Time: 1330-1445 local time
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(See Lecture and assignment schedule in separate file)
Text: Project Management in Practice
Mantel et al
Be proficient with the tools and techniques of project management for use in the senior project.
Be able to plan a project and use MS Project to create a Gantt char.
Understand the context and areas relating to or impacting a project.
Topics taught in Syst 571 may be noted but are not covered here. Other topics will be discussed as appropriate to the Syst 371environment.
Each student will have personal and team metrics to guide future project planning. Each student will create a personal reference notebook to be used as a tool in project management.
Experience working in a team environment where communication, cooperation, and coordination are key parameters. Time planning, decision making, and conflict resolution will be part of working as a team.
Lightweight processes are to be documented and used. Team efforts will be self evaluated for future improvements on the next project.
All applicable laws and GMU policies are hereby included by reference.
Students are responsible for knowing the school policies as documented in the Catalog.
Attention should be paid to the honor code provisions.
Smoking is not allowed in the classroom.
All notes should be annotated with a timestamp and the source. Acknowledgement of all sources is expected if material from a textbook, website, inter-team collaboration, or class discussions is used.
Students are expected to
· attend all sessions on time.
· have reviewed the text and other course material
· participate actively
· be alert, having had adequate sleep and rest
· first attempt to do all the work by themselves including team participation
· ask for help when necessary
· plan their work and budget their time
· keep a log of all resources expended
You may synchronize your watches by telephone at 202 762 1401.
Teamwork is an integral factor of project management. All students are expected to work in a collaborative and cooperative manner both on their project team and in the class as a whole.
Communication is vital to good management and will be emphasised through in class briefings concerning the team projects and written status reports.
All persons are expected to work in a collaborative and cooperative manner. Planning and coordination are expected to minimise duplication of efforts.
The course will cover the entire text and additional related topics as appropriate based on the time available. Emphasis is on project management within a systems engineering context.
In addition to the final and mid-term exams, each student will be on a team with a team project due near the end of the semester.
Each student is to log all resources used by category for the entire course.
This will be turned in and graded.
Each student is to instantiate a personal reference notebook with pertinent facts, tips, terminology, examples, reference data, checklists, resources, pointers to books and web sites, etc., as appropriate. This will be turned in and graded.
Weekly status reports will be presented by teams and turned in for evaluation.
Each student is to turn in a cumulative resource used status.
Additional items will be assigned in class.
Please provide hardcopy of all assignments.
Please use a font that is 12-14 points, with 2-3 points of leading for text.
Do not use times roman or similar fonts with small x-height or tight tracking. Please use American Typewriter aka Editor, or Dark Courier. Other large x-height fonts with uniform stroke weight may be used; but, please confirm readability with the professor first. Thanks!
Spreadsheets and similar items should use Arial Narrow 8-10 point.
All exams, quizzes, and other work are open book. The class textbook and the student's personal reference notebook may be used.
Exams and quizzes are to be done individually. All other work is to be done collaboratively with their team, or the class. Teams may help each other but acknowledgement is to be given to such help.
Grades will be based on - with the noted relative weighting factors.
· Final exam - individual - 600
· Mid term exam - individual - 300
· Team Project - team - 500 for each person
· Status reports - 100 - team presentation (team grade - each time different person presents) written report to also be provided.
· Teamwork/Participation - +/- 200 - individual/team/class
· Personal resource usage log - 100
· Personal reference notebook - 450
· Class participation
· Presentation - individual - 150 (separate from team status)
· Discussion/Q&A - individual - 100
· Daily text assignments - individual - 100
· Ad-hoc/special assignments - individual/team/class +0-300 TBD
· Bonus assignments - volountary - individual/team/class + 0-300 TBD
3000 total points available: per person = 2000, per team = 800,
and class = 200.