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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 365
Course Title: Project Management
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to project management issues associated with information technology projects including project definition, organizational structures, risk factors, quality management and procurement management. Prerequisites: MGMT 254; CISS 320 or CISS 325.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): MGMT 254; CISS 320 or CISS 325.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Effective Project Management
By Wysocki, R. and McGary, R. (Wiley)
Quality Software Project Management
By Futrell, et. al. (Prentice Hall)
Information Technology Project Management
By Schwalbe, K. (Course Technology)
Course Objectives

• To provide students with a clear understanding of the unique risks, issues and critical success factors associated with technology projects. • To introduce students to the role and function of project management. • To examine techniques for managing project quality. • To examine techniques for managing project procurement. • To examine basic methodologies for software design, development, testing and implementation. • To examine various techniques for managing a software development team. • To understand the need and techniques for managing users and user expectations.

Measurable Learning
  • Identify risk factors and success factors.
  • Explain the role of project management.
  • Explain requirements of engineering.
  • Identify stages in the process life cycle.
  • Discuss project quality management issues.
  • Prepare a risk management plan.
  • Develop a set of metrics for project management.
  • Identify appropriate team organizational structures.
    Topical Outline:

    • Project definition • Project parameters • Scope and requirements creep • Quality management • Risk management • Configuration management • Estimating duration, resource requirements and cost • Project network diagrams • Managing the project team

    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

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    Prepared by: Lawrence West Date: October 25, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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