Course: Mastering Projects – Advanced Topics, Tools and Techniques
Audience: Executives, Managers, Project Managers, Supervisors
Method: Instructor-led course & online hybrid
Duration: 2 days
Credit: 1.5 credit hours
In this course, participants will build upon the fundamentals covered in the “Managing Projects” courses by applying knowledge, tools and techniques to scenarios and case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning exercises both individually and in teams, and explore specific topics in greater detail including: interpersonal skills, identifying opportunities and threats, requirements gathering, critical path and critical chain methods, project performance management, and procurement/contracting.
MBA 706 is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK Guide®), the leading project management standard worldwide today. This course is intended to engage participants and inspire them to develop a pragmatic approach for managing projects by combining their experience (both classroom and career) and knowledge with industry standards and good practice. Students are encouraged to continue building a project management “toolbox” by adding additional components acquired from the course as well as through discoveries made in class from other students, through work experiences, via in-class experiential activities and through research.
Advanced topics and specific project management tools, techniques and methods are introduced in this course and additional time is spent exploring the ten knowledge areas and five process groups outlined in the PMBOK Guide®. Through application and practice, participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills in problem solving, critical thinking and communicating as they relate to the project environment. The course will emphasize practicality, collaboration, communication, flexibility and adaptability.
Crosslisted as MBA 705, BIA 705, CBI 515
Your application to the Creighton Graduate School, Heider College of Business is embedded in the course registration process. You can leverage your education and earn a Badge or Certificate in Project Management and these credits apply towards Creighton’s MBA or MSBIA graduate degrees. It is highly recommended that students have several years of working experience, prior business-related coursework, and have taken MBA 501 and 502 before taking this course.
This course is designed to examine fundamental project management concepts covered in parts 1 and 2 in greater depth; explore advanced project management topics related to project performance measurement, interpersonal skills, and leadership; and apply various methods, tools, and techniques to case studies and business scenarios.
Upon completion, students will have had the opportunity to:
- Review and further explore fundamental concepts first introduced in the “Managing Projects” courses.
- Examine the importance of effective interpersonal skills in project management through role playing and scenario assessment.
- Assess requirements-gathering techniques including prioritization methodologies.
- Review techniques for identifying opportunities and threats in a project.
- Develop a tree diagram to assess the Expected Monetary Value (EMV) of project alternatives based upon probability and outcomes.
- Compare and contrast the Critical Path Method (CPM) and Critical Chain Method (CCM) to sequence project activities.
- Evaluate project health and performance using Earned Value Management (EVM) including Earned Value Analysis (EVA) metrics.
- Examine procurement management including a ‘make or buy’ analysis and types of contracts.
- Examine a pragmatic approach for managing projects and develop an individualized project management “toolbox” based upon the five progress groups and ten knowledge areas as defined in the PMBOK Guide.
- Examine project management issues, questions, and scenarios to apply knowledge, tools, and techniques to business situations.