Course Descriptions

CPM 470 - Introduction to Project Management

(Credits: 3.00)

This course introduces students to the fundamental tools and concepts of project management, offering them the techniques of strategic project planning and of linking projects to overall organizational strategies. The course also emphasizes early scheduling and estimating, writing project specifications, communicating effectively during projects, and prioritizing activities, giving students an understanding of the elements that are essential to project success even before the first project team meeting.

CPM 472 - Quality and Procurement Management

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an introduction to concepts, principles, and techniques of project quality and procurement management from a theoretical and practical perspective. Quality management focuses on how to plan quality into a project, management of product and process quality for creating project deliverables, and key metrics needed to manage quality. Procurement management is focused on procurement practices used to purchase or acquire products or services, relationships with suppliers, negotiations in contract management and change control processes to develop and administer contracts or purchase orders.

CPM 474 - Project Risk Management

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course, students address project risk management processes of identification, analysis, response development, and control. Students understand the use of fundamental risk tools and concepts for risk planning. The use of both qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques are utilized to assess probability of occurrence and impact of identified risks, and to develop and maintain a risk register. From the course, students understand the value of a systematic and structured approach for planning, monitoring, and controlling project risks.

CPM 476 - Project Scheduling and Cost Control

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course, students will learn techniques for developing project cost estimates, as well as capital, project, and cash flow budgets. Students will establish systems and procedures to monitor actual costs and assess project risks and strategies to mitigate those risks. They also will deal with project partnering and vendor relationships, including performance incentives.

CPM 478 - Leadership, Management and Communication for Project Management

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides the student with strategies and techniques to create, staff, lead, and negotiate solutions to conflicts which may arise in project teams. The course addresses how a project leader creates plans, selects team members, organizes tasks, exerts leadership, and resolves conflict. It provides team leaders with techniques to run effective meetings, guide a team through continuous improvement processes, and diagnose the stages of team development and common group problems.

CPM 479 - Project Management Capstone

(Credits: 3.00)

In this final course of the Certificate in Project Management, students integrate and apply the theories, techniques, and tools they have learned in the previous courses. Students demonstrate how the ten knowledge areas are applied to actual situations by reviewing examples of unsuccessful projects in a case study. Emphasis is placed on applying basic concepts of project management to a variety of applications and integrative management of scope, time, cost, quality, risk, communication, procurement, human resources, and stakeholder management, to case study review and the PMP exam prep.