Software Project Management

Course number: 
CIS 5275
Fall 2016
Name E-mail Office location
Nicole Westrick
Ritter Annex 671


Required Textbook:     Project Management Institute. (2004). A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide). Newtown Square, Pa: Project Management Institute.
Optional Textbook:     Kathy Schwalbe, Information Technology Project Management, Seventh Edition. Course Technology - Cengage Learning, 2014, ISBN-13: 9781133526858
Topics covered: 
Specific topics covered include:
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • The Project Management and Information Technology Context
  • The Project Management Process Groups: A Case Study
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management
Course goals: 
This course is intended to provide a foundation in the key components of project management. In-class lectures, classroom activities, online discussions, and student presentations on case studies will provide theoretical and practical approaches to project management.

Project management is an essential skill for information technology professionals and computer scientists. Using theory and practice, this course integrates concepts, skills, tools and techniques required to effectively manage small and large projects.  Project management, like technology is rapidly evolving and changing. Project management skills must be continuously developed and refined based on the context, needs and even the technology being used.  This course will focus on the Project Management Institute (PMI) approach to project management and provide you with the ability to apply and revise these techniques based on the unique situation of each project. 
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Understand and employ project management strategy design, development, and deployment
  • Utilize project management tools, techniques, and skills
  • Align critical resources for effective project implementation
  • Understand the implications, challenges, and opportunities of organizational dynamics in project management
  • Identify and utilize key performance metrics for project success
  • Improve cost, quality, and delivery with efficient and effective project management processes
  • Deploy and lead high performance project management teams
  • Impart project management knowledge, tools, and processes to your colleagues
  • Recognize and mitigate risk, as well as the early seeds of failure in the project life cycle
Attendance policy: 
The university policy is that students should regularly attend classes in order to get credit for a course. You are permitted one unexcused absence for the semester.
In this course, learning is enhanced significantly when students attend class regularly and prepare for and participate in class discussions.
  • Attendance will be taken at every class meeting.
  • Excused absences can only be granted by your instructor and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
    • Excused absences are generally only granted for documented illness, a family emergency (e.g. death in the family), or civic responsibility (e.g. jury duty). Documentation, such as a physician’s note or death announcement, will be required for an absence to be excused. Documentation must be provided to your instructor the class period following an unexcused absence.
  • Tardiness is unprofessional. Being late will negatively impact your participation grade. If you are late to class, it is your responsibility to enter the classroom in an appropriate manner and time that is not disruptive. If you are late to class, you are responsible for informing the instructor at the end of class period that you are in attendance. 
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (
Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities: 
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