Project Management (VETS7027)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study is an introduction to project management for students whose main objective is to develop a range of skills in the field of Veterinary Public Health Management. The unit of study is composed of a 3-day residential and distance education, together totalling 150 hours. As a result, not every area of project management can be covered in depth. The unit concentrates on the project management processes and deliverables in order to give the student a solid grounding in project management. Obviously project management also involves other areas such as leadership, "soft skills" and the strategic aspects of projects. While some soft skills specific to project management are covered, other leadership and team management aspects are not covered in this unit of study. They are however covered in the Leadership units of study that are core to the Veterinary Public Health Management Program. After completing Project Management, students will be able to: define project context, project phases and project knowledge areas; use common project management terminology; define project initiation stage processes and deliverables; define the processes required to execute and control the project plan; define project closing processes and to create a project review report (PRR) as part of a process to continually improve their understanding of project management; discuss the complexities and challenges of project management; propose effective strategies to deal with these complexities and challenges. Students will also be able to define project planning stage processes and create a project plan including a: Stakeholder Management Plan; Scope Management Plan; Time Management Plan; Cost Management Plan; Quality Management Plan; Communications Management Plan; HR Management Plan; Risk Management Plan.

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Classes

3-day Residential session in July, Online classes

Assessment

Individual Assignments (35%) Online Participation: (15%) Residential Presentation (10%) Group Project (40%) either individual assignments or a combination of a group and individual assignment.

Textbooks

Revised: An Introduction to Project Management, With Brief Guides to Microsoft Project 2010 and @task Schwalbe K., 3rd ed. CreateSpace, 2010 (ISBN: 978-1451551648)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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