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IS 640 Project and Change Management
Uzynski, Frank L.


Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

Course

IS 640 Project and Change Management

Semester

S2P 2006 DL

Faculty

Uzynski, Frank L.

E-Mail

Frank.Uzynski@pirate.park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 6/e, Jack R. Meredith and Samuel L. Mantel, published by Wiley, 2005. ISBN: 0-471-71537-9


Course Description:
Project integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management. Managing the changes in organizations resulting from introducing or revising information systems and the IS specialist role in change management. Exploring objectives and techniques of planning, organizing and managing complex information systems development projects.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. This course focuses on the special pressures placed on today's manager. The goal of Project and Change Management is to teach students the principles and theory of these topics. The goal is to indoctrinate the student with both theory and real exposure to problems by exploring both textbook and real-life examples.We focus on different situations, issues, or problems encountered in the workplace through our online conferencing discussions; these are reinforced and expanded in readings in our textbook.
  2. Upon completing the course, the following concepts should be understood or demonstrated:
  3. Discuss the range, scope, and complexity of modern projects.
  4. Introduce a strategic, system perspective on the management of projects.
  5. Discuss the role of the modern project manager.
  6. Understand the theory and practical application of the Project Management Life Cycle.
  7. Practice applying modern project management tools and techniques.
  8. Improved written analytical and documentation skills by class participation, discussions, and written projects .


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Discuss the range, scope, and complexity of modern projects.
  2. 2. Introduce a strategic, system perspective on the management of projects.
  3. 3. Discuss the role of the modern project manager.
  4. 4. Understand the theory and practical application of the Project Management Life Cycle.
  5. 5. Practice applying modern project management tools and techniques.
  6. 6. Improved written analytical and documentation skills by class participation, discussions, and written projects
Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
Assignments % of Grade
Homework (6) 30.0%
Discussions (5) 15.0%
Group Project (1) 15.0%
Examinations (2) 40.0%




Grading:
Discussions

Each student brings different life experiences, points of view, and ways of knowing to our classroom and our learning environment.  Everyone should plan to become an active member of the learning community.  “Participation” means 1) forming supportive and inquiring relationships with other students in the class through postings to one another, sharing points of view, and providing encouragement and constructive critique, 2) reading the assigned readings before beginning your assignments and online development, and 3) applying readings to the virtual discussions and course development.  



Discussions are completed in two steps.  First you must make an online posting by WED at midnight of each week (20 points) addressing the discussion assignment for the week.  Then by SUN at midnight (10 points) you must respond to another students posting.  NO late submissions are allowed, so if you miss your WED assignment, you can still obtain credit for the SUN portion of the assignment.

Here are the required components of the discussions:

Complete Discussion Questions/Assignments by due dates
Provide valuable and thoughtful feedback for peers with constructive criticisms and critiques.
Respond to discussion questions with applicable information and concepts shared in the readings, to answer questions and/or solve problems.  Go beyond just providing the answer but include analysis, insight, contrast, or parallels to personal experiences.                                      
Present original thoughts and ideas in postings, (avoid simple agreement or disagreement with, or restatement of other's postings.                                                                                  
Your overall work effort will be measured by this scale:

30 = Exceeds requirements in exemplary manner
25 = Slightly exceeds expectations in meeting requirements
20 = Meets requirements and objectives of project
15 = Slightly below expectations in meeting requirements
10 = Considerably below expectations in meeting requirements
00 = Did not meet minimal expectations
Homework

For the homework assignments at the graduate level, your submissions should include: the answer AND analysis, thought, introspection, and parallels.  The requirement at the graduate level is more than the answer – you must also document additional thought and analysis.

In past classes, to accomplish these goals, most students would submit 2-4 pages of material -- this appears to be a good fit in regards to amount of writing required to meet these goals.  

Be sure to document the chapter and question number when submitting your homework assignment.  Homework assignments are to be submitted by placing your submission in the corresponding drop box.

Exams

All exams for this class are essay questions.  For the exams at the graduate level, your submissions should include: the answer AND analysis, thought, introspection, and parallels.  The requirement at the graduate level is more than the answer – you must also document additional thought and analysis.

In past classes, to accomplish these goals, most students would submit 1-2 pages of material per exam question -- this appears to be a good fit in regards to amount of writing required to meet these goals.  

The mid-term exam is open book and open notes, and performed online.  The final exam is open book, but closed notes, and is proctored.  Your proctor must FAX the exam to me.

Group Project

This is a team effort, and the entire team will receive the same score for the assignment.  Anyone assigned to a team, but doesn't not participate will receive a score of ZERO for this assignment.  This assignment has several key items to be submitted:

Project Charter – 10 points
Business Case – 20 points
Project BAR – 40 points
Project TAD – 30 points
Cost benefit analysis spreadsheet – 40 points
The team leader is responsible for placing all of these documents in the drop box for this assignment.  Only the submission from the team leader will be accepted.  

Peer Review

The purpose of the peer reviews is to identify each person on the team's contribution for the Group Project.

You must rate each member of the team – INCLUDING yourself based on this scale:

5 = Exceeds requirements in exemplary manner
4 = Slightly exceeds expectations in meeting requirements
3 = Meets requirements and objectives of project
2 = Slightly below expectations in meeting requirements
1 = Considerably below expectations in meeting requirements
0 = Did not meet minimal expectations, or did not participate
These peer reviews will be averaged and scaled to determine your overall peer review score of this effort.  Remember, if you don't complete a peer review, you also record ZERO for the Group Project, regardless of your contribution.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Not Allowed

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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