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MG 520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt
Achterhof, Ruth


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Course

MG 520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt

Semester

U1P 2009 DL

Faculty

Achterhof, Ruth

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS - Texas Tech University
MA - Western MIchigan University
PhD - Capella University

Office Hours

9 AM to 9 PM Eastern

Daytime Phone

386-677-6303

E-Mail

Ruth.Achterhof@park.edu

rachterhof@gmail.com

Semester Dates

June 1 - July 24, 2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Gray, C.F. & Larson, E.W. (2008). Project management:: The managerial Process (4th ed). Boston: McGraw-Hill/Irwin ( ISBN: 978-0-07-352515-0)

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Course Description:
MG520 Entrepreneurial Project Mgmt: This course represents an overview of the business macro environment that is at the core of the philosophy of continuous improvements. Particular attention is directed to explaining how the application this philosophy has stimulated the transformation of many work environments at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Throughout the course, process and project management materials and innovations are demonstrated and then used infield projects to integrate theory with practice.

Educational Philosophy:
 

Dr Ruth’s personal teaching philosophy is that every student contact is part of a learning commitment to keep Park University as a "school of choice." The student population is increasingly diverse; in race, ethnic background, age, ability and interests. Adult learners are focused on their personal goals and want applications based learning. 

Ultimately my teaching philosophy is to facilitate learning by reducing barriers, to help students succeed at the process of accomplishing the course objectives, and to continue their education at Park University with a positive learning experience.  

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how to outline and build a specific project plan, step-by-step
  2. Identify skills to make accurate estimates and better manage the expectations of customers as well as management
  3. Identify skills to set a realistic schedule and budget projections
  4. Explain the key concepts and techniques used in entrepreneurial project management
  5. Demonstrate the core theoretical ideas and principles in entrepreneurial project management
  6. Demonstrate how empowerments can be used to achieve results and positive project outcomes


Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:

Course Assessment

  • Weekly Discussion Questions 360 pts (36% of final grade)
  • Conference Participation Replies 240 pts (24% of final grade)
  • Research Paper 200 pts (20% of final grade)
  • Final Exam 200 pts (20% of final grade)
    ___________
  • Total Points Possible 1000 pts

 

Course Activities

Weekly Readings - Each week chapters from the text and a short instructor lecture will be assigned as required reading. The Lecture also contains links to additional handouts that are to be read that week

Discussion Questions - There will be 4 discussion questions in weeks 1- 8.  Post your answers in the Discussion thread for that week on the course web site.  Each question should be 2 fully developed paragraphs or more (100-150 words single spaced in your word processor). The answer may include information from the text or other sources and also should include personal experiences and opinion to demonstrate critical thinking and application. They are due on Thursday before midnight CT (Central Time).  They are posted separately in individual threads for each question. After posting your answers, begin making 2 or more replies to other students' posts.  45 points per week (360 points total).

Discussion Question Rubric

For a Student to Earn Full Points for Discussion Questions (DQs), S/He Should:

Answer all four (4) Discussion Questions posted by the instructor, (a) fully (length) with (b) clarity and (c) includes application or example, (d) cites and references any source(s) used. Each question will be graded on its own merits and it should meet all the requirements (full, clear, applied and sourced).  The 4 initial posts have a value of 45 points each week.

Excellent

Fair

Poor

Initial post made by Thursday

Initial post made by Thursday

Initial post made after Thursday

Sources cited/APA format

Sources mentioned with APA attempted

Sources are not mentioned/ no APA

Posts demonstrate critical thinking, application examples, and contribute substance to discussion dialogue

Posts demonstrate some critical thinking, some application, and contribute generally to discussion dialogue

Posts do not demonstrate critical thinking, have no application example, and contribute very little to discussion dialogue

Meets minimum length of 2 full paragraphs each

Two or more initial posts meet minimum length of 2 full paragraphs each

Less than two meet minimum length of 2 full paragraphs each

45-39 points

38-32 points

31 points or less

Participation follows from the Weekly Homework Discussion Questions and it will involve students' answering or elaborating on other students' answers of the discussion questions using a "thread" in the conference area called Conference Participation. There each student will select initial posts made by other students and provide an answer that either adds information or promotes further class discussion based on that initial post in the thread. More than one reply is permitted for any already answered DQ.

For a Student to Earn Full Points for Weekly Participation, S/He Should:

Participate in a minimum of three (3) answers or responses from other students and provide a 'substantial' response to another student's answer or response. A 'substantial' response is a response/question that (a) is 3-4 lines in length; (b) if it is a question, it needs to be an open-ended question (requires further elaboration and not a yes or no or short type of answer); and (c) it promotes further class discussion.

Just responding to another student's answer or response saying that 'I liked your answer', or "I agree with you' type of responses/answers do not earn any points because they neither engage critical thinking, nor do they promote further class discussion.

A response can also be an opinion as long as the author can justify it using the economic concepts covered during the course. It can also be another question that extends the existing answered question. The 3 or more substantive comments have a value of 30 points each week. 

Excellent

Fair

Poor

Multiple replies beyond three or more to peers

Three replies to peers

Less than three replies to peers

Posts demonstrate critical thinking, application examples, and contribute substance to discussion dialogue

Posts demonstrate some critical thinking, some application, and contribute generally to discussion dialogue

Posts do not demonstrate critical thinking, have no application example, and contribute very little to discussion dialogue

Assignment and replies completed by end of week Sunday

Assignment and replies completed by end of week Sunday

Assignment and replies not completed by end of week Sunday

30 – 27  points

26 - 17 points

17 points or less

Research paper. You need to select a topic of your interest to write your term paper. It needs to be 10 pages in body length (not counting the title, abstract and references pages), double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 font. The paper is 25% of your final grade. Please make sure the paper has a title page, an abstract page and a references page with formatting in APA format. The paper needs to be delivered to the dropbox by the Thursday of the last week of the course (week 8). You need to select a topic and get instructor approval by midnight Sunday of the second week.

Prior paper topic approval is required by the instructor to assure that you have selected a topic where there will be enough information sources available for you to write and expand on your topic, therefore please email the instructor a request for approval of the topic of your choice by the end of the second week of the course.

For a Student to Earn Full Points for the Research Paper, S/He Should:

Develop a topic that has been approved by the instructor in a manner that demonstrates understanding of the topic as it relates to Project Management and Entrepreneurship. The final document should meet the minimum length of 10 double spaced pages of body in Times New Roman 12 (not to exceed 15) with title, abstract and reference pages. The paper is in APA format. The writing and content should be indicative of the ability to write, analyze and communicate concepts at the Master’s level. Project paper is submitted on time, Thursday in week 8 via the course Dropbox.

Excellent

Fair

Poor

Contains descriptive overview of  topic

Contains some descriptive overview of topic

Contains little or an in accurate  descriptive overview of topic

Subtopics are addressed logically with well developed content

Subtopics are addressed somewhat  logically with fair development of content

Subtopics are not addressed logically; content lacks good development

Content totals 10 or more double spaced  pages (not over 15) in Times New Roman 12

Content totals 8-9 double spaced  pages (or over 15) in Times New Roman 12

Content totals less than 8 double spaced  pages (or over 15) in Times New Roman 12

Content is well written, with APA formatted
cites and references.

Content is contains some writing errors (spelling, grammar, syntax) and/or has some APA formatting errors

Content has multiple writing errors (spelling, grammar, syntax) and/or multiple  APA formatting errors

Assignment submitted on time by Thursday night week 8 via the Dropbox

Assignment submitted on time by Thursday night week 8 via the Dropbox

Assignment submitted late; after Thursday night week 8 and/or not in via the Dropbox

200 - 180 points

179- 160 points

159 or less points

Non-proctored final exam that is accomplished during week 8.  The exam is a short answer application exam where you will demonstrate your knowledge of Project Management in an Entrepreneurial Environment by applying concepts. The exam is submitted via the dropbox and is due by Sunday at the end of week 8.  

For a Student to Earn Full Points for the Final Exam, S/He Should:

Develop answers to each of the short essay/application questions in a manner that demonstrates understanding of the course content and core learning outcomes. The writing and content should be indicative of the ability to write, analyze and communicate concepts at the Master’s level. The final exam will be submitted on time Sunday in week 8 via the course DropBox

Excellent

Fair

Poor

Contains well developed short essay answers applying multiple course concepts to application related situations.

Contains fairly well developed short essay answers applying some course concepts to application related situations.

Contains poorly developed short essay answers applying a few course concepts to application related situations.

Questions are addressed logically with well developed content

Questions are addressed somewhat  logically with fair development of content

Questions are not addressed logically; content lacks good development

Content is well written, with APA formatted
cites and references.

Content is contains some writing errors (spelling, grammar, syntax) and/or has some APA formatting errors

Content has multiple writing errors (spelling, grammar, syntax) and/or multiple  APA formatting errors

Assignment submitted on time by Sunday night week 8 via the Dropbox

Assignment submitted on time by Sunday night week 8 via the Dropbox

Assignment submitted late; after Sunday night week 8 and/or not in via the Dropbox

200 - 180 points

179- 160 points

159 or less points

Grading:
 

Course Grading Scale

90% to 100% of total points= A (900-1000)

80% to 89%  of total points = B (800-899)

70% to 79%  of total points = C (700-799)

60% to 69%  of total points = D (600-699)

below 60%                   = F    (599 or less)

Final grades will be based proportionately on (a) tests, (b) activities, and (c) business plans or research papers.  Final grades may be affected directly by discussion thread participation.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work: late work loses 10% for each day late and has no value after a week. Please send late DQ’s to the instructor via email. Participation cannot be made up as the comments will not be read by your peers. Late research papers and finals are not accepted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Reading and Discussion Question Overview by Unit

Unit 1 – Chapter 1 & 2

DQ. 1. Discuss the importance of project management. Define what is a project and list its characteristics.

DQ. 2. Compare and contrast the technical and sociocultural dimensions of the project management process.

DQ. 3. List and briefly discuss the four activities of the strategic management process.

DQ. 4. Briefly discuss the criteria used for project selection

Unit 2 – Chapters 3 & 4

DQ. 1. Briefly discuss the advantages and disadvantages for using the existing functional organization to administer and complete projects.

DQ.2. Briefly discuss the primary characteristics which capture the essence of an organization's culture.

DQ.3. Discuss the importance and the components of a project scope checklist.

DQ.4. Discuss what a work package does in the WBS.

Unit 3  – Chapters 5 & 6

DQ.1. In developing useful work package estimates, what are the seven guidelines a project manager should follow?

D.Q.2. List the three different types of cost and discuss how each affects a project.

D.Q.3. Briefly discuss the two approaches used to develop project networks.

D.Q.4. What are the three basic relationships that must be established for activities included in a project network?

Unit 4 – Chapters 7 & 8

D.Q.1. Briefly discuss the steps involved in the managing process.

D.Q.2. Discuss the five responses to risk.

D.Q.3. Briefly discuss the four types of project constraints.

D.Q.4. Discuss the three macro manifestations of single project problems that are magnified in a multi-project environment.

Unit 5 – Chapters 9 & 10

D.Q.1. Discuss three (out of 9) options for accelerating the completion of a project.

D.Q.2 Briefly discuss the four more commonly used options for cutting costs.

D.Q.3. Describe and discuss the five 'currencies' a successful manager uses to influence people.

D.Q.4. Briefly discuss the nine qualities of an effective manager

Unit 6 – Chapters 11 & 12

D.Q.1.  Discuss the five stages of effective team development

D.Q.2  Describe and discuss the four stages of facilitating group decision making

D.Q.3. Compare and contrast the key practices with the traditional practices in partnering relationships.

D.Q.4.  Fully discuss the four components of principled negotiation

Unit 7 – Chapters 13 & 14

D.Q.1.  Briefly discuss the four steps in the project control process

D.Q.2  Compare and contrast the teo methods of variance analysis

D.Q.3. Briefly discuss the four steps in the project audit process

D.Q.4.  Discuss the five general tips for conducting performance reviews

Unit 8 – Chapters 15 & 16

D.Q.1. Discuss the six environmental factors that impact project selection and implementation 

D.Q.2  Discuss and provide examples that illustrate the four culture shock stages

D.Q.3. How would you personally manage a project under a high level of uncertainty?

D.Q.4. Discuss the importance of gaining visibility in your career path for a successful advancement within the project management ladder. 

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