SRJC Course Outlines

7/12/2024 11:40:43 PMCIS 66.2A Course Outline as of Summer 2010

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  CIS 66.2ATitle:  PROJECT MGMT SOFTWARE  
Full Title:  Using Software for Managing a Project
Last Reviewed:12/10/2001

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled2.008 max.Lecture Scheduled16.00
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled2.008 min.Lab Scheduled16.00
 Contact DHR1.50 Contact DHR12.00
 Contact Total5.50 Contact Total44.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  32.00Total Student Learning Hours: 76.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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This class will cover the basic principles of Project Management for the Information Technology Industry (most of these principles are also applicable in other industries including the Construction Industry). The student will learn how to use Project Management software to create a time based Project Plan, resource load the plan, apply cost to the plan, and update the plan. The student will also learn how to use the plan as a dynamic model to gather earned value metrics for the Project and to perform "What-If" scenarios to determine where future problems may exist.

Course Completion of CS 101A ( or CIS 101A) OR Course Completion of CS 105A ( or CIS 105A or CIS 81.5A or BDP 81.5A) OR Course Completion of CS 5 ( or CIS 5 or BDP 5 or BDP 51)

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Students will use personal computer project management software, to plan, organize, staff, control, and direct the resources of an organization in pursuit of a one-time specific goal.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of CS 101A ( or CIS 101A) OR Course Completion of CS 105A ( or CIS 105A or CIS 81.5A or BDP 81.5A) OR Course Completion of CS 5 ( or CIS 5 or BDP 5 or BDP 51)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Students will:
1.  Analyze a paper-based plan and take the appropriate steps to convert
   it to a computer-based project.
2.  Use project management software, appropriately assign resources to
   the plan.
3.  Differentiate the Project into Master plan with interim milestones.
4.  Work with a group applying software features to the various steps in
   the process of completing a project.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Definitions
   a.  Project management
   b.  What is a project - program - product
   c.  A Project Plan and Plan Hierarchy
   d.  Planning Cube
   e.  Schedule
   f.  Baseline
   g.  Scope and Scope creep
   h.  Resources and resource pools
   i.  Costing
   j.  Risk
   k.  Planning process grid
   l.  Project management tools
       1)  TurboProject
       2)  ARTEMIS
       3)  Primavera
       4)  Timeline
2.  Creating a basic Temporal Project Plan or Schedule
   a.  Activities
   b.  Relationships
   c.  Constraints
   d.  Leads & Lags
   e.  Milestones
   f.  Duration's
   g.  WBS-Work Breakdown Structure
3.  Working with a Project Management Tool
   a.  Finding the basics
   b.  How to set up the timeline
   c.  Network View or PERT Chart View vs Gantt View
   d.  Working with Calendars
   e.  Using Code fields
   f.  Dealing with Constraints
   g.  Forward Pass and Backwards Pass
   h.  Early Schedule and Late Schedule
   i.  Float
   j.  Interim Milestones
   k.  Calendar
4.  Resource Loading a Project Plan and Updating
   a.  Simple Resources
       1)  People
       2)  Facilities
       3)  Equipment
       4)  Materials
   b.  Resource Pools
   c.  Partial Resource Loading
   d.  Loading a since resource across multiple activities
   e.  Getting Resource Information our of the Model
   f.  Driving Resources
   g.  Resource Leveling
5.  Cost Loading a Project Plan
   a.  Cost profiles
   b.  Projecting cost for future time windows
   c.  Projecting cost for uncertain events
6.  Statusing or Updating a Project Plan
   a.  Basic Setup of defaults
   b.  The Baseline-How to set and maintain it
   c.  Time based status
   d.  Entered Value
7.  Working with Sub-Projects
   a.  Interim Milestones
   b.  Working with need dates
   c.  Working with Drop Dead Dates
   d.  Distribute and Integrate the Master Schedule
8.  Risk
   a.  What is Risk and how to management it
   b.  Using your plan to mitigate Risk
   c.  Best Case-Worse Case Analysis
   d.  PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) Analysis
   e.  Monte Carlo

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1.  Form groups of 3 to 4 people and devise a concept for an 80 to 200
   activity Program.
2.  Each student will develop a WBS which outlines a proposed future
   project with between 20 to 50 activities and at least 5 breakdowns
   from parent WBS levels. This will represent this student's portion of
   the group effort.
3.  Convert their WBS to a temporal plan using GigaProject or
   TurboProject. This will include the estimation of durations, use of
   Milestones and proper use of relationships between activities.
4.  Resource load the plan with four types of resource: Human Resources,
   Facilities, Equipment, and Materials. Every activity from Step 3 will
   be allocated resources. The student will also view the resource
   profile and identify over-allocations and correct them using one of 3
5.  Apply costs to the resources in step 4. All resources will receive
   cost information. Establish a Project Baseline. Update the current
   activities in the project. Move the Time Now line forward and set up
   a reporting mechanism to show Earned Value metrics for the project.
6.  All the students in the group will now bring their projects together
   into a Master project using interim milestones. In this step they
   will address concerns involving shared resources and working with
   external delivery and receipt dates.
7.  Use the "What-If" capability of the Project model to identify
   potential risks in the projects future. The use of a "Best Case -
   Worst Case" analysis to quantify Risk and High level overview of
   some other Risk management techniques.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
Written homework, Written portions of the plan
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
40 - 60%
Homework problems
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 50%
Multiple choice, Short answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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1.  "Information Project Management", by Kathy Schwalbe - Course
   Technology, 2000

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