Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics

Project Management Minor

The Project Management Minor provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage large projects such as launching a new product, service, promotional campaign or government program; building, expanding, or relocating business operations; or closing facilities and terminating staff. The focus is not only on the quantitative tools used such a PERT, CPM, Gantt Charts or capital budgeting but important general management or “soft skills” like the ability to lead a team, make decisions, manage conflict and negotiate change. Students will learn to apply project management techniques to all business disciplines and not just to the traditional areas of engineering and computer science.

Graduates of the minor can become project management specialists by earning a professional designation which involves further study and considerable industry experience. Professional designations are offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA). The Project Management Professional (PMP) designation is the most popular program and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) established by the PMI for this designation is followed in the program.

 Learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective leadership qualities and skills in varying management situations.
  2. Incorporate appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools and procedures in management decision making.
  3. Negotiate agreements where the parties have varying objectives or conflict exists.
  4. Manage large projects using appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools and procedures.
 Minor requirements
MNGT 3730
Leadership (3,0,0)

MNGT 3730 Leadership (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students cultivate a deep understanding of what leadership is and what leaders do to be successful. An emphasis is placed on the development of practical leadership skills. Topics include an introduction to leadership, leadership traits, leadership style and philosophy, leadership and relationships, developing leadership skills, leadership and ethics, creating a vision, leadership and out-group members, leadership and conflict, and managing obstacles to effective leadership.
Prerequisite: CMNS 1290 and ORGB 2810
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of MNGT 3730, MNGT 3731, BBUS 3641 or BBUS 3671.
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MNGT 4730
Business Project Management 1 (3,0,0)

MNGT 4730 Business Project Management 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the concepts and frameworks of project management. Topics include an introduction to project management, life-cycle management, feasibility, selection, scope management, scheduling, costing, leadership, and managing teams.
Prerequisite: ACCT 2250 and ECON 2330 or equivalent, and MNGT 3730.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of MNGT 4751, BBUS 4681, or MNGT 4730.
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MNGT 4740
Business Project Management 2 (3,0,0)

MNGT 4740 Business Project Management 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Building on on MNGT 4730: Business Project Management 1, students further develop their understanding of the practical and systematic tools used to successfully plan and manage complex projects. Topics include resource constrained schedules; budgeting; performance and progress reporting; risk management; communication, organization, and time management; advanced management and control; special topics such as contracts, environmental sustainability, and international projects; and applications of project management practice in various industries and environments.
Prerequisite: MNGT 4730
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of MNGT 4740, MNGT 4751 or BBUS 4681.
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One of these two:
MNGT 4710
Decision Analysis (3,0,0)

MNGT 4710 Decision Analysis (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students focus on the development, implementation, and utilization of business models for making informed managerial decisions. Models and management cases from diverse industries, and functional areas are used extensively to illustrate important decision tools, their assumptions and limitations, and how to communicate decisions to management. Topics include critical thinking, avoiding bias in decision making, data analysis, decision analysis, forecasting, resource allocation, and risk analysis.
Prerequisite: ACCT 2250 and ECON 2330 or equivalent, and MNGT 3730
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of MNGT 4710, MNGT 4711 or BBUS 3621.
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MNGT 4720
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3,0,0)

MNGT 4720 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students are introduced to the fundamental theories of negotiation and conflict resolution and the essential skills required to be a successful negotiator. The negotiation process is pervasive in business, and the ability to negotiate is an essential skill for successful managers. Topics include the nature of negotiation; strategy and tactics of distributive bargaining and integrative negotiation planning; integrative negotiation; negotiation, planning, and strategy; perception, cognition, and emotion; communication and the negotiation process; power; and ethics.
Prerequisite: MNGT 3730
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