Aleksandar (Alex) Vakanski


IndT 448: Project and Program Management


Course Syllabus


Course Description

The course addresses the project/program life-cycle. It defines projects and programs, and the roles and responsibilities of project and program managers. Students are introduced to techniques for project/program planning (work structuring, budgeting, scheduling, resource allocation), and execution (monitoring, control, and closure).

Course Scope

The course provides an overview of proven techniques for managing successful projects. Covered topics include: project scope definition, constraints scope management, planning and cost estimating, performance monitoring and control; risks handling, project communication, and decision modeling. The students use a project management software (Microsoft Project or Project Libre) as a tool for managing a project’ scope, schedule and budget, and to learn how to electronically define a work breakdown structure, generate reports, assign resources, produce charts, and track the progress toward achieving the project objectives.

Course Objectives

The objective is that upon the completion of the course the students should demonstrate the ability to:

1. Explain the concepts of project management.

2. Respond to a request for proposals by developing a proposal.

3.  Develop a project plan, including developing a project scope statement, a project schedule, and a budget.

4.  Utilize a project management software package to aid in project management.

5.  Use the Earned Value System to track the completion of a projects.

6.  Understand the procedures for becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP).

7.  Discuss the importance of leadership to the completion of a project.

8.  Develop a project risk management plan.

9.  Perform a network analysis of a project.

10.  Discuss the importance of properly closing out a project.

Course Materials



Evaluation Procedure

The course is delivered in a web-based format. The course materials, related to lecture notes, assignments, recommended readings, and supplementary content, will be posted on Canvas. It is the students responsibility to actively participate in the course by regularly logging in on Canvas, reading the posted materials, and completing the assignments in a timely manner. There are eight homework assignments in total. All assignments carry equal weight toward the final grade. The course is project-based, and the emphasis in assessing the students’ knowledge is on a course project.


Homework Assignments (8)

75 %

Final Project

25 %