Project management final paper


University of the Cumberlands

Robert W. Plaster Graduate School Business


Summer 2019 - Second Bi-Term – Asynchronous Online

BUOL 634 -Project Management: Initiating the Project

Instructor: Dr. Oluwakemi Adeyemi

E-Mail: [email protected]


Access to the course website is required via the iLearn portal on the University of the Cumberlands website:


This course examines topics in project management with specific attention to issues and skills of project initiation.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: None


The mission of the Hutton School of Business and the Robert W. Plaster Graduate School of Business is to foster academic excellence and student achievement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students are provided with a strong academic foundation in business, and are prepared to become productive, competent, and ethical professionals. The Hutton School of Business and Plaster Graduate School of Business provide a learning environment that is characterized by student-oriented instructional methodologies and the development of leadership and life-long learning skills in its students.

At the Hutton School of Business and Plaster Graduate School of Business, the following broad-based goals for students have been developed:

· Students will acquire the relevant disciplinary knowledge and competencies appropriate to their program of study.

· Students will acquire effective business-related professional skills.

· Students will be challenged to assess their personal values and connect them to ethical behaviors appropriate to their intended endeavors.

Based upon these broad-based goals, the Plaster Graduate School of Business has identified the following general intended student learning outcomes (MBA ISLO) for students: 

1. Students will be able to demonstrate well-developed problem-solving skills.

2. Students will be able to identify the major theories and concepts in the areas of accounting, finance, management, project management, and marketing.

3. Students will be able to apply their findings from the major theories and concepts in the areas of accounting, finance, management, project management, and marketing to organizational decision making.

4. Students will be able to analyze the opportunities and challenges of global business issues.

5. Students will be able to apply standards of ethical behavior in project management to managerial decision making.

6. Students will be able to apply appropriate technological and quantitative methods and tools to the solution of project management problems.

7. Students will be able to demonstrate advanced professional business communication skills.

8. Students will be able to demonstrate well-developed organizational, leadership, and teamwork skills.

9. Students will be able to integrate theory and practical application across business functional areas for the purpose of strategic analysis, planning, implementation, and control.

10. Students will be able to successfully conduct academic research and scholarly writing.

Further, the Hutton School of Business and the Plaster Graduate School of Business has developed the following intended student learning outcomes for students pursuing the Project Management concentration (PM ISLO) in the Master of Business Administration Program.

1. Students will be able to increase their knowledge and identification of the project management process including planning the project, initiating the project, executing the project, monitoring the project, and controlling the project.

2. Students will be able to apply advanced analytical and critical thinking skills to evaluate information, solve problems, and make sound decisions in the different areas of project management.

3. Students will be able to conduct research on issues and questions relevant to the field of project management.

4. Students will be able to identify the ethical and legal responsibilities of project managers.


Upon completion of this course, the student will acquire and demonstrate enhanced:

· Knowledge of key concepts in project management.

· Abilities to develop project scope based on business and compliance requirements

· Identification of key stakeholders

· Identification of risks, assumptions, and project constraints

· Define, develop, and gain approval for the project charter

· Be able to perform project assessment while considering constraints


Kloppenborg, T., Anantatmula, V., & Wells, K. (2019). Contemporary project management (4th ed).  Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

Pinto, J.K. (2019). Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage (5th ed). Boston: Pearson

Textbooks are required for this course and the other courses in this program. All materials for this course and program can be found in the textbook and Internet website(s) for this course. All reading materials are contained in the textbook and within library databases and Internet sources. All assignments are posted on iLearn.

Additional Requirement(s):

Other articles and readings may be assigned by course professor.


A. Course Activities and Experiences:

Students are expected to:

· Be fully prepared for each class session by studying the assigned reading material related to the current topics of interest.

· Read related articles from current literature and evaluate these articles either in writing or verbally, formally or informally.

· Actively participate in the online weekly and on-campus weekend discussion of course topics.

· Complete course project that integrates current organizational behavior theories with examples and issues encountered in day-to-day work activities.

· Complete specific assignments and exams when specified and in a professional manner.

· Utilize learned technologies for class assignments.

B. Academic Integrity:

At a Christian liberal arts university committed to the pursuit of truth and understanding, any act of academic dishonesty is especially distressing and cannot be tolerated. In general, academic dishonesty involves the abuse and misuse of information or people to gain an undeserved academic advantage or evaluation. The common forms of academic dishonesty include:

a. cheating - using deception in the taking of tests or the preparation of written work, using unauthorized materials, copying another person’s work with or without consent, or assisting another in such activities

b. lying—falsifying, fabricating, or forging information in either written, spoken, or video presentations

c. plagiarism—using the published writings, data, interpretations, or ideas of another without proper documentation

Episodes of academic dishonesty are reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The potential penalty for academic dishonesty includes a failing grade on a particular assignment, a failing grade for the entire course, or charges against the student with the appropriate disciplinary body.

C. Attendance:

Attendance and participation in the weekly discussions is expected. Regular and timely participation in the weekly discussions is a key measure of student attendance. It is also required for the effective delivery of course material, discussion of key concepts, and development of cooperative and collegial relationships between students and faculty. Regular and punctual attendance provides the opportunity for meaningful contribution to the learning environment and will yield academic results and longer-term success in professional development.

D. Students with Disabilities:

Students who may have a disability meriting an academic accommodation should contact Mr. Jacob Ratliff in the Boswell Campus Center to ensure that their needs are properly evaluated and that documentation is on file. Any accommodations for disabilities must be re-certified each semester by the Academic Affairs Office before course adjustments are made by individual instructors.

E. Student Responsibilities:

· Students should check regularly for e-mail and class announcements using iLearn (primary) and University of the Cumberlands webmail (secondary).

· Students must utilize the University of Cumberlands webmail for all communication, questions or contact with the professor. Only in the case of emergency notification should any other email be utilized.

· Students must inform the professor in advance of any events, issues, illnesses or other situations which may prohibit the student from completing assignments within the deadlines established by the syllabus. Late submittal will be at the discretion of the professor.

· Students are expected to find out class assignments for missed classes and make up missed work. If you are absent from class, you are still responsible for the material covered and any announcements made by your instructor.

· Students are expected to find out if any changes have been made in the class or assignment schedule.

· Written work must be presented in a professional manner. Work that is not submitted in a professional manner will not be evaluated and will be returned as unacceptable.

· Students are expected to submit every assignment. Final grades that may be on the borderline of the next higher grade will not receive any consideration for elevating that grade to the next level if every assignment has not been completed and submitted.

· Students are expected to take the examinations on the designated dates or within the designated timeframe. If you are unable to take the exam on the scheduled date and know in advance, you are to make arrangements with your professor before the designated date. If you miss the exam, you must have a legitimate reason as determined by your professor.

F. Deadlines and Dues Dates: Recognizing that a large part of professional life is meeting deadlines, it is necessary to develop time management and organizational skills. Failure to meet the course deadlines may result in penalties.

a. Discussion Boards are meant to be interactive activities. Discussion Boards will close on the due date at 11:59 PM EST (no exceptions).

b. The Section Exams and the Course Exam will close on the due date at 11:59 PM EST (no exceptions).

c. No other assignment will be accepted after it is 3 days late.


Student Introduction (10 points): Students will post an introduction about themselves designed to help classmates and the instructor get to know each other.

Entrance Quiz (40 points). The entrance quiz must be completed before the end of the day on Sunday at the end of Week 1. If this quiz is not completed, then the student will not be counted as present for the course.

Case Study Assignment (100 points).

The student will be given a case study from the Pinto text to read. The assignment involves that the student read an assigned case study and answer some or all of the question at the end of the case study in a 4-5 page paper. Students MUST incorporate two (2) scholarly journal articles in support of their answers. Refer to the course schedule matrix for due date for the case study assignment. The case study assignment is due at 11:59 PM EST (Sunday) on the assigned week.

Online Discussion Questions (25 points each for a total of 150 points).

The student will respond to each of six (6) discussion questions during the course. Each question involves the student posting a substantive response of at least 250 words and reference the textbook and one (1) scholarly journal article as an outside source to support initial answer. Students must post their initial post before they will be able to see other students’ posts. Any student that posts a blank initial post in order to circumvent this requirement will automatically be deducted five (5) points. There will be no exceptions to this requirement. All initial discussion posts are due on Wednesday evening at 11:59 PM EST.

In addition, to the initial post of the discussion, the student is required to respond to any TWO (2) classmate’s responses. These responses should be substantive and a minimum of 75 words. A response such as “I agree” or “I liked what was said” is NOT substantive and will not be counted for course credit. Please be aware of time constraints as all discussion question responses are due on Sunday evening at 11:59 PM EST.

Discussion Question Grading Rubric



Substance of Initial Answer



Using Text & Journal Article



Minimum length



Response Post 1



Response Post 2




DQ #1: Using an example of your own, describe a project in terms that are common to most projects.

DQ #2: You are given a project to manage. How do you decide whether to use a predictive or adaptive approach?

DQ #3: Suppose you are purchasing a new car and you decide to use a scoring model to decide among several different options (make, model, year, etc.). What would be your top three criteria, what would be each criterion’s relative weight and why did you weight these criterion as you did?

DQ #4: What are the four main areas of competency a client company is looking for in a project manager? How can you, personally, best demonstrate these competencies to a potential client?

DQ #5: In your opinion, what are the three most important items in a project charter? Why?

DQ #6: How are project scope and product scope similar and different? Use examples from your own experience.

Chapter Exercise (100 points).

The student is required to respond to the end of chapter exercise per the Course Schedule Matrix. The exercise should be 2 pages in length and in response to the exercise questions (from the Kloppenborg text and/or the Pinto text). More direction will be provided in the Blackboard Content folder.

Elements of Project Management Paper (150 points).

The student is required to read an essay provided in the Content Folder. The student will then write a paper which analyze and identify elements of project management within the assigned text. Detailed instructions will be provided in Blackboard. This assignment must be a minimum of 3 full pages in length.

Section Exams (100 points each for a total of 300 points)

There will be three (3) exams after each of the three sections of the course. The exams will be open book/open note. There will be twenty-five (25) questions on each exam. The exams will be timed. Students will have 75 minutes (1 ¼ hours) to complete the exam. The student will have one chance to complete the exam with no pauses once the exam has commenced. Students should ensure they have reliable Internet access before beginning each exam.

Final Exam (200 points)

The final exam will cover the entire course (Kloppenborg Chapters 1, 2 & 3 and Pinto Chapters 1 & 3). The exam will be open book/open note. There will be fifty (50) questions on the exam. This exam will be timed. Students will have 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) to complete the exam. The student will have one chance to complete the exam with no pauses once the exam has commenced. Students should ensure they have reliable Internet access before beginning the exam.

Final Project (250 points)

The final paper will require the student to complete a project related to the lessons learned in the semester readings. All instructions will be provided in Blackboard. This assignment is due on Sunday evening of week 7 by 11:59 PM EST.

Final Paper Instruction:

The final paper will consist of two parts. The first part will be an essay addressing the overall course. The second part will be a practical connection assignment. The paper should be more than 4 pages but no more than 5 pages long and cover thoroughly the required content.

- For the first part of the paper discuss how you would draft a project charter for a project you are familiar with in either your own career or in general. This section should discuss briefly what the project charter entails, the elements of a project charter and the process you would implement to complete the drafting of this charter. This section should be about 3 full page long. Use the text and two scholarly journal articles. Other sources may be used as needed.

- The second section should be the practical connection assignment where you will discuss the main elements and concepts of project management you learned throughout the term. At UC, it is a priority that students are provided with strong educational programs and courses that allow them to be servant-leaders in their disciplines and communities, linking research with practice and knowledge with ethical decision-making. This assignment is a written assignment where students will demonstrate how this course research has connected and put into practice within their own career.

- Provide a reflection of how the knowledge, skills, or theories of this course have been applied, or could be applied, in a practical manner to your current work environment. If you are not currently working, share times when you have or could observe these theories and knowledge could be applied to an employment opportunity in your field of study. Demonstrate a connection to your current work environment. If you are not employed, demonstrate a connection to your desired work environment.

- You should NOT, provide an overview of the assignments assigned in the course. The assignment asks that you reflect how the knowledge and skills obtained through meeting course objectives were applied or could be applied in the workplace.


- More than four but less than 5 pages double spaced with 2 pages dedicated to reflection.

- Use of proper APA formatting and citations. Supporting evidence from outside resources must be properly cited. Utilize text and other sources.

- Demonstrate a connection to your current work environment. If you are not employed, demonstrate a connection to your desired work environment.

- Review the syllabus for other requirements for formatting.


The student’s final grade will be determined by the results of all assignments and activities for the course. Grading criteria are provided below:






Entrance Quiz



Case Study



Discussion Questions



Chapter Exercise



Elements of PM Paper



Section Exams



Final Exam



Final Paper




Grading Scale:











Syllabus Disclaimer:

This syllabus is intended as a set of guidelines for this course and the professor reserves the right to make modifications in content, schedule, and requirements as necessary to promote the best education possible within conditions affecting this course. Any changes to the syllabus will be discussed with the students.


*This course requires that the student is able to conduct weekly online library research by utilizing UC’s Library (online) in order to locate scholarly journals such that the student can successfully complete weekly papers regarding cases and/or articles in project management, and such that the student can engage in the weekly discussion forums concerning his or her research. The following is one example of how to navigate iLearn and the online Library in order to conduct research:

1. Log onto your course on iLearn

2. Go to the home page for this course

3. Click on the “Library Resources” icon in the left hand column of this webpage

4. Click on the web address for the Library (URL in blue lettering)

5. After being directed to another webpage, scroll to the bottom and click on

“Library Resources”

· After accessing Library Resources, then click on “Find Articles and Databases,” which can be located in the left hand column

· Then click on “Databases A-Z”

· After going to the webpage with databases A-Z on it, look for the round

“EBSCO Host” icon and then click on it

· After accessing EBSCO Host, then go to the letter “B” and click on “Business Source Premier”

· In the Business Source Premier search engine, type in “Project Management Journal”

· After accessing the Project Management Journal, you should be able to locate and research a project management topic related to your research topic for the week

· There are several years of project management journals available to you (approximately 31,000 articles/cases)

· You can also type “Cases in Project Management” in the Business Source Premier search engine and it will bring up more articles/cases. There are approximately 14,000 articles/cases in this search location.

Unless otherwise instructed every paper typed in this course should be in APA formatting (title page, reference page, NO abstract page, in-text citations, running head, page numbers, Times New Roman 12 font, 1 inch margins, double-spacing, etc…). Points will be deducted for papers that are not typed in APA formatting. Also, every paper in this course needs to be based on research from a scholarly source that is retrieved from UC’s Library. Your weekly research papers should include two sources, the textbook and the scholarly case/article that you found. Papers that are not based on a scholarly source(s) will receive a grade of “0.”


BUOL 634 Course Schedule





Due Dates


July 01 to July 07

Kloppenborg Chapter 1: Introduction to Project Management


Chapter 1: Introduction: Why Project Management?

Student Introductions

Entrance Quiz

Online Discussion



Initial – 07/03

Peer – 07/07


July 08 to July 14

Readings from Week 1

Section #1 exam on Kloppenborg Chapter 1 and Pinto Chapter 1

Online Discussion


Initial – 07/10

Peer – 07/14


July 15 to July 21

Kloppenborg, Chapter 2: Project Selection and Prioritization


Chapter 3: Project Selection and

Portfolio Management

Essay provided in Blackboard


Online Discussion


Initial – 07/17

Peer – 07/21


July 22 to July 28

Readings from Week 2

Section #2 exam on Kloppenborg Chapter 2 and Pinto Chapter 3

End of Chapter Exercise:

Complete Exercises #1 and #2 from Kloppenborg Chapter 2 (p 54)




July 29 to Aug 04

Kloppenborg Chapter 3: Chartering Projects

Online Discussion

Case Study: Complete Case Study 3.1 in Pinto (p 115)

Initial – 07/31

Peer – 08/04



Aug 05 to Aug 11

Readings from Week 5

Online Discussion

Section #3 exam on Kloppenborg Chapter 3

Initial – 08/07

Peer – 08/11



Aug 12 to Aug 18

Readings from entire semester

Online Discussion

Final Project due at the end of Week 7

Initial – 08/14

Peer – 08/18




Aug 19 and Aug 20

Readings from entire semester

Exam covering Kloppenborg Chapters 1-3 and Pinto Chapters 1 & 3


**Schedule is tentative in that your professor has the discretion to change the schedule with prior notification to the class.

BUOL 634 Course Syllabus

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