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CRN 10482

CIT 4853-001

IT Project Management

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Paula Ruby

Meeting day/time/place: T/TH 12:30-1:45 NGCoB 205

Office: NGCoB 414

Office Hours: MW: 9:00-12:00

Office phone: (870) 972-3731

Email: pruby@astate.edu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AStateBusiness

Twitter: @AStateCOB

Instagram: @astatecob

Neil Griffin College of Business Honor Code

As a student of Arkansas State University, I pledge that I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.

Textbook

Required text: Information Technology Project Management, 9e, Kathy Schwalbe. Cengage Learning, Publisher: Boston, ISBN 978-1-337-10135-6.

COVID-19 University Syllabus Statement with

Technology and Social Distancing/

Protective Equipment Recommendations

University Syllabus Statement

Arkansas State University has made every effort to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our return to in-person instruction during the Spring 2021 semester. The University is following the most up-to-date guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the continuing threat from the COVID-19 pandemic, we acknowledge there is potential for the interruption of in-person instruction during the course of this semester. While it is the goal of the institution to offer traditionally face-to-face classes, the social distancing measures arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many of the classes to be offered in a hybrid format this semester (i.e. a combination of face-to-face and remote modes of delivery). This means nearly every course offered will have a component where internet access is essential to course success. Students are strongly encouraged to secure WiFi access they can use for the semester either on or off campus. The purpose for this strategy is to protect our students, faculty, and staff while adhering to physical distancing recommendations from public health officials while accomplishing the course learning objectives.

If the university transitions to all-online instruction, campus housing will remain available for students who do not have a safe place to move or who do not have access to the internet elsewhere. Students who leave campus will need to ensure that they have reliable access to the internet to continue their course work. Web cameras may also be required by instructors to facilitate remote instruction (please see technology recommendations section below). University officials will provide students with as much advanced notice and information as possible if the transition to all-online instruction becomes necessary.

Please remember, all official notifications are made through your official A-State email account, the university website, and Blackboard Learn. You are responsible for checking your university email to ensure you receive the latest updates regarding this course.

COVID-19 University Technology Recommendations for Students

Technology (hardware and software) and internet access will be key to course success in Spring 2021. Please check the following list to be certain you have the technology needed to be successful in your courses.

1. Internet Access—You should make arrangements to have access to the Internet, preferably high-speed Internet, for the duration of this course. A wired, high-speed, Internet connections (ethernet cable), is highly recommended especially when taking a test.

2. Computer Operating Systems

· For PCs: Windows 8+

· For MACs: OS 10.13+

· For Cellular Phones: iOS or Android

3. iOS Devices, any of these options should work; however, completing most course assignments will need a computer:

· iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later

4. Android Devices, any of these options should work; however, completing most course assignments will need a computer:

· Samsung Galaxy (S9+, Note 9+), Google Pixel (3A+), OnePlus (7T+)

5. Software—You will be the most successful in this course if you have access to a computer with the following software installed:

· Microsoft Office –Excel, Power Point and Word. . A-State has secured for you access to the latest MS Office software for both Mac and PC users. For more information, please visit the software download page where you will find other tools needed to be successful in this course.

· Students are welcome to use Mac Applications such as Keynote, Numbers, and Pages, but please plan to convert these documents to the Microsoft file types prior to assignment submission. This course technology requirement also applies to Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs.

· Browsers, Plug-ins, Players and Viewers—to take full advantage of all the features in this course, be sure you have the right technology at your fingertips. This includes:

· Blackboard-supported browser – Firefox 60+, Chrome 74+, and Safari 12+ (Internet Explorer is no longer supported) are compatible with the current version of Blackboard.

· Acrobat Reader

· It is recommend running the Blackboard Browser Check to verify installed plug-ins on your computer

6. Additional Computer Hardware: web camera, microphone, and speakers (can be internal hardware already available on your computer)

Purpose and Goals/Learning Outcomes

Course Description:

Provides students with the information needed to manage a technical project within a business environment. Students will work a project simulation through the project management cycle from project team selection to project implementation. (S) Taken during last semester.

After completing this course, students will understand the project management knowledge areas – project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholder management. As well, students will understand the five process groups – initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

Program Outcome(s):

The following learning goals guide program and course outcomes for all B.S. degrees in the A-State College of Business.

· Students will communicate effectively and professionally in writing

· Students will demonstrate effective and professional oral communication

· Students will be sensitive to ethical issues when making business decisions

· Students will use critical thinking skills to make decisions

· Students will use technology appropriately to communicate, calculate, and present concepts and data

· Students will demonstrate business knowledge

Additionally, the following learning goals guide program and course outcomes for the B.S. degree in Computer & Information Technology

· Students will evaluate organizational computer systems and network needs, and recommend possible solutions (analytical skills)

· Students will explain IT problems and solutions, and give clear instructions (communication skills)

· Students will oversee the connections of different types of computer equipment to ensure they work together properly (computer skills)

· Students will make decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach organizational goals (decision making skills)

· Student will lead and motivate others so that workers are efficient and effective (leadership skills)

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes:

· After completing this course, students will have mastered the concept of selecting projects based on their categorization of problems, opportunities, and directives by solving the problems presented in a case study.

· After completing this course, students will have mastered making decisions about allocating resources to reach organizational goals as presented in a case study.

· After completing this course, students will have mastered the material of allocating resources in a project by developing a human resource plan in a homework assignment.

· After completing this course, students will have mastered the material of leading and motivating others by completing a group project and presentation.

Course Requirements

Instructional Methods:

A variety of instructional methods will be used during the course of the semester including working through a project simulation and case study. As well, hands-on practice in the use of Microsoft Project and other software tools such as Microsoft Excel and Internet browsers will be included. Professor led discussions will be used for textbook content. The course will culminate in the students making formal presentations for their project cases.

Method of Evaluation:

· Three-four objective examinations will be given covering the content of the textbook

· Microsoft Project Tutorial Assignment

· Group Case Study and Presentation

· Other assignments coming primarily from end of chapter activities

Grading

Grading Scale:

Minimum score required for an A grade = 90%

Minimum score required for an B grade = 80%

Minimum score required for an C grade = 70%

Minimum score required for an D grade = 60%

Course Outline

Course Topical Outline [order of presentation]:

Topic 1 – Introduction to Project Management

Topic 2 – Project Management and Information Technology Context

Topic 3 – Project Management Process Groups

Topic 4 – Project Integration Management/ Introduction to Using Microsoft Project/

Topic 5 – Project Scope Management

Topic 6 – Project Schedule Management

Topic 7 – Project Cost Management

Topic 8 – Project Quality Management

Topic 9 – Human Resource Management

Topic 10 – Project Communications Management

Topic 11 – Project Risk Management

Topic 12 – Project Procurement Management/Project Stakeholder Management

Topic 13 – Project Presentations

Policies

Makeup Work: For full credit, work may only be made up when extreme conditions exist (ie, death in the family, illness with a doctor’s note, extracurricular activities.) for any other late work, 50% credit will be given.

Laptops/iPads/cell phones: Should only be used if you have an e-book, for taking notes, or for conducting research in class as needed.

Cell Phones: Put your cell phones completely away. Don’t just keep them beside you or in your lap.

Tardiness: Tardiness will not be tolerated. Class will begin precisely on time. Leaving early will not be tolerated and if you leave early without permission you will be counted absent.

Communication Center

The Communication Center is a non-judgmental space for students to practice and prepare oral presentations for any assignment, project, or speaking opportunity. Trained student coaches are able to assist clients in developing, organizing, and delivering speeches — from preparation to presentation. Additionally, the coaches can help with things like: citing sources, organizing thoughts, creating effective visual aids, and overcoming speech anxiety.

The Communication Center operates by appointment only, and appointments can be made by downloading the Penji App, or going to penjiapp.com. Penji App how-to video may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we85g1KFVQk. The Communication Center is located in Room 132 of the Learning Commons on the first floor of the library.

During coaching sessions, communication coaches will:

• Assist clients in understanding assignment or project requirements;

• Listen to speeches and presentations;

• Engage in-depth discussions with clients about organization, content, and presentation style of speeches and associated materials;

• Work with clients to integrate proper documentation of sources into presentations;

• Promote integrity and academic honesty as they guide clients in the research, creation and development of their presentations;

• Encourage clients as they learn to apply new methods of research communication; and

• Treat every client and their work with respect.

Communication coaches will not:

• Tell clients what to include in their speeches;

• Review work without clients being present;

• Assign any grade to presentations, even informally; or

• Discuss a client or their work with anyone outside the Communication Center without the client’s permission.

All students must have an appointment (no walk-ins), wear a mask, and practice physical distancing. Please either upload documents when making an appointment or bring an extra copy for the Communication Center Coach. Zoom appointments are also available.

To make an appointment and for more information, please visit our page at: http://www.astate.edu/college/liberal-arts/departments/communication/communication-center/index.dot.

Students with Disabilities:

Students who require academic adjustments in the classroom or by way of the web due to a disability must first register with A-State A&AS. Following registration and within the first two weeks of class, please contact me to discuss appropriate academic accommodations, technology requirements, software and hardware specifics and requirements. Appropriate arrangements can be made to ensure equal access to this course.

Inclement Weather Policy:

All official announcements regarding inclement weather will be made only through official university communications. The official university website, AState.edu, is supplemented by the verified university social media accounts — on Facebook (Facebook.com/ArkansasState) and Twitter (@ArkansasState). Email communication for emergency and weather alerts is provided to the official AState.edu issued faculty and staff or student accounts. Individuals who have signed up for text alerts will also receive notices of openings and closures.

During times of university closure or inclement weather, instruction may be continued through Arkansas State’s online capabilities including Blackboard and/or email to maintain academic continuity of the course. When such changes are made, it is incumbent upon both the faculty to communicate the change and for students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account so that they can receive notifications.

Commuter students are encouraged to use good judgment in deciding whether to drive to campus during inclement weather. When the decision is made to not travel to campus under this policy, it is the responsibility of the student to immediately contact the professor to explain the circumstances and to determine the need to complete any missed assignments.

Students are responsible for all missed assignments during inclement weather within a time frame to be determined by the professor.

http://www.astate.edu/news/get-prepared-for- inclement-winter-weather.

Attendance:

CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY Students should attend every lecture, recitation and laboratory session of every course in which they are enrolled. Students who miss a class session should expect to make up missed work or receive a failing grade on missed work. It is the practice of Arkansas State University to allow students to participate in university sponsored academic or athletic events, even when those events cause them to be absent from class. Students participating in university sponsored academic or athletic events will not have those days counted against their available absences and will be given reasonable opportunities to make up missed assignments and exams. Students enrolled in Freshman or sophomore level courses numbered 1000 or 2000 may during the spring and fall semester miss no more than twice the number of lectures, recitations, laboratory sessions, or other regularly scheduled class activities that would normally be scheduled during a week (4 absences). Students who miss more than the maximum number of freshman or sophomore level classes may be assigned a grade of “F” for the course. Students who may be assigned a grade of “F” in a course because of excessive absences may withdraw from the course without penalty before the deadline for dropping an individual course. In determining whether excessive absences should result in a failing grade, consideration shall be given to the maturity and class standing of the student, the quality of academic work being accomplished by the student, and extenuating circumstances related to such absences. EXCUSED ABSENCE FOR UNIVERSITY-SPONSORED EVENTS It is the practice of Arkansas State University to allow students to participate in university-sponsored events, even when those events cause them to be absent from class. Students participating in university sponsored events will be given reasonable opportunities to make up missed assignments and exams.

Academic Misconduct Policy:

Arkansas State University academic integrity and professional ethics among all members of the A-State academic community. Violations of this policy are considered as serious misconduct and may result in severe penalties.

A. PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism is the act of taking and/or using the ideas, work, and/or writings of another person as one’s own.

1. To avoid plagiarism give written credit and acknowledgment to the source of thoughts, ideas, and/or words, whether you have used direct quotation, paraphrasing, or just a reference to a general idea.

2. If you directly quote works written by someone else, enclose the quotation with

quotation marks and provide an appropriate citation (e.g., footnote, endnote, bibliographical reference).

3. Research, as well as the complete written paper, must be the work of the person seeking academic credit for the course. (Papers, book reports, projects, and/or other class assignments)

Discipline: Faculty members may respond to cases of plagiarism in any of the following ways:

a. Return the paper or other item for rewriting; the grade may be lowered.

b. Give a failing grade on the paper or other item—”F” if a letter grade is used or zero if a numerical grade is used.

c. Give the student who plagiarized a failing grade in the course.

d. Recommend sanctions, including disciplinary expulsion from the university.

B. CHEATING

Cheating is an act of dishonesty with the intention of obtaining and/or using information in a fraudulent manner.

1. Observing and/or copying from another student’s test paper, reports, computer files and/or other class assignments.

2. Giving or receiving assistance during an examination period. (This includes providing specific answers to subsequent examinees and/or dispensing or receiving information that would allow the student to have an unfair advantage in the examination over students who did not possess such information.)

3. Using class notes, outlines, and other unauthorized information during an examination.

4. Using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting, in part or in whole the contents of an examination or other assignment not authorized by the professor of the class.

5. Using for credit in one class a term paper, book report, project, or class assignment written for credit in another class without the knowledge and permission of the professor of the class.

6. Exchanging places with another person for the purpose of taking an examination or completing other assignments.

Discipline: Faculty members may respond to cases of cheating in any of the following ways:

a. Allow the testing to progress without interruption, informing the offending student about the offense—and award a failing grade on the test—”F” if a letter grade is used or zero if a numerical grade is used.

b. Seize the test of the offending student and give a failing grade on the paper.

c. Give the offending student a failing grade in the course.

d. Recommend sanctions, including disciplinary expulsion from the university.

Sanctions for Academic Misconduct:

Sanctions for Academic Misconduct may be imposed by the faculty member or instructor discovering the Academic Misconduct except in the case of dismissal from a particular program which shall be made by the department chair or program director, or suspension or expulsion from the university, which shall be made by the dean. The following sanctions may be imposed for Academic Misconduct:

• A failing grade on the paper or project;

• Rewriting or repeat performance of course work;

• A failing grade for the class;

• Dismissal from the class;

• Dismissal from a particular program;

• Suspension or Expulsion from the university;

• Other appropriate sanctions as warranted by the specific acts of the student.

A student may not avoid academic sanctions by withdrawing from a class, a program, or the university.

http://www.astate.edu/a/student-conduct/student-standards/student%Handbook%20201920.pdf

Sexual Misconduct Policy:

Arkansas State works to provide a safe, productive learning environment. Title IX and university policy prohibit sexual discrimination, which regards sexual misconduct — including harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Sexual violence can undermine students’ academic success.

If you have been sexually assaulted, you can immediately speak with someone at NEARK’s Family Crisis Center’s 24-hour Sexual Assault Line: (870) 933-9449. Reports to law enforcement can be made to the University Police Department: (870) 972-2093

If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, support can be provided from the Counseling Center and Pack Support. The Student Health Center provides Sexual Assault resources. Alleged violations can be reported non-confidentially to the Title IX and Institutional Equity office. It provides local, state and national resources for counseling, law enforcement, medical treatment, financial assistance, and legal services.

Sexual Misconduct Policy:

Arkansas State works to provide a safe, productive learning environment. Title IX and university policy prohibit sexual discrimination, which regards sexual misconduct — including harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Sexual violence can undermine students’ academic success.

If you have been sexually assaulted, you can immediately speak with someone at NEARK’s Family Crisis Center’s 24-hour Sexual Assault Line: (870) 933-9449. Reports to law enforcement can be made to the University Police Department: (870) 972-2093

If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, support can be provided from the Counseling Center and Pack Support. The Student Health Center provides Sexual Assault resources. Alleged violations can be reported non-confidentially to the Title IX and Institutional Equity office. It provides local, state and national resources for counseling, law enforcement, medical treatment, financial assistance, and legal services.

Title IX CoordinatorStephanie Lotttitle9@astate.eduPhone: 870-972-2015Administration Bldg, Room 218ADeputy Title IX Coordinator, StudentsHeather Brakehbrake@astate.eduPhone: 870-972-2034Student Union, Suite 2064B

OFFICE OF ASSESSMENT

The Office of Student Learning Outcomes engages students, faculty, administration, alumni, and community stakeholders in a culture of assessment of student learning outcomes at Arkansas State University.

We strive to systematically collect, review and use information about academic programs to improve student learning and to demonstrate that students are achieving the desired learning outcomes consistent with the objectives of the academic program or unit.

· Assessment is not a review of faculty performance, but rather ongoing measurement of student learning outcomes. Systematic assessment of student learning outcomes enables faculty to address pedagogical and practical issues consistent with individual faculty members’ unique approaches.

· Assessment focuses on evaluating student achievement of expected learning outcomes based on achieving the strategic goals and objective as identified by the university, individual colleges, departments or other specified units.

· Assessment seeks to assist faculty in understanding and improving student learning.

· Assessment assists the university with sustaining and enhancing academic quality and the student educational experience.

· Assessment is systematic and ongoing.

Important Dates

Jan. 12 First Day of Class

Jan. 18 Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday

Mar. 22-26 Spring Break

April 16 Last day to drop a class or withdraw from the University

April 29 Last day of class

April 30 Study Day

May 3–May 6 Final Exams; TBA

May 8 Commencement

Rules for Sending Your Professors E-mails

· Use your university account [unless your professor indicates otherwise].

· Don’t ask for information you can find on your own or bother your instructor with minor problems.

· Write a CLEAR subject line. Give your name if your email address doesn’t indicate it clearly.

· Address the instructor with an appropriate salutation and by name using his or her correct title. For example, do NOT start your email with “Hey.” Instead start with “Good Morning Dr. Ruby” or “Dear Professor Smith.” If you are unsure of their title, ask.

· Be clear and comprehensive.

· Avoid abbreviations and acronyms. Keep the content professional.

· Use complete sentences, correct punctuation, and capitalization. Check your spelling.

· Give the professor time to respond.

Source modified from: C. Carter, J. Bishop, S.L. Kravits. Keys to Success. Building Analytical, Creative, and Practical Skills, Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is the college-level affiliate of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world, and its members engage in career and business workshops, networking, philanthropy, and competitive events.  The A-State Chapter of PBL has more than 90 members.  In recent years, the A-State PBL Chapter has traveled to state and national leadership conferences and competitions in Anaheim, California, Orlando, Florida, San Antonio, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, and Little Rock, Arkansas.  A-State PBL members have won numerous awards and state and national officer elections at these conferences. Students in A-State PBL organize and engage in philanthropic events, such as a Diaper Drive for PACES, Inc. and fundraisers for March of Dimes, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and other charities.  For more information about joining PBL at A-State, contact Dr. Philip Tew at ptew@astate.edu

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Hi Students,

The Neil Griffin College of Business is committed to upholding our shared values of the highest standard of academic integrity and personal accountability for the advancement of the dignity and the reputation of our university. To carry out Arkansas State University’s mission and continue to cultivate educational excellence in all circumstances, we ask all students to pledge to the Honor Code:

As a student of Arkansas State University, I pledge that I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.

We also invite our community to uphold these values as we move forward together. Remember, no matter where we find ourselves this semester, we can work together to create and reinforce our sense of learning community. At all times, we ask you to:

· Be accountable for your courses. All coursework submitted by students is expected to be their own in accordance with course guidelines. Dishonesty, plagiarism, and unauthorized collaboration will be subject to disciplinary action.

· Be accountable for your actions and language in both face-to-face and virtual classroom environments. Engage with others in a respectful manner and be aware that disrespectful behavior of any kind detracts from everyone’s educational experience.

We, at the Griffin College of Business, are looking forward to continually striving to provide a transformative education that prepares you to be tomorrow’s leaders and decision makers.

With appreciation,

Melody Lo, Ph.D.

Dean of the Griffin College of Business

Arkansas State University

Your Commitment

As a student of Arkansas State University, I pledge that I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.

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