Project Management Essentials

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
BUSN 3600
Project Management Essentials
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Course Designation
Industry Designation
Contact Hours
Lecture: 4 Hours
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

Lectures, case studies, exercises and group discussions will be used, together with MS Project.

Course Description
This course emphasizes tools, techniques and social components of project management. It applies the widely-accepted PMBOK set of standards (Project Management Body of Knowledge) to the analysis and study of project management. The course uses a chronological approach to project management and explains initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects. Using group discussions, case studies, and exercise simulations, students will learn how to apply tools and techniques of project management to navigate a project to a successful outcome. The Microsoft Project software tool will be introduced for project scheduling and management.
Course Content
  1. Understanding the process of Project Management
  2. Selecting and working on projects, understanding organizations and stakeholders
  3. The Project Management Process Groups
  4. Integration Management
  5. Scope Management
  6. Time Management
  7. Cost Management
  8. Quality Management
  9. Human Resource Management
  10. Communication Management
  11. Risk Management
  12. Procurement Management
  13. Project Closing
  14. Overview of MS Project
Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and assess what constitutes a project
  2. Describe the role of the project manager
  3. Describe project management and discuss key elements of the project management framework, including project stakeholders, the project management knowledge areas, common tools and techniques, project life cycle and project success
  4. Analyze the relationship between project and portfolio management and the contribution they make to enterprise success
  5. Assess and apply the five project management process groups to a project
  6. Describe the typical level of activity for each process group, and the interactions among them
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the project management process groups and their relationship to the project management knowledge areas
  8. Evaluate and assess various measures of determining project success
  9. Perform basic tasks with the Microsoft Project software tool
  10. Plan and manage a small in-class project
Means of Assessment
Assignment(s)/Quizzes/Tests   5% - 40%
Term Project  20% - 30%
Participation   5% - 10%
Final Examination  20% - 30%

Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Textbook(s): Project Management: The Managerial Process, Latest Edition, by Clifford F. Gray and Erik W. Larson, McGraw-Hill Irwin (Required) OR other textbooks as approved by department.

Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) (optional)

Instructor compiled materials (if applicable)


Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

  • No prerequisite courses

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

COBA 3200 - Project Management