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Managing Project Time and Scope

Course Code: BUSN 3620
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Managing scope is essential to all project managers. This process ensures that all the work necessary to complete the project is established at the beginning of the project so that the cost and schedule stay on track throughout the project. In this course we will look at techniques used in identifying scope, collecting requirements, creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and managing scope creep during project execution. Using the WBS we will look at each of the activities to determine a viable schedule for the project. We will look at topics such as sequencing activities, estimating activity resources and duration, and developing the project schedule. We will also look at using Critical Path Method to manage project duration and to determine the amount of flexibility in the schedule. These topics will be presented using a combination of real world examples, case studies, exercises and theory.

Course Content

  1. Scope management planning: create a scope management plan that identifies a framework for overall scope management within each project.
    • Defining scope: use a variety of tools to collect requirements: interviews; focus groups; facilitated workshops; questionnaires and surveys; and other applicable tools. Create a requirements traceability matrix. Create a WBS.
    • Validating scope: identify activities that can measure and examine whether the deliverables meet the desired requirements.
    • Controlling scope: establish a change control procedure that will manage scope changes. Compare the degree of scope variance with scope baseline to decide whether preventive or corrective action is required.
  2. Planning schedule management: determine what is required to plan the schedule.
    • Tools and techniques used to plan and manage the schedule: critical chain and others.
    • Schedule models: the critical path method; estimating the minimum project duration; calculating early start; early finish; late start; and late finish dates for all activities.
    • Estimating activity resources and durations using various tools; optimizing resources.
  3. Integrating scope and schedule management into the overall project management framework to ensure overall project success.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, case studies, exercises and group discussions.

Means of Assessment

Tests*   20% - 40%   
Assignments/Term Project(s)  (min 2)  20% - 40%
Participation    5% - 10%
Final Examination  20% - 30%

 * A combination of quizzes and/or midterms, with no single assessment in this group worth more than 25% of the final grade.

Note:  Students must achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined examination components to pass the course.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • develop a scope management plan;
  • manage the process of collecting requirements;
  • develop a detailed description of a project;
  • create a WBS;
  • create a requirements traceability matrix;
  • manage changes to the scope baseline;
  • develop and control a project schedule;
  • define, and sequence scheduled activities;
  • estimate activity resources and durations;
  • create a milestone list;
  • create a network diagram; and
  • integrate the knowledge learned in scope and schedule management into the overall management of a complex project.

course prerequisites

BUSN 3600 Project Management Essentials OR

  COBA 3200 Project Management

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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