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Project Management Methodologies

Course Code: BUSN 4640
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

In this course, students learn about a range of project management methodologies including Agile, Projects in Controlled Environments version 2 (PRINCE2) and others. Students will study Agile methods including Scrum, XP, Lean and Kanban, sprints, just-in-time requirements definition, priority-setting and delivery of incremental results. The course will explore a range of approaches that may be emerging or may apply to specific contexts such as specific parts of the world or in industries with unique conditions. Students who successfully complete this course will cover topics needed to successfully write the Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam.

Course Content

  1. Definition of project management methodology; relationship to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
  2. Contexts for project management and the application of appropriate methods to each context
  3. Organizations that support methodologies, including Project Management Institute; the International Project Management Association; the APM Group
  4. Agile project management including scrum, XP, lean and Kanban, sprints, just-in-time requirements definition, priority-setting and delivery of incremental results
  5. PRINCE2
  6. How to select appropriate methodologies and how to use them within the context of the Project Management Body of Knowledge
  7. Other current methodologies at the discretion of the instructor

Methods of Instruction

Lecture, seminar, case studies, exercises and group discussions.

Means of Assessment

Tests *

20% - 40%

Assignments/Term Project(s) (min 2)

20% - 40%


  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:

  1. Name and describe a range of current project management methodologies;
  2. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each project management methodology and describe the context(s) in which each method is most suitable;
  3. Choose an appropriate current project management methodology and use it to create project success;
  4. Participate in a variety of project management meetings;
  5. Facilitate a project management meeting;
  6. Communicate effectively using the tools and approaches of each methodology;
  7. Explain the relationship between distinct methodologies and the Project Management Body of Knowledge;
  8. Integrate appropriate methodologies with additional knowledge areas in managing complex projects;
  9. Complete a small term project using Agile; and
  10. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to pass the Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam

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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