Certificate in Project Management

Certificate Program Overview

The eleven-course Certificate program in Project Management is designed to provide students with the skills needed to keep projects on task, on time, and on budget. The selected curriculum builds from theories of project management to real-world practices applicable to all industries and fields. Core business practices that are known universally in all industries, with a capstone course that integrates core learning in strategy, business, management, organizational behavior, communication, leadership, and supply chain management using the project management framework, are included. You learn from highly qualified instructors with substantial real world project management experience.

The program requires the completion of eleven courses, the four foundation courses can be transferred into the certificate program.

Job Outlook In Project Management

According to a study published by the Anderson Economic Group, an average of 1.2 million project management positions will need to be filled each year through 2016. This study found that many fields are expanding and looking for project management experience. These include healthcare, infrastructure development and green technologies. “The demand for project managers is definitely growing,” says Sheree Rulard, senior recruiting consultant for Beeline RPO, a workforce solutions firm with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
The Project Management Institute® (PMI®) expects the future to bebright , with the global gross domestic product (GDP) in projectized industry anticipated to increase in the United States by $4.5 trillion by 2016. PMI reports that, “Between 2006 and 2016, the number of project-oriented employees will grow by an estimated 8.2 million.” Qualified project managers will be able to benefit from this exceptional employment opportunity.

Entering the Field

A Certificate in Project Management does not substitute for work experience in the field when seeking employment. If you’re interested in getting started in the field, you should offer to become involved in small projects in your company, including working on technical jobs such as tracking schedules using computer software, reviewing documents and writing reports. Project coordinator, for example, is an entry-level position in the project-management track.

Foundation Courses:

MAT111E Introductory Mathematics

This is an introductory course that covers logic and sets, real and complex numbers, and elementary algebra. Not open to those who have taken any higher-numbered mathematics course.

ECO115E Statistics
Students are introduced to basic concepts in statistics and probability with emphasis on the testing of statistical hypotheses using the methodology of inferential statistics.
MGT100E Management and Organizational Behavior
This course introduces and emphasizes the systems approach to investigating organizational structures, processes, functions, and dynamics. It applies selected theories and principles to such organizational phenomena as power, authority, conflict, motivation, communication, and managerial/leadership style to explore individual, interpersonal, and group behavior in the organization. The course builds an understanding of key managerial skills and the interpersonal, informational, and decision-making roles of managers that support effective performance. The course examines the planning, organizing, staffing, motivating, communicating, and controlling functions.

MGT210E Quantitative Methods
Focuses on problems and issues of management and administration relevant to the process of problem-finding, problem-solving, decision-making, and coping with environmental uncertainties. The course also draws on the concepts of mathematics through calculus, statistics, probability, and economics. It covers introduction to deterministic models and linear programming, optimization algorithms, variations of the simplex method, and network models. The course involves examination of computer solutions to appropriate problems in business, economics, and management. Prerequisite: ECO115E

Core Requirements:

MGT200E Organizational Communication

This course includes a survey of basic theories of the human communication process, and an examination of communication theory in five business related contexts: (1) group communication; (2) inter/intra cultural communication; (3) interpersonal communication; (4) mass communication; and (5) organizational communication

MGT215E Business Law
An introduction to the basic concepts and principles of business law. Contracts, sales, agency negotiable instruments, and the Uniform Commercial Code are studied in this course. Consideration is also given to emerging concepts of consumer-oriented legislation.

MGT220E Production and Operations Management
An examination of the productive function of a variety of organizations using two approaches, manufacturing management and operations management (applicable to services, not-for-profit, and public organizations). The course develops an understanding of such standard tools and techniques as linear programming, waiting line series, break-even analysis, and critical path scheduling. It also deals with topics pertaining to capacity management such as facilities planning, technical forecasting, and planning. Prerequisite: MGT210E

MGT225E Leadership
This course reviews both theoretical models of leadership and practical leadership issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. It considers leadership in relation to change management, male and female styles of leadership, cultural diversity, ethics, values, organizational culture, team building, employee empowerment, and mentoring and motivation.

MGT-303E Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
This course is designed to provide the students with an understanding of the planning and controlling of the total flow of materials through an organization. Topics to be covered included purchasing, quality assurance, sources of supply, international buying, contracts and pricing practices, negotiations, make or buy decisions, institutional or governmental purchasing, legal considerations, computer-based systems, traffic, receiving, storage, and control of materials and final products so that usage of personnel, facilities, and capital is optimized. Case studies will enhance learning objectives.

MGT363E Employee Relations Management
Explore the critical role of coaching, counseling, managing differences, negotiating, problem solving and conflict resolution have in the world of human resource management, and improve your ability to understand and lead a changing workforce. The course provides a firm grounding in basic interpersonal communication and management skills, and provides strategies for immediate use in workplace situations, using case studies and role-playing.
MGT499E Project Management Strategy (Capstone)
This capstone course will integrate the prior courses in strategy, business, management, organizational behavior, communication, leadership, and supply chain management using the project management framework. Course content and organization is based on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) ‘A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 4th Edition, [the standard for Project Management]. The course introduces the concepts of project, program and portfolio, and approaches for selecting and prioritizing projects. The course introduces the five project management processes (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing). The course then elaborates on the nine knowledge areas (integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, and procurement) and identifies the inputs, tools & techniques, and output for the 42 intersections of process groups and knowledge areas. The course also introduces many templates, tools such as Microsoft Project, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (BMTI) test, and project management best practices. The team project provides an opportunity for hands on experience with project management concepts and templates. The team project and individual presentations provide experience presenting to stakeholders.
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