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BS in Business, Project Management

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

The Project Management specialization provides undergraduate business learners with a foundational education in the processes, procedures, tools, and techniques of coordinating and managing projects in an organizational setting. The curriculum integrates practice and theory, and focuses on the basics of project management and ten knowledge areas of practice, including but not limited to resource allocation, risk assessment, and stakeholder management. Learners examine the role of project manager as a change agent working with others to create value for an organization. The curriculum focuses on development of project management technical skills, professional behavior, and strategic awareness that is required to make informed decisions. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to pursue careers as project coordinators, project managers, business analysts, and program managers.

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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.

Required course:

MAT2001
Statistical Reasoning

This course introduces fundamental concepts of elementary statistics, including descriptive statistics, methods of counting, probability distributions, approximations, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Learners use these concepts to apply and interpret statistical results.

6 quarter credits

Additional Program Requirements

ACS1003
Building Skills for Academic Success

Learners in this course begin to build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in a bachelor of science degree program and the workplace. Learners develop and demonstrate business thinking and, in particular, evaluate case studies to acquire and broaden their knowledge of the creation of an organization. In addition, learners expand organizational, information literacy, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills and apply an understanding of ethics, team behaviors, and effective business writing. BS in Business learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take ACS1003 during their first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits

 

Core courses

 

At least 42 quarter credits

BUS3003
Developing a Business Perspective ‡

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Prerequisite(s): ACS1003. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits
-or-
BUS3007
Developing a Business Perspective §

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits
BUS3011
Fundamentals of Management

In this course, learners examine the fundamental principles of management and the characteristics that make an effective manager. Learners then apply these principles in management decision-making roles of planner, organizer, controller, and communicator. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3011.

3 quarter credits
BUS3012
Fundamentals of Leadership

This course is an introduction to principles of leadership behavior and their application in business and community settings. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of the characteristics, styles, and practices necessary for effective leadership. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3012.

3 quarter credits
BUS3022
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

This course is an introduction to modern concepts and practices of efficient supply chain management. Learners build their knowledge of and demonstrate the relevance of supply chain design in support of organizational strategy and assess the effectiveness of supply chains to meet customer demands. Through the use of case studies, learners also analyze existing supply chain systems and recommend improvements.  

3 quarter credits
BUS3030
Fundamentals of Marketing and Sales

Learners investigate the fundamentals of marketing and sales, including market research and planning, product differentiation and positioning, marketing communications, differences between consumer and business markets, and relational marketing and sales strategy. Learners demonstrate course competencies by preparing and presenting a marketing and sales plan and a corresponding marketing and sales strategy for a simple product offering.

6 quarter credits
BUS3040
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

This course is a survey of the human resources management (HRM) field and its function and role in the organization. Learners develop their knowledge of fundamental HRM principles and demonstrate competencies in areas such as compensation and benefits, legal requirements, and training and development.

6 quarter credits
BUS3050
Fundamentals of Organizational Communication

This course helps learners understand and apply the fundamentals of organizational communication. Learners analyze the interrelationship of organizational communication, symbols, culture, performance, and effective communication practices in relationships internal and external to the enterprise. Learners also examine how effective organizational communication contributes to successful organizational performance and the ways elements of organizational communication interact and function in an enterprise.

6 quarter credits
BUS3061
Fundamentals of Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting function in modern business organizations. Learners define accounting terminology and explore its application to accounting principles. Learners also apply accounting cycle strategies to business financial events and prepare financial statements from accounting system data. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3061.

3 quarter credits
BUS3062
Fundamentals of Finance

In this course, learners gain and apply finance basics including the time value of money concepts, stock and bond valuation techniques, and capital budgeting processes. Learners also demonstrate ways the relationship of domestic and global financial environments affect financial markets. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3062.

3 quarter credits
PM3000
Principles of Project Management

In this course, learners are introduced to the fundamental basics of project management and gain a broad overview of project management standards and their applicability to both business and IT projects. This course emphasizes management theories, concepts, tools and techniques defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) including the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas. This course also introduces other project management methodologies and frameworks, with an emphasis on Agile.

3 quarter credits

 

Specialization courses

 

At least 48 quarter credits

PM4010 *
Process Groups and Knowledge Areas in Project Management

This course covers the project life cycle and project management processes. This includes initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and control, and closing. Learners analyze the relationship of the process groups to the Project Management Institute (PMI®) knowledge areas and develop the documents and deliverables required for each stage of the project life cycle. Learners are also introduced to the importance of people‐ oriented skills, such as communications, team building and leadership. Finally, learners apply the knowledge learned in the development and managing of a project. Prerequisite(s): PM3000.

6 quarter credits
PM4020 *
Integration and Scope Management

In this course, learners cover integration management and scope management knowledge areas. Learners identify and examine the processes, tools, and techniques used to integrate activities from execution to project completion, and manage the interdependencies among the project management knowledge areas. Learners create the scope management plan component of the project management plan and emphasize a system solutions approach for gathering and defining business requirements and leveraging project change management for controlling project scope. Finally, learners consider the importance of developing strategic business and leadership skills, such as listening, problem solving, team building, market awareness, and customer relationship skills. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4030 *
Scheduling, Cost, and Quality Management

Learners investigate project scheduling and cost and quality management in a business or information technology (IT) project context. Learners analyze project scheduling, costs, and quality management processes, including quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control. Learners also monitor project results to evaluate compliance with schedule, costs and quality standards and gain an understanding of the steps involved in planning, performing, and controlling a business or IT project. Learners identify a variety of scheduling, cost and quality tools that can be used independently or conjunctively. Finally, learners utilize project management software to help in developing a project schedule. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4040 *
Human Resources and Motivation Management

In this course, learners sample strategies for improving creativity, teamwork, and job satisfaction within a project team by creating and developing a project and recruiting team members. Learners study the theories on individual motivation and how it fits in the organizational structure. Learners examine the strengths and weaknesses of organizational development supporting project team member development to gain knowledge of how to effectively motivate project team members. Learners also gain understanding about virtual teams, how to effectively manage them, and evaluate the link between personality traits and resolving team conflicts and how to effectively communicate with your team to manage change. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4050 *
Communication and Stakeholder Management

Learners in this course focus on project communication and stakeholder management knowledge areas. Learners cover the processes, tools, and techniques used to manage project communications and stakeholders across project management process groups and emphasize executive project sponsorship as a strategic tool for project success. Learners also acquire skills in strategic business management and leadership: customer relationship and satisfaction, operational functions, conflict management, negotiation, listening, problem solving, and team building. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4060 *
Risk Management in Project Management

Learners in this course focus on project risk management and examine the processes, tools and techniques used to identify, analyze, prioritize, respond, and control risk on a project. This course emphasizes building a risk management process that can be standardized. Learners also acquire and demonstrate business management and leadership skills such as planning, environmental awareness and conditions, benefits management, brainstorming, listening, negotiation, problem solving, and team building. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4070 *
Procurement Management in Project Management

In this course, learners examine procurement management and investigate the various types of contracts, their terms and conditions, and execution. Learners develop contract specifications, find potential sources, and evaluate bids. Finally, learners examine ethical standards and legal requirements in procurement within the global market. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4080 *
Agile Project Management

This course introduces the concepts of Agile Project Management (APM). Learners gain an understanding of APM’s objectives, which are, in part, to deliver customer value earlier in repeated iterations, adapt to changes in a more flexible and timely manner to ultimately gain a result of higher customer satisfaction, and increased team morale, collaboration, and ownership. Learners apply their skills and knowledge to a scenario that requires the development of an APM-based project plan. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits

 

Elective courses

 

At least 39 quarter credits

 

Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

 

Capstone course

 

At least 6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

BUS4993
Business Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the BS in Business degree program. Learners demonstrate their technical and applied business knowledge and competencies along with critical-thinking and communication skills. Learners also formulate ideas for a new business product or service, create a vision, and develop a strategic plan that describes how to implement their concept. For BS in Business learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

6 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 180 quarter credits

 

Honors Pathway

Learners enrolled in the honors pathway complete the following general education courses.

Honors courses

At least 15 quarter credits

PHI-H2005
Honors Seminar: Critical Thinking for the Professional World

This is the first course in the honors pathway. Learners apply critical thinking skills to develop a professionally relevant question in their discipline or program of study to investigate throughout the honors pathway. Learners gain the knowledge and skills necessary to ask questions and solve problems from multiple perspectives. Learners analyze their question from multiple perspectives and engage in enriching discussions with faculty and peers.  For honors pathway learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
COM-H4005 *
Communicating and Integrating Solutions in the Professional World

In this course, learners apply communication skills, information literacy, and first-hand research to complete a final professional presentation and share their findings with their instructor and peers.  For honors pathway learners only. Prerequisite(s): SOC-H3005. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
SOC-H3005 *
Honors Professional Seminar

Learners in this course take a sociological approach to professional growth in the workplace. This course provides learners with the opportunity to complete a professional project that addresses an organizational need or solves a problem. Learners explore questions and develop their project with faculty and peers through engaging discussions and assignments. Throughout the course, learners use a sociological perspective to further develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address interdisciplinary issues.  For honors pathway learners only.  Prerequisite(s): PHI-H2005. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.​

6 quarter credits


These courses are applied toward the general education requirement and taken in addition to the remaining required courses.

Total

At least 180 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

† Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take ACS1003 during their first quarter.

‡ Learners who have completed ACS1003 are required to take BUS3003.

§ Learners who are not required to take ACS1003 are placed in BUS3007.

║ Learners who have completed ACS1003 choose 33 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.

 
Eligible Concentrations

Accounting

Finance

Health Care Management

Human Resource Management

Management and Leadership

Marketing

Multiple Specializations available  (must be within the same degree program)