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BS in Business, Project Management, FlexPath Option

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. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a BS in Business through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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General Education Requirements

A minimum of 22.5 program points; see General Education Courses, FlexPath option.

 

Additional Program Requirements

 

Core courses

 

At least 21 program points

BUS-FPX3007
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, FlexPath option learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS-FPX3006 or BUS-FPX3007. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

3 program points
BUS-FPX3011
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 BUS-FPX3011.

1.5 program points
BUS-FPX3012
Fundamentals of Leadership

This course is an introduction to principles and theories 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 BUS-FPX3012.

1.5 program points
BUS-FPX3022
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. 

1.5 program points
BUS-FPX3030
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.

3 program points
BUS-FPX3040
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.

3 program points
BUS-FPX3050
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.

3 program points
BUS-FPX3061
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 BUS-FPX3061.

1.5 program points
BUS-FPX3062
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 BUS-FPX3062.

1.5 program points
PM-FPX3000
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.

1.5 program points

 

Specialization courses

 

At least 24 program points

PM-FPX4010 *
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): PM-FPX3000.

3 program points
PM-FPX4020 *
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): PM-FPX4010.

3 program points
PM-FPX4030 *
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): PM-FPX4010.

3 program points
PM-FPX4040 *
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): PM-FPX4010.

3 program points
PM-FPX4050 *
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): PM-FPX4010.

3 program points
PM-FPX4060 *
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): PM-FPX4010.

3 program points
PM-FPX4070 *
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): PM-FPX4010.

3 program points
PM-FPX4080 *
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): PM-FPX4010.

3 program points

 

Elective courses

 

At least 19.5 program points

 

Choose courses to fulfill total program points.†

 

Capstone course

 

At least 3 program points

 

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

BUS-FPX4993
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, FlexPath option learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

3 program points

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 90 program points

* 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 in this specialization choose general education, specialization, and elective courses from the FlexPath (-FPX) course list.

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