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BUS 196 — Project Management: An Introductory Hands-On Course

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 27—Mar 17
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $585
Instructor(s): Vincent Yip
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 27—Mar 17
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 29
1 Unit
Vincent Yip
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Whether you are launching a new product or organizing a major mission, a strong grasp of project management skills can ensure that project targets are met on time and under budget. Stalwarts such as HP and IBM have long considered project management courses essential for their engineers and managers, and current high-achieving startups such as SpaceX are also implementing the best practices of project management to help reach milestones, reduce costs, increase productivity, and boost competitiveness.

In this course, students will be introduced to important concepts—such as the work breakdown structure and the critical path method—and then led through the hands-on planning and execution of a team project in breakout groups during class using Microsoft Project software. Then, through lectures and videos, and a veteran project manager as a guest speaker, we will delve into the supplementary but essential areas for an effective project manager, such as cost, quality, human resources, communication, and risk management, as well as ethical and cultural issues of project management. Students, project engineers, managers, and business owners will benefit from gaining a firm and practical understanding of this essential management skill.

Management Consultant

Vincent Yip’s career includes R&D, entrepreneurship, technology administration, diplomatic service with the European Union, and teaching at the Northwestern, USC, UC Berkeley, Peking, and Tsinghua University business schools. He is the author of three books and several journal articles on ecommerce and project management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and he received a PhD in engineering from USC.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Jack Gido, and Jim Clements, Successful Project Management, 6th ed. (ISBN 978-1285068374)
(Recommended) Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 7th ed. (ISBN 978-1628256642)