377-001 and 002
COMP 477-001 and 002
||COMP 377-001 6274 (in-person)
COMP 377-002 6920 (online)
COMP 477-002 6274 (in-person)
COMP 477-002 6919 (online)
||Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:30 (in-person)
aynchronous online (online section)
|Cuneo Hall Room 117
||COMP 271 or COMP 251
||Dr. Channah Naiman
||Yeah that's not
|will be posted closer to semester start
This course is an introduction to the philosophy and practice
project management. The course involves a student group project to
investigate and plan a “real world” project. The investigation requires
application of project-management tools covered in the class, including
a project proposal that specifies project objectives, schedules, work
breakdown structure, and responsibilities, an written interim report,
and a final oral and written report. The course will likely include
both business and computer science students working together on a
Students will learn time management, work-flow management,
team dynamics to design, implement and test large-scale software
learn the fundamental concepts and techniques used in Project Management
apply your knowledge to a sample business project
understand the role of Project Management and projects in the
enhance your presentation skills through project presentations
gain experience working in a team environment
support the project development process and management with MS Project
and Lab Text:
Project Management The Managerial Process, by Erik W. Larson
and Clifford Gray, Sixth Edition, McGraw-Hill Education, 2014.
isbn: 978-0-07-809659-4. There are several
different isbns for this book, depending on the format or package that
you get. There is a newer edition of this text, but it is
practically unchanged from the 2014 edition, yet costs significantly
more. I provide supplementary on Agile methodologies.
Text: Labs will be completed using Microsoft
Project, 2016. This is because that is the version that will be
installed and supported in the university labs for this academic year.
- Microsoft Project 2016, Step by Step,
by Carl Chatfield and Timoth Johnson, Microsoft Press, 2016, isbn:
However, there is a free pdf, which you may access here. Please note that for
this version, page numbers of the assginments are listed as the page
numbers of the pdf file.
- We will be using MS Project 2016. The software
is free to LUC students. You may sign up for an account on
Microsoft Imagine and download and install the software, and/of
you may use a Virtual Machine that the department will set up for you.
instructions, as well as set of screenshots of my installation, are
available on Sakai in the Orientation Module that you were sent before
the semester. If any student has a problem installing
MS Project, or if you cannot install it on your laptop, you may use the
(VM) with Project already installed.
As of this writing, Sakai will be used for course
homework submissions, and grade postings. It is your home page for the
course. All sections will share the same Sakai site. This is to encourage team formation across sections.
For the online sections: This course is
a totally online, asynchronous course. This means that there
are no in-person scheduled sessions, and you can work on your own time.
The only exception may be the final project presentation,
which may be presented over zoom, or in person. All course materials are posted on the syllabus and on Sakai. Online
students may choose to zoom into the in-person section, although due to
the flipped nature of the in-person section, you may not find that
For the in-person sections:
Other than the first lecture, this class is completely flipped.
All course materials are posted on the syllabus and on Sakai.
During class meetings, I will answer questions, and you will meet with
your teams to work on the in-class assignments and on your
project. I will walk around to help you (mostly on the
project). This means that unless announced otherwise, you are
required to be in class for the in-person assignments. That said, we
may sometimes determine that some assignments can be completed outside
of class. This will be discussed and announced in class.
The course is organized into six
modules. In each module, there is some combination of quizzes,
assignment, video assignment,
lab assignment and a Project Miletstone. Not every
module has every type of assignment. There are "module"
menu buttons on Sakai that help you navigate the module home
page, where you can find everything that you need for that
module. In addition, the course schedule shows the weekly
Assignments and Quizzes: There
chapters each in Modules 2 - 5. Module 1 has parts of different
chapters to introduce different topics, and Module 6 has only the
chapter on Agile Project Management (supplemented by other
materials). The quizzes are from the textbook (although I
have modified them), and their purpose is to
keep you up to date with the reading and make sure that you
extract the important concepts. The quizzes are individual
assessments and may not be completed in collaboration with anyone else.
Assignments: These are team-based assignments
that are sometimes a text-based review of an important model, skill or
concept. You will generally collaborate wih your team to work
on the problem, or discuss the scenario being presented. Your
team will then submit the final answers.
There are two video assignments (aside from Orientation).
They are in Modules 1 and 5. Their purpose is to
provide a concrete aplication of the concepts in the chapter.
There are also several other vidoes, which are often reviews
of techniques and models that I found online. Occasionally a
video will also be part of your in-class team assignment. All
assignments are clearly listed in the Module page.
There are no "lecture videos" as there were in COMP 453, for
those students who have taken that class with me.
are hands-on exercises from the lab text in MS Project, and they are
very easy to complete: simply follow the step-by-step
instructions in the lab text.
Environment: Campus Network, Rights and
As a user of the campus network, you should be aware of your rights and
Much of your work will be done on your laptop, or, if you can't install
MS Project on your laptop, on a virtual machine that I will
provide for you. So I don't think there will be an
with saving your work. However, if you use the University
computers, be sure to save your work, in the cloud, on a flash drive,
or wherever you can easily access it. If you use both computer lab
and other machines, or just share with a partner, you will want to take
all of your files with you. You can use a flash drive, Google Drive, Git, Box, or, in a pinch, send an email to yourself
or your partners wtih attachments.
Students are expected to have
read the statement on academic integrity
This policy applies to the course.
The penalty for cheating in this course will be anywhere from a 0 on an assignment to a
grade of "F" in this course. The appropriate dean will be informed in
writing of any cheating incidents. No exceptions, for any reason.
Cheating consists of, but is not limited to:
- Using or copying an outside person's work on an exam or
assignment in any fashion. "Outside person" includes a person who put
something on a web page. It has become depressingly familiar for me,
most every semester, meting out penalties for using someone else's work
on the web. Do not do it.
- Anything that vaguely resembles something from any
- Work includes outlines, pseudocode, code, and documentation.
- Allowing your own work to be copied or used by an outside
- Submitting as your own work something that has been written
outside person (or web site).
- Using any unauthorized reference on an exam or assignment
- Not acknowledging and describing in writing on an
help you received or gave.
- If you are working on a pair or group project, an "outside
person" only refers to people other than your assigned partner or team.
- Note that cheating goes both ways: both giving and
- Consultation is allowed with the TA (if we are fortunate
to get one) and with me. If you
consult with the TA and/or with me, still make a comment at the top
of your work about the substance and depth of the help.
Help from any source is fine concerning
- The meaning of program or query specifications (not the
solution or the actual solution).
- The tools used to write programs.
- The restrictions of the current programming language syntax.
are no exams. There are quizzes on Sakia for each chapter
that is covered in claass. Each quiz has 10 objective
questions on the chapter.
Students with religious holiday conflicts: Please
let me know
within the first two days of class if you have a religious holiday
conflict with any exam or homework due date, so that we can plan on an
with Disabilities: I
If you have a
documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please
contact the Services for Student Accessibility Office (773-508-3700 and SAC@luc.edu)
as soon as possible. Students with documented disabilities
who provide me with a letter from the SAC office will be fully accommodated as
per the terms of the letter. In
this course, quizzes may be taken outside of class, so you will most
likley not require a separate testing location. However, if you
need extra time, please let me know as soon as possible.
with Sponsorships and Scholarships:
If you require a certain
grade in order to satisfy a sponsor or a scholarship requirement,
please be sure to monitor your grade on Sakai. I will
only your performance in this course in calculating grades, using the
grading rubric posted in this syllabus. If you cannot achieve
minimum grade that is required by a sponsor or a scholarship, I will
not change your grade to help you meet that requirement. This
would be unfair to other students, and not reflecive of your
performance in this course. You are reponsible to monitor
grade and to keep apprised of the withdrawal
posted by the registrar.
In this class software may be
used to record live class discussions. As a student in this class, your
participation in live class discussions will be recorded. These recordings will
be made available only to students enrolled in the class, to assist those who
cannot attend the live session or to serve as a resource for those who would
like to review content that was presented. All recordings will become
unavailable to students in the class when the Sakai course is unpublished (i.e.
shortly after the course ends, per the Sakai administrative schedule:
https://www.luc.edu/itrs/sakai/sakaiadministrativeschedule/). Students who
prefer to participate via audio only will be allowed to disable their video
camera so only audio will be captured. Please discuss this option with your professor.
The use of all video recordings will be in keeping with the
University Privacy Statement shown below:
Assuring privacy among
faculty and students engaged in online and face-to-face
instructional activities helps promote open and robust conversations and
mitigates concerns that comments made within the context of the class will be
shared beyond the classroom. As such, recordings of instructional
activities occurring in online or face-to-face classes may be used solely for
internal class purposes by the faculty member and students registered for the
course, and only during the period in which the course is offered. Students
will be informed of such recordings by a statement in the syllabus for the
course in which they will be recorded. Instructors who wish to make subsequent
use of recordings that include student activity may do so only with
informed written consent of the students involved or if all student activity is
removed from the recording. Recordings including student activity that have
been initiated by the instructor may be retained by the instructor only for
- Regarding the 100 points for the Final Project Presentation
Final Project Report in Module 5: A "very good" project that
fulfills the requirements and is
perfectly satisfactory can earn about 85 of those points.
"Very good" is a B or B+. If
you complete the
minimum requirements and do not earn 100 points, please don't ask me
what you did "wrong".
The answer will most likley be "nothing".
The full 80 points can be earned for a project that
is truly excellent, incorporating all components in a comprehensive
manner, being unusually complex or having some difficulty factor in its
requirements, or simply having a real "Wow" factor. A
grade of "A" means "excellent". There are many points in this
course that could be considered free points. Full points for
Homework and Labs can be earned if significant effort is demonstrated:
you are graded for completeness, not necessasrily for
correctness (although grossly incorrect answers will be marked off).
But for a project to get an A, it must be excellent.
- No extra credit opportunities will be
is neither practical nor fair to the other students. Note that there are 1005 points available. However, the course is
graded on the basis of 1000 points, which means that ere are 5 extra
points built into the course.
- In a regular semester, late
assignments are worth only half credit. However, given the
condensed time frame, I have made the decision to post a due date for
each module at the end of that module. But the "hard"
the end of the course. That means that you have until 1/12 at
11:55 p.m. to complete your quizzes and in-class assignments.
NOT postpone your Project Milestones, as it will be nearly impossible
to "catch up" quickly, and I will also not be able to provide feedback
to your Milestones if I get them at the last minute. I would
suggest that you give priority to those assignments that must be
completed as a team. There is simply no way around the very
time frame in a J-term class. You must apply good time
skills and also simply be willing to commit to the amount of time that
you would normally devote during an entire semester in a much shorter
period. And since you are working in a team for your project and many
other assignments, it would be unfair to your team mates to
procrastinate. My best advice is: do NOT fall
postpone your assignments and think that it will be easy to make up
later. While I can be very flexible during the semester, I
and will not be flexible at the end of the semester. If
turned in by the end of the semester, you get a zero, and there are no
acceptable excuses. There is no such thing as an emergency at
last minute--there is only poor planning.
Course grades are assigned as follows:
Schedule: Assignments are to be
turned in on the date where they are
listed below as due, generally by 11:55PM.
Please see the university's academic calendar for important dates, such as withdrawal deadlines.