Comp 377-001 and 002
COMP 477-001 and 002
Project Management
Fall, 2020

Course #: COMP 377-001  5519 (online)
COMP 377-002  5520 (online)
COMP 477-001  5536 (online)
COMP 477-002  5537 (online)
Day/Time: all sections are asynchronous online
Wednesday, 5:30 - 8:00 (listed as "class" time) will be used to zoom for questions, touching base
Prerequisites: COMP 271 or COMP 251
Instructor: Dr. Channah Naiman
Office hours:
zoom signup will be available via Doodle or similar

Syllabus Index
Learning Objectives
Texts and Software Grades
Online Recording Policy
Programming environment
Academic Honesty
Course Format, Attendance
Religious Holidays
Homework/Assignments Students with Disabilities
Course Schedule Important Dates

Special ONLINE notes:

This course is formatted as a completely online, asynchronous course. I will be available during regular “class” hours (Wednesday, 5:30 – 800 p.m.) to answer any questions that you may have about the course, homework issues.  This time slot is available to all students, not just those who registered for 377-001 and 477-001 sections.  In addition, I will also be available for individual and team meetings via a doodle signup sheet (to be posted).  You are expected to be prepared for the weekly Q & A sessions, if you choose to attend.  I will not be repeating the lecture content, but I will provide help, project guidance and homework assistance. Since the course is asynchronous, you are not required to attend the weekly sessions.  Once teams are formed, teams will be required to sign up for team meetings with me on the Doodle signup sheet (to be posted).

Course Description:  This course is an introduction to the philosophy and practice of 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 student team.

Outcome:  Students will learn time management, work-flow management, and team dynamics to design, implement and test large-scale software projects.

Learning Objectives:
Learning Objectives:

Textbook and Lab Text:


Tutorial # Topic

1 Assigning Resources
2 Creating the resource pool
3 Displaying the network and critical path
4 Entering predecessor information
5 Initial project data entry
6 Leveling Resources
7 Obtaining EV, CPI, and SPI
8 Recording actual progress
9 Working with cost information
10 Working with the project calendar


As of this writing, Sakai will be used for course announcements, 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.

Course Format:

All sections of this course are totally online and asynchronous.    This means that there are no in-person scheduled sessions, and you can work on your own time.  There are two exceptions:  for the first class, we will meet online, just to make sure that everyone is familiar with the orientation and where to find things; and the final project presentation may be presented over zoom, and open to all students.  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 in zoom breakout rooms to work on the in-class assignments and on your project.  I will rotate among the breakout rooms to help teams (mostly on the project).  Attendance at these zoom meetings in optional, since the class is asynchronous.  However, I will require some zoom team meetings over the course of the semester, and if your team has been attending the class-time zoom meeting, that may be sufficient. All assignments are due as per the syllabus (and Sakai).

The course is organized into six modules.   In each module, there is some combination of quizzes, in-class assignment,  video assignment,  lab assignment and a Project Milestone.  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 schedule.


Reading Assignments and Quizzes:  Most of the modules have 3 chapters.  Check the course schedule for exact reading assignments.  Modules 1 and 6 also have supplemental slides and/or other material.  The quizzes are from the textbook (although a heads-up that 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.

In-class Team Assignments:  These are team-based assignments that are sometimes a text-based review of an important model, skill or concept.  You will generally collaborate with your team to work on the problem, or discuss the scenario being presented.  Your team will then submit the final answers.

Video Assignments:  There are two video assignments (aside from Orientation).  They are in Modules 1 and 5.  Their purpose is to provide a concrete application of the  concepts in the chapter.  There are also several other videos, 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 and summarized on the Course Schedule.  There are no "lecture videos" as there were in COMP 453, for those students who have taken that class with me. 

Labs:  These 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.

Programming Environment:  Campus Network, Rights and Responsibilities

As a user of the campus network, you should be aware of your rights and responsibilities in

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 issue 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 machines 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, Github, Box, or, in a pinch, send an email to yourself or your partners with attachments.

Academic Honesty:

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:

Help from any source is fine concerning

Exams/Quizzes:  There 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.


Religious Holidays:

Students with religious holiday conflicts:  Please let me know within the first week of class if you have a religious holiday conflict with any exam or homework due date, so that we can plan on an accommodation.

Students 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 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 likely not require a separate testing location.  However, if you need extra time, please let me know as soon as possible.  No medical or disability accommodations can be provided beyond what SAC specifies.  Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively.  Please do not send me doctor's notes or any personal medical information, unless there is some unforeseen medical emergency that cannot be covered by a SAC accommodation.

Students 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 consider only your performance in this course in calculating grades, using the grading rubric posted in this syllabus.  If you cannot achieve a 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 reflective of your performance in this course.  You are responsible to monitor your grade and to keep apprised of the withdrawal dates posted by the registrar.

Online Recording Policy

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: 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:


Privacy Statement

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 individual use. 


Course grades are assigned as follows:

Course Schedule: Assignments are to  be turned in on the date where they are listed below as due, generally by 11:55PM.

Important Dates:

Please see the university's academic calendar for important dates, such as withdrawal deadlines.