COMP 477-001 (online)
||COMP 377-001 (1097)
COMP 477-001 (1098)
||Totally Online, Asychronous
||COMP 271 or COMP 251
||Dr. Channah Naiman
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/IT 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 materials on Agile methodologies.
- Lab Text: Labs will be completed using Microsoft
Project, 2016. MS Project 2019 came out this year, but the
text, which is the official Microsoft documentation, has not yet been
updated, nor have the LUC labs. Therefore, for this semester, we
are using MS 2016.
- 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 page numbers of the
assginments are listed as the page
numbers of the pdf file. The offiicial pdf file that you can purchase from Microsoft
may have slightly different page numbers. It has a nicer
format. So you might choose to purchase that etext, but check the
assigned page against the free pdf.
We will be using MS Project 2016. The software
is free to LUC students. You may sign up for an account on
Microsoft Azure (instructions on the Orienation page on Sakai) and download and install the software, and/or
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 2016 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. The raw
posted on Sakai should be correct (although I have encountered some
problems with that). Grades are calculated as specified in this
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. This course is
also a J-term course, with about 10 days to cover the material for the
entire semester. While I have streamlined the readings and
assignments as much I could without compromising the curriculum, there
is nevertheless about 1.5 weeks of work that needs to be completed
during every day of class.
If you cannot
commit to the time
that is required for this kind of intense workload, you may want to
consider taking the course another time. You are also
required to work with a team for many assignments and for a major
semeser project. This collaboration can also be done
completely online. Nevertheless, you must build into your
time management the time needed to collaborate on assignments and
Project Milestones with your team.
The course is
organized into an orientation module (which I recommend be completed before
begins), and six learning modules. Modules 1-4 each contain 3
chapters, and last for 2
Module 5 has two chapters, but I suggest that you begin on the Agile
Methodology chapter in Module 5, and then comlete that work in Module
6. Module 6 focuses on Agile methodologies and the project
presentation module, and it
lasts for one day (although if I can extend it to Janaury 12, I will do
so). 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. The schedule is also summarized later in the syllabus.
Assignments and Quizzes: There
are quizzes on the chapter reading assignments from each module.
The quizzes are from the textbook, 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. They are to be taken online through Sakai. Links are
on the Module pages on Sakai.
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 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.
There are no "lecture videos" as there were in COMP 300/400 or
those students who have taken those classes with me; however, there are
some "helper" videos, especially for the Agile assignments and for some of the models.
For a J-term class, I felt that lecture videos would simply take
much of your very limited time. That time is better spent on the
assignments, and the text is very clear.
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 and take the screenshots when instructed
to do so. Labs are completed in the first four modules, and they
are applied to your project (in addition to the text lab assignments)
Environment: Campus Network, Rights and
As a user of the campus network, you should be aware of the technology expectations of Loyola University.
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, OneDrive, Google
Drive, Github, BitBucket, Box, DropBox, or, in a pinch, send an email
or your partners wtih attachments.
Online Recording Policy: (official LUC policy. For our course, only the final presenation might be recorded)
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 instructor.
The use of all video
recordings will be in keeping with the University Privacy Statement shown
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.
The penalty for cheating may 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. Please review Loyola's Academic Integrity policy.
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 project or assignment specifications (not the
solution or the actual solution).
- The tools used to write programs.
- The restrictions of the current software packages.
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.
Holidays: 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: If you have a documented
and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the
Student Accessibility Center (773-508-3700 and firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
Students with documented disabilities who provide me with
letter from the SAC office will be fully accommodated as per the terms
of the letter. Students who are allowed to take their exams
the SAC office are encouraged to do so. If you choose not to
so, I cannot be responsible for the environment in which you will be
tested. For the purpose of our course, you are taking the
quizzes online, and you may choose any environment that is
suitable. If you are entitled to extra time, please let me
know so that I can set up the Sakai quiz accordingly.
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.
- Regarding the 100 points for the Final Project
Final Project Report in Module 6: 40 points are for the
presentation, and 60 points are for the report. The full 100
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. There are 5 extra points built into the course, available to all.
- 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 "soft" due date for
each module at the end of that module. But the "hard"
the end of the course. I have also extended that deadline by one day. 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 check the academic calendar for the jterm, 2020 for important dates.