Project Management

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Oliphant
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1050
End: 1205
Field Work: Day 1 | India Download Syllabus

This course presents fundamental knowledge essential to managing projects in the information technology field. It considers strategic and operational issues, the significance of rapidly advancing technology, and personnel and organizational issues related to technology introduction and use. This course focuses on the fundamental aspects of managing projects – planning, scheduling, and controlling. The concepts and techniques covered are appropriate for all types of projects, ranging from small to large, and from highly technological to administrative in nature.

Field Work

Country: India
Day: 1

India has become synonymous with Information Technology.  This field experience provides an opportunity to observe first-hand how technology is changing the way we do business.  In today’s marketplace, more companies are using virtual teams which are groups of individuals that have a common goal but work across time, geographical locations, and organizational boundaries. Most times team members may never meet face-to-face but must communicate electronically among themselves.  Further complications come from group dynamics that represent members from several different cultural backgrounds that speak different languages, and have different value systems. Students will have an opportunity to meet with one to two businesses that reside in Info Park which is situated on 100 acres of land.  Info Park has ambitious plans to become one of the major IT parks in the country.  Students will have the opportunity to interview the different constituents and will compare and contrast styles as they compare to the U.S.  We will also go to dinner to see how something as simple as a lunch/dinner experience can cause complications.
Academic Objectives:
  • We will attempt to take advantage of these opportunities to explore and critically reflect upon how the culture relates to team dynamics and leadership in the area of project management. Students will learn the challenges and opportunities that virtual teams offer to both the customer and business.