The Curriculum Guidelines illustrate how courses PM-1 to PM-5 can lead to a PM minor, while PM-1 to PM-12 results in a sequence of courses that can lead to a major in project management. In addition, Foundations of Project Management, PM-1, is a full introductory course syllabus containing knowledge modules that fall into three major knowledge categories: technical skills, behavioral competence, and strategic awareness. The course has been customized for a cognate discipline such as IT, engineering, health informatics, or business. PM-1 has also been localized for use in universities in the UK and the Arabian Gulf Region. Download the PM Course Specifications, the PM-1 course syllabus and its customizations below.
NB: The PM-1 course syllabus and relevant teaching resources are contained in Volume II of the Curriculum Guidelines.
The Guidelines present a minimal core to create a minor concentration in PM and an advanced core leading to a major. The exemplar course specifications were designed by considering the question, “What will be the landscape of PM education 10 years from now?” Course Specifications follow a straightforward pattern consisting of the label, title, description, topics, learning objectives and outcomes.
This course draws on knowledge modules and topics that are considered to be foundational in a student’s exposure to and understanding of project management. The syllabus contains technical, behavioral and strategic topics, selected and sequenced to suit a semester in many North American colleges and universities.
In the construction industry variation of PM-1 the topics of NPV, scheduling, earned value, can be taught in detail. Substantial amount of focus is also on procurement and contracting. Focus on cost estimating and cost elements is important.
Engineers need to master risk analysis, scheduling, earned value, project control and management, PM tools and tools and techniques to make their project activities more effective and efficient. This course provides an intensive introduction to quality management, communications, and stakeholder management for engineers.
Healthcare is a person-centric industry sector and, therefore, the social aspect is a priority. The context will vary depending on whether the course addresses a patient-care situation, and/or whether the situation involves delivery, management, or procurement of patient services. Variations will also occur, depending on whether the focus of PM-1 is for a clinical or administrative setting.
Software development is PM-centric industry sector. This course is a customized version of PM-1 for the software and IT sector. Many of the core lecture topics align with the PM-1 course very well. A key difference is the focus on Agile software development.
Given the variation in the length and hours of the academic term across various geographic regions, the PM-1 course has been localized for use by colleges and universities in the Arabian Gulf.
Geographic differences in the number of courses required for a major or a minor in a subject area are common as are the academic calendar and the number of weeks in a semester/term. PM-1 has been adapted to correspond to the semester length in the UK.