IEN514: Project Management

IEN 514: Course Outline


Clifford F. Gray, Erik W. Larson (2014) Project Management: The Managerial Process, McGraw-Hill Irwin 6th ed., ISBN: 0078096596 (Student Companion Site)

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

  1. To identify the techniques and documents needed to develop a project plan.
  2. To identify the components of the contracts and the role of negotiation in the procurement planning.
  3. To develop a project schedule and to allocate resources using critical path method available project management software packages.
  4. To understand the project management planning and scheduling concepts/procedures.
  5. To know how to control project schedule, budget and specifications.
  6. To learn how to deal with multi-project scheduling and resource allocation.
  7. To identify project areas that should be controlled.

Lecture Notes


Project Details

By the end of this course, students are expected to have acquired basic skills with Microsoft Project, a commonly used project management software product employed in many industries. A tutorial will be held during class on Week 7 and Week 13. All students will need to bring their laptops, pre-loaded with Microsoft Project, with them to class both days.

Students will be asked to complete a comprehensive project plan incorporating lectures, class discussions, cases, and Microsoft Project software.

Select a project which you worked on in some capacity and develop a Project Plan for that project. (This is not a group assignment)

Project Plan, in addition to examples given in class. Examples of appropriate projects include:

  • a group assignment at school,
  • a group project at work,
  • planning an event
  • developing a program or training, etc.

The project needs to have a minimum of 10 tasks (preferably more) and should have duration of at least two weeks. No two students can select the same project, so please check with other team members to ensure that they aren’t planning to use the same project for their assignments. If you have any concerns about the appropriateness of a topic, e-mail the instructor.

Additional detail, analysis and components which require the most effort will receive the most credit. Note that any additional components or analyses need to be accurate and complete to receive credit. Also, they should be provided when they are relevant to the assignment (for example, comprehensive budget calculations and explanations should be provided when the budget is due).

Project Submission Instructions:

For All Assignments: Please save your files with your student ID in the title (for example,“20101245.pdf”) and submit the following by the date and time listed on the course outline and syllabus:

  • 1 electronic copy by Email to, AND
  • 1 paper copy.

Computer Lab: Developing a Project Plan with Microsoft Project

1. What you see when you open MS Project 2013
2. How to create a WBS
3. How to code a WBS
4. Manual Scheduling vs Auto Scheduling
5. How to Enter Estimated Duration
6. How to Use the Yellow Sticky Approach to Map Out a Network
7. How to enter predecessor information to create a project schedule
8. How to change a timescale
9. Formatting a Gantt chart
10. Network Sensitivity
11. The difference between free slack and total slack
12. How to introduce lags into a schedule
13. How to display the schedule as a network
14. How to Create a Resource Pool
15. How to Assign Resources to Specific Tasks
16. How to Designate a Start Date for a Project
17. How to Insert Milestones into Your Schedule
18. How to Alter the Work Calendar: Entering Holidays
19. Printing and Saving as a PDF Part 1
20. Printing and Saving as a PDF Part 2
21. How to Insert Titles and Manage Legends when Printing or Saving a PDF
22. How to Assess Whether Resources are Over Allocated
23. How to Resolve Resource Over Allocation by Leveling: Overview
24. How to Resolve Resource Over Allocation by Leveling: Leveling within Slack
25. How to Resolve Resource Over Allocation by Leveling: Leveling Outside of Slack
26. How to Access Total Cost Information
27. How to Generate a Cash Flow Chart
28. How to Save a Plan as a Baseline
29. How to Insert a Status Date
30. How to Record Actual Progress on a Project
31. How to Obtain Earned Value Performance Information
32. How to Examine Schedule Variance in Real Time
33. How to Obtain CPI and SPI
34. Some Major Changes between MS Project 2013 and Earlier Versions



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