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DEFM550 - Program Manager's Skills

Course Details

Course Code: DEFM550 Course ID: 4690 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. Tools and concepts such as project charter, scope statement, work breakdown structure, project estimating, and scheduling methodologies are studied. No prerequisite.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

1. Define the role of projects and project management.

2. Create a project charter, a scope statement, a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM).

3. Explain the relationships among tasks based on a WBS, a network diagram and critical path.

4. Assess major schedule, cost, and performance risk elements for managing risks.

5. Explain key elements of a communications plan to keep stakeholders abreast of progress, problems, and controls.

6. Demonstrate project management software to plan, implement, control, and report on a project.

7. Describe the steps required to plan a project.

8. Define the characteristics of a project and its deliverables.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Introductions 2.00 %
Wk 1 Forum 2.00 %
Wk 2 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 3 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 4 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 5 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 6 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 7 Forum 4.00 %
Wk 8 Forum 4.00 %
Paper Assignments 32.00 %
Assignment 1: Week 2: Paper 1 8.00 %
Assignment 2: Week 3: Paper 2 8.00 %
Assignment 6: Week 6: Paper 3 8.00 %
Assignment 7: Week 7: Paper 4 8.00 %
Term Project Paper 36.00 %
Assignment 8: Week 8: Term Project Paper 36.00 %

Other Course Material

Other course materials are all online or from the APUS online library. They are contained in the course lessons and Forums and Assignments as needed.

Required Readings: Per Weekly Lesson

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

National Contract Management Association

International Association for Contract and Commercial Management

Book Title:Successful Program Management: Complexity Theory, Communication, and Leadership (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Taylor and Francis Lib
Author:Wanda Curlee and Robert Lee Gordon
Unit Cost:$63.35

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.