Course Offerings for Summer 2015

OLS 550 Technology, Information, and Data Analysis, (3 SH)

The quality of decision-making in organizations is greatly influenced by the quality of data gathered and by information derived from that data. This course focuses on the use of tools and processes to enhance decision-making strategies. Topics include research design, survey development, defining data and information requirements, how and where data is stored, statistical models and tools, informatics and business intelligence, critical thinking, and transforming data into meaningful information. (Year 1 Summer Course)

MBA 665 Project Management & Grant Writing,(3 SH)

This course will cover the basics of grant writing and standard project management practice. From finding applicable granting organizations, proposal writing, and accurate estimating through the launch of a project, team building, implementation, QA, and delivery this course will focus on non-profit funding and project delivery. This course will focus primarily on traditional project management but will also offer an introduction to Agile methodology project management. Core goals and objectives: At the end of the class students should have a clear understanding of the common steps that go into a good grant process, be able to analyze and adapt their project to the grant criteria, know what a good grant proposal consists of, and have a better understanding of the organizations offering grants in their fields of work or study. Students should also be familiar with the standard PMI project breakdown structure,be able to understand and implement a project plan, be familiar with non-PMI project management processes and their associated benefits and pitfalls. Students should also be able to craft a project plan including everything from the initial charter to steps for proper closing of a project at the end of this course. Core requirements: At the conclusion of the grant writing portion of the course students will submit (to the instructor) a fully prepared grant application based on a real-life project and meeting the criteria of the organization of their choosing. As part of this requirement students will also provide the appropriate information from the granting organization as to the requirements of the grant. Presentation: Students will give a short presentation on the granting organization they chose, why they chose that organization, and a brief summary of their project. Analysis / Critique: Post presentation students will prepare an analysis and critique of their proposal and granting organization choice based on their work and the work of their classmates. Literature review: During the course of the class students will review a recent popular or literary work on Project Management of their choosing. This review will consist of a short summary of the book, a detailed analysis of the salient points, processes, and/or recommendations of the book. Not to exceed 5 pages. Project Plan: At the conclusion of the class students will submit a fully formed project plan covering every aspect of their approved project from project charter to project closing documents. Generally speaking these documents are no shorter than 20 pages, and can be considerably longer than that. Presentation: During the last full class period each student will be expected to present their project plan to the class. Presentations will likely be time-limited and as such will focus on knowledge of the material and delivery of the “elevator pitch” more than on the depth of plan presented. Online vs. traditional: The course is a blended on/off line course with built-in asynchronous activities to engage students in the material. Course syllabus


MBA 670 Project Management & Intrapreneurship, 3 SH)

This course will cover the basics of standard project management practice with a focus on developing internal projects and programs. From the conceptualization of the idea, pitch, proposal through the launch of a project, team building, implementation, QA, and delivery, this course will cover the whole lifecycle of Intrapeneurship practices. This course will focus on traditional project management but will also offer an introduction to Agile methodology project management.
Core goals and objectives: At the end of this course students should have an excellent grasp of the process of developing a new project or division within a company, the risks associated with doing so, and the challenges associated with financing these endeavors. Students will also be familiar with the standard PMI project breakdown structure,be able to understand and implement a project plan, be familiar with non-PMI project management processes and their associated benefits and pitfalls. Students should also be able to craft a project plan including everything from the initial charter to steps for proper closing of a project at the end of this course. Core requirements: During the course students will submit a complete proposal pitching their idea, explaining the organizational fit and function, providing a cost estimate, proposing funding options, and listing a detailed risk analysis of the proposal. Presentation: During the intrapeneurship portion of the course students will pitch their ideas to the class / instructor as well as take questions on their proposals. Clarity, brevity, and quality of the pitch will be evaluated. Analysis / Critique: Following the presentation students will submit a short analysis and critique of their pitch based on what questions were posed, what techniques their peers presented, and their overall presentation style. Literature review: During the course of the class students will review a recent popular or literary work on Project Management of their choosing. This review will consist of a short summary of the book, a detailed analysis of the salient points, processes, and/or recommendations of the book. Not to exceed 5 pages. Project Plan: At the conclusion of the class students will submit a fully formed project plan covering every aspect of their approved project from project charter to project closing documents. Generally speaking these documents are no shorter than 20 pages, and can be considerably longer than that. Presentation: During the last full class period each student will be expected to present their project plan to the class. Presentations will likely be time-limited and as such will focus on knowledge of the material and delivery of the “elevator pitch” more than on the depth of plan presented. Course syllabus


MBA 650 Sustainable Organizations, (3 SH)

The course integrates the three pillars of EMU’s MBA program of management, leadership and stewardship for organizational effectiveness and serving the common good. Course content will include case studies and readings on sustainable development and collaborative innovation. Students will engage as reflective practitioners in completing individual as well as group projects. Projects will include specific “live” business cases to demonstrate students’ creative mastery of the MBA curriculum and the triple bottom line. (Year 2 Summer Course) Course syllabus

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