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Why ENCE 320

Learn how projects are managed and how project teams function. Prepare key project documents including work breakdown structures, schedules, budgets, and risk management plans. Learn to use Microsoft Project and other computer based tools for managing projects and tracking project schedule, budgets, and risks. Develop and present project information using PowerPoint and lead class discussions. Learn project management ethics and professional standards.


Undergraduate students may enroll in this course as part of Robert H. Smith School of Business Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Program.

ProfessorMiroslaw J Skibniewski, PhDMiroslaw J Skibniewski, PhDStats Credits 3 Offered* Fall On-Campus, Spring On-Campus Prequisite Permission


Project management fundamentals

This topic covers the five phases of project management as identified by the Project Management Institute and teaches key skills for each area. The final topic covers project risks and how an effective project manager plans and manages risks throughout the project life-cycle.


Students will learn about and experience working within effective project teams.

International and National Standards

ISO 21500:2012 and ANSI/PMI 99-001-2017 Standards for Project Management (PMBoK 6th Edition)


Students will apply the knowledge learned within a smart building simulation.

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Offered: Fall On-Campus, Spring On-Campus*
Week 1Project Management Life Cycle
  • Project Management Life Cycle and Processes
  • Initiating the Project
  • Identifying and Selecting Projects( Decision Making)
Week 2Selecting Projects
  • Proposed solutions
  • Bid/no-bid decisions
  • Proposals
Week 3Work Breakdown Structure
  • Defining Scope, Quality, Responsibility, and Activity Sequence
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure (Ch.4)
Week 4Project Organizations
  • MBTI, VIA Strengths
  • Business Case for a Positive Workplace
  • Engagement
Week 5Techniques for scheduling a project;
  • Developing the Schedule
Week 6Costs, Budget
  • Resource Utilization
Week 7Techniques for budgeting a Project
  • Determining Costs, Budget, and Earned Value (Ch.7)
  • Key Points Review 7
Week 8Break
Week 9Earned Value
  • Developing a Risk Matrix
Week 10Resource Utilization
  • Project Performance Measurement
  • Cost Control
  • Closing the project
Week 11Risk
  • Ethics
  • Professional resposnibility
  • Certifications & professional registration
Week 12Agile PM
  • Leading vs managing
  • Managing conflict
Week 13Project communications & documentation
  • Types of project organizations
Week 14Review for Final Exam

*All course content, including schedule, topics, and books are subject to change semester-to-semester. Course costs are dependent on students' individual situations, including but not limited to, online vs on-campus enrollment, in-state vs out-of-state enrollment, and scholarships. Not all books on this page may be required readings and additional readings may be assigned. Please check the UMD Schedule of Classes for most up to date semester offerings. Instructors give students specific semester details once they are enrolled.