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Why ENCE 423

When projects are kept to an orderly schedule, the project will be completed not just with less setbacks, but in a quick and timely manner. There are several techniques that can be employed in order to schedule and maintain a project on time, including the Critical Path Method, stressed in this course. Fundamental estimating concepts will also be addressed.

ProfessorKenneth O’Connell, PhD, PEKenneth O’Connell, PhD, PEStats Credits 3 Offered* Fall On-Campus, Spring On-Campus Prequisite Permission


Project planning

Learn the basics of project planning and to understand the concepts of; planning to reduce uncertainty, planning to improve efficiency of the operation, planning to set and meet objectives and planning to provide a basis for monitoring and controlling the work.

Project estimating

Topics will include global pricing strategies, types of estimates, the pricing process, overhead and profit, and project financing. Students will be introduced to the concepts of resource definition, resource assignment and resource management.

Project scheduling

Learn the basics of project scheduling including bar charts, network-based methodologies and linear scheduling techniques. Emphasis will be placed on Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling which is a network based methodology. Students will be exposed to the use of scheduling software and actually develop a CPM schedule.

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Offered: Fall On-Campus, Spring On-Campus*
Week 1Introduction
  • Scheduling in Project Management
  • Project Resources
  • The Construction Project
  • Activity Identification
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Week 2Introduction to Activity-on-Arrow Networks
  • Basic Logic
  • Computations
Week 3Activity-on-Arrow Networks
  • Computations
Week 4Activity Durations/GANTT Charts
  • Introduction to Activity-on-Node Networks
  • Basic Logic & Computations
Week 5Activity-on-Node Networks
  • Computations
  • Baseline Primavera Schedule
  • Graphic Reports
Week 6Activity-On-Arrow Networks
  • Computations
  • Project Management with Diagramming
  • Review for Mid-Term Exam
Week 7MIDTERM EXAMWeek 8Mid Term ExamWeek 9Computer Lab #1Week 10Computer Lab #2Week 11Computer Lab #3Week 12Computer Lab #4Week 13Activity-on-Node-Networks
  • Advanced Logic and Computations
Week 14Schedule Revisions
  • Engineering Costs
  • Cost Estimating
Week 15Resource Allocation
  • Planning
  • Scope Management
Week 16Review for Final ExamWeek 17FINAL 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.