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Project Management Specialization Bachelor of Science in Business

School of Business and Technology

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Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella bachelor’s student, you need 45 quarter credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

ENG1000 English Composition 6 quarter credits
ENG1100 Writing Strategies for Criminal Justice 6 quarter credits
ENG2000 Research Writing 6 quarter credits
ENG3300 Business and Technical Writing 6 quarter credits
COM1000 Public Speaking 3 quarter credits†
COM2000 Intercultural Communication 6 quarter credits†
COM2050 Visual Design in Communications 3 quarter credits
COM3200 Leadership, Gender, and Communication 6 quarter credits
COM3700 Conflict Resolution 6 quarter credits
COM4100 Media and Culture 6 quarter credits
HUM1000 Introduction to the Humanities 6 quarter credits
HUM1055 Approaches to Studying Religions 3 quarter credits
LIT2100 Women's Literature 3 quarter credits
PHI1000 Introduction to Philosophy 6 quarter credits
PHI2000 Ethics 6 quarter credits
PHI2100 Introduction to Logic 6 quarter credits
PHI3200 Ethics in Health Care 6 quarter credits
BIO1000 Human Biology 6 quarter credits
BIO1050 Biology and Society 3 quarter credits
BIO2000 Environmental Health 6 quarter credits
PHY1000 Introduction to Astronomy 6 quarter credits
MAT1050 College Algebra 6 quarter credits
MAT2001 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2002 Statistical Reasoning 6 quarter credits
MAT2051* Discrete Mathematics 6 quarter credits
ECO1050 Microeconomics 6 quarter credits
ECO1051 Macroeconomics 6 quarter credits
HIS3200 History of Health Care in America 3 quarter credits
POL1000 The Politics of American Government 6 quarter credits
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 6 quarter credits
PSYCH2700 Child Development
PSYCH2740 Adult Development and Aging 3 quarter credits
SOC1000 Introduction to Human Society 6 quarter credits
SOC2000 Cultural Diversity 6 quarter credits
SOC3400 Social Deviance 6 quarter credits

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General Education Requirements

Choose 45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each category; see General Education Courses.

Required course:

MAT2001
Statistical Reasoning

This course introduces fundamental concepts of elementary statistics, including descriptive statistics, methods of counting, probability distributions, approximations, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Learners use these concepts to apply and interpret statistical results.

6 quarter credits

Additional Program Requirements

BUS1003
Developing Business Thinking †

Learners in this course begin to build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in a bachelor of science degree program and the workplace. Learners develop and demonstrate business thinking and, in particular, evaluate case studies to acquire and broaden their knowledge of the creation of an organization. In addition, learners expand organizational, information literacy, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills and apply an understanding of ethics, team behaviors, and effective business writing. For BS in Business learners only. Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take BUS1003 during their first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits

 

Core courses

 

42 quarter credits

BUS3003
Developing a Business Perspective ‡

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Prerequisite(s): BUS1003. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
-or-
BUS3007
Developing a Business Perspective §

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS3006 or BUS3007. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

6 quarter credits
BUS3011
Fundamentals of Management

In this course, learners acquire and demonstrate fundamental principles of management and their relevance to organizations. Learners analyze how planning, organizing, controlling, and leading influence managerial roles. Learners also integrate current management practices and future trends and determine ways to apply management skills to all businesses and professions. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3011.

3 quarter credits
BUS3012
Fundamentals of Leadership

This course is an introduction to principles of leadership behavior and their application in business and community settings. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of the characteristics, styles, and practices necessary for effective leadership. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3012.

3 quarter credits
BUS3022
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

This course is an introduction to modern concepts and practices of efficient supply chain management. Learners build their knowledge of and demonstrate the relevance of supply chain design in support of organizational strategy and explore ways to manage an effective supply chain. Through the use of case studies, learners also analyze existing supply chain systems and recommend improvements.

3 quarter credits
BUS3030
Fundamentals of Marketing and Sales

In this course, learners focus on the fundamentals of marketing and sales, including market research and planning, product differentiation and positioning, marketing communications, differences between consumer and business markets, and relational marketing and sales strategy. Learners demonstrate course competencies by preparing and presenting a marketing and sales plan and a corresponding marketing and sales strategy for a simple product offering.

6 quarter credits
BUS3040
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

This course is a survey of the human resources management (HRM) field and its function and role in the organization. Learners develop their knowledge of fundamental HRM principles and demonstrate competencies in areas such as compensation and benefits, legal requirements, and training and development.

6 quarter credits
BUS3050
Fundamentals of Organizational Communication

This course helps learners develop and demonstrate competence in their understanding and application of the fundamentals of organizational communication; the interrelationship of organizational communication, symbols, culture, and performance; effective communication practices in relationships internal and external to the enterprise; and ways these factors contribute to successful organizational performance. Learners also analyze ways organizational communication factors are interrelated and function in an enterprise.

6 quarter credits
BUS3061
Fundamentals of Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting function in modern business organizations. Learners define accounting terminology and explore its application to accounting principles. Learners also applyaccounting cycle strategies to business financial events and prepare financial statements from accounting system data. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3061.

3 quarter credits
BUS3062
Fundamentals of Finance

In this course, learners gain and apply finance basics including the time value of money concepts, stock and bond valuation techniques, and capital budgeting processes. Learners also demonstrate ways the relationship of domestic and global financial environments affect financial markets. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3062.

3 quarter credits
PM3000
Principles of Project Management

In this course, learners are introduced to the fundamental basics of project management and gain a broad overview of project management standards and their applicability to both business and IT projects. This course emphasizes management theories, concepts, tools and techniques defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) including the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas. This course also introduces other project management methodologies and frameworks, including Agile (Scrum, Lean, DSDM and XP), PRINCE2®, Waterfall, and Six Sigma. Finally, learners study project politics and ethics, collaboration and team building, and leadership.

3 quarter credits

 

Specialization courses

 

48 quarter credits

PM4010 *
Process Groups and Knowledge Areas in Project Management

This course covers the project life cycle and project management processes. This includes initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and control, and closing. Learners analyze the relationship of the process groups to the Project Management Institute (PMI) knowledge areas and develop the documents and deliverables required for each stage of the project life cycle. Learners are also introduced to the importance of people‐ oriented skills, such as communications, team building and leadership. Finally, learners apply the knowledge learned in the development and managing of a project. Prerequisite(s): PM3000.

6 quarter credits
PM4020 *
Integration and Scope Management

In this course, learners cover integration management and scope management knowledge areas. Learners identify and examine the processes, tools, and techniques used to integrate activities from execution to project completion, and manage the interdependencies among the project management knowledge areas. Learners create the scope management plan component of the project management plan and emphasize a system solutions approach for gathering and defining business requirements and leveraging project change management for controlling project scope. Finally, learners consider the importance of developing strategic business and leadership skills, such as listening, problem solving, team building, market awareness, and customer relationship skills. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4030 *
Scheduling, Cost, and Quality Management

This course focuses on project scheduling and cost and quality management in a business or information technology (IT) project context. Learners study project scheduling, costs and quality management processes, including quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control. Learners also monitor project results to evaluate compliance with schedule, costs and quality standards and gain an understanding of the steps involved in planning, performing, and controlling a business or IT project. Learners are introduced to a variety of scheduling, cost and quality tools that can be used independently or conjunctively. Finally, learners explore project management software to help in developing a project schedule. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4040 *
Human Resources and Motivation Management

In this course, learners sample strategies for improving creativity, teamwork, and job satisfaction within a project team by creating and developing a project and recruiting team members. Learners study the theories on individual motivation and how it fits in the organizational structure. Learners examine the strengths and weaknesses of organizational development supporting project team member development to gain knowledge of how to effectively motivate project team members. Learners also gain understanding about virtual teams, how to effectively manage them, and evaluate the link between personality traits and resolving team conflicts and how to effectively communicate with your team to manage change. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4050 *
Communication and Stakeholder Management

Learners in this course focus on project communication and stakeholder management knowledge areas. Learners cover the processes, tools, and techniques used to manage project communications and stakeholders across project management process groups and emphasize executive project sponsorship as a strategic tool for project success. Learners also acquire skills in strategic business management and leadership: customer relationship and satisfaction, operational functions, conflict management, negotiation, listening, problem solving, and team building. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4060 *
Risk Management in Project Management

Learners in this course focus on project risk management and examine the processes, tools and techniques used to identify, analyze, prioritize, respond, and control risk on a project. This course emphasizes building a risk management process that can be standardized. Learners also acquire and demonstrate business management and leadership skills such as planning, environmental awareness and conditions, benefits management, brainstorming, listening, negotiation, problem solving, and team building. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4070 *
Procurement Management in Project Management

In this course, learners examine procurement management and investigate the various types of contracts, their terms and conditions, and execution. Learners develop contract specifications, find potential sources, and evaluate bids. Finally, learners examine ethical standards and legal requirements in procurement within the global market. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits
PM4080 *
Agile Project Management

This course introduces the concepts of Agile Project Management (APM). Learners gain an understanding of APM’s objectives, which are, in part, to deliver customer value earlier in repeated iterations, adapt to changes in a more flexible and timely manner to ultimately gain a result of higher customer satisfaction, and increased team morale, collaboration, and ownership. Learners apply their skills and knowledge to a scenario that requires the development of an APM-based project plan. Prerequisite(s): PM4010.

6 quarter credits

 

Elective courses

 

39 quarter credits

 

Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.║

 

Capstone course

 

6 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

BUS4993
Business Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the BS in Business degree program. Learners demonstrate their technical and applied business knowledge and competencies along with critical-thinking and communication skills. Learners also formulate ideas for a new business product or service, create a vision, and develop a strategic plan that describes how to implement their concept. For BS in Business learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment

6 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

180 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

† Learners who are determined to need additional support developing academic and professional writing and reading skills based on academic assessment must take BUS1003 during their first quarter.

‡ Learners who have completed BUS1003 are required to take BUS3003.

§ Learners who are not required to take BUS1003 are placed in BUS3007.

║ Learners who have completed BUS1003 choose 33 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

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What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 135 credits into this specialization.

Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

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