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Project Management Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

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Twenty-Four Required Courses 

 

 

90 quarter credits

Core courses:

TS8005
Research Processes, Theory, and Practice in Information Technology

In this course, learners are immersed in a culture of inquiry to focus on the technical foundations of information technology (IT) research and practice. Learners examine current and emerging research and practice technologies, processes, and methods; compare quantitative and qualitative methodologies; and identify the research methodologies commonly used in IT research. Additionally, this course is designed to help prepare PhD learners for doctoral research related to IT literature and theory. For PhD in Information Technology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
BMGT-R8925 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a dissertation research plan. Throughout the course, learners focus on identifying a theory, topic, and research problem appropriate for their specialization. Track 1 learners must also complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 1 (Research Ethics Education). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 1 learning outcomes. For PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PhD in Business Management learners must have completed BMGT8019. PhD in Information Technology learners must have completed BMGT8028. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
BMGT-R8926 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to develop a research question and to select an appropriate dissertation topic. In Track 2, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 2 (Topic Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 2 learning outcomes. For PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8034, BMGT-R8925. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
BMGT-R8927 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Seminar Track 3 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to detail a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. In Track 3, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 5 (Research Plan Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 3 learning outcomes. For PhD in Business Management and PhD in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8040 or BMGT8042; BMGT-R8926. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
BMGT8019 *
Business Dissertation Specialization Literature

This course provides a guided review of the literature in the learner's specialization for the purpose of identifying a study topic. Learners research and evaluate associated major threads of research and theory in the literature. The course prepares learners for the development of an appropriate topic during Residency Track 1. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8028. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8028
Foundations of Research, Scholarly Literature, and Theory in Management

Learners in this course examine the structure and process of the scholarly literature in peer reviewed journals and explore the role of the scholar as social and behavioral scientist. Learners critically evaluate scholarly literature, including seminal work, relevant theory, and data-based research studies from both the qualitative and quantitative traditions. Learners also explore the meaning of content and process gaps, problems, and research opportunities uncovered during the literature review. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8032 *
Survey of Applied Research Methods

This course focuses on qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods, and applied business management and information technology research designs. Learners move beyond conducting literature reviews at the methodological level and focus on research design specific to reliability and threats to validity and on developing their own research proposal. Learners explore the meaning of content and process gaps, problems, and opportunities uncovered during the literature review process. Learners also develop an understanding of research ethics and the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Prerequisite(s): BMGT8028. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8055 *
Business Special Topics: Literature Review

This course guides learners in the development of a comprehensive literature review. Learners build on their approved Dissertation Research Plan from residency tracks 2 or 3 as the foundation for drafting Chapter 2 of their dissertation. Learners document and synthesize key seminal theoretical works, conceptual studies, and methodologies underpinning the gap in the scholarly knowledge that their proposed study addresses. While developing Chapter 2 of their dissertation, learners review and apply School of Business dissertation guidelines. Prerequisite(s): BMGT-R8926. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8212
Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments

In this course, learners examine processes by which senior information technology leadership must evaluate different IT governance models from a global perspective, including decision models, management structures, business engagement processes, leadership theories, and risk assessment processes. Learners evaluate methods of performance measurement and control, and assess the relevance and effect of social responsibility issues and strategic partnering on IT strategic planning. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8214
Guiding the Implementation of Information Technology Policies and Processes

This course presents key issues related to the implementation of information technology policies and processes as day-to-day operations, including consideration of ethical, cultural, and global issues, and potential effects on internal and external stakeholder needs. Learners evaluate strategies for implementing different governance models and assess the ways in which those models relate to change management processes and organizational innovation.  

4 quarter credits
BMGT8216
Innovating Information Technology Life Cycle Management Processes in a Changing Environment

In this course, learners evaluate evolving theories and practices that inform decisions related to the information technology system development life cycle. Learners assess different development models and examine the IT leader’s role in IT enterprise portfolio management against the backdrop of changing workforce considerations, including offshore, contract, multicultural, and multigenerational workers in global enterprises.  

4 quarter credits
TS8940 *
Information Technology Consulting Practice Seminar

Learners in this course study the basics of creating and developing an IT consulting business. Learners explore how to plan, develop, and market a viable IT consulting practice, specifically writing a business plan, finding customers, and pricing services. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all core coursework. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
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TS8950 *
Teaching Practice Seminar in Information Technology Education

This seminar covers the practice fundamentals learners need to prepare themselves for a career in information technology education. Learners examine syllabus and course development, online and classroom instruction, and the fundamentals of human development in the classroom. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all core coursework. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

In addition, choose one of the following two categories:

For quantitative research:

BMGT8034 *
Quantitative Research Techniques

In this course, learners explore the fundamental concepts needed to conduct doctoral-level quantitative research. Learners develop skills related to quantitative research techniques including understanding variables and relationships, selecting quantitative instruments and evaluating their reliability and validity, developing research questions and associated hypotheses, developing ethical sampling approaches and data collection plans, choosing appropriate statistical tests, analyzing data, interpreting results, and drawing conclusions. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8032. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8035 *
Tests, Measurements, and Business Research Design

This course is an introduction to tests and measurement instruments commonly used in business studies. Learners in this course examine instrument development, factor analysis, validity testing and review the ethical, professional, and legal aspects of the use of these instruments. Learners also develop key sections of the dissertation methodology and design, incorporating appropriate instruments and corresponding validity data. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8034. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8043 *
Quantitative Research Techniques 2

In this course, learners define a quantitative research question by demonstrating the understanding of the relationship between hypothesis and theory. Learners develop a research design using research questions and the appropriate sample, control variables, and statistical technique, and identify the logical connection between the hypothesis and theory. Other course topics include sample design, exploratory data analysis, multiple regression, logistic regression, factorial ANOVA, and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). This course requires the use of analytical software. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8035. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

For qualitative research:

BMGT8040 *
Advanced Qualitative Research

Learners in this course investigate qualitative inquiry and qualitative research designs based on social constructivist and interpretive traditions appropriate for conducting business management research. Learners explore research problems, questions and design considerations, data collection and analysis, reporting and presentation of findings, and verification of data conclusions. Learners also evaluate qualitative data management software options. This course is recommended for learners who intend to conduct qualitative dissertation research. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8032. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8044 *
Qualitative Research Design and Data Analysis

This course extends the topics covered in BMGT8040 and is designed to prepare learners to develop and conduct their own qualitative study for a dissertation. Learners further analyze the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research and inquiry, emphasizing effective execution of school-approved dissertation research methodologies.These methodologies include case study, phenomenology, Delphi, and generic qualitative research. Learners assess the design, sampling, and data collection strategies associated with each of the four methodologies. Learners also examine the data analysis processes associated with each methodology, as well as the role of the researcher in documenting personal reflections in the collection and analysis of data.  Prerequisite(s): BMGT8040. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8046 *
Qualitative Data Collection Strategies, Data Collection Guides, and Field Testing

This course is an in-depth review of qualitative data collection strategies, data collection guides, and data collection techniques commonly used in business research. Learners use their approved dissertation research plans to develop a data collection guide and conduct an expert review and mock data collection. Learners also assess the ethical issues involved in qualitative data collection associated with their study method and design and propose mitigation strategies for participant and data protection and to ensure credibility, dependability, transferability, and trustworthiness. Finally, learners develop key sections of the dissertation methodology and design, incorporating the data collection strategy, and field-tested data collection guide. Prerequisite(s): BMGT8044. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

BMGT8430
Advanced Concepts of Project Management Methodologies

In this course, learners research literature to identify best practices and evaluate appropriate methodologies leading to successful outcomes for projects and programs ranging from simple to complex. The course emphasizes appropriate methods, tools, and techniques for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Initiating and Planning processes based on organizational environments, cultural diversity, and global influences. Learners also evaluate expected project outcomes to assure alignment with strategic goals and objectives.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8432
Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems

Learners in this course examine both seminal and current literature, such as complexity theory, to evaluate the successes and failures of projects and programs in complex and ambiguous environments. This course emphasizes Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling projects and programs based on multidisciplinary theories and applications as defined by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Learners develop their professional, consultative, and leadership skills for successful project and program outcomes.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8434
Advanced Risk Management Systems and Research

In this course, learners evaluate and synthesize the use of multidisciplinary theories based on the research and practice of project and program risk management. Learners explore emerging trends, concepts, and methods of project and program risk management systems and research. Topics include evaluating integrated approaches to identifying, analyzing, mitigating, and managing project risks, and identifying strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in project risk management research. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
BMGT8436
Dynamics of Program and Portfolio Management

Learners in this course examine emerging trends, concepts, and methods for evaluating and applying program integration and portfolio management techniques and methods used to optimize their overall value. Topics include ethical approaches to program and portfolio management in alignment with business strategic goals and objectives within a global context. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework:

TS9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using point-scale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for TS9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

TS9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): TS9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

90 quarter credits

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

Dissertation Research Seminar with Residency

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies as part of the dissertation research seminars (BMGT-R8925, BMGT-R8926, BMGT-R8927).

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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