Technology Project Management I

3 units, transfer CSU


Santa Monica College


Class Syllabus





Instructor: Keith A. Kurtz

Phone: 310-458-8381

E-mail: kurtz_keith@smc.edu


Office Hours: Weekday, 5:55 p.m. 6:40 p.m., BUS 255

Weekday, 5:55 p.m. 6:40 p.m., BUS 201

or by appointment

Course Description: This course covers the fundamentals of Project Management theory, implementation, and best practices. It is aimed at students who work mostly in the Technology sectors covering software and website development, and other areas of computer science or information systems. Students will learn the theory, as well as the use of Project Management software to plan, track and manage project resources. Topics covered include project life cycles, tasks, schedules, resources, and costs. CS 9A is the same course as CIS 9A. Credit may be earned for one, not both.


Student Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to plan projects using principles of project management and will be able to use project management software to track progress, schedules and resources.

Required Text: Information Technology Program Management, Revised Eighth Edition, Kathy Schwalbe, Course Technology, 2016, ISBN 978-1-285-45234-0
Information Technology Program Management, Seventh Edition, Kathy Schwalbe, Course Technology, 2014, ISBN 978-1-133-52685-3
Information Technology Program Management, Revised Sixth Edition, Kathy Schwalbe, Course Technology, 2011, ISBN 978-1-111-22175-1.
NOTE: Use either the sixth, seventh, or eighth edition of the textbook, not all three.

      New Perspectives on Microsoft Project 2010, Introductory, Rachel Biheller Bunin, Course Technology, 2012, ISBN 978-0-538-74676-2.


Supplies: One USB flash memory drive.


Grading Policy: Incompletes will not be issued except for a documented medical emergency.

         Drops are the responsibility of the student. Be aware of the final withdraw date.

         The grade for this class will be determined by your performance in the following areas:

Assignments, MS Project (5@15pts) 75 points

Assignments, Running Case (5@25pts) 125

Midterm Examinations (2@100pts) 200

Final Examination 200


Total 600 points

         Grading Scale:

90 - 100% A

80 - 89% B

65 - 79% C

50 - 64% D

below 50% Fail


Assignments: There is a lab in B231 available to you to complete your computer assignments.

         Assignments may be completed on your own computer, if you have the required software.

         Assignments are to be submitted through the on-line Canvas class portal before class on the due date indicated on the Class Schedule. Assignments must be submitted in this manner.

         We will practice submitting a file in class. You will need to be able to login to the campus network using your SMC account, so be sure that you are able to do so prior to the second class meeting.

         Any work not handed in on time will be considered late. Assignments will be accepted one class session late with a ten percent penalty. Assignments more than one class session late will normally not be graded. If you feel there are extenuating circumstances, you should negotiate an alternate arrangement with the instructor before the assignment is due.

         All assignments are required. There is no "extra credit" available.

         Textbook pages should be read as shown on the Class Schedule.



Exams: There are two midterm examinations each worth 100 points.

         There is a final examination worth 200 points.

         All tests are required. No test score will be dropped. If you know of a conflict with a test date, make prior arrangements with the instructor.

         Only students with documented emergencies will be allowed to make up a test after the test date. Conflicts with religious holidays require prior arrangements.

         Students who are learning English as a second language may use a dictionary during exams.

         Cheating will not be tolerated. Any student caught cheating on an exam may be assigned a failing grade for the course.


Attendance: Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. Most instructional activities are difficult to repeat outside the classroom

      Students are responsible for all material covered in class, including changes in class schedule or assignments, so be sure to get notes from a classmate, or see the instructor should you be absent.


Software: This course requires that you use Microsoft Project project management software. You should use MS Project 2010 or later, the more recent, the better.

      The required software is available on the computers in room BUS 231 where you will be able to complete all of your assignments.

      If you wish to install the software on your own computer, Project 2016 is available for free through the Microsoft DreamSpark. You have the option of downloading the software through the Internet, or burning a DVD in room BUS 231.

      You should receive a welcoming E-mail from DreamSpark with instructions prior to Monday of the second week of classes. If you do not, please contact the instructor and provide an Email address for this purpose.

      Santa Monica College neither guarantees nor supports software installed on your own computer. If you have difficulty installing, maintaining, or running the software on your computer, assistance may not be available at Santa Monica College. You can always do your assignments on-campus.


Certificate Information: CS 9A/CIS 9A is one of the courses in the Information Systems, Networking, and Website Development Management Certificates. For more information on this and other certificates, please visit our department web site at: www.smc.edu/csis.