Project Management

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Spring 2018
Evening and Weekend
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

political science, public administration, women's studies

Course Description:

What does success look like? In this course we will endeavor to respond to this question on both personal and professional levels. It takes integrated thinking and discipline to become a successful project manager. Tools are only tools. In addition to building an awareness of your own management style, we will use real world client based applications to explore and understand the nuances of successful project management. Students will work hands on with a pre-selected client organization to apply their learning and develop a viable project management plan. 

 Learning Objectives

  • Develop an awareness of the project environment (culturally, budget wise, socially, and politically). This requires understanding, listening to, and hearing your clients rather than believing you know what is best.
  • Recognize key project management questions: what are the client's needs (real, perceived, political)? What are the potential impacts of meeting these needs (intended or unintended)? What is the risk tolerance for the client and is the project scope reasonable? 
  • Cultivate a self-awareness of your own management style when managing others, projects, and yourself. 
  • Create a knowledge base of the vocabulary and processes of project management.

 *Fair Warning*: This course is offered in an intensive format and will require a large amount of self-directed learning through readings, assignments, presentations, workshops, and a webinar. 

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Located in: Olympia

Final schedule and room assignment:


Advertised schedule:

April 3, April 14-15, May 12-13, May 29,  6-9p Tues, 9a-4p Sat/Sun