PMP204 - Essential Skills for Project Managers

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-06-18 11:32:00.544
Last review date 2018-06-18 11:32:00.545

Subject Title
Essential Skills for Project Managers

Subject Description
This subject covers the principle functions and concepts of management to provide participants with a practical foundation for developing managerial skills and competencies essential to Project Management.

Credit Status
One Full Credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the key roles and responsibilities of managers in planning, organizing, leading and controlling organizational resources to effectively achieve the goals of an operation or a project.
2. Communicate effectively on interpersonal levels with the different stakeholders.
3. Explain project leadership roles and styles crucial to project success.
4. Determine the personal style of project team members and other stakeholders, which will enable working effectively with each individual.
5. Describe proven methods for productively resolving work-related conflicts.
6. Explain best practices and strategies for motivating team members and teams.
7. Describe various approaches to manage professional stress impacting both self and team members.
8. Recognize the need for change and develop management skills to thrive in a world of continuous change.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Business vision, strategy and project management
  • Project management maturity and the project management office
  • Organizational structure
  • Organizational culture
  • Project managers as leaders
  • Ethical leadership
  • Building a high performance team
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communication management
  • Change management
  • Project success and closure

Mode of Instruction
A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

Delivery is mixed, blending face-to-face instructions and facilitating out of classroom experiences, group and/or online instructions.

This course is delivered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Classroom delivery (Starting Fall 2018)
Instructor will provide course material

Online delivery
Title:      Project Management:  A systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling
Author:  Harold Kerzner
Publisher:  Wiley Publishing
Edition:  12th edition.
ISBN:    9781119165354

Reference Material
Title:           A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide)
Publisher:   Project Management Institute, Inc.
Edition:  6th Edition
ISBN: 9781628253825

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines: http:/

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency
The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

In-class - Regular delivery (14 Weeks)

Case Study Reports 20%
Weekly Exercises 20%
MidTerm Exam Project 20%
Final Exam Project 40%

Blended - Hybrid Delivery (in-class and online through Blackboard (14 Weeks) 
Group Term Project 20%
Mid-term Test 20%
Online Assignments 10%
Group Cases 10%
Final Exam 40%

Blended - Hybrid Delivery (in-class and online through Blackboard (7 Weeks - accelerated))
Term Project 20%
Mid-term test 20%
Online Assignments 10%
Group Cases 10%
Final Exam 40%

Online Delivery through cFLEX - Centre for Flexible Learning
Quizzes (4 X15%) 60%
Final Exam* 40%

*Final Exam:  The final exam will be administered online.  All academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso