Project Management

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 236

       Course Name: Project Management

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces principles of Project Management as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Content includes experiential exercises and team participation to gain experience with computer-based project management procedures, and to increase basic familiarity with state-of-the-art project management software. Credit cannot be received in both CIS 236 and MGT 236.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course must:
  1. Understand the genesis of project management and its importance to improving the success of projects in a business setting.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of project management terms and techniques
  3. Understand the project management planning, implementation, and life cycle
  4. Tools and techniques of project management such as:
    1. Project selection methods
    2. Work breakdown structures
    3. Charting tasks and identifying the critical path
    4. Cost estimates
    5. Earned value analysis
    6. Motivation theory and team building
  5. Use state-of-the-art software to help plan and manage business and information technology projects
  6. Appreciate the importance of good project management
    1. Share his/her own examples of good and bad project management
    2. Use knowledge and skills developed in this class in other settings
  7. Be able to effectively define a problem and design a comprehensive solution.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. What is Project Management
    1. Relationship to other disciplines
    2. History
    3. Career opportunities
  2. Project Management Life Cycle
  3. Integration
  4. Scope
    1. Initiation
    2. Planning
    3. Definition
    4. Verification
  5. Time Management
  6. Cost Management
  7. Quality Management
  8. Human Resource Management
  9. Communications
  10. Risk Management

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, class discussion, chat sessions, and individual presentations.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attend class regularly.  Successfully complete quizzes, exams, and project management projects which include individual and team activities.  Due to the nature of current best practices in this field, demonstration of written, verbal, and presentation skills will be required.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation will be based upon the grades received on presentations, assignments, exams, attendance, participation in chats, and self-assessment of presentations.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.