Introduction to the hard and soft skills of project management. Management software and techniques such as work breakdown, estimation, budgeting, and status reporting are used. Applies structured processes and develops team-based skills and knowledge. Assumes no prior computing or technical knowledge.
The course is designed for students from all disciplines. It is tailored for those who would like to improve their conceptual understanding of projects and project management and to gain valuable practical skills that will make all subsequent projects more successful.All students in the class will work together to lead one project from initiation to completion. In addition to learning such “hard skills” as managing budgets, designing schedules, and meeting deadlines, students apply “soft skills”, including facilitation, communication, and coordination of diverse groups of peopleand tasks.
There was a lot of freedom to direct your learning to any aspects of managing a project that you felt would be useful. We were provided an environment where trying something new was encouraged, even if we were not successful because in the real world, that’s exactly what you’ll face.6th Year, Arts and Social Sciences Student
There was a lot of freedom to direct your learning to any aspects of managing a project that you felt would be useful. We were provided an environment where trying something new was encouraged, even if we were not successful because in the real world, that’s exactly what you’ll face.
Professors from BUS 361 are often industry professionals, with experience in successful entrepreneurial ventures to help guide and mentor your entrepreneurial journey.
Here are some of the frequent profs that teach BUS 361:
Project management skill set is needed not only for IT personnel, but everyone should have a fundamental knowledge of it, particularly in the commercial world. Nowadays the competitive environment changes rapidly and organizations must continuously renew themselves. One way of doing so is to create new business models in the form of new projects. This is also an important skill set for entrepreneurs. New start-ups can be run just like a project: with objectives, KPIs, and operation details. In this course, you will learn how to manage a new project from planning all the way to implementation. You and your course mates will work on a project of your choice and must see it through from the beginning to the end. It’s a fun course will lots of hand-on experience which will be very useful for your future career.
My name is Connie and I am new to SFU. Not only that I am new to SFU, I am also new to this country. I taught in business schools in Hong Kong for more than 10 years and in one of the many courses I designed, students must write a comprehensive business plan for a start-up using IT in their core of business. A few of my undergraduate and postgraduate students went on to start their own businesses based on the project they started in the course (e.g. https://www.greenprice.hk/, https://eshop.thepreface.hk/). What is most surprising is that even though many of them may not have actually started their own business but someone, somewhere would do so with similar ideas (e.g. Doordash, photobooth for tourists etc.). In Spring and Summer 2021, I will teach BUS237 Business Technology Management and BUS361 Project Management.
I use a series of videos, games and interactive online tools to adapt my courses to the online environment. I hope to maintain the interactions between students and I even within the online settings. I hope you will enjoy these courses should you choose to join.
Ulrich Paschen hails from Germany, where he received a master’s degree in business from the University of Potsdam. He also holds an MA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently enrolled in the PhD program for industrial marketing at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden. He lives in Tsawwassen, B.C. and has been a full-time instructor in the business program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since May 2019 and a part-time instructor at Simon Fraser University since September 2017. Ulrich teaches courses in project management, operations management, organizational behavior and general business management. His published research interests include consumer behavior with a focus on Canada’s iconic Icewine, the use of artificial intelligence in business-to-business marketing, and sustainability issues.
Prior to concentrating on his academic career, Ulrich had a diverse business management career in Germany and Canada, working on such different projects as duty free liquor, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, outdoor apparel, kid’s toys and door locks.
Ulrich is married and has three daughters. He enjoys several water sports activities and is active in a number of community organizations.
To find out what semester, date, time, and who’s teaching BUS 361, check out the SFU course outlines here.
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