Experiential Learning of Project Management, Part 2

Grant program: Teaching and Learning Development Grant (TLDG)

Grant recipient: Kamal Masri, Beedie School of Business

Timeframe: August 2016 to May 2018

Course addressed: BUS 361 – Project Management

Final report: View Kamal Masri's final report (PDF)

Description: This proposal is to support a continuation of the research project started during the Fall 2015 semester to investigate the efficacy of large group learning in BUS 361 Project Management. The research objective for this grant continues the objectives of the 2015 grant. That is, to understand the impact of large group work in the Project Management course specifically and to investigate the possibility of using this methodology for other business courses.

Questions addressed:

  • How valid were the post-pre data from the first grant?
  • Does learning project management through experiential techniques lead to better understanding of project management concepts?
  • Does a large scale integrated project lead to higher student engagement level of students in the class?

Knowledge sharing: There is a bi-weekly talk series at the Beedie School of Business to discuss research with other faculty members. I expect to use one or more of these to present my project to my colleagues. In addition, I intend to submit one or more papers for publication. Specifically, I’ll be targeting the Journal of Management Education.

Keywords: post-pre survey; project-based pedagogy; client-based project; student work; classroom observations;  experiential learning; student engagement; team work, project management