GEOG 871
Geospatial Technology Project Management

GEOG 871 Syllabus

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GEOG 871 Syllabus

Welcome to Geospatial Technology Project Management - Fall 2022

This syllabus is divided into several sections. It is essential that you read the entire document as well as material covered in the Orientation; together these serve the role of our course "contract."


Instructors

Fall 1, 2022 (Aug - Oct)

Pete Croswell, PMP, GISP, CMS

Croswell-Schulte IT Consultants, Frankfort, KY 40601

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (502) 848-8827 (landline), (502) 320-9055 (cell)
Email: plc18@psu.edu or pcroswell@croswell-schulte.com
Office Hours: Please refer to Availability, below

Availability:

Students are welcome to contact me anytime although don't expect an immediate response after 8:00PM Eastern Time. I usually am able to respond within 24 hours but often sooner. I do my best to make myself available given your work and personal schedules and time zones. Email communication is great for many questions but I also encourage phone calls to my mobile number (502-320-9055). If you call and get my greeting, please leave a message and let me know when I can get back to you. When necessary, I can set-up a Zoom session to go over course material or your assignment submittals.


Fall 2, 2022 (Oct - Dec)

David DiBiase and Teo

David DiBiase

Penn State University
Home office in Yucaipa, CA

Phone: (814) 777-7639 (The country code for the United States is 1)
Email: Please use the Canvas Inbox. Messages are forwarded automatically to my personal email account, so I won't miss yours.
Office Hours: Please refer to Availability, below.

Availability:

Students are welcome to contact me by email anytime. I usually am able to respond within 24 hours. Although e-mail correspondence is preferred, you may also contact me by phone or text at the number above if your message is urgent.


Course Overview

Geospatial Technology Project Management (3) Principles of effective project management applied to the design and implementation of geospatial information systems.

In GEOG 871, we will take a critical look at geospatial project management. Project management is a broad discipline that encompasses both technical methods such as system design and analysis, and interpersonal factors that affect professional relationships. Project management is also a discipline that has matured outside of, but can be incorporated into, geospatial technology.

By the end of this course, students will have devised a project plan from a scenario built upon a real-life project involving the City of Metropolis geodatabase design and development--with work performed in a cooperative effort of the City's project team and team of a hired contractor. You will prepare a project charter, a document that provides the City's foundation for the project, and project plan elements that define work to be carried out by the City and contractor: scope, schedule, budget, quality management, and risk management. Sounds daunting? Don't worry, we'll work through each of these components in an organized and logical manner over the next ten weeks.

Most weeks, you will complete some component that will be incorporated into your final project plan. Some weeks, however, you will do exercises or create documents outside of the project plan. These exercises have been designed for one of two reasons: 1) to illustrate how projects fit into the larger mission of the organization, or 2) to understand a process that occurs after the project plan is finished and while the project is being implemented.

Completing the reading assignments is vital to success in this course. There are six quizzes during the course, each worth ten points. These quizzes tend to be quantitative, and are applications of techniques covered in detail in the textbook

What will be expected of you?

You will also get to interact with your classmates in multiple ways. You will be required to participate in six discussion forums. To stimulate conversation, I will begin the discussion each week with a general topic related to that week's lesson. The more you can relate what we are covering in the class to your work experience, the more interesting I've found this course for all involved.

As you can imagine, you will have plenty to do from week to week. As a rough estimate, you should allow 12-15 hours per week for class assignments. There is a fair amount of reading and writing involved in this class, so if writing doesn't come easily to you, adjust the suggested hours accordingly.

The fact that this course is "asynchronous" with no formal class sessions places more responsibility on you to absorb the material and apply it. When starting a new assignment, take some time in reading the instructions and then READ THE INSTRUCTIONS AGAIN. Note any questions and contact the instructor for help or clarification--about the assignments or any of the course material.

One of the greatest challenges of project management is thinking of all factors that can affect a project. I'd encourage everyone to use the class discussion boards, chat rooms or email to exchange ideas and help make project plans as comprehensive as possible. I can always be contacted via class email and will check my account daily during the week. If I am going out of town, I may check somewhat less frequently, but I will alert you of this beforehand.

We will utilize Canvas, this Learning Management System, for course content and course interactions.

For a more detailed look at what will be covered in each lesson, as well as due dates for our assignments and activities, please refer to the semester-specific course schedule that is part of this syllabus (see "Course Schedule").


Course Objectives

Lesson 1: Introduction to Project Management

  • Understand what a project is, and the difference between a project, program, and a product.
  • Grasp the relationship between a project's objectives and the mission and goals of the organization for which the project is being carried out.
  • Describe project management and its key elements.
  • Characterize the organizational and business context of a project (project team, stakeholders, business requirements).
  • Recognize the factors that contribute to an effective project plan and management approach.

Lesson 2: Organizational System, Project Life Cycle, Processes, and Procurement

  • Describe organizational systems, structures, boundaries, and the roles of users, sponsors, and stakeholders within and outside of the organization.
  • Recognize the phases of a project life cycle, highlighting the unique context of GIS projects.
  • Describe the five project management process groups and how each occurs within each project phase.
  • Understand the role and approach for managing project-related procurements of products and services.
  • Appreciate the role of procurements for products and services in the context of GIS projects.

Lesson 3: Strategic Planning, Scope and Project Charter

  • Understand how GIS projects and GIS use should address an organization's mission and business needs
  • Describe how strategic planning should influence projects undertaken by an organization.
  • Define the scope of a project and its relationship to deliverables.
  • Understand how to identify project benefits and prepare a convincing business case justification.
  • Describe the importance, use, and design of a project charter.

Lesson 4: The Human Factor and Communication

  • Understand human resource issues associated with personnel assignment, loading and leveling;
  • Create and use appropriate human resource tools, such as project organizational charts and resource/responsibility matrices;
  • Understand how client and contractor team members work together to complete project deliverables
  • Grasp the importance of individual motivation, skills, and personality types in assembling and managing project teams; and
  • Describe communication planning, and the best use of communication skills, tools, and technology.

Lesson 5: Project Work Planning and Scheduling

  • Develop skills to describe how a project scope is addressed through an organized set of tasks.
  • Describe the importance, use, and design approaches of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
  • Understand task relationships and factors that impact task and project timing.
  • Describe the Gantt chart's use as a tool to help visualize planned project tasks or task schedule status.
  • Acquire basic familiarity and skills with the use of project management software.

Lesson 6: Project Resource and Cost Estimation

  • Describe the basic principles and concepts of cost management.
  • Describe key inputs into cost estimates and budgets.
  • Assign resources (team labor time and monetary costs) to project tasks.
  • Understand earned value management (EVM) as a means to track and manage project resources.

Lesson 7: Project Quality Management

  • Understand the meaning of quality in the context of GIS projects
  • Understand the differences between quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control, and describe where each fits into the project life cycle;
  • Appreciate the specific quality parameters associated with typical GIS projects and deliverables;
  • Describe the history, techniques and tools of quality control and management and cite organizations that development and promote quality standards;
  • Understand the key processes and steps involved in quality management in GIS projects;
  • Describe aspects of GIS projects that require special attention to quality.

Lesson 8: Project Risk Management

  • Understand the purpose and basic concepts of risk management and how it is a part of project planning and executuon
  • Learn how to identify and categorize project risks
  • Prepare a risk management matrix including assignment of levels of risk impact and probability
  • Understand risk response strategies from the PMI (avoidance, mitigation, transference, and acceptance)
  • Carry out a risk analysis including a detailed risk analysis, identification of triggers, and specific risk response actions
  • Get familiar with the concepts of "change management" (the "first cousin" of risk management)

Lesson 9: Integration

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to understand how all project components, covered in previous lessons, fit together and establish a well-coordinated and efficient environment for successful project execution.

Lesson 10: Project Plan

  • Prepare a project plan that addresses all PMI "knowledge areas."
  • Discuss effective execution of a project plan.
  • Describe how the system view of an organization and integrated change control processes are important to GIS project managers.


Required Course Materials

In order to take this course, you need to have the required course materials and an active Penn State Access Account user ID and password (used to access the online course resources). If you have any questions about obtaining or activating your Penn State Access Account, please contact the Outreach Helpdesk.

You need to purchase the following textbooks:

  • Schwalbe, K. (2019). Information Technology Project Management, 9th Ed., Cengage Learning, Print ISBN: 9781337101356, 1337101354. (Print and e-Book versions are available for purchase or rental from the publisher and elsewhere.)
  • Croswell, P. (2021). The GIS Management Handbook, 3rd Edition, Kessey Dewitt in association with URISA, ISBN-13: 978-0-9824093-0-5

The Schwalbe textbook can be purchased through Cengage.com (hard copy or e-Book) or from a number of commercial booksellers, such as Amazon. Please be sure that you acquire the correct edition.

The best source for The GIS Management Handbook, 3rd edition is through URISA at the URISA Books page. You can order it online at this site. Make sure to select the academic discount price of $80. A digital version of this book can be purchased at the Croswell-Schulte website. Academic price is $80.

While not required for this course, you might consider reading or purchasing the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (6th Edition), which is available to purchase from the Project Management Institute (PMI.org) and is available at no cost as a Penn State Library E-Book. Some E-Books will be available only online, while others will be available to download in full or in part. You can access the E-Book by selecting the Library Resources link in the Canvas course navigation and then selecting the E-Reserves link. For questions or issues, contact the University Libraries Reserve Help via email at UL-RESERVESHELP@LISTS.PSU.EDU.

Within the course content, you will see links to some other materials that augment the content in specific lessons.

There are no requirements to use a particular software package in this course, but the use of word processing and spreadsheet tools, equivalent in functionality to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel is essential. Also, the use of a project management software package, like Microsoft Project or Project Libre, is strongly recommended for some of the course assignments. Appendix A of Schwalbe's book offers a guide to using Microsoft Project and there are materials at a companion website.

Assistance with textbooks
Penn State honors and values the socioeconomic diversity of our students. If you require assistance with the costs of textbooks for this course, please visit the Office of Student Care and Advocacy at 120 Boucke Building or call 814-863-4926.

For additional needs, related to socioeconomic status, please visit Project Cahir.

Using the Library

Just like on-campus students, as a Penn State student you have a wealth of library resources available to you!

As a user of Penn State Libraries, you can...

  • search for journal articles (many are even immediately available in full-text),
  • request articles that aren't available in full-text and have them delivered electronically,
  • borrow books and other materials and have them delivered to your doorstep,
  • access materials that your instructor has put on Electronic Reserve,
  • talk to reference librarians in real time using chat, phone, and email,
  • ...and much more!

To learn more about their services, see the Online Students Use of the Library link.


Assignments and Grading

There will be a total of 590 possible points in this class. The breakdown is:

Project Assignments and Grading
Assignments Points Each Total Points
8 project assignments
Assignment 1 - 60 pts

Assignment 2 - 50 pts

Assignment 3 - 40 pts

Assignment 4 - 70 pts

Assignment 5 - 50 pts

Assignment 6 (team) - 70 pts

Assignment 7 (team) - 70 pts

Asssignment 8 - 60 pts
470 points
6 Discussions @ 10 pts 60 points
6 Quizzes @ 10 pts. each 60 points
Total 590 points
Project assignments you complete in the role of the project manager will account for the majority of possible points (470 of 590). Additionally, you will play a number of roles, from end-user to human resource manager.

Please note:

Assignments 6 and 7 will be team-based. Further details will be shared as the term progresses. Quizzes on concepts and tools associated with project management will be a part of some lessons and account for the remainder of your final grade.

Submittal of most assignments will require two steps:

Follow the instructions for assignment submittal that are described in each lesson. Please note that all due dates/times are for Eastern Time.

Make-up Exam Policy

This course does not include exams.

Curve

A curve is not employed for grading in this course.

Late Policy

Late policy may vary by instructor. Some instructors do not accept any late submissions. Others may choose to deduct a certain percentage of the assignment total for every day it is submitted late. In exceptional circumstances, you should contact the instructor before the due date. The earlier you contact me to request a late submission, the better. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Generally, late assignments will be assessed a penalty of at least 10% and will not be accepted more than one week after the original due date.

Final Grades:

Letter grades will be based on the following percentages:

Letter grades and percentages
Grade
Percentage
A 90-100%
A-
87.5-89.9%
B+
85-87.4%
B
80-84.9%
B-
77.5-79.9%
C+
75-77.4%
C
70-74.9%
D
60-69.9%
F
<60%
X
Unsatisfactory (student did not participate)

Percentages refer to the proportion of all possible points earned by the student.


GEOG 871 Course Schedule

imageGEOG 871 Printable Schedule

This course consists of 10 lessons, which we will work through together at a rate of one lesson per week.

Below, you will find a summary of the learning activities for this course. Specific details for each project can be found in each lesson. Key due dates will also be posted to the calendar.

Lesson 0: Course Orientation
Week #: 0
LESSON Name: Course Orientation
Readings and Assignments:
  • Articulate your own course expectations as a student in GEOG 871
  • Understand the expectations we have of you as a student in GEOG 871
  • Locate key information about the course, including assignments, due dates, technical
  • Understand the rules and regulations regarding Academic Integrity and plagiarism at Penn State
  • Understand how to communicate in this course environment
Lesson 1: Introduction to Project Management
Week #: 1
Topics: Introduction to Project Management
Readings and Assignments:
  • Read Schwalbe, Chapter 1
  • Read Hamil article
  • Read Croswell, Chapter 1 (Section 1.1 to 1.4) and Chapter 9
  • OPTIONAL Reading- Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM)
  • Participate in Week 1 Discussion Forum
  • Assignment 1, Part 1: Begin report on a project and its fit to an organization’s mission. Due (with Part 2) at the end of Week 2
Lesson 2: Organizational System, Project Life Cycle, Processes, and Procurement
Week #: 2
Topics: Organizational System, Project Life Cycle, Processes, and Procurement
Readings and Assignments:
  • Read Schwalbe, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and subsections 12.1 through 12.5
  • Read Croswell, Chapter 3( Section 3.1), Chapter 5 (Sections 5.1 and 5.2), and review again Chapter 9 (Section 9.1)
  • OPTIONAL Reading-ISD Project Management White Paper (How Much?)
  • OPTIONAL Reading-ISD Project Management White Paper (Who is on your side?)
  • Participate in Week 2 Discussion Forum
  • Assignment 1, Part 2: Complete report on a project and its fit to an organization’s vision (complete and submit Parts 1 and 2) at the end of Week 2
Lesson 3: Strategic Planning, Scope and Project Charter
Week #: 3
Topics: Strategic Planning, Scope and Project Charter
Readings and Assignments:
  • Read Schwalbe, Chapter 5 Schwalbe, Chapter 4 (subsections 4.1 to 4.5)
  • Read Croswell Chapter 1 (Section 1.5), and Chapter 2 (all Sections)
  • OPTIONAL Reading-PMI PMBOK Chapter 4, about project Charters
  • OPTIONAL Reading- White Paper-Geography and Role of Public Jurisdictions
  • Participate in Week 3 Discussion Forum
  • Complete Quiz 1
  • Complete and submit Assignment 2 (Project Charter) by the end of Week 4
Lesson 4: The Human Factor and Communication
Week #: 4
Topics: The Human Factor and Communication
Readings and Assignments:
  • Read Schwalbe, Chapter 9 and Chapter 10
  • Read Croswell, Chapter 3 (Sections 3.3 and 3.4), Chapter 4 (Section 4.2), re-read Chapter 9 (Section 9.6)
  • OPTIONAL Reading- ISD Project Management White Paper (Who Says?)
  • Participate in Week 4 Discussion Forum
  • Complete Quiz 2
  • Complete and submit Assignment 3 (Assemble Project Team) by the end of Week 4
Lesson 5: Project Work Planning and Scheduling
Week #: 5
Topics: Project Work Planning and Scheduling
Readings and Assignments:
  • Read Schwalbe, Chapter 6
  • Read Croswell, re-read Chapter 9 (Sectons 9.1, 9.2, and 9.5)
  • OPTIONAL Reading - ISD Project Management White Paper (What Does Done Look Like?)
  • Participate in Week 5 Discussion Forum
  • Complete Quiz 3
  • Begin Assignment 4 (Work Breakdown Structure and Gantt Chart), due at the end of Week 6
Lesson 6: Project Resource and Cost Estimation
Week #: 6
Topics: Project Resource and Cost Estimation
Readings and Assignments:
  • Read Schwalbe, Chapter 7
  • Read Croswell, Chapter 5 (Subsection 5.1) and re-read Chapter 9 (Subsection 9.2.2)
  • OPTIONAL Reading- ISD Project Management White Paper (What is the Status of your Project?)
  • Participate in Week 6 Discussion Forum
  • Complete Quiz 4
  • Complete and submit Assignment 4 (WBS Structure and Gantt Chart), begun in Week 5
  • Begin, complete, and submit Assignment 5 (Project Budget)
  • Submit Mid-course Evaluation Survey
Lesson 7: Project Quality Management
Week #: 7
Topics: Project Quality Management
Readings and Assignments:
  • Read Schwalbe, Chapter 8
  • Read Croswell, Chapter 3 (Section 3.3), Chapter 7 (Section 7.8), and re-read Chapter 9 (Section 9.4)
  • OPTIONAL Reading- PlanGraphics Tutorial on GIS Database Quality Control and Quality Assurance
  • Complete Quiz 5
  • Begin (Team) Assignment 6 (Quality Management Plan), due at the end of Week 8
Lesson 8: Risk
Week #: 8
Topics: Project Risk Management
Readings and Assignments:
  • Read Schwalbe, Chapter 11(Sections 11.1 to 11.5a) and Chapter 4 (Section 4.8)
  • Re-read Croswell, Chapter 9 (Section 9.3)
  • OPTIONAL Reading- ISD Project Management White Paper (Whose fault is it?)
  • Complete Quiz 6
  • Complete and submit Assignment 6 (Team Assignment): Quality management plan, begun in Week 7
  • Start and complete Assignment 7 (Team Assignment): Risk Identification and Analysis
Lesson 9: Integration
Week #: 9
Topics: Integration
Readings and Assignments:
  • Re-read Material from Lessons 1 and 2 on Project Mgmt. Framework and Project Mgmt. Knowledge Areas
  • Begin Assignment 8 (Create a Project Plan), due at the end of Week 10
Lesson 10: Project Plan
Week #: 10
Topics: Project Plan
Readings and Assignments:
  • Complete and Submit Assignment 8: Create a Project Plan, begun in Week 9
  • Submit Course Evaluation Survey
  • Submit Penn State's SRTE (Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness)


Course Policies

Technical Requirements

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Deferred Grades

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Attendance

This course will be conducted entirely online. There will be no set class meeting times, but you will be required to complete weekly assignments with specific due dates. Many of the assignments are open for multiple days, so it is your responsibility to complete the work early if you plan to travel or participate in national holidays, religious observances or University approved activities.

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Disclaimer

Please note that the specifics of this Course Syllabus can be changed at any time, and you will be responsible for abiding by any such changes. All changes will be communicated with you via e-mail, course announcement and/or course discussion forum.