OVERVIEW

The demand for project managers is increasingly vital to many areas of business today as a result of organizations embarking on complex projects with the view to creating unique products and services. Projects specification, scope statement and profiling require expert knowledge in cost, time, and quality management. The PUC MBA in Project Management is structured to train students to apply contemporary project management principles, tools, and concepts to mitigate and manage challenges associated with modern project execution.

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PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

The effective management of an organization’s project impact on the achievement of its goals. This goal is sometimes lost if the organization lacks key management personnel trained to manage the complexity of projects. The programme seeks to provide students with opportunity to enhance their skills as project managers dealing with project planning and control, project implementation and management, and managing any risks associated with projects. Students will be able to use tools and methods efficiently and effectively, and introduce the most suitable technology to ensure success of their future projects.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

By the end of this programme, graduates should be able to:

  • Apply contemporary models in selection, implementation and evaluation of projects
  • Manage both private and public projects
  • Manage Projects using the Triple Constraint (Cost, Time and Quality).
  • Appreciate the techniques used in formulating a project definition and scope statement
  • Apply techniques and concepts for managing project related complexities

MBA PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSE STRUCTURE

FIRST YEAR
First Semester

NO.

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

1

MBAC 601

Quantitative Methods

3

2

MBAC 603

Business Research Methods

3

3

MBAC 605

Accounting for Managers

3

4

MBAC 607

Financial Management

3

5

MBAC 609

Business and Legal Environment

3

6

MBAC 611

Management and Organizational Behaviour

3

TOTAL CREDIT

18

 

Second Semester

NO.

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

1

MBAC 602

Managerial Economics

3

2

MBAC 604

Marketing Management

3

3

MBAC 606

Strategic Management

3

4

MBAC 608

Human Resource Management

3

5

MBAC 612

Management Information System (MIS)

3

6

MBAC 614

Research Seminar I

3

TOTAL CREDIT

18

SECOND YEAR

First Semester

NO.

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

1

MBAC 615

Research Seminar II

3

2

MBAC 617

Operations Management

3

3

MBAP 619

Project Profile and Finance

3

4

MBAP 621

Project Management Theory

3

5

MBAP 623

Project Appraisal

3

6

MBAP 625

Procurement & Contract Management

3

TOTAL CREDIT

18

Second Semester

NO.

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

1

MBAP 626

Project Risk Management

3

2

MBAP 628

Total Quality Management

3

3

MBAC 632

Long Essay

6

TOTAL CREDIT

12

Total Credits for the Entire Programme is 66 Credit Hours

COURSE DESCRIPTION

MBAC 601 Quantitative Methods
This course provides the fundamental quantitative knowledge necessary for managers to use the results of analyses to enhance the decision-making process.  This course will enhance students' ability to perform the necessary quantitative analyses, understand the usefulness and limitations of the methods and recognize situations where the methods can be applied beneficially, and issues involved when utilizing the results of analyses. The course provides the analytical tools needed for making informed business decisions using data. The focus is on decision making using the tools of mathematics. Topics to be treated will include basic statistical principles such as probability distributions, inferential statistics (sampling), regression analysis, decision trees, utility theory, and simulation.

Reading List

  • Chiang Alpha C. (1984) Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics (3rd ed.): U.S.A, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company.
  • Macleod, Stewart, Ferrier, Gordon (2002), Quantitative Methods: U.S.A, Crucial Publishers.
  • Mohammed, Adil Hasan (2000), Quantitative Method for Business and Economics (3rd ed.): U.S.A, L M.E sharp Publishers.
  • Sweeney, Denis J., Anderson, David R., William Thomas A., Camm Jeff D., Martin Kipp R. (2009), Quantitative methods for Business (11th ed.): UK, Cengage Learning.   
  • Waters, Donald, Waters, Donald J. (2008), Quantitative Methods for business (4th ed.): UK Prentice Hall.

MBAC 602 Managerial Economics

This course focuses on the application of economics theory in management analysis and decisions, and their relevance to business decision-making; therefore, it is designed to select the mathematical tools, topics and techniques essential for success in today’s business and economics. Topics covered in the course include: Price Determination in Alternative Market Structures, Demand and Supply Theories, Production and Costs Functions, and Decision-making under Uncertainty using Game Theory from a Business viewpoint.  Other topics covered are Exchange Rates, Interest Rates, Economic Policy, Inflation and International Trade. In addition, the course will provide a basic introduction to econometric analysis and its role in managerial decision-making.

Reading List

  • Hirschey, Mark (2008), Managerial economics (12th ed.): UK. Cengage Learning.
  • McGuigan J. R., Moyer Charles R., deB, Harris F. H. (2008), Managerial Economics, Applications, Strategy, and Tactics(11th ed.): U.S.A, Thompson South-Western Publishing.
  • Pug, I., Lehman, Dale (2007), Managerial Economic (3rd ed.): New York, Wiley – Blackwell.
  • Webster, Thomas J. (2003), Managerial Economics Theory and Practice, UK, Emerald Group publishers.

 

MBAC 603 Business Research Methods

The objective of this course is to introduce students to business research methods. It is designed to ensure that students acquire practical research skills, understand the principles of research and also help students to link the research process with theories. Topical areas will include the meaning of research, research problems, types of research, research process and design, choice of research topic, components of research proposal, literature review, research strategies, sampling analysis, data collection, research ethics, data analysis, and report writing.  

 

Reading List

  • Black, Ken (2009), Business Statistics: Contemporary Decision Making (6th ed.): USA, John Wiley and Sons.
  • Bryman, Alan, Bell, Emma (2007), Business Research Methods (2nd ed.): UK, Oxford University Press.
  • Lucey T. (1997), Quantitative Techniques, Chicago, ELBS with DP Publication.
  • Vitalis, A., Zepp, K. A. (1989), Business Research and Statistics, USA, API press.

 

MBAC 604 Marketing Management

This foundation course in strategy covers a range of Core concepts and analytical techniques relating to competitive advantage in global organizations.  It deals with both classical and contemporary issues of importance such as industry analysis, Core competence of organizations, top management teams and corporate governance, product/market scope decisions, and value chain analysis.  The emphasis is on the application of analytical tools and frameworks to understand complex strategy issues.

 

Reading List

  • Hollensen, Svend (2010), Marketing Management: A Relationship Approach (2nd ed.): New York, Pearson Education.
  • Kotler, Philip (2000), Marketing Management (10th ed.): India, Prentice Hall.
  • London, David L., Stevens, Robert E., Wrenn, Bruce (2004), Marketing Management Text and cases, London, Routledge
  • Mullins, J., Walken, Orville (2012) Marketing Management: A strategic Decision – Making Approach (8th ed.): USA, McGraw – Hill Companies, Inc.
  • Peter, Paul J., Donnelly, James H. Jr. (2010), Marketing Management (10th ed.): USA, McGraw- Hill Companies, Inc.

 

MBAC 605 Accounting for Managers

Business managers at various level of management require understanding of financial and management accounting principles for effective discharge of their managerial roles. This course is designed to provide managers with sound understanding of such accounting matters. Financial accounting topics to be covered in the syllabus include the accounting equation, preparation and analysis of financial statement using tools such as ratios. Cost and management accounting topic to be discussed would include costing methods and costing techniques. Planning and cost control aspect of organizations shall be discussed using budgetary controls and variance analysis. Performance measurement and divisional control shall also be discussed.

 

Reading List

  • Burns, William J. (2005), Accounting for Managers: Text and Case (3rd ed.): USA, Thompson /South –Western.
  • Collier, Paul M. (2012), Accounting for Managers: Interpreting Accounting Information for Decision- Making (4th ed.): USA, John Wiley and Sons
  • Gopal, Rana (2009), Accounting for Managers: USA, New Age International.
  • Webster, William H. (2003), Accounting for Managers: USA, McGraw-Hill Professional.

 

MBAC 606 Strategic Management

This course explores the issues of defining corporate mission, objectives, and goals. Participants focus on the analysis of the firm's external and internal environment to identify and create competitive advantage in a global context. It emphasizes the cultural, ethical, political, and regulatory issues faces any global business environment and the need for leadership for a successful management of strategic change.

 

Reading List

  • Dess, Gregory G., Dess, Gregory, Lumpkin, G. T., Eisner, Alan (2009), Strategic Management: Creating Competitive Advantages (5th ed.): USA, McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • Dobson, P., Starkey, K., Richard, J. (2004), Strategic Management: Issues and Cases (2nd ed.): New York, John Willey and Sons.
  • Hill, Charles W.L., Jones, Gareth, R. (2007), Strategic Management: An Integrated Approach (8th ed.):  UK, Cengage Learning.
  • Sadlor, P., Graig, James C. (2003), Strategic Management (2nd ed.): USA, Kogan Page Publishers.
  • Thompson, J., Martin, Frank (2010), Strategic Management (6th ed.): Boston, Cengage EMEA.

 

MBAC 607   Financial Management                                                          

Financial management is at the heart of corporate survival and growth. This course shall serve as foundation designed to expose participant to various tools and techniques that management use to arrive at optimum financial decision within an organization. The course shall explore the three aspect of financial management including Working capital management, investment and capital structure decisions. Specific topics in working capital management shall include inventory, receivable, payable and cash management. Investment decisions shall be discussed using capital budgeting techniques such payback period, the NPV and IRR. Capital structure decision will cover issues such as source of finance and their costs.

 

Reading List

  • Brigham, Eugene F., Ehrhardt, Michael C. (2010), Financial Management Theory and Practice (13th ed.): USA, Cengage leaning.
  • Kahn, M.Y., Jain P. K. (2007), Financial Management: New Delhi, Tata McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Philippatos, George C., Sihler, Willian W. (1987), Financial Management: Tex and Cases: USA, Allyn and Bacon.
  • Rao, Ramesh K. S. (1995), Financial Management: Concepts and Applications (3rd ed.): USA, South- Western College Pub.
  • Shim, Jae K., Siegel, Joel G. (2008), Financial Management (3rd ed.):  USA, Barron’s Educational Series.

 

MBAC 608 Human Resources Management

This course arises from the observation that human resource management could help create competitive advantages for firms. Concepts and issues examined in this course include those associated with job design, staffing, training and development, group behaviour and teamwork, motivation and job satisfaction.  By the end of this course, you will understand HRM from a strategic perspective and an operational perspective. Strategically, HRM policies and activities are designed to support and reinforce business strategies and objectives. Operationally, HRM is concerned with the design and implementation of procedures to optimize the day-to-day management of people in organizations.

 

Reading List

  • Armstrong, Michael (2006), A hand book of Human Resource Management Practice (10th ed.): USA, Kogan Page publishers.
  • Bratton, J., Gold, Jeffrey (2001), Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice (2nd ed.): London, Routledge.
  • Mathis, Robert L., Jackson, John H. (2011), Human Resource Management: Essential Perspectives (6th ed.): USA, Cengage leaning.
  • Sims, Ronald R. (2007), Human Resource Management: Contemporary Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities: USA, IAP.
  • Torrington, D., Hall, L., Taylor, Stephen (2008), Human Resource Management (7th ed.): London, Financial Times Prentice Hall.

 

MBAC 609 Business and Legal Environments

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of various legal concepts and principles impacting business. It introduces students to a broad array of information and develops relevant skills encompassing the dynamic nature of the legal environment and its relationship to the transactional and functional aspects of business by incorporating unique instructional methodologies that combine theory with real life case examples of practical application and significance.  Topical areas include procedural laws and the court system; alternative means of dispute resolution; constitutional law, torts/products liability, business crimes, contracts, sales, forms of business organizations, and employment regulation.

 

Reading List

  • Halbert, J., Ingulli, Elaine (2011), Law and Ethics in Business Environment (7th ed.): USA, Cengage Learning.
  • Meiners, Roger E., Ringles A. H., Edward, Francis L. (2011), The Legal Environment of Business (11th ed.): USA, Cengage Learning.
  • Miller, Roger L., Cross, Frank B. (2012), The Legal Environment Today: Business in its Ethnical, Regulatory, E – commerce, and Global settings (7th ed.): UK, Cengage Learning.
  • Ringles, Al H., Meiners, Roger E., Edwards, Frances L. (1993), Managing in the Legal Environment (2nd ed.): USA, West Pub. Co.
  • Schaffer, R., Augusti, F., Eanle, Beverley (2008), International and Business Law and it Environment (7th ed.):  USA, Cengage Learning.

 

MBAC 611   Management and Organizational Behaviour

This course examines the range of individual and group behaviour in an organization.  The course will take a functional approach to the study of business management, and will integrate organizational behaviour theories with an understanding of managerial practices.  Students will learn to apply these concepts to organizational settings by the use of examples, case-studies and exercises.  Topics to be covered include: personality and attitudes, perception, motivation in the work setting, group and team behaviour, leadership, interpersonal communication, and organizational design and culture.

 

Reading List

  • Cook, Curtis W., Hunsaker, Philip L. (2002), Organizational Behaviour and Management (3rd ed.): USA, McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • Martin, J., Fellenz, Martin (2010), Organizational Behaviour and Management (4th ed.): New York, Cengage Learning EMEA.
  • Pierce, Jon L., Gardener, Donald G., Dunham, Randall B. (2001), Management and Organizational Behaviour: An Integrated Perspective: New York, Cengage Learning EMEA.
  • Saha, Jayantee (2009), Management and Organizational Behaviour: India, Excel Books.

 

MBAC 612 Management Information System

This course examines the role of information systems in supporting a wide range of organizational functions. The aim of this course is to enable students to appreciate the opportunities and problems that managers in a wide range of organizations face as they attempt to use these information technology (IT) applications to add value to their businesses. The courses explains basic concepts for IT/IS management discusses organizational, business and strategic issues surrounding IT/IS, and analyze and evaluate uses of strategic IT/IS in practice. Topics to be treated includes; the strategic role of information systems, information systems and organizations, information, management, and decision making, the challenge of information systems, managing data resources, managing international information systems and ethical and social impact of information systems.

 

Reading List

  • Laudon, Kenneth C., Laudon, Jane P. (2011), Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm: UK, Prentice Hall.
  • O’Brien, James A., Mavakas, George M. (2008), Management Information Systems (8th ed.): U.S.A, McGraw- Hill/Irwin.
  • OZ, Effy (2008), Management Information Systems (6th ed.): U.S.A, Cengage Learning.
  • Post, Gerald V., Anderson, David Lee (2005), Management Information Systems, (4th ed.): U.S.A, McGraw –Hill /Irwin.

 

MBAC 614 Research Seminar I

This Seminar is compulsory for all students aimed at giving students the opportunity to present their research papers. This Seminar will also expose students to leading experts in the fields of business, academia and public and private sectors.  Thus, it will provide the platform for academic researchers, professional practitioners and students the opportunity to present, exchange views, share findings and discuss new developments and challenges in business. 

 

Reading List

  • Black, Ken (2009), Business Statistics: Contemporary Decision Making (6th ed.): USA, John Wiley and Sons.
  • Bryman, Alan, Bell, Emma (2007), Business Research Methods (2nd ed.): UK, Oxford University Press.
  • Lucey T. (1997), Quantitative Techniques: USA, ELBS with DP Publication.
  • Vitalis, A., Zepp, K. A. (1989), Business Research and Statistics: USA, API Press.

 

MBAC 615 Research Seminar II

The objective of this course is to introduce students to business research methods. It is designed to ensure that students acquire practical research skills, understand the principles of research and also help students to link the research process with theories. Students will be exposed to real life situations by inviting professionals in the various business areas or set up where students can interact with them on potential challenges they might face in the business world and help them on how to solve such challenges. 

 

Reading List

  • Black, Ken (2009), Business Statistics: Contemporary Decision Making (6th ed.): USA, John Wiley and Sons.
  • Bryman, Alan, Bell, Emma (2007), Business Research Methods (2nd ed.): UK, Oxford University Press.
  • Lucey T. (1997), Quantitative Techniques: USA, ELBS with DP Publication.
  • Vitalis, A., Zepp, K. A. (1989), Business Research and Statistics: USA, API Press.

 

MBAC 617 Operations Management

This course is designed to emphasize the strategic importance of operations management to the overall performance of the enterprise. A functional view of how to manage the activities involved in the process of converting or transforming resources into products or services. Thus, the course examines the concepts for designing, planning and improving manufacturing and service organizations. Topics include; product and process planning and design, forecasting, facility location and layout, production staffing, job design and work measurement, capacity planning, aggregate planning, inventory management, requirements planning, operations scheduling, Just-in-time, and quality assurance.

 

Reading List

  • Barnes, David (2005), Operations Management: An International Perspective: U.S.A, Cengage Learning EMEA. 
  • Bettley, A., Mayle, D., Tantoush, T. (2005), Operations Management: A Strategic Approach: U.S.A, Sage Publications.
  • Brown, Steve (2001), Operations Management: Policy, Practice and Performance Improvement: USA, Butterworth–Heinemann.
  • Stephenson, Williams J. (2009), Operations Management (10th ed.): U.S.A McGraw–Hill/Irwin.
  • Vidler, Chris (2001), Operations Management: U.S.A, Heimann Publishers.

 

MBAP 619 Project Profile and Finance

 The course will focus on project development; infrastructure projects and other types. Students will also learn what the necessary elements are that support the use of project finance to include contractual agreements, technology, sponsors, risk identification and mitigation, sources of capital, financial structuring, the use of financial modeling, accounting considerations, and tax considerations. The project finance with respect to projects and not from organizational perspective will be discussed.

 

Reading List

  • Chance, Clifford (1991), Project Finance: USA, IFR Publishing.
  • Esty, Benjamin C. (2004), Modern Project Finance: A Casebook: USA, Wily.
  • Gatti, Stefano (2007), Project Finance in Theory and Practice: Designing, Structuring, and Financing of Private and Public Projects: Germany, Academic Press.
  • Yescombe, E. R. (2004), Principles of Project Finance: Germany, Academic Press.

 

MBAP 621 Project Management Theory

This course covers the history, current practice, and future directions of project management. Principles and concepts of project management are presented and discussed within the context of the knowledge areas and process groups defined in the Project Management Body of knowledge (PMBOK). Concepts covered include process groups from initiation through closure; techniques for estimating and reporting; management of risk, quality, resources, and communications; earned value analysis; agile and extreme methods.

 

Reading List

  • Cleland D., Ireland L. (2006), Project Management: Strategic Design and Implementation: USA, McGraw-Hill Professional.
  • Lock, Denise (2007), Project Management (9th ed.): USA, Gower Publishing Ltd.
  • Meredith, Jack S., Mantel Samuel J. Jr. (2011), Project Management: A Managerial Approach (8th ed.): USA, John Wiley and Sons.
  • Richardson Gary L. (2010), Project Management Theory and Practice: Germany, Auerbach Pub/CRC.

 

MBAP 623 Project Appraisal

This course will provide students the conceptual framework and practical tools to successfully implement a project. Specific topics included in the course will include managing project scope, understanding what is required organizationally to implement a project in a generic context, identifying and defining needed skills and knowledge and how to deal with changes to project scope, schedule or costs, project risk management and communication related to the project to both internal and external stakeholders.  The course also covers techniques of financial analysis of investment expenditures as well as the economic and distributive appraisal of those projects. The course will cover topics such as alternative planning strategies for conditions of uncertainty; organizations and project cycle management; the political environment; and interactions of clients and advisers, engineers, planners, policy analysts, and other professionals.

 

Reading List

  • Baum, WC (1982) The Project Cycle, Washington DC: USA, The World Bank.
  • Curry, Steve, John Weiss (2000) Project Analysis in Developing Countries (2nd ed.): London, St Martin’s Press.
  • Finzi ,Ugo (1992), The World Bank and Project Analysis: An Introduction: Economic Development Institute, Washington DC, The World Bank.
  • Fitzgerald, E. V. K. (1978), Public Sector Planning for Developing Countries: London, Macmillan.

 

MBAP 625 Procurement and Contract Management

The course will discuss Element of contract on sale of goods, Contract on labour engagement and Preparation of tender document. Further, laws relating procurement with respect to public projects that is, relevant sections of the Public Procurement Act will be discussed.  Course covers the procurement process in depth, including concepts, principles and ethics, pricing methods, awards, and all phases of contract administration from both the seller and buyer perspectives. It explores the development of bids and requests for proposals; the evaluation of responses; and the capabilities and use of various types of contracts and pricing mechanisms. It addresses outsourcing (including market investigation, key risks, requirements definition and evaluations using performance based service agreements), negotiation, and development and use of contract information systems.

 

Reading List

  • Bower, Denise (2003), Management of Procurement: USA, Thomas Telford.
  • Fleming, Quentin W. (2003), Project Procurement Management: Contracting, Subcontracting, and Teaming: USA, FMC Press.
  • Haug, James C. (2010), Contract Management, USA, Govtips. Biz.
  • Miller, Frederic P. (2010), Contract Management: Germany, VDM Verlag.
  • Saxena, Anuj (2008), Enterprise Contract Management: USA, J. Ross Publishing.

 

MBAP 626 Project Risk Management

This course looks at Project risk exposures and how these risks are addressed. Project risk management is a life-long process that involves five steps: identification, evaluation, control, financing and monitoring risks associated with project. Project risks can be managed with control techniques or can be financed using insurance. The course covers different types of project insurance such as natural disaster, health, property and automobile insurance and including methods to calculate insurance needs.

 

Reading List

  • Barkley, Bruce (2004), Project Risk Management: USA, McGraw-Hill Professional.
  • Boyce, Tim (2003), Project Risk Management: The Commercial Dimension, Thorogood.
  • Grey, P. (1995), Practical Risk Assessment for Project Management: USA, John Wiley.
  • Loosemore, M., Raftery, J. (2006), Risk Management in Projects (2nd ed.): USA, Taylor and Francis.
  • Royer, Paul S. (2001), Project Risk Management: A Proactive Approach: Virginia, Management Concepts.

 MBAP 628 Total Quality Management

The course examines management and technical aspects of quality improvement. It also looks at organizational performance and financial measures as they relate to process improvement, strategy, and improvement tools and methods. This course will provide the student with the underlying principles and techniques of Total Quality Management (TQM) with emphasis on their application to technical organizations. Students will develop a working knowledge of the best practices in Quality and Process Management. Students will learn to view quality from a variety of functional perspectives and in the process, gain a better understanding of the problems associated with improving quality, also quality tools utilized in service and international/environment.

 Reading List

  • Anand, A. Samuel (2004), Total Quality Management: India, PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
  • Naagarazan, R. S. (2005), Total Quality Management: USA, New Age International.
  • Pekar, Jack P. (1995), Total Quality Management: Guiding Principles for Application: USA, ASTM International.
  • Richard, Terry L. (1997), Total Quality Management: India, Delman Publishers.
  • Ross, Joel E., Perry, S. (1999), Total Quality Management: Text, Cases, and Readings (3rd ed.): USA, St. Lucie Press.

 MBAC 632 Long Essay

Candidates shall take a compulsory 60-page Long Essay.  Every candidate will be assigned a supervisor from the specialized area that will provide guidance in the writing and presentation of the final report. This will constitute six (6) credit hours.  

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