Project Management in the Public Sector

Course Number: 
GAFL 500


  • Fall 2017
Course Format: 
Hybrid (on-campus and online)
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Fall 2017 on-campus meetings will be held on the following Fridays and Saturdays from 2-5:30pm. This is a half-semester course and occurs second session, November 10 & 11, December 1 & 2.

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Course Description: 

The ever-growing demand for government services and the complexity of today's public policy challenges make capable project management a critical skill for public sector professionals. Modern government agencies and related companies increasingly employ integrated, matrixed, team-based approaches for projects such as the development and implementation of government-wide policies, change initiatives, programs, and the monitoring of agency performance. Effective project management principles and skills will prove to be invaluable tools for professionals charged with managing these types of important projects within the challenging public sector environment.
This course provides the opportunity to develop practical project management skills specific to the public sector. The course will use case studies and other materials to explore tactics proven effective in addressing these complexities. 
Course participants will utilize a variety of resources including the examination of recognized best practices, templates, and frameworks helpful in effectively impacting long- and short-term program success.

 Course Objectives:
•    Develop knowledge of the main tasks performed by project managers to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, lead, control, and successfully close projects with a specific focus on how these are applied in the public sector.
•    Develop time management and scheduling skills and for project managers.
•    Learn how to successfully manage and integrate cross-functional project teams.
•    Practice the application of learned project management skills using “real-world” scenarios and case studies.
•    Develop an understanding of the unique challenges presented by public sector projects; with an emphasis on management, risk mitigation, boundaries/constraints, and solution-focused results. 

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829