Academics

Project Management in the Public Sector

Course Number: GAFL 500

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. 

 

Course Format

Hybrid (on-campus and online)

Semesters Offered

Instructor: Lori Partin
Course Section: 022
On-Campus Day(s): Friday, Saturday
On-Campus Time(s):

September 7 & 8, October 12 & 13, November 9 & 10, December 7 & 8 from 2-5:30 p.m.

Online Day(s): Monday
Online Time: 8:15-9:15 p.m.
Course Description:

This is a hybrid course, meaning that class will meet on-campus one Friday/SAturday each month and online each Monday evening. Fall 2018 on-campus meetings will be held on the following Fridays and Saturdays from 2-5:30pm: First session: September 7 & 8, October 12 & 13 Second session: November 9 & 10, December 7 & 8. Online classes will be held Mondays 8:15-9:15pm.
The following sections will be offered the first half of the semester:GAFL 500-028 Elements of Data Analytics GAFL 500-022 Project Management and the Public Sector 
The following sections will be offered the second half of the semester:GAFL 500-029 Communicating with Data GAFL 500-012 Organizational Leadership and Communication  

Instructor: Lori Partin
Course Section: 022
On-Campus Day(s): Friday, Saturday
On-Campus Time(s):

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.

Online Day(s): Monday
Online Time: 8:15pm-9:15pm
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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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu