INFO 282-02
INFO 282-13
Seminar in Library Management
Topic: Project Management
Fall 2019 Syllabus

Sean Gaffney

Office Hours: By Appointment via Zoom. There will also be OPTIONAL lectures announced throughout the term. These lectures will be recorded for those unable to attend.

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This two-unit course will be available beginning August 21, 2019, at 6 am PDT. This course is worth 2 units and runs from 21 August 2019 through 16 October 2019.

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Course Description

This course introduces essential strategies and techniques for project management. Topics include: management styles, institutional constraints, project life cycles, stakeholder management, scope definition, risk assessment, project planning tools, and team management. 

Course Requirements

Assignments with Due Dates

  • Participation - 20% - There will be regular discussion questions. Each student is expected to post a response to the question and then respond to at least one other student's post. This assignment supports CLO  #1, #2, #3, #4, #5. Due: Biweekly (August 25, September 8, September 22, October 6)
  • Essays - 20% - These will be comprised of essays related to the lectures and readings and will demonstrate mastery of the materials (2 at 10% each). This assignment supports CLO#1, #2, #3, #4. Due: Essay 1 - September 1, Essay 2 - September 29
  • Pathfinder - 20% - Each student will select a topic related to project management and develop a comprehensive pathfinder (reader's guide) to relevant print and online information resources. This assignment supports CLO #5. Due: September 15
  • Final Project - 40% - Each student will select a topic of interest and develop a research paper exploring the concept in depth (approx 5 - 8 pages). This assignment will be due December 1, 2017. This assignment supports CLO #1, #5. Due: October 16

Topics Covered and Calendar

  1. What is a Project?  - August 21 through August 25
  2. What is Project Management? - August 26 through September 1
  3. What are Project Management Process Groups? - September 2 through September 8
  4. How to Scope a Project -September 9 through September 15
  5. How to Plan a Project - September 16 through September 22
  6. How to Launch a Project - September 23 through September 29
  7. How to Monitor and Control a Project - September 30 through October 6
  8. How to Close a Project - October 7 through October 16

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 282 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify project management roles and environment.
  2. Describe the project life cycle.
  3. Use major project management techniques including traditional, agile, and extreme.
  4. Control and evaluate project management approaches effectively to achieve better outcomes strategically.
  5. Apply project management concepts to library and information practices.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 282 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.


No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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