INFO 282-02
INFO 282-13
Seminar in Library Management
Topic: Project Management (2-Units)
Fall 2021 Syllabus

Sean Gaffney

Office: Kalamazoo, MI
Office Hours:
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 19, 2020, at 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

This two-unit course will be available beginning August 19 at 6 am PDT. This course is worth 2 units and runs from August 19, 2021 through October 14, 2021.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

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

Course Calendar with Due Dates

Start Date Topic Assignment
 August 19

The Basics

Characteristics of a Project Manager

Discussion One (10 points) due August 22
 August 23 

Meeting Management

Find and Use the Right Tool for the Job  

Project Management Software Essay (15 points) due August 29
August 30


Getting to Know Your Stakeholders

Discussion Two (10 points) due September 5
 September 6

The Planning Team

Planning Your Deliverable

September 13

Planning for Risk

Planning Who Will Do the Work

Discussion Three (10 points) due September 19
September 20

Cost and Budget Planning


Project Management Strategy Essay (15 points) due September 26
September 27 Monitoring and Controlling Discussion Four (10 points) due March October 3
October 4 Closing Research Paper (30 points) due October 14


Course Assignments

Discussion Forums - 4 Discussion Questions (10 points each) - 40 points - CLOs #1, #2, #4, #5
Project Management Software Essay - 15 points - CLO #4
Project Management Strategy Essay - 15 points - CLOs #3, #4
Research Paper - 30 points - CLOs #1 - 5

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.


Required Textbooks:

  • Searcy, C. (2018). Project management in libraries: On time, on budget, on target. ALA Editions. Available through Amazon: 0838917194arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Project Management Institute (2017). A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide) (6th ed.). Project Management Institute. Available through Amazon: 1628251840arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

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.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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