U A F – TM 276

College of Rural and Community Development
Tribal Management Program
Interior – Aleutians Campus
Harper Building, P.O. Box 756720 Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6720
Tribal Management – TM 276
Project Management for Rural Transportation
4 cr.
Semester 20XX Course Syllabus
Course Meeting Times and Location:
Audioconference Number: 1-8XX-XXX-XXXX
Student PIN: 1234567
Steven R. Becker, CEP
Assistant Professor of Tribal Management
Alaska Tribal Technical Assistance Center
111 Harper Building, P.O. Box 756720
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6720
907.474.5096 (office) * 888.846.2422 (toll free) * 907.474.5208 (fax)
Office Hours: The instructor will be available for ½ hour before and after each session in order to answer
questions and review work on an individual basis.
Text: NCCER. 2008. Project Management: Participant Guide. (Second Edition). National Center for
Construction Education and Research: Gainesville, FL.
Course Description: This course provides students with the basic tools to manage transportation
construction projects in rural Alaska. Topics covered include: the project management process, safety
programs, interpersonal skills, issues and resolutions, construction documents, construction planning,
estimating and cost control, scheduling, resource control, QA/QC, and project and program evaluation.
Course Goals:
Students will have the basic tools to manage transportation construction projects in their village or
Student Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
Students will be able to:
1. Describe the steps, phases, and flow of a
construction project
Evaluated by:
Group Discussions, Homework, Project
Management Plan
Students will be able to:
2. Identify methods of risk control for a
construction project and describe the
Project Manager (PM)’s duties and
responsibilities with respect to job safety
3. Identify key areas for potential conflict on
transportation construction projects and
demonstrate four problem-solving
techniques for resolving issues and
4. Recognize and understand the types of
documents commonly used on construction
projects and explain the need for good
construction documentation
5. Explain the construction planning process
and describe how it is carried out
6. Describe the cost estimation process and
explain the PM’s role in cost control.
7. Explain the critical path method of
scheduling and be able to prepare and
maintain a project schedule
8. Describe the principles of Resource
Control and understand how it affects
project schedule
9. Identify the essential components of an
effective Quality Assurance/Quality
Control (QA/QC) program, and prepare a
QA/QC plan for a project
Evaluated by:
Group Discussions, Homework, Course Journal
Group Discussions, Homework, Course Journal,
Field and Online Activities
Group Discussions, Homework, Field and Online
Group Discussions, Homework, Field and Online
Activities, Project Management Plan
Group Discussions, Homework, Course Journal,
Field and Online Activities
Group Discussions, Homework, Field and Online
Activities, Project Management Plan
Group Discussions, Homework, Course Journal,
Field and Online Activities
Group Discussions, Homework, Course Journal,
Field and Online Activities, Project Management
Instructional Methods: Instructional methods will include a combination of lecture, individual and small
group discussion.
Course Policies: Attendance at all sessions is expected. Students are expected to arrive early so that
sessions may begin promptly. Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and online
Evaluation and Grading: This is a letter grade course. Grades will be assigned based on the percentage of
the total points possible that a student earned for the course in accordance with the following:
% of
100 – 90
89 – 80
79 – 70
69 – 60
< 60
Total points possible for the course will be assigned and weighted based on the following:
Attendance and Participation (20%): Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class
session. Students are expected to actively participate in group discussions. Students with valid
reasons for missing class who notify the instructor of their absence via email or phone prior to
class (excused absence) will retain attendance points, although participation points for that session
cannot be made up.
Homework (15%): Students will be assigned homework at the end of each class session.
Homework that is not given via blackboard can be emailed of faxed to the instructor, and will be
due before the beginning of the next class session.
Course Journal (15%): Students will be required to keep a course journal on Blackboard. The
course journal should include notes on the presentations and reflections on how the student could
use the information for current projects, reflections on how the information may have been used
on projects in the student’s past, or may have affected the outcome of past construction projects in
the students’ village. The journal will be reviewed by the instructor at the end of the workshop.
Online Activities (20%): As the hands-on field component is a critical part of the learning
experience, students are expected to successfully complete all of the online activities and
Project Management Plan (30%): As a synthesis project, students will prepare a Project
Management Plan (PMP) for their community. Students will present their PMP to the class for
discussion. The preparation of a PMP is the capstone for the class, and is a critical part of the
learning experience. Students are required to successfully complete this project in order to receive
a grade of ‘C’ or better for the course.
Support Services: The instructor is available upon appointment for additional assistance outside session
Disability Services: The UAF Office of Disability Services implements the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA), and insures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and course materials. Your
instructor will work with the Office of Disability Services (203 WHIT, 907-474-7043) to provide
reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities.
UAF Disability Services for Distance Students
UAF has a Disability Services office that operates in conjunction with the College of Rural Alaska
(CRA) campuses and UAF Center for Distance Education (CDE). Disability Services, a part of
UAF Center for Health and Counseling, provides academic accommodations to enrolled students
who are identified as being eligible for these services.
b) If you believe you are eligible, please visit http://www.uaf.edu/chc/disability.html on the web or
contact a student affairs staff person at your nearest local campus. You can also contact Disability
Services on the Fairbanks Campus at (907) 474-7043, fydso@uaf.edu
Course Schedule:
Week 1
Introductions & Syllabus Review.
What is Project Management?
Week 2
Risk Assessment for PMs
Project Safety Planning
Week 3
Interpersonal Skills for PMs I
Interpersonal Skills for PMs II
Week 4
Project Negotiations
Conflict Resolution
Week 5
Construction Documentation I
Construction Documentation II
Week 6
Construction Planning I
Construction Planning II
Week 7
Project Estimating
Project Estimating
Week 8
Cost Control I
Cost Control II
Week 9
Project Scheduling I
Project Scheduling II
Week 10
Project Scheduling III
Project Scheduling IV
Week 11
Resource Control I
Resource Control II
Week 12
Quality Assurrance and Quality Control
Quality Assurrance and Quality Control
Week 13
Continuous Improvement Programs
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Preparing a Project Management Plan
PMP Development
Week 15
PMP Student Presentations
PMP Student Presentations