Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Project Management
Northwestern State University’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Project Management focuses on effective decision-making in technical, manufacturing, and service providing industries. The program allows students with Baccalaureate degree in any discipline to gain pertinent knowledge to apply project management techniques and principles to products, processes, or services in industrial environment thereby enabling them to work as project managers or supervisors.
This 18-hour program, which is delivered online and face to face, fulfills workforce needs that have grown as Louisiana attracted many technical, manufacturing, and service providing industries over the past five years.
Required Courses (12 credit hours):
Technical Project Management. Project evaluation and selection; project planning, organizing, managing and controlling. Software tools and techniques for work breakdown structure; project networks; scheduling; critical path method; program evaluation and review technique; project crashing for small/large project of commercial/academic or nonprofit organizations.
Elements of Occupational Supervision. Preparation, training, and problems of the supervisor.
Engineering Economics. Principles and applications of economic analysis presented through engineering-oriented examples. Introduction and definitions of economic factors, analysis methods for evaluating alternative choices, and decision making tools for real-world situations.
Spreadsheet Applications I. This course is designed to assist students in preparing for the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Excel Certification. Attention is given to developing skills in spreadsheet applications including data exchange between other types of applications.
Electives (Take 2, 6 credit hours):
Production and Inventory Control. Planning and control of production; operation analysis; routing, scheduling, dispatching; production charts and boards; inventory control; accumulation of material requirements; use of critical path techniques.
Business Reports and Communications. Communication problems, business letters, employment application procedures. Problem areas investigated by research procedures; sources of data, compilation and arrangement of data, documentation, bibliography, and effective presentation.
Business Law I. The study of the legal environment of Business, with an emphasis on the development of law, an overview of the court system, legal concepts underlying business crimes and torts, contracts, employer-employee relationships, commercial paper, and property rights, ethics.
Organization and Management. Management processes and ethics, with focus on the management of people in organizations, their behavior, motivation, and interactions with management structure.
Quality Control. Methods and procedures employed in industrial quality control, theories of measurement, error, prediction, sampling, tests of significance and models.
Data Analytics. This course provides an introduction to the field of data analytics, which can be defined as the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Data analytics is explored as a process of transforming data into actions through analysis and insights in the context of organizational decision making and problem solving. This course stresses the factors that impact the performance of business decision makers and the data management and analysis methods that add value to them. The application of selected data mining techniques to business decision making situations is illustrated. Students actively participate in the delivery of this course through case and project presentations.