Steve DelGrosso, PMP

Poole College of Management

North Carolina State University
Phone: (919) 412-6457

ISE 589 Project Management

3 Credit Hours

In this course, we will take an expansive view of project management concepts, methods, processes, and tools, with the understanding that project management crosses traditional industry and functional boundaries. We will consider project management from multiple perspectives, including those of executive management, the project manager, the project team, and the larger set of project stakeholders. We will also examine projects from technical and non-technical perspectives

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will:

  •  Recognize the increasing importance of managing project portfolios and executing projects in
    organizations of all types, sizes and global locations, and be provided the opportunity to experience
    using the concepts, techniques, and decision tools available to project managers.
  •  Understand core project management concepts as applied to a variety of industrial contexts, and be
    able to recognize the importance of project portfolio strategy, linking organization strategy to project
    execution, and prioritizing projects for effective resource utilization.
  • Appreciate the importance of organizational culture, and you will be able to identify different types
    of organizational structures and decide which ones to apply to project situations.
  • Know the basics of using commercially available project management software to organize, monitor
    and control progress on projects.
  • Gain a holistic view of projects and their role in the organization, using systems found in practice
    and with an understanding of the behavioral issues all project managers must deal with in practice.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the importance of Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and precedence
    networks in planning, scheduling, and controlling projects.
  • Have an awareness of potential resource conflicts and their importance to meeting project cost and
    schedule objectives.
  • Be able to interpret a framework for understanding the conceptual use of an Earned Value
    Management System.
  • Apply formal project Risk Management techniques and processes.
  • Experience virtual, team-based work in analyzing and assessing project problems, principles, and practices. Case study methods will enhance this experience.

Course Resources and Required Materials

Project Management: The Managerial Process, 8th Edition. Larson and Gray, ISBN-13: 9781260238860.
Textbooks are currently available online at and

NOTE: The textbook can be the 7th or 8th edition. The 8th edition has updated some process information
and has added more content based on Agile development concepts and Hybrid methods. It is the
student’s responsibility to obtain access to a version of the textbook.

Supplemental Readings
Other required readings will be accessible via Moodle at no cost.

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.


Created 4/7/2020


Fall 2022