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Spring 2024 Project Management is a Course

Spring 2024 Project Management


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Full course description

Course created by the Office of Digital Learning.

The course Starts on February 1, 2024.

This course will provide learners with a fundamental understanding of project management.

Credit Received: Upon completion, learners will obtain a micro-credential for their digital backpack, demonstrating they have gained the skills necessary to begin work in this exciting field. 

The Project Management course develops the competencies and skills for planning and controlling projects and understanding interpersonal issues that drive successful project outcomes. Focusing on the introduction of new products and processes, it examines the project management life cycle, defining project parameters, best practices in managing complex projects, effective project management tools and techniques, and the role of a project manager. Furthermore, this project management micro-credential satisfies the 35-hour training requirement for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and It will also count for the 23 hours of project management education required for the CAPM certification. 

By the end of this course, learners should be able to understand the roles and responsibilities of a project manager and exhibit techniques to:

  • Develop the foundations of a project plan
  • Plan and implement a project
  • Control a project using critical project management tools
  • Assess project risk
  • Conclude a project effectively
  • Effectively communicate project deliverables to key stakeholders
  • Gain a foundation of knowledge in preparation for the project management professional (PMP) certification exam


“The Digital Learning at NMSU team wants to create a space that sees project management as highly valuable. By implementing project management principles, we can benefit by saving time and money,  properly allocating our available resources,  improving communications,  increasing transparency, and ensuring accountability. “ 

Yolanda HernandezDirector of Operations, NMSU Global

Headshot: Dr. Thomas G. Pittz is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management in the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center of the Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa.About the Instructor:

Dr. Thomas G. Pittz is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management in the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center of the Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa.

Prior to work in academia, Dr. Pittz worked in project management in the mortgage servicing division of Wells Fargo and later as an executive for two Twin-City area nonprofit organizations. He is now an award-winning educator and researcher whose work broadly focuses on risk-sharing in R&D and new product development project contracts, relational advantage in interfirm relationships, the impact of strategic openness on innovation, and external knowledge acquisition and exploitation.

He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in outlets such as the International Journal of Project Management, the Journal of Business Ethics, Small Business Economics, and the Journal of Small Business Management, to name a few. He has also published two books with Emerald Publishing Group, Ltd, serves as an editor for three prestigious scholarly journals, and edits an annual volume focused on translating academic research for practitioner use. Additionally, he is the treasurer and director-at-large (and former Executive Director) for the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).