Title

Students Perceptions of Project Management: Comparing Students’ Start and End of Course Perceptions of the Importance of PM, PMBOK Categories, and Contributing Subject Areas

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2009

Publication Title

Proceedings of the Southern Association for Information Systems

Abstract

Institutions of higher education are receiving steady pressure to better prepare students for project management (PM) positions and therefore the value being placed on project management courses is increasing in higher education, especially in computing disciplines. IS curricula models specifically address PM courses and concepts. The need for appropriately skilled project managers has also motivated industries to take advantage of PM training and certification programs offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI, 2000). The Standish group indicates that CIOs believe that having an experienced project manager is a key factor in IT projects success. This investigation focuses on the perception of students on the overall importance of PM, the Project Management Body of Knowledge Areas (PMBOK), and knowledge of specific subject areas that contribute to the preparation of students for PM positions. Graduate and undergraduate PM students at a regional institution in the southeast were survey at both the start and end of their courses.

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