Master of Education in Distance Education (MDDE) 618

Instructional Project Management

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Delivery Mode: Group Study

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: None.

Availability: Normally, Winter Term Only

Note: MEd program students must complete Mdde601 & Mdde602 prior to all other courses
Early access to the Moodle Learning Management System begins a few days before the official start date of your course. At that time you will have limited course access.


MDDE 618: Instructional Project Management introduces the general project management competencies for those individuals in the development and production of educational projects. The course explores the current and future climate of the distance education and learning industry and formulates strategies to respond to that climate. Students will develop an awareness of the issues faced by distance education organizations, the challenges of selecting appropriate learning technologies, and the relative costs of delivery.

Course Goals

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to manage an educational project from inception to completion. Specifically, the course will:

  • Introduce the process required to launch a successful project;
  • Initiate students to a variety of team-building skills;
  • Provide an overview of the project management phases;
  • Teach the basic skills associated with each element of the project management cycle;
  • Provide the opportunity to practice and apply those skills.

Course Outline

The course is composed of six units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Project Management
  • Unit 2: Team Building
  • Unit 3: Initiation
  • Unit 4: Planning
  • Unit 5: Execution
  • Unit 6: Completion

Learning Resources

All course resources are online via Moodle.

Student Assessment

Students will be graded on the basis of four assignments and course participation. Assignments aredesigned to provide students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned to a specific case. The assignments are centered on the four major phases of a project life cycle. Assignments build upon one another; as one is completed, students are expected to make modifications based on the feedback and then build their next assignment onto the previous one.

Activity Credit Weight
Assignment 1: Students will provide, define and describe an educational project. 25%
Assignment 2: Students will continue to work in the first assignment and produce a plan for managing the described project. 30%
Assignment 3: Students will describe the processes for managing the project execution. 25%
Assignment 4: Students will complete a Key Questions Matrix. At the end of each unit students will compose two key questions a project manager must be able to answer. 10%
Course Participation: Students are expected to participate in the discussion forums. 10%
Total 100%

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.