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Instructor: Todd Macalady, Executive Director  

Southwest TTAP

1838 Commerce Dr, Lakeside, AZ 85929

Office: (602) 910-8367 



Credits: (Pass/Fail)

Office Hours: The instructor will also be available for ½ hour before and after each session in order to answer questions and review work on an individual basis.

Text:  Course pack (latest edition, to be provided by the instructor)


Course Description: The course will address the theories and key components of project management including project integration, project scope management, project time and cost management, quality management, human resource considerations, communications, risk management, and procurement management as it relates to Tribal projects and contract sources. 

Course Goals: This course will give students a chance to learn, ask questions and discuss the principles and common procedures with a knowledgeable instructor. The goal is to provide students with a basic knowledge of project management.  

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students should:

Instructional Methods: Instructional methods will consist of lecture and group activities.

Course Policies:  Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and group activities.

Evaluation and Grading: This is a pass/fail course. Grades will be assigned based on the percentage of the total points possible that a student earned for the course in accordance with the following:

Total points possible for the course will be weighted based on the following:

Attendance (10%): Because attendance in class is required to both gain information from the lecture and to be able to participate in activities, attendance is graded as part of this course. Good attendance is even more critical when courses are offered in an intensive format. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each day and immediately after the lunch break. Late arrivals will receive prorated credit for attendance at that portion of class. Students with valid reasons for missing class who notify the instructor of their absence prior to that portion of class (excused absence) will retain ½ of attendance points for that portion.

Participation (10%): Group discussions, in-class exercises, and overall group dynamics are an essential part of the learning experience for this course. Students are expected to actively participate in group discussions and exercises in a variety of roles. Participation points for a missed class session cannot be made up.  

In-class Exercises (30%): Student will critique an assortment of construction management case studies.  

Case study critiques should address each of the major project management principles discussed in class, therefore critiques should become more complex as the course progresses.

Course Notebook (50%): Students will be required to keep a course notebook for the session. The course notebook should include notes on the presentations and reflections on how the information presented could affect the student’s local government or work environment. Course notebooks will be evaluated at the end of each session day. 

% of Total
100 - 80
< 79

Rubric Level (Points)


Assignment Not Completed  (0 points)

Student did not complete the assigned work.

Principles Not Present (2 points)

Student has completed the assignment, however most key principles are missing from the assignment. 

Principles Present But Not Incorporated  (5 points)

Student has included most key principles of project management in their work, however the work does not demonstrate an understanding of those principles. Student presents principles in rote without demonstrating an understanding of context or application within the context of their transportation program. Student primarily uses separate knowing.

Emerging Principles (7 points) 

Student work reflects and incidental or partial understanding of the key principles of project management. Student ties the information to local transportation program, but does not demonstrate the application to a local context. Student uses both separate and connected knowing. 

Developing Principles  (8 points) 

Student work reflects a developing and integrated approach to incorporating key principles of project management to their local transportation program. Student applies competencies to moderately complex evaluation scenarios and demonstrates an awareness of adapting the principles to local transportation program. Student uses mostly connected knowing. 

Enacting Principles (10 points) 

Student has fully integrated the key principles of transportation project management into their work. Student clearly demonstrates an understanding of the core competencies of project management and the ability to apply their competencies within complex tribal transportation programs. Student primarily uses connected knowing. 

Students will be able to:
Evaluated by:

1. Describe why proper flagger operations are important

Group Discussion, Course Notebook

2. List the abilities of a good flagger.

Group Discussion, Class Activities, Course Notebook

3. Use standard references as they pertain to flagger control.

Group Discussion, Course Notebook

4. Know proper flagging signals and procedures

Group Discussion, Class Activities, Exercise 1, Course Notebook

5. Know flagger signals and procedures

Group Discussion, Class Activities, Exercise 2, Course Notebook

Support Services: The instructor is available upon appointment for additional assistance outside session hours.

Course Schedule:


Concepts and Theories of Construction Project Management

• Work Breakdown Structure

• Scheduling basics

• Project Management Plan

Determine What Your Project Requires

• What Schedule is Required, and When

• How to Read the RFP / Contract Documents / Specifications

• (It’s What the Owner Wants, after all)

• Develop Your Team, Interviews


Class Activities: Build a Preliminary Plan (Group Breakout Participation; 45 minutes)


How to Manage Risk

• Cost Controls


• HR

• Contracts

• Conflict Resolution

Exercise 2:

• Group discussion  

• Damage Control discussion



Wrap-up discussion. Instructor and students will discuss the concepts and exercises covered in this course.  Discussion will also include student reflection on how their skills and technology could be used in their community. 

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