|Create a project management tool
or resource that will serve the needs of your designated mentor.
Service learning is a process whereby
students develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes through engaging in a
thoughtful process of service to the community. We will employ a modified
version of "service learning" in this course by developing a project management
tool or resource that will serve the needs of a real world project manager,
ideally one of the mentors participating in this course. (Alternatively,
you can develop a tool or resource for another external client who is not
serving as a mentor in this course.)
This task has the following components:
1. Working with your mentor (or designated
client), identify a specific need for a project management tool or resource.
Please prepare a brief contract for the development of the tool or resource
and have it approved by Professor Reeves by March 3. A sample contract
is available here.
2. Develop the tool or resource so
that it can be shared with other participants in the course. This will
usually mean that the tool or resource will be web-based. The following
is an example of a project management resource: Project
3. On the last night of class, you
will have an opportunity to demonstrate your resource or tool.
4. You will receive an assessment of
the resource from your mentor or client as well as a formal assessment
from Professor Reeves.
This task is worth 35 points.
Prototype tools or resources may
be shared for review at any time. The final version should be done by April
grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors.
spelling mistakes, awkward or improper word choice, or punctuation problems.
is spelled correctly and all grammar is correct. No punctuation problems.
unappealing. Showing little adherence to good design principles.
adheres to good design principles, but includes some inappropriate elements.
clear. Showing strong adherence to design principles. Visually appealing.
*if links included
broken links or other functional problems.
links and other elements work properly, but there are a few problems.
technical aspects of the tool or resource work properly.
Ease of Use*
navigate around tool or resource.
adequate, but not particularly obvious.
the tool or resource is user friendly and apparent.
effectiveness. Client expresses little satisfaction with the tool or resource.
effectiveness. Client expresses moderate satisfaction with the tool or
effectiveness. Client expresses great satisfaction with the tool or resource.