Introduction to Project Management

Course Description:

With complex projects failing at an estimated rate of 75%, it is no longer acceptable to assume that an individual with subject matter expertise equates to the best choice to lead their organizations most critical projects.  In this short course, students will be introduced to an effective process-orientated planning strategy that will guide them through the successful implementation of projects from inception to completion.  Through examination of a series of both successful and failed projects, students will gain a better understanding of what characterizes project success and position themselves to deliver projects on time and within budget while meeting the expectations of the project stakeholders. 

Program Dates, Times & Details

Session Dates

Course Dates: January 18-Februrary 8, 2023
Duration: 4 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: Wednesdays; 6 – 7:30 p.m. EST
Class Fee: $244*
Course Information: UCN 110 U001
Course Number: 42611
Application/Enrollment Deadline: January 13, 2023

Online Course Meeting Times: 

  • Wednesday, January 18 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, January 25 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, February 1 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, February 8 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST

* Syracuse University Alumni, Staff and Faculty are eligible to enroll in this course for a discounted rate via Orange Academy. Please e-mail Allison Roth at for further information on how to take advantage of the discounted rate.

Questions? Contact Allison Roth at

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate project management key concepts and terminology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge areas and project management lifecycle as describe by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • Utilize a process-orientated planning approach that will guide the execution of complex project.
  • Identify common reasons for project failure as discovered through review of case studies of both successful and failed projects.
  • Explain the differing project management methodologies and demonstrate a detailed understanding of Waterfall and Agile approaches.
  • Discuss techniques to successfully manage project teams in small, medium and large organizations and the added complexity of managing global teams.

Program & Technology Requirements

Required Technology

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class

Required Textbook

Heagney, Joseph.  Fundamentals of Project Management – Fifth Edition.  AMACOM, 2016, ISBN-13:  978–0814437360.

Instructor Bio

Mark Borte

As a graduate of Syracuse University (M.S. in Telecommunications and Network Management & C.A. S. in Information Systems and Telecommunications Management), I am proud to be working with University College to deliver course content. Drawing on my professional experience with building and operating service provider fiber optic networks, my background and skills position me well to connect people, information and technology. I also possess a B.S. degree in Telecommunications from the State University of New York Institute of Technology and I hold more that (20) professional certifications to include PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) and the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL v3) certification. Prior to teaching at Syracuse University, I have also taught at other colleges throughout Upstate New York.

Over the past 25 years, I have primarily worked for start-up organizations to build and operate fiber optic networks throughout New York State. I currently serve as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) where I oversee the daily operations of a carrier-class fiber optic network bringing state-of-the-art optical transmission services to other service providers and large enterprise customers in the under-served areas of New York State. My subject matter expertise is in fiber optic transmission, service provider operations, service delivery and project management. As an Adjunct Professor, I feel it is my responsibility to bring these “real life” experiences to the classroom.

I enjoy working with students and the sense of accomplishment that comes at the conclusion of each semester. In 2017, I was proud to have been selected by the students of the iSchool as the Part-Time Professor of the year.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my wife and three daughters and I particularly enjoy the times we travel which gives us the opportunity to experience new things together and create lifelong memories. I also enjoy Syracuse basketball, playing card games, boating and golfing.