Developing Quality Project Management Curriculum (Part 1)

Cindy teaches undergraduate students as well as graduate students and executives in Project Management, Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Intelligence at American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

In his novel Lanterns on the Levee: Recollections of a Planter's Son, William Alexander Percy said, "As with all great teachers, his curriculum was an insignificant part of what he communicated. From him, you didn’t learn a subject but life."

As educators, we hold dearly the responsibility to teach our students about life, walk alongside them as they mature into new roles, and create value for the education they are obtaining. While I agree with Percy that we do not solely teach our subject, we do, however, have an obligation to teach our subject with excellence—and that begins with a foundation of quality curriculum.

1. Develop your curriculum in light of market guidelines and market needs. I am currently employed at an American university outside of the United States. Given we are an American university that follows American curriculum and U.S. accreditation standards, we developed our curriculum for the accounting major with the idea that graduates would pursue a CPA.

This curriculum model is very much in line with how U.S.-based institutions would set up an accounting degree. However, since we are outside of the States—and our market guidelines and market needs are driven more by a European standard—the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) is the industry standard. Thus, while we are well intentioned,…

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"Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song, A medley of extemporanea; And love is a thing that can never go wrong; and I am Marie of Roumania."

- Dorothy Parker

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