M1A1: Project Milestone: Term Project Topic This activity will enable you to

M1A1: Project Milestone: Term Project Topic

This activity will enable you to apply what you will learn during this course. You will complete a term project that requires you to define the scope of a project, project charter, project plan, budget, and project schedule. You will also undertake a risk analysis for this project. You should use the models in the textbook as examples to complete a detailed document for each assignment.

This term project is broken down into various parts, which are due throughout the course. You will use all comments provided from the instructor, as well as feedback and learning from the discussion board, to complete a final integrated project plan, which includes the individual assignments. The final product is due in Module 7.

You may construct the elements of your project using Microsoft Word and Excel, or you may use Microsoft Project. You will be able to download the full version of Microsoft Project as part of the MSDN Academic Alliance (also known as Microsoft Azure, formerly Imagine). Go to the Start-Here Course Information module for details about this website and registration information. It is also possible to complete the project for this course using the Microsoft Office suite or the Apache Open Office Suite. Students who desire to use Microsoft Project will find instructions within the course to assist them in learning this optional tool.

For now, you are required to choose a suitable topic for your project. You can choose your topic from real events or situations at your current workplace. You can even use an imaginary situation. There are often examples of projects in the news that may be appropriate for this project.

Some examples of projects are:

Business projects such as incorporating a company or running a marketing campaign.

Construction projects such as buildings, roads, or mobile towers.

Manufacturing projects such as setting up new production capabilities.

IT projects such as upgrading hardware or software, or installing an office network with access controls.

Organizational projects such as implementing a quality management program or continuous process improvement program.

Once you have selected a topic, you need to inform your instructor about your choice before you start working on the proposal.

The following items will help you identify a project with a sufficient scope to use throughout this course. Assuming you are the project manager:

Describe the topic of your project briefly, along with the goals or deliverables of the project.

Explain why the project is being undertaken, what it intends to achieve, and the human and physical resources at your disposal to complete the project.

The project needs a timeframe of at least six months to allow for suitable material to complete the project. Please specify all dates in complete format using month, day, year or month/day/year format.

Your project should include at least four team members in addition to you acting as project manager.

Your project will need a budget. Even if all members assigned to the project are salaried employees, there is a cost associated with their work and that needs to be specified. All amounts should be in US dollars.

The instructor’s approval is required for you to proceed with the remaining assignments related to the project.

In preparing your project proposal, you should:

Create a Project Proposal Form similar to the form in the Larson and Gray text displayed in Figure 2-5A. (Note: Your form may be a Word document with the topics noted in the form. It may be a plain document without floor or bubbles or check boxes.) Consult the form to ensure that all areas are addressed in your submission.

Please use dollar signs ($) to denote monetary values and format all dates in Month, Day, Year or mm/dd/yyyy format for ease of understanding. These are a deviation from normal APA formatting, but are standard practice in project management for quick reference and readability.

Submit the Word document to the appropriate dropbox. See the Course Calendar for due dates.
Write a 3–5 page paper in Word format. Use the American Psychological Association (APA) style (most current edition) for writing your assignment.

Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.

Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Upload Submission.”  Enter the submission title and then click on “Select a file to upload.” Browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to Submission File. Click on “Continue.”  Confirm submission is correct and then click on “Accept Submission & Save.”


This course has Turnitin fully integrated into the course dropbox.  This means that you should only submit your assignments to the dropbox below.  Please do not submit your assignment directly to Turnitin.com.    

Once submitted, your assignment will be evaluated by Turnitin® automatically.  You will be able to view an Originality Report within minutes of your first submission that will show how much of your work has been identified as similar to other sources such as websites, textbooks, or other student papers.  Use your Originality Report as a learning tool to identify areas of your assignment that you may not have cited appropriately.  You may resubmit your assignment through this dropbox as many times as you need to check to see if you have made improvements, until the due date of the assignment. However, once you have made your first submission, you will need to wait 24 hours after each subsequent submission to receive a new Originality Report.  Plan accordingly as you draft your assignment.  Once the due date has passed, your assignment submission will be considered final. 


This assignment will be graded using the SBT BUS530_M1A1_Term Project Topic Rubric. Please review this rubric prior to beginning your work. You can also access the rubric on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here module.  The term project assignments make up 20% of the total course grade.


Larson, E. W., & Gray, C. F. (2021). Project management: The managerial process (8th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.