Course description

Get a handle on your project. Whatever your area of expertise, learn and apply the fundamental concepts of effective project management. A seasoned PMP designated professional will work with you throughout a project management cycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing. You will learn how to maximize the use of MS Project software throughout this project cycle.

You’ll learn:

  • the concepts and methodologies needed to plan, manage and track performance over a complete project life cycle
  • cost–benefit analysis
  • change control management
  • quality control
  • risk management
  • performance tracking and corrective action

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: An Introduction to Project Management (Fifth Edition), Schwalbe.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the concepts of project management, the role of the project manager and the role of the project team.
  • Prepare a project feasibility analysis, including limited risk assessment.
  • Perform an elementary cost-benefit analysis using pay-back period.
  • Express the administrative requirements of projects.
  • Develop the project requirements using a work breakdown structure.
  • Establish milestones for a project.
  • Create a precedence diagram for a small project.
  • Present project plans using Gantt charts, wall schedules or milestone charts.
  • Estimate the duration and cost for tasks within a project & deal with contingencies.
  • Optimize a project schedule using standard approaches.
  • Use Microsoft Project to establish and update a project plan.
  • Be aware of the common causes of project failure and the paths to success.

Required equipment/software

  • a reliable Internet connection
  • Windows computer
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher (or LibreOffice)
  • MS Project 2013 (Note: MS Project 2013 trial versions are available online. You will have limited access to the trial version; download the software in Unit Six of the course.)

Students must use Microsoft Windows as MS Project is not compatible with the Mac OS at this time.

Recommended web browsers

For Windows computers:

  • Internet Explorer: latest version
  • Mozilla Firefox: latest version
  • Google Chrome: latest version

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