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 will learn:

  • how to maximize the use of MS Project software
  • 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

(Note: This course has a new course code. It was formerly TECJ410)


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

The course is 13 weeks in duration. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the course management system, Brightspace. For more information, visit our page on online learning.

Text: No textbook required.

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.

Software requirements

It is a requirement of this course that you have Microsoft Project 2013 or Microsoft Project 2016 or the cloud based Microsoft Project 2019 (with a minimum of the Project Plan version 3). Students are responsible for obtaining their own software.

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

Required equipment/software

  • MS Project 2013 or 2016
  • Personal Computer - Students must use Microsoft Windows as MS Project is not compatible with the Mac OS
  • Microsoft Windows, Vista edition or newer
  • Internet access

Recommended web browsers

Recommended Browsers for Windows:

  • Internet Explorer: versions 8.0 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox: latest version
  • Google Chrome: latest version

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Info you should know:

Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of MS Project and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies and the instructor to use other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).

Note: Microsoft software is hosted on servers outside of Canada, thus information you may provide in subscribing for this software is not governed by Canadian privacy legislation.