Gain a clear understanding of the five Project Management Process Groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing) and learn how these processes interact with each other to successfully achieve project objectives. Discover how to integrate the ten Knowledge Area processes, tools and templates in the work place. Concepts include stakeholders, scope, quality, time, cost, human resources, communication, risk, procurement and project integration management. Students will also apply techniques such as stakeholder analysis, work breakdown structure, scheduling, estimating, risk assessments, contracts and change control. This course is recommended to be taken first in the Project Management Certificate.
NOTE: This course is eligible for credit in both the Construction Management Certificate and the Project Management Certificate.
Understanding how a project links to corporate strategic goals is fundamental to guiding all decisions affecting the project. Learn how corporations utilize project management to achieve strategic objectives. Concepts include portfolio and program management, business case fundamentals, organizational impacts on project structures and reporting relationships. Students will also develop a Project Charter, a document that requests authorization to expend corporate resources for a project.
Scope definition and quality control are fundamental to project success. Learn how to gather and turn customer requirements into a project scope. Concepts include requirements collection techniques, scope management planning, work breakdown structure, scope validation and scope control. Also addressed are quality management models, quality assurance programs and basic quality control tools. Students will apply these concepts to exercises based on real world examples and case studies.
Schedule, cost definition and control are critical to project success. Learn to turn the outputs from the scope and quality processes into the basis for building realistic project timelines and cost estimates. Concepts include how to estimate with differing levels of definition, how to develop and display schedule information using a GANTT project scheduling bar chart, Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT), Project Network Diagrams, Precedence Diagrams and Critical Path. Students will also apply various techniques including Earned Value Methodology to measure and report the combined impact of cost and schedule variances.
Proficiency in stakeholder, human resource management and communications is what separates good Project Managers from great ones. Learn to identify and communicate effectively with external and internal stakeholders, to foster support for the project goals and objectives and to build dynamic teams. Concepts include identifying, categorizing and managing stakeholders and their expectations; the fundamentals of leadership styles and building effective teams; the impact of communication style on project success; the mechanics of project communications and project
archives and records/ document management. Students will learn about the application of techniques supported by these concepts.
Ever had difficulty negotiating contracts or defining the vendor’s requirements on a project? Learn how to develop contracting strategies and formulate the roles of the project and procurement departments in negotiating, forming, administering, managing and closing contracts. Concepts include the procurement life cycles, the basic components and types of contracts, evaluation approaches and vendor relationship management. Students will also apply various techniques including make or buy analysis, selection of contract types, risk mitigation using procurement strategies, claims management and procurement performance reviews and audits.
Inappropriately managed risk will break a project and can seriously damage a person’s career. Learn how to identify and appropriately categorize risk to plan and respond strategically. Concepts include risk identification, types of risk analysis, response strategies, risk registers, impact on project management plan, risk audits and reassessments. Students will also apply techniques such as risk categorization, probability\ and impact assessments and matrices, expected monetary value analysis, quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, contingency analysis, risk mitigation strategies, tornado diagrams, decisions trees, variance and trend analysis.
Integration of project activities is the key to a successful project. Learn how integration processes enable Project Managers to deliver projects on time and on budget. Utilize comprehensive change control processes, monitoring and control techniques to create a cohesive project management plan and put the plan in action. Concepts include the role of project management knowledge areas, configuration management, change control boards, use of project reports and information, lessons learned and the role of ethics in the project process. Students will also apply techniques such as change requests, control logs, audits, historical information and close out reports.
NOTE: it is recommended that this course be taken after all others have been completed.
PDU: 35 | CEU: 3.5
An online MindEdge course.
This completely online and self-paced project management program builds successful project managers at all levels of the organization. It provides a comprehensive preparation for the PMP® certification exam including exam-taking tips, 12 comprehensive module quizzes, five process group tests, and two full-length, 200-question practice exams covering the PMBOK® Guide areas of knowledge, which will provide a report to help you determine your areas of weakness. This course aligns with the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition.
All courses earn PMI Professional Development Units (PDUs) – number of PDUs equivalent to hours of instruction.
For details, visit www.pmi.org