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Course Description

The Basics of Project Management

21 Hours

Gain an excellent understanding of the project characteristics, along with the five project management Process Groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing) to enhance overall performance and the success of projects in any organization or industry. Discover how to integrate the ten Knowledge Area processes, tools, techniques and templates in a manner that can be readily applied in your work place. Learn how project management processes connect with each other to successfully achieve project objectives. topics include management of stakeholders, scope, quality, schedule, cost, resources, communication, risk, procurement and project integration. You will also apply various techniques such as stakeholder analysis, work breakdown structure, scheduling, estimating, risk assessments, evaluation criteria, change control and lessons learned

NOTE: This course is eligible for credit in both the Construction Management Certificate and the Project Management Certificate.

Project Management and the Organization

3.5 Hours
Understanding how your project should align to strategic goals of the organization is fundamental to guiding all the decisions you will undertake on your project. Learn how organizations are increasingly dependent on effective project management to achieve strategic objectives and enhance organizational goals. Discover how to manage organizational and environmental factors that can affect project performance. Concepts include portfolio and program management, business case fundamentals, organizational impacts on project structures and reporting relationships as well as an overview of project methodologies. You will also learn how to develop a Project Charter that ensures there is a direct link between the project’s intended deliverables and the strategic objectives of the organization.


Project Scope and Quality

14 Hours

Scope definition and quality control are fundamental to project success. Learn how to elicit and turn requirements into a project scope with the appropriate level of quality. Concepts include requirements elicitation and traceability techniques, scope management planning, work breakdown structure, scope validation and scope control. Also addressed are concepts related to quality management models that include quality management planning, quality assurance and quality control, which highlights the benefits of prevention over inspection. You will apply these concepts to various exercises based on real world examples and case studies.


Project Schedule and Cost Management

21 Hours

Scheduling along with cost definition and control are critical to project success. Learn how to transform project scope and quality objectives into a feasible project schedule and cost baseline for proper tracking and control. Concepts include how to estimate, the impact of the project management approach (adaptive versus predictive), and effective techniques to develop and display schedule information, such as Gantt charts, Project Network Diagrams, Precedence Diagrams and Critical Path. You will also apply various techniques including Earned Value Analysis to measure and report the combined impact of schedule and cost variances against a baseline plan so you can properly forecast potential project outcomes well enough into the future to allow time to make a required present change.


Project Stakeholder, Resources & Communications Management

21 Hours
Proficiency in stakeholder, human resource management and communications is what separates good project managers from great ones. Learn to continually identify and engage effectively with stakeholders, to foster support for project goals and objectives, and to build dynamic teams. Concepts include identifying and assessing stakeholders and managing their expectations, principles of organizational change management, the fundamentals of leadership styles and building effective teams, the impact of your communication style on project success, the mechanics of project communications and project archives, and records/document management. You will apply and use various techniques such as stakeholder analysis, techniques for successful negotiating, motivational models, communication styles and methods, and situational leadership.  


Project Procurement Management

14 Hours
Have you ever had difficulty negotiating contracts or defining the activities required by the vendor to ensure your project has the proper cost-effective resources when it needs it? Learn how to develop contracting strategies, and the respective roles of the project and procurement departments in negotiating, administering, managing and closing contracts. Concepts include the procurement life cycle, the basic components and types of contracts, evaluation approaches, and vendor relationship management. You will also apply various techniques and practices including make or buy analysis, selection of contract types, risk mitigation using procurement strategies, and procurement performance reviews and audits.


Project Risk Management

14 Hours
Inappropriately managed risk can have serious consequences. Learn how to identify and accurately assess risk to respond in a more effective manner. Concepts include risk identification, understanding probability and impact, developing reasonable risk response strategies.  Incorporating risk (through risk registers, audits and reassessment), into the project management plan is addressed. You will also apply various techniques such as risk categorization, quantitative risk analysis, expected monetary value analysis, contingency analysis, risk mitigation strategies, decision trees, variance, and trend analysis.


Project Integration Management

3.5 Hours

Integration of all interrelated project activities is the key to a successful project. Learn how integration processes assist the project manager to identify the interdependencies among activities so they can deliver projects on time and on budget to meet business objectives. Enhance your ability to integrate all the elements of a project into a single comprehensive project management plan, then action that plan using appropriate monitoring and control techniques combined with a comprehensive change control process. Concepts include how all the project management knowledge areas work together in an integrated fashion, configuration management, change control boards, use of project reports and information, lessons learned, and the role of ethics in the project process. You will also apply project management 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.

OPTIONAL - Project Management Professional PMP* Exam Prep Course (6th Edition)

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 Sixth Edition.

All courses earn PMI Professional Development Units (PDUs) – number of PDUs equivalent to hours of instruction.

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