This program provides a thorough introduction to project management best practices and industry-wide standards in an online format for those who prefer a flexible, interactive, online learning experience. The project management processes covered in this course are applicable to projects of any size in such diverse fields as finance, research and development, engineering, biotechnology, information technology and construction. Upon completion of this course, students will have learned basic project management tools and concepts to plan and lead a project of medium complexity to a successful conclusion. In addition, students will have been introduced to the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – essential information for those interested in pursuing a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.
Program participants will have an opportunity to practice creating the key project management deliverables that initiate, plan, execute and close a project. At the beginning of the course, students will select a case study project to work on for the duration of the class. As the course proceeds, each student will create and submit the project management deliverables for their case study project and will review and comment on the project management deliverables created by the other students.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Define a project's characteristics and describe the benefits of project management
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of the project manager and the project sponsor
- Recognize the project management process groups and knowledge areas as defined in PMI’s “PMBOK® Guide.”
- Prepare a project charter and perform basic stakeholder analysis to initiate a project
- Prepare and use the following key project management planning deliverables: communication plan, RACI matrix, Work breakdown structure, Critical path schedule, Budget estimates, risk register and project baselines
- Understand basic guidelines for motivating project team members
- Use a well-defined process to manage project change and adjust plans
- Describe status collection, reporting and stakeholder communication
- Describe how to monitor and control project progress
- Work with a team to successfully deliver results and close projects
The Project Management Certificate Program Online is offered completely online in seven weekly modules starting each Tuesday. Each module includes online lecture notes, interactive drills and practice, discussion topics, supplemental reading from the required textbook, a short quiz and a project assignment.
- Module 1: Basic Project Management Concepts
- Module 2: Initiating the Project
- Module 3: Planning the Project Scope
- Module 4: Planning the Project Schedule and Budget
- Module 5: Planning for Project Risks and Setting the Project Baselines
- Module 6: Executing the Project Plan
- Module 7: Monitoring Progress and Closing the Project
Interactive Drills and Quizzes: Each module includes periodic interactive drills to practice the concepts covered in the module. In addition each module concludes with a short quiz covering the topics in the module.
Each module includes a project management deliverable assignment. Using the templates furnished as part of the class, each student submits the following project management deliverables:
- Project concept
- Project charter
- Stakeholder list
- Work breakdown structure (WBS)
- Preliminary project schedule and budget
- Risk register
- Baselined project scope, schedule and budget
- Project retrospective
Certificate of Completion
To receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course, participants must complete at least six of the seven course modules and assignments by the course end date.
Required: The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, 5th Edition, by Eric Verzuh (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2015). This is the primary textbook for the class in addition to the online materials. It presents additional information about the basic project management concepts and tools you will use to accomplish your project assignments. This book is provided as part of your course fee.
Optional/Recommended: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5th Edition, (Project Management Institute, 2013). This reference helps you understand the PMI project management framework and how each project management process contributes to project success. If you are planning to study and take the PMP® exam, this book is essential. If not, you will learn enough about the PMI Framework from the course materials.
This program may be taken independently and requires no formal admission to the University. For more project management courses, view the Project Management Essentials Certificate offered through Extended Studies.