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Mastering Project Management with Microsoft Project 2016

This course presents material sequentially as it will likely occur in actual projects. You'll gain a better understanding of how to apply project management concepts and the variations between them. Key and critical topics are explored in-depth as is appropriate for an intermediate, advanced level understanding.

You will learn about project selection, developing project strategies, creating a schedule model, stat-using and forecasting, project recovery, and more. This course also combines knowledge of project management scheduling disciplines with the use of the Microsoft Project 2016 software. Additionally, this course meets or exceeds the educational requirements for those interested in the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.

PMP, Project Management Professional, Project Management Professional (PMP), PMBOK, PgMP, PMI-RMP, CAPM, PMI-SP, PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) and the PMI REP Logo are registered marks of the Project Management Institute.

6 Months / 210 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Bunker Hill Community College

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

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Mastering Project Management with Microsoft Project 2016

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES271

What You Will Learn
  • Advanced project management concepts and definitions
  • Project selection and proposal processes
  • How to evaluate projects and take appropriate next steps
  • How to select, plan, execute, control and complete projects
  • Learn the Microsoft Project 2016 features
  • Plan out your work and keep projects on track
  • Use Project 2016 software to improve your project managing abilities
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 210 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare for the Project Management Institute PMP certification exam
  • Enhance your ability to secure a promotion, score a new job, and generally climb the career ladder
  • Develop greater understanding of the project manager's role in a variety of fields
  • Boost critical thinking and decision-making skills that will aid you across industries
  • Become a more efficient and organized worker
  • Bring your mastery of Microsoft Project to any potential workplace
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by going above and beyond to receive extra instruction

Outline

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Mastering Project Management with PMP® Prep
  1. Introduction
  2. Project Justification
  3. Project Strategy
  4. Project Definition
  5. Activity Definition
  6. Activity Estimating
  7. Quality
  8. Estimating Resources
  9. Schedule Development
  10. Procurement Planning
  11. Risk Management
  12. Budgeting & Baseline
  13. Understanding Stakeholders
  14. Begin Project Execution
  15. Statusing & Forecasting
  16. Project Recovery
  17. Project & Phase Closing
  18. Overview of PMP Exam
Microsoft Project 2016
I. Course Introduction
  A. What is Project?
  B. Set up and download practice files
  C. What to expect
II. Establishing a Good Project Management Foundation
  A. Gathering project documentation
  B. The Scope Statement
  C. Understanding your deliverables
  D. The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
III.  Schedule Terminology and Methodology
  A. Terms and Concepts
  B. Schedule Analysis
  C. Understanding Float
IV. Navigating Microsoft Project 2016
  A. Ribbon Menu Navigation
  B. The Backstage View
  C. Templates
V. Microsoft Project Terminology
  A. Understanding Task and Resource Views
  B. Navigating Resource and Task Tables
  C. Utilizing Forms
VI. Understanding Default Settings
  A. The Purpose of Default Settings
  B. Finding Default Settings
  C. Default Settings for display and general calendars
  D. Default Settings for scheduling and calculations
VII. Setting Up Calendars
  A. Available Base Calendar Templates
  B. Creating a Project Calendar
  C. Setting up Resource and Task Calendars
  D. Calendar Tips
VIII.  Task Terminology & Creating Task List
  A. Microsoft Project Tasks Defined
  B. More Tasks Defined
  C. Creating a Task List
  D. Organizing your Tasks
IX. Schedule Development
  A. Types of Estimates
  B. Modeling Tasks & Relationships
  C. Schedule Development
X. Advanced Task Functionalities
  A. Task Types and Calculations
  B. Advanced Task Functionalities
  C. Managing Deadlines
  D. Task Information Dialog Box
XI. Introduction to Resources
  A. Resource Terminology
  B. Resource Types
  C. Setting up a Resource Sheet
  D. Best Practices
XII. Assigning Resources to Tasks
  A. Utilizing Assign Resources method
  B. Understanding Work Resource Calculations
  C. Changing Resource Assignments
  D. Assigning Material and Cost Resources
  E. Resource Planning Guidelines
XIII. Managing Resource Assignments
  A. Resource Graph View
  B. Resource Usage View
  C. Utilizing Team Planner
XIV. Customizing Project Views
  A. Modifying the Gantt Chart view
  B. Applying Sorts
  C. Understanding Built-in Filters and AutoFilter
  D. Utilizing Groups
XV. Project Plan Review
  A. Is it a Good Plan?
  B. Verifying Schedule Logic
  C. Ensuring All Work Is Included
  D. Validating Estimates and Resource Assignments
XVI. Statusing Your Project
  A. Setting Baseline
  B. Understanding the Statusing Process
  C. Understanding Statusing Formulas
  D. Introduction to Tracking Methods
XVII. Tracking Project Performance
  A. Project Statistics
  B. Applying Slipping Task Filter
  C. Utilizing Variance Table
  D. Generating Reports
  E. Earned Value Management (EVM) and Microsoft Project
  F. Getting Back on Track
XVIII. Format and Customize
  A. Changing Details
  B. Creating Macros
  C. Utilizing Drag and Drop functionality
  D. Utilizing the Organizer
XIX. Create Master Project Files
  A. Import / Exporting Project Data
  B. Managing Multiple Projects
  C. Creating a Master Project File
  D. Creating a Common (Shared) Resource Pool

Instructors & Support

Nikki Choyce

Nikki Choyce, PMP has been involved in the project management field for almost 20 years and has worked as a consultant and trainer for much of that time. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and very active in the project management community. She has worked in a variety of industries, including Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Aerospace, Construction, and Telecommunications. She has worked with Microsoft Project for over 10 years.

Erica Kirwan

Erica Kirwan has more than 15 years of experience in process and project management. Previously, Kirwan served as Senior Project Manager for a Fortune 200 financial services company. She earned an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a master's degree in Public Administration.

Requirements

Requirements

Prerequisites:

You should have at least two years experience managing projects or complete the Essentials of Project Management course.

This course will also prepare you for the PMP Certification Exam. Student who wish to take the PMP Certification exam will need to meet one of the following sets of requirements to take the exam:

  • A four-year degree
  • 36 months of leading projects
  • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification
    — OR —
  • A high school diploma or an associate degree (or global equivalent)
  • 60 months of leading projects
  • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Project 2016 (not included in enrollment).
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Mastering Project Management portion of the bundle:

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • PMP Exam Prep

FAQs

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, this program meets or exceeds the educational prerequisite for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification, PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP ®) certification, and the Managing Projects with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) 74-34 exam.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

I'm new to project management, is this course the right fit for me?

Yes. You will find that this course starts from the ground up laying a solid foundation of project management terminology and concepts. Then, after you gain a foundation, you will move on to mastering the concepts with a level of expertise that you can bring into the industry. You can even qualify to take national certifying exams when you complete the course.

I have Microsoft Project 2013 (2010, etc.). Can I use that instead of 2016?

No. This is a hands-on course that calls out specific keystroke commands. In every version of Microsoft Project, new features and functions are added or removed and keystrokes will likely change. Additional compatibility issues may exist with using the provided practice files.

I have Microsoft Project 2016 Standard. Can I use that?

Yes. Although this program will also cover some features / functions that are only available in the Professional edition, you will be provided with references to those functions. The main difference is that you won't be able to do the hands-on exercises associated with those functions.

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About Certification

Project Management Institute (PMI)

The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 to bring professionalism and community to the project management sector of business. Its education and advocacy efforts, publications, certifications, and professional development programs affect the lives of 2.9 million professionals throughout the world. PMI wants to help standardize the project management profession, and help businesses improve their organizational success. Most of all, they want to help individuals advance their careers and earning prospects, and they're doing just that through their certified courses.