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Project Management Fundamentals

There are more projects occurring today than at any time in history. Organizations initiate projects to create new computer applications, erect bridges and buildings, improve processes, develop new products, and reorganize company operations. Unfortunately, most organizations do not manage projects well, creating an unprecedented demand for project management practitioners. If you're organized, perceptive, detail-oriented, and an excellent communicator, you just might have what it takes to succeed in the fast-growing field of project management.

In this six-week course, an experienced Project Management Professional will help you master the essentials of project management. You'll become an indispensable member of your project team by discovering and mastering the critical concepts you need to plan, implement, control, and close any type of project.

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Project Management Fundamentals

Learning Method

Instructor-led Confirm your Start Date in Cart

Self-Paced Selection of this learning method allows you to take this course on your own pace, explore the content in any order, and 3 months to complete it. No instructor. Study on your own schedule

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Course Code: pmf

What You Will Learn
  • Learn about project politics and ethics, project measurements, and project closure
  • Gain the knowledge to develop all sections of a project plan
  • Become comfortable with the project management body of knowledge
  • Develop a variety of powerful techniques to generate project ideas
  • Master the concepts you need to plan, implement, control and close any type of project
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • New project managers, learn the essential information you need to prepare for and complete your first project
  • Experience project managers, become more valuable to your employer by increasing your skills and competencies
  • Begin prepping for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® and the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) exams offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®
  • Increase your career opportunities and income potential
Outline
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Week 1

Learn why project management is necessary and find out how to differentiate projects from programs and tasks. Then, learn how to plan and control a project and see how project tools help you work effectively and efficiently. You'll also see how human behavior affects your projects and determine the role of risk management, quality assurance, purchasing, and politics.

Week 2

Discover how to use the four phases of the project life cycle—conceptualization and definition, planning, implementation, and completion and closure—in creating your project plan and putting it into practice. Then, learn about the importance of strategic planning as a backdrop for your project plan as you discover the elements of planning, understand why many people are reluctant to plan, and learn how the 5 Ws and 1H can help you to create a sound project plan.

Week 3

Discover the characteristics and goals of effective control systems and be able to identify the benefits of control. Then, learn about a project manager's roles, responsibilities, required skills and competencies as well as the characteristics of a team as you see how a team comes together and find out how to use effective team building activities.

Week 4

Develop an understanding of methods that will help you generate excellent ideas to provide project solutions that satisfy expectations. Then, learn the nature of organizational politics, understand the nature of conflict, and find out why some project teams experience more conflict than others. You’ll also learn how to develop solutions to effectively manage conflict.

Week 5

Create a project plan with the foundational elements (project strategy, executive summary, statement of work, work breakdown structure, and project schedules), continue through supporting elements (human resource plans, procurement plans, interface plans, and configuration management plans), and conclude with controlling elements (work control plans, quality control plans, cost control plans, risk management plans, and reporting plans). Then, expand upon the fundamental elements you’ve learned to successfully implement your project plan.

Week 6

Learn the importance of project control, project performance measurements, and project reporting. Finally, identify and discuss all the necessary activities that you must follow to effectively close your project as you work through the steps of project closure and also identify reasons why your project may not be successful.

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Tony Swaim

Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®.

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
FAQs
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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