I cannot express enough with my comment how much I enjoyed this course or how much valuable information it involves. I would like all my friends to take it and have their teenage kids read over this valuable information. I strongly believe that this course is easy enough to understand and should be taught in High Schools. Very interesting, very easy to understand, and great information. Thank you so much.
I learned a lot from your course and I now feel that I have the knowledge to start working toward saving for my future. Thank you!
I learned so much from taking the Personal Finance course and feel more confident now about managing my personal finances. Thank you Gail! Kudos to you.
I'm really glad I took this course. It gave me so much insight on my personal financial planning. There are so many things to do in financial planning and this course gave me a roadmap where to start. There are so many things to learn, understand and apply not just for myself but also for my family.
I think this is a class that should be required especially for students just entering college as a way to help them understand their finances better at an early age.
Thank You, I have enjoyed learning more on how to take control of my family's finances, how to look forward to the future and have a greater understanding on how things work.
The material was well prepared. I generally liked the writing style. The exercises were excellent and thought-provoking and forced me to examine areas of my personal finances that I was unaware of or had been procrastinating about. This was my first experience with online learning and I am very impressed. Keep up the good work.
This has been a very well rounded course for all areas of one's life. I wish I had taken something like this 30 years ago, so I didn't have to learn about most of it the hard way, or not having missed learning about it completely. It gives someone a good foundation about the many ways to protect oneself, maximum earnings potential, and preparing for what's to come with the right tools. There's nothing more disturbing than having opportunities slip through your fingers, when with a little knowledge, you can plan and make the most of your own finances and take control of the outcome of your own well being. Thank you very much for this thorough course.
I took your business finance class last summer and loved it. Taking the class and understanding my finance software helped me to ger a good high paying job!
Thank you for the class. It was very clear and easy to follow. I have taken several of the online classes and this one was the best one so far. I learned a lot and realized I was not too far off our goal. I'm going to try my hand at one of the other courseds you mentioned in Lesson 12.
Course Code: pf2
In this lesson, you'll learn the basic concepts and terminology of project management and see how project management skills can help you in your job no matter what your official title is. Then, take a closer look at the challenges of being a part-time or accidental project manager, and discuss strategies you can use to ensure your success.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to define the three essential components of a project's scope: boundaries, requirements, and deliverables. Then, get strategies and tools for identifying your key stakeholders, documenting your project's activities, and putting together a schedule to complete those activities.
In this lesson, we'll walk through the risk identification process, and you'll learn techniques for listing project risks and documenting them in a risk registry. You’ll also learn how to assess risks and cover risk mitigation techniques, including ways to reduce both the probability and impact of a risk. Then, you'll learn how to create a communication plan by figuring out the who, what, and how of your project communications.
In this lesson, you'll learn how setting goals and prioritizing help you maximize your effectiveness. You’ll also explore how organizing and delegating can help you accomplish your objectives most efficiently. Then, you'll learn how to manage the work of the project from the kick-off meeting all the way through to completion.
In this lesson, you'll learn about common project controls and how to use them to identify variances between your project plan and current project performance. We'll discuss the warning signs that might indicate your project is out of alignment, and we'll talk about the steps you can take to recover the project and get back on plan. Then, learn how to measure and quantify project completeness. We'll talk about ways to verify that a project is done, practical aspects of closing the project, and customer acceptance.
In this lesson, you'll find out how to create a transition plan and ensure that your project deliverables can be used or implemented by their final owner with minimal disruption. Finally, you'll find out how to identify and document the important lessons you've learned throughout your project so that they can benefit you, your team, and your company in the future.
Nikki Choyce is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), with more than 20 years of project management experience. She has been working as a consultant and trainer for much of that time. She has worked in a variety of industries including Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Government, Aerospace, Construction, Healthcare and Telecommunications. Nikki believes she has the best job in the whole world. Her consulting engagements provide opportunities to “practice what I preach” and applying project management principles in real world situations. When she teaches, her consulting experiences provide her with more examples. A common comment from students is that they enjoy hearing how the concepts are used in the “real world.”
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
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.
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.