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Introduction to Microsoft Project 2013

Discover how to effectively plan, implement, and control projects using the world's most popular project management software, Microsoft Project 2013. From sequencing tasks, producing a baseline, and assigning resources and costs, to tracking progress, analyzing variances, and revising your project plan, Microsoft Project can help you organize all your project's details quickly and effectively.

In this course, you'll master the basics of Microsoft Project 2013 so you can create a project schedule in no time flat and then share it with clients and co-workers. Using the program's different views, such as the Calendar and Gantt chart views, you'll be able to manage your project information and produce effective reports. And should you encounter trouble, you'll master a number of tried-and-true problem-resolution techniques to help get your project back on track. After completing the course, you'll know how to develop, implement, and control a project plan that meets organizational and customer objectives.

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Starting March 13 | April 17

Introduction to Microsoft Project 2013

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Course Code: mm3

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to effectively plan, implement, and control projects using Microsoft Project
  • Explore how to enhance your project in the areas of efficiency and security
  • Discover how to choose from the views and options to refine and clarify your project schedule, tasks, and resources
  • Learn the importance of setting a project baseline and tracking actual results
  • Understand how to generate several standard project reports and a wide variety of visual project reports
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
  • Master the use of the world's most popular project management software
  • Gain knowledge of a tool that will make you more effective and is transferable to any future organization

Outline

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Week 1

In your first lesson, you'll discover how to improve your project by adopting a formal management approach. Then, walk through steps to create a project schedule in a short amount of time.

Week 2

In this lesson, you'll find out how to apply two types of Project resources—work resources, and material resources. Then, get a brief overview of cost accounting, exploring fixed, variable, relevant, and accrued costs. After this review, you'll learn how to assign costs by using the Resource Sheet. You'll even discover how to assign different costs for the same resource and analyze the overall costs for your project by using the Cost Table.

Week 3

Find out how to use some of the many templates Project has to offer, including the Residential Construction template and the New Product template. You'll also learn how to protect your project information with backups, passwords, and write protection. Then, you'll discover how easy it is to modify your basic schedules and work with project data as you look at the various Project views, such as the Calendar, Leveling Gantt, and the Network Diagram.

Week 4

In this lesson, you'll discover how to improve your schedule's performance. You'll explore the Project Statistics dialog box, and you'll learn how to determine the ideal starting point in terms of planned costs and completion dates. You'll see how to change task dependencies to speed up your project and also find out how to split tasks to add more lead time. Then, learn how to create a baseline and then see a variety of ways, including using the Tracking toolbar, to record your actual project results.

Week 5

You'll learn how to compare actual results to your baseline by using the Gantt Chart and reviewing a table. You'll also begin using the Tracking Gantt and filters to automatically identify slipping tasks, and you’ll look at the basics of variance analysis by discussing the Start and Finish Date, Resources, and Work Variance Tables. Then, go over a representative sample of the standard reports as well as discuss how to modify and create new reports.

Week 6

In this lesson, you'll delve into printing Microsoft Project documents. And finally, you'll find out how to close your project and use the Organizer to help you customize and copy views for future projects.

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Instructors & Support

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)®.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course must be taken on a PC. It is not suitable for Mac users.

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Project Software 2013 (not included in enrollment).
  • 1 PC / 1 User Download is required.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash 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 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 course 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?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two 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 two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) 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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