It was a wonderful learning experience at the right pace. I will be working with confidence next time when I deal with MS Project. Thanks!"
This was not my first online class, and I thought it was well-paced, well-designed, and Tony was helpful with his timely responses. I am glad I took this course!"
I would recommend this course to others. The quality, extension and knowledge of the instructor are very good. I have been exposed to Microsoft Project from a Controlling point of view, checking the progress of projects with Project Managers, but never involved in the details. Now, I feel more confident to ask about other aspects of the projects. It was very useful for me. Thanks for the opportunity!"
I was very pleased with my professor. He was very knowledgeable and answered any questions I had. He made the lessons fun and interactive. Thank you for teaching me so much about MP."
Thank you for your help! I have picked up so much. I will be more confident the next time I work with Project. The explanations are easy to understand...Again, thanks for teaching and sharing your knowledge."
Course Code: mm6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)®.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
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.
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.
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.