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The Essentials of Project Management
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Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
This instructor-led training introduces participants to the basics of project management. It combines lecture and discussion with the hands-on application of useful project management principles, tools, and techniques through applied case study exercises. The course covers the basics of all project management life-cycle processes including initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and control, and closing.
Course Objectives
  1. Participants will learn to:
    1. Define and recognize the fundamental terminology of the project management discipline
    2. Identify all process groups of the project management life-cycle
    3. Prioritize the primary project constraints of a project
    4. Identify and assess the relative importance of key project stakeholders
    5. Identify key project deliverables and decompose to build a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    6. Formulate an activities list required to produce the project’s deliverables and work packages
    7. Build a project schedule, identify its critical path, and determine relative float/slack for activities
    8. Identify pertinent roles and responsibilities required to complete the project activities
    9. Formulate a budget estimate for the project
    10. Identify key communication elements of a project
    11. Effectively and more accurately report on a project’s progress, status, and forecast
    12. Assess key project risks and formulate action plans to minimize their exposure to the project
    13. Develop and deliver a project summary or final report to key stakeholders
Outline of Instruction
  1. 1. 1.Introduction to Project Management
    A. Definition of a Project
    B. Projects vs. Programs
    C. Project Management Life Cycle
    D. Project Management Terminology
    E. Triple Constraints
    2. Initiating a Project
    A. Project Initiation
    B. Evaluation, Selection, and Prioritization
    C. Stakeholder Analysis
    D. Project Charter
    E. Project Management Organization Types
    3. Planning a Project
    A. Scope Planning
    B. Scope Decomposition
    C. Work Breakdown Structure
    D. Activity Definition
    E. Activity Sequencing
    F. Activity Duration Estimating
    G. Network Diagramming/Critical Path
    H. Schedule Compression
    I. Resource Planning
    J. Cost Estimating and Budgeting
    4. Executing and Controlling a Project
    A. Project Communications
    B. Budget and Schedule Performance Management (Earned Value)
    C. Status Reporting
    D. Project Risk Management
    E. Project Change Control
    F. Project Quality Management
    5. Closing a Project
    A. Contract Closeout
    B. Administrative Closure
    C. Lessons Learned
    D. Final Reporting
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 80% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
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Course Contact Information
Professional Development Coordinator