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Project Management Fundamentals

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Course Description
Successfully managing a project requires effective planning and adherence to the industry's best practices in every step of the process. By understanding the fundamentals of project management, you will be better prepared to initiate a project in your organization and position it for success. In this course, you will identify effective project management practices and their related processes.

Course Objective:
You will examine the elements of sound project management and apply the generally recognized practices to successfully manage projects.

Target Student: This course is designed for individuals whose primary job is not project management, but who manage projects on an informal basis. Also, anyone who is considering a career path in project management and desiring a complete overview of the field and its generally accepted practices can take up this course.

Prerequisites: To ensure your success, it is recommended that you first take the following courses: Microsoft Office Word 2003 or 2007: Introduction; or have equivalent knowledge. Some on-the-job experience in participating in managed projects would be preferable.

Delivery Method: Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

Performance-Based Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • identify the key processes and requirements of project management.
  • initiate a project.
  • plan for time and cost.
  • plan for project risks, communication, and change control.
  • manage a project.
  • execute the project closeout phase.

Course Content
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Project Management
Topic 1A: Describe a Project
Topic 1B: Describe the Project Management Life Cycle
Topic 1C: Identify the Role of a Project Manager

Lesson 2: Initiating a Project
Topic 2A: Determine the Scope of a Project
Topic 2B: Identify the Skills for a Project Team
Topic 2C: Identify the Risks to a Project

Lesson 3: Planning for Time and Cost
Topic 3A: Create a Work Breakdown Structure
Topic 3B: Sequence the Activities
Topic 3C: Create a Project Schedule
Topic 3D: Determine Project Costs

Lesson 4: Planning for Project Risks, Communication, and Change Control
Topic 4A: Analyze the Risks to a Project
Topic 4B: Create a Communication Plan
Topic 4C: Plan for Change Control

Lesson 5: Managing a Project
Topic 5A: Begin Project Work
Topic 5B: Execute the Project Plan
Topic 5C: Track Project Progress
Topic 5D: Report Performance
Topic 5E: Implement Change Control

Lesson 6: Executing the Project Closeout Phase
Topic 6A: Close a Project
Topic 6B: Create a Final Report