Certification on Project Management
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Certification on Project Management

Course: 50 hours

Module

Initiating and Planning Projects

Successful projects require careful upfront planning. In this course, you’ll learn the key roles and responsibilities of the project manager and project team. You’ll also learn to answer some key questions upfront to help you meet project objectives: What will this project accomplish? Why is this project important? Who benefits from this project? How will we plan for successful outcomes? 1. What is a Project? a. In this module, we will identify the key characteristics of a project, identify primary project constraints, define the role and responsibilities of the project manager, and identify Project Organizational Structures. 2. Get to Know your Stakeholders a. In this module, we will understand the definition of a project stakeholder, identify who they are, identify their information needs, and define responsibility for managing stakeholders and controlling their engagement. 3. Scope Matters a. In this module, we will define the purpose of using a project charter, summarize the key elements of a project plan, and discuss the scope statement and the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). 4. Authority vs. Influence a. In this module, we will describe the difference between authority and influence and identify common sources of conflict within a project environment. 5. Wrap Up a. Wrap up this course by meeting our industry expert panelists, taking the final exam, and participating in our post course survey.

Budgeting and Scheduling Projects

About the Course A good project schedule helps all team members’ work together to meet project objectives. A project budget with realistic cost constraints is also an essential bedrock of any project. In this course you’ll learn to plan and stick to time and cost constraints in order to ensure the success of your projects. a. Decompose work packages into activities b. Identify a project's resource needs c. Assign project responsibilities using a responsibility assignment matrix (RAM) d. Estimate activity duration e. Estimate the quantities and costs of resources required to perform project activities f. Use three common cost estimating techniques to determine a project budget g. Create a network diagram, determine the critical path, and calculate float h. Define milestones and create a milestone schedule i. Describe the purpose of using leads and lags in a project schedule 10. Recognize the components of a project’s quality management plan 1. Resource Needs & Quality Management a. In this module, we will decompose work packages into activities, identify the resource needs of the project, and use a responsibility assignment matrix (RAM) to assign responsibilities. In addition, you will have a lesson on Quality Management. 2. Estimating a. In this module, we will define what is needed to estimate activity durations, estimate the quantities and costs of resources required to perform project activities, and discover three common cost estimating techniques to determine a project budget. 3. Scheduling a. In this module, we will create a network diagram, determine the critical path and calculate float, define milestones and a create a milestone schedule, describe the purpose of using leads and lags in a project schedule, and recognize the components of a project’s quality management plan. 4. Wrap Up a. Wrap up this course by meeting our industry expert panelists, taking the final exam, and participating in our post course survey.

Managing Project Risks and Changes

About the Course This course will help you manage project risk effectively by identifying, analyzing, and communicating inevitable changes to project scope and objectives. You will understand and practice the elements needed to measure and report on project scope, schedule, and cost performance. You will be equipped with the tools to manage change in the least disruptive way possible for your team and other project stakeholders. 1. Project Communication a. In this module, we will define components of a communications management plan, understand the importance of communications channels, and define the key elements needed to measure and report project scope, schedule, and cost performance. 2. Managing Project Risks a. In this module, we will identify project risk events, discuss a risk statement for a specific event, prioritize identified risks, and develop responses for a high priority risks. 3. Change Happens a. In this module, we will identify and analyze changes to project scope, describe causes and effects of project changes, and define the purpose of conducting an lessons learned session. 4. Wrap Up a. Wrap up this course by meeting our industry expert panelists, taking the final exam, and participating in our post course survey. Plus, review the bonus lesson on Project Procurement Management.

Project Management Project

About the Capstone Project This capstone project is designed to allow you to take the knowledge you have gained through the Specialization and put that knowledge into practice. In the capstone, you will create several of the key planning deliverables that have been discussed in these courses and either work on a project you choose or use a suggested case study. You will begin the capstone project by writing part of the project charter. You will build on that information to define your project, and then ultimately create a schedule, budget and responses for the risks you identify. The goal is for you to use what you have learned in the previous courses and to perform your own research on how to best move forward with the capstone project. Your work will be peer reviewed by your classmates. In turn you will peer review the work of other classmates. Instructions on how to conduct peer reviews will be included in the course. Upon completing this series, you will be able to (1) write a narrative charter statement, (2) create a work breakdown structure, (3) sequence project activities,(4) build a project schedule, (5) create a project budget, (6) create a responsibility assignment matrix, (7) identify project risks and (8) define responses for those risks. 1. Project Components & Instructions a. This section will take you for a deep dive into each course objective that makes up the project components of the final assignment for the capstone course. It will include a description and directions for each component as well as grading rubrics to help prepare you for the upcoming Feedback Peer Review and Final Peer Review Assignment. i. Reading • Project Components/Course Objectives ii. Reading • # 1 Narrative Charter Statement iii. Reading • # 2 Work Breakdown Structure iv. Reading • # 3 Sequence Project Activities v. Reading • # 4 Build a Project Schedule vi. Reading • # 5 Create a Project Budget vii. Reading • # 6 Create a RAM viii. Reading • # 7 Identify Project Risks 2. Content Review a. This section will provide review course content that you have seen in the Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization in hopes of giving you a helping hand in preparing your final capstone project. 3. Final Project Assignment Submission a. This is your final peer review assignment submission portion of the course. Please be mindful that there will be no extension given to learners for any deadlines set. 4. Final Project Peer Review Evaluation a. This is your final peer review assignment evaluation portion of the course. Please be mindful that there will be no extension given to learners for any deadlines set.