Class Overview

Fundamentals of Project Management | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Project management skills are essential in a wide variety of professional roles, and can even be a wonderful asset in your personal life.

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of project management, approaching it from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium-sized. You'll work through the project life cycle using the same steps you'll use when you're managing a real project.

During this course, we'll cover the following:

  • Project life cycles from initiation through planning, executing, controlling, and closing
  • Project charters
  • Creating a work-breakdown structure
  • Network diagramming
  • Finalizing the project plan
  • Scope management
  • Stakeholder identification
  • Cost management
  • Scheduling and schedule management
  • Earned value measurement
  • Change control

This course's curriculum is based on the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), and provides the foundation for your training to become PMP certified.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the difference between the Project Life Cycle, and a Product or System Life Cycle
  • Be able to list a typical set of deliverables needed to effectively manage a small, stand-alone project
  • Learn to define the following terms: project, project management, stakeholders, project management process groups and knowledge areas
  • Write a project charter for a small project
  • Create a project plan for a stand-alone project
  • Know how to develop a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Describe the estimating process
  • Know the difference between and significance of effort and duration
  • Be able to develop a project schedule, including estimating, PDM network diagramming, critical path method and developing a Gantt Chart
  • Understand the importance of risk management and be able to facilitate risk management planning for a small project
  • Identify key project management activities go on during the Execution Phase of a Project
  • Define project scope creep and describe the change control process
  • Know what activities are associated with the project performance control and be able to define operating metrics and control thresholds
  • Identify key Project Closing activities
  • Understand the importance of lessons learned and their impact on future projects
  • Who Should Take this Class?

    Prerequisites: An understanding and experience with MS Windows and Office products; two or more years of experience in a project management environment is helpful, but not required.

    • Journey-level project managers
    • Project coordinators, staff, managers and supervisors
    • Anyone who is involved in projects or interested in advancing their knowledge in global standards of project management
    • Team leaders
    • Product managers
    • Program managers
    • Subject matter experts,
    • Financial analysts
    • Stakeholders and senior leadership

    Testimonials

    Participating in group activities and going through the actual PMBOK processes was very helpful. --Student
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    The written material was very helpful. The instructor was very kind and friendly. --Student

    Session Details

    • Class ID: 5831
    • Instructor: Jim O'Donnell and Howard Stolz
    • When: TWO OPTIONS: 6 Sessions: Mondays & Wednesdays; 4/1-4/17; 6-9:15 PM (online) OR 6 Thursdays; 5/2-6/6; 6-9:15 PM (in person)
    • Total Number of Hours: 19.5
    • Where: The Monday/Wednesday class is ONLINE only; the Thursday class meets at the Broadway Edison Building Room 4182; 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
    • Fee: $485
    • Additional Notes: For the Thursday class: laptop strongly recommended.

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