Class Overview

Fundamentals of Project Management | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationProject 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
  • How to use MS Project as an effective planning, scheduling, and tracking tool

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

At the end of the course, you will:

  • 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
  • Be able to define the following terms: project, project management, stakeholders, project management process groups and knowledge areas
  • Be able to write a project charter for a small project
  • Be able to write 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


Participating in group activities and going through the actual PMBOK processes was very helpful. --Student
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: 6 Thursdays; 1/24-3/7/19; 6-9:15 PM (in person) or 7 Mondays & Wednesdays; 2/4-2/27/19; 6-8:45 PM (online)
  • Total Number of Hours: 19.5
  • Where: The Thursday class location is: Broadway Edison Building, Room 4182; 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122; the Monday/Wednesday class is ONLINE
  • Fee: $485
  • Additional Notes: No class on Thursday, February 7 or Monday, February 18th.