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.

Gain a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of project management, approaching it from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium-sized.

Work through the project life cycle using the same steps you would use when managing any variety of real life projects.

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.

    • Product or program managers, coordinators, staff or supervisors
    • Anyone interested in understanding project management
    • Journey-level project managers seeking to deepen their expertise and understanding
    • Subject matter experts
    • Financial analysts
    • Team leaders, 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

    Instructor, Location & Fee

    • Instructor: Howard Stolz
    • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
    • Fee: $489