PMP 0400: Essentials of Project Management
Course Completion Requirements
Who Should Attend
Organizations are successfully using project management concepts to deal with increasingly competitive
markets, financial pressures to improve performance, restructuring, and globalization. Project management
provides a structure for dealing with the "faster, better, cheaper" pressures that most organizations are
Sound project management can not be left to chance. This comprehensive three-day course provides participants with an overview of the essential elements (e.g.,
selecting projects, planning, managing and control, etc.) of project management and the project management
life cycle. Participants gain an understanding of the techniques, practice and new directions for project
management; and gain practical experience with approaches to achieving successful project performance.
This foundational course goes beyond the “What is project management” to providing practical “How To” guidance, tools and techniques, and processes you can implement immediately.
This key core course is case study based. To enhance learning and retention, attendees use a real project to learn and practice project management.
There are no prerequisites for this course. The level of this course is basic.
Courses are scheduled throughout the year and can be taken individually or as part of the Project Management Certificate Program to earn a George Mason University Certificate of Completion. In addition, this program can be scheduled for group training at your site, at your convenience, through contractual arrangements. Contact us at 703-993-4800 for current course schedules, to register, or to discuss on-site possibilities.
August 6-8, 2013 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Time: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: HRN Status: Open
October 22-24, 2013 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Time: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: ARL Status: Open
November 12-14, 2013 (Tuesday-Thursday)
Time: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Location: HRN Status: Open
|Each seminar is recommended for:
19.5 Contact Hours
This course is also available on a contract basis and can be tailored to suit your
organization's needs. Please contact us to discuss your onsite opportunity.
|Herndon Training Center at CIT
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||George Mason University
Office of Continuing Professional Education
||2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 400
||Herndon, VA 20170-4213
Introduction to Project Management
Project Selection and Planning
- Definition of a project
- Why project management
- Project life cycle
- Organization structures (functional vs. matrix and borrowed resources)
- Translating needs into requirements
Project Management and Leadership
- Project selection approaches
- Decision methodologies (decision trees, analytical hierarchy process)
- Project evaluation techniques
- Estimation (costs, schedule and requirements)
- Project financing
Project Planning and Estimating
- Special demands on project managers
- Selecting the project manager and the project team
- Project communications
- Organizational structure (teams and team development)
- Characteristics of successful project management
- Management styles, leadership and motivation
- Procedure management
Risk and Quality Management
- Work breakdown structure
- Scheduling techniques (precedence diagrams, PERT/CPM, Gantt and milestone charts)
- Budgeting techniques (S-curve, earned value)
- Resource allocation techniques (resource loading and leveling)
Project Execution and Control
- Fundamentals of risk (e.g., What is risk?)
- Methods for dealing with risk and uncertainty
- Risk assessment and management process
- Risk Severity Matrix Approach
- Risk simulation (Monte Carlo simulation)
- Historic roots of quality management
- Current approaches to quality
- Project execution (configuration management)
- Project control (measuring work performance)
- Financial controls (activity based accounting)
- Integrated cost and schedule control (Earned value)
Attendees receive materials to enhance classroom instruction:
- Course workbook
- Reference text is provided to assist course attendees in future projects. The text, An Introduction to Project Management, Third Edition by Kathy Schwalbe, is provided. The text is an excellent future project management reference and follows the logical progression of project initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.
This course is part of the Project Management Certificate Program, offered through a unique collaboration between George Mason University and Business Performance Group.
The Project Management Certificate Program teaches the basics of project management-how to plan, execute, control and complete projects. In addition, our Project Management core courses prepare you to take the PMP® Certification Exam offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI is the world's leading organization certifying and representing 60,000 project management professionals worldwide. Click here to learn more.
COURSE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
100% attendance and participation are expected from participants.
George Mason University is a PMI® Global Registered Education Provider
The Essentials of Project Management course is pre-approved for 21 PDUs
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
It is highly recommended (but not required) that the Essentials of Project Management course is taken first. Remaining Certificate courses may be taken in any order.
Managers and mid-level professionals who are faced with increasing pressures
to improve organizational performance should take this course. This course is also intended for individuals who
aspire to be project managers and recently assigned project managers. For existing managers, the course provides
a refresher course on the state-of-the-art of project management. Course participants should have had some
exposure to project management processes and techniques.
For individuals seeking to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification examination
offered by Project Management Institute, this course serves as the foundation course prior to taking the George Mason
course: PMP 0401: Project Management Certification:PMP® Exam Preparation.
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“I highly recommend this course – whether professional planner or simply a team member – creates a common language for project planning and management.”
“One of the best courses I’ve taken!”
“After taking [this] class I have realized some area of improvements that will help me become a great project manager. This course really opened my eyes to the methodology that has been proven to work. The Project Management idea and process taught will help me grow as an individual, as a project manager and my company overall.”
“This course was a great refresher to project management.”
“The course gave me a better understanding of Project Management practices and provided me important information to obtain my PMP.”
“Great introduction to project management. I have PM experience, but the course reinforces job application with practical application.”
“I would recommend this course to others for the content and small group work. I think it breaks up the day nicely and encourages participation and teambuilding.”
“If you want to be a better project manager take the course.”
“[This course] Offers a helpful overview of the PM process and equips students with vocabulary to identify and discuss project issues and methods for improvement.”
“It provided a great overview of project management which complimented my existing skills.”
“I took a PM Essentials course at another organization and this course was much more informative.”
"Highly recommend this course to others! Materials were clear and legible; mediums used were functional and effective."
"I really was able to see how these tools can be applied to my current job. I feel like my work will improve."
"Learned a lot from this course coming from a pure technical background with no management experience."
"Provided a lot of overview knowledge regarding Project Management that can be immediately applied on the job."
"The course gives an excellent overview of the PM process particularly in how it relates to contracting and other levels of the business process."
"Fantastic course - would recommend this course to all."
"This course truly helped me identify the essentials needed to carry out a successful project."
"I thought this was extremely good, high level course. I am excited to get into more details with some of the other courses in this program."
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