Started my new grad school course this week. I think it’s going to be super helpful for my future career.

Here is what I’m going to learn:

This course is designed to provide students with practical skills in project management and provide the students who are continuing in the Project Management course sequence with a framework for the concepts and tools covered in the subsequent courses. The various elements of project management processes, tools and techniques are explored, applying software widely used in managing projects. Topics include a review of processes to initiate, plan, execute, monitor & control, and close a project. Project integration, scope (including requirements), time, cost, stakeholder management, and planning human resources are emphasized. Students learn project management skills through hands-on exercises using project management tools & techniques and project management software to emphasize the real world aspects of managing a project.

This course is on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) certification track.

Course Overview/Purpose:

The intent of the course is to provide you with practical, hands-on skills that can be applied to any project management endeavor. The focus is on how to initiate, plan, and manage a successful project.

Course Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the underlying principles of project management using project management terminology.
  2. Explain the role of the project manager and the relationships with projects, programs and portfolios.
  3. Explain the project life cycle, including the most common variants, and identify the most appropriate cycle for a given set of circumstances.
  4. Describe the ten Project Management Knowledge Areas.
  5. Explain the process of requirements collection and stakeholder management as essential components of managing projects.
  6. Apply fundamental project management processes, including the tools & techniques for project initiation and planning, and to mange project integration, scope, schedule, cost, stakeholders, and human resources requirements.
  7. Identify and demonstrate basic reporting and controls techniques.
  8. Demonstrate interpersonal project management skills, such as leadership, teamwork, influencing, and effective decision-making.
  9. Use project management information systems (PMIS) software to support activities through the project management life cycle.
  10. Construct and present a preliminary project plan incorporating the Knowledge Areas learned in the course.