Principles of Project Management


Being an effective project leader requires a clear understanding of the essential elements of project management. In this course, you will learn the basic characteristics of a project and how to manage one effectively, explore key areas of expertise and learn how project stakeholders and organizational structures affect outcomes. Using A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), published by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, you will discover the five process groups of project management: initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing.

This course lays the foundation for, and is an optional prerequisite to, the Project Management Certificate Program.


Who Should Enroll: 
  • New project managers
  • Business managers and project team leaders with little or no formal project management training
  • Job seekers who are investigating project management as a new career option or want to build project management skill for future positions

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what a project is, and what it is not
  • Have a basic understanding of the project management process groups
  • Have a basic understanding of the project management knowledge areas
  • Understand and be able to create a basic project charter
  • Be able to identify stakeholders and create a stakeholder registry
  • Understand risks vs. issues
  • Have the ability to estimate how long a project might take
  • Be able to communicate project status and manage stakeholder expectations
  • Know how to successfully close out a project
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Understand the characteristics and purpose of a project
  • Understand why the project management process groups and the project management knowledge areas are essential for a successful project
  • Learn to create a realistic project plan, including scope and schedule, and how to adjust the plan mid-project
  • Discover how to acquire, develop and manage a project team effectively
  • Learn what is necessary to manage a project
  • Build strategies to keep stakeholders and team members informed
Continuing Education Hours: 
Project Management Institute: 13 PDUs-Ways of Working
Continuing Education Units: 1.3 CEUs
Society for Human Resource Management: 13 PDCs-Business Acumen
Society for Human Resource Management: 13 PDCs-Leadership and Navigation
Applies Towards Certificates:
Textbook Information: 

Recommended Textbook: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Seventh Edition

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