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Elmira College’s Foundations of Project Management course is truly a virtual classroom with live synchronous (real-time) lectures and interactions for all participants in the course. You’ll work together with your instructor and classmates while you’re at home, the office, a coffee shop…anywhere but a classroom. To learn more about learning with Adobe Connect, please click here.


Project 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?

  • 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

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.

When: Tuesdays and Thursday starting May 14 through June 6

Time: 5:30pm - 7:45pm EST

Where: Anywhere you want as long as you have an Internet connection

Fee: $425

We will be using Adobe Connect VOIP for audio on this class. To minimize any feedback or “noisy” audio, it is highly recommended that you use a “headphone with built-in, inline microphone” for the conversations. These can be purchased at most electronic stores for as little as $10-20.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before please test your connection: https://meet621902117.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

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