Full course description
Starts January 26, 2015
This course provides an introduction to the concepts, techniques, and principles of project management. Primary emphasis will be on learning the project management process outlined in the Project Management Institute's PMBOK Guide (Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide). Agile, extreme, and other variations of project management will be discussed and their key features related to the PMBOK Guide.
Upon completion of the course students will be able to plan, schedule, budget, estimate, control, and monitor projects. In addition, they will become familiar with resource allocation, resource loading and the creation and use of GANTT and PERT charts.
NOTE: While we will use OpenProj, an open source project management tool for part of this course, the focus of the course is not specifically about learning to use the software. You can download the software from http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/. A user forum is located at http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/forums/forum/708856 for those who have questions about downloading, installing, and using this software.
There is an optional text for this course: Project Management Institute’s PMBOK Guide (5th Edition), available at Amazon.com. Content within the course will refer to specific pages within the text. Students wanting a better understanding of the PMI’s project management process should have a copy of this book for use during the course and as a reference while doing project management after completing the course. The approximate cost is $42.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will this course offer a certificate of completion?
Those who complete this course are eligible to receive a certificate through Shaping Tomorrow for a fee of $99. The certificate states that it is the equivalent of 45 Professional Development Units (PDUs) and includes a list of the modules covered. This documentation is intended for use towards the Project Management Institute's (PMI) certifications.
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Peter von Stackelberg
Lecturer - Management and Innovation
Peter von Stackelberg has more than 30 years of experience on dozens of major corporate and academic projects, including web and software design, instructional systems design, strategy development projects, and others. His clients have included Honda, Nissan, Hasbro, Shell, Texaco, American Express, Saudi Aramco, Kraft Foods, Cadbury Schweppes, and many others.
He currently teaches courses in managing technology and innovation, systems thinking, project management, and management information systems at Alfred State College. Over the past several years he has also taught courses on social media marketing and communications, strategic management, and business communications.
He has a B.A. in Journalism, and M.S. in Studies of the Future, and an M.S. in Information Design & Technology.