Project Management Foundation

This course provides a step-by-step guide to planning and executing a project. Working through case studies with real-world scenarios, you will interact with fellow students to learn and apply the methodologies and good practices of formal project management.


  1. Foundations
    • Formal vs. informal project management
    • Project Management Institute (PMI)® framework
    • Project management life cycle
  2. Initiating
    • Role of the project manager
    • Project charter
    • Stakeholder identification and assessment
    • Progressive elaboration
  3. Planning
    • Planning around project constraints
    • SMART objectives
    • Converting objectives into requirements
    • Decomposition of requirements into a work breakdown structure
    • Developing a work breakdown structure dictionary
    • Principles of estimating time and cost
    • Analyzing work and estimating duration of work packages
    • Determining sequence of work packages
    • Network diagramming and critical path analysis
    • Budgeting resources and cost control
    • Ensuring that all management responsibility areas are included in the project plan
    • Analyzing risks for probability and impact
    • Mitigating and planning risk contingencies
    • Preparing baselines for scope, time, and cost
    • Obtaining stakeholder sign-off
  4. Executing, Monitoring, and Controlling
    • Team-building principles and priorities
    • Status and performance reporting
    • Management by exception
    • Keeping stakeholders informed and involved
    • Steering performance back to the baseline
    • Integrated change controls
  5. Closing
    • Transitioning the product or service
    • Capturing lessons learned for the organization
    • Final report to stakeholders