4-Week Course
4.2 Continuing Education Units
42 Military Clock Hours
10.5 Military Clock Hours / Week

About the Course

The Essentials of Project Management course can help you learn the practical knowledge, tools and confidence to succeed in the dynamic field of project management. Whether you’re overseeing a project, are part of a project team or are just starting to explore project management as a career path, you’ll study best practices aligned with PMI’s PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition.

Essentials of Project Management offers you a critical introduction to the practice of project management, blending theory with practical examples and case studies.

Essentials serves as a stepping-stone to a Certificate in Applied Project Management, and to industry-recognized, tested professional certification such as a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification or a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification.

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4 Week Course
Module 1
What are Projects?
  • Projects are everywhere
  • Evolution of the profession
  • Projects vs. operations
  • Process groups and project life cycles
  • Project charters and business cases
Module 2
Building Successful Projects
  • Characteristics of successful projects
  • Characteristics of successful project managers
  • Roles and responsibilities of project team members
  • Building a project team
Module 3
Planning the Project
  • The importance of planning a project
  • Defining the project scope
  • The project plan
Module 4
Balancing Scope with Schedule and Budget
  • Project scheduling
  • Creating a project budget
  • Understanding project resources
  • Managing complex and alternative approaches
Module 5
Executing the Work
  • Directing and managing the project
  • Approved project baselines
  • Effective communication
  • Issues, risks and uncertainty
Module 6
Monitoring and Controlling
  • Reporting
  • Managing change
  • Managing quality
  • Refocusing the project
  • Closing the project and lessons learned
Module 7
Moving Beyond a Single Project
  • Programs and portfolios
  • Multiple and competing projects
  • Strategic project leaders
  • Strategic projects
  • When to cancel a project
Module 8
Communicating Value and the Future of Project Management
  • Communicating to senior executives
  • The value of projects
  • The value of project management
  • The future of the profession
  • Your future in project management
  • Key course takeaways
Learning Objectives
Skills Learned
Project Management Leadership Team Building Team Management Communication Reporting
What You’ll Study
  • Foundational Project Management Knowledge, Including an Overview of the Discipline and Profession of Project Management
  • Tools That Can Be Used in Day-to-Day Jobs, Including Strategies for Planning and Balancing Project Work
  • Applied Knowledge Through Hands-On Case Study Activities, Including Hands-On Experience Starting and Running a Project
  • Discussion and Activities Focused on Executing, Controlling and Closing the Project
  • Approaches to Communicating the Strategic Value of Projects
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Who Should Register?

Do your duties include managing projects? Villanova’s online Applied Project Management certificate program is designed for business leaders, mid-level managers and project managers at all levels who aspire to grow their project management knowledge and make an impact on the projects they manage.

This certificate is ideal for individuals who are:

  • Pursuing project management as a new career path
  • Overseeing a project for the first time
  • An active participant in a project team
  • Managing a team of project managers for the first time
  • Looking for formal, foundational project management education
  • Interested in earning the CAPM® or PMP® certification in the future

PMBOK, PMP, CAPM, Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Tuition & Payment

Total Course Cost


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