8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
80 Military Clock Hours

About the Course

The Project Management Capstone course is the suggested final elective course in the Applied Project Management Certificate Program for students interested in sitting for the PMP® exam offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

The course includes a rich case study integrated throughout the course, plus engaging lectures from highly experienced PMPs. Additionally, students gain access to customized study plans, flashcards, practice exams, progress reports and a resource center full of test-taking tips, feedback links and more.

Prior to enrolling in this course, you should take Essentials of Project Management and Mastering Project Management. In this course, you’ll build on and develop the skills acquired in previous Villanova online project management courses.

Ideal for working professionals, all Villanova University project management courses support the PMBOK® Guide-Seventh Edition update.

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8 Week Course
Week 1
Introduction to Project Management
  • Introduction to the PMBOK® Guide – Seventh Edition
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification
  • Projects and project management basics
  • What constitutes a successful project?
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Process group and knowledge area mapping
Week 2
Integration Management
  • Value of project integration
  • The project charter
  • What is in the project management plan?
  • Direct and manage project work
  • Monitor and control project work
  • Properly closing a project
Week 3
Scope & Schedule Management
  • Defining scope
  • Project scope statement
  • Work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Precedence diagramming method (PDM)
  • Three-point estimation techniques (PERT)
  • Critical path method (CPM)
Week 4
Cost & Quality Management
  • Scheduling and budgeting
  • Estimating costs for scheduled resources
  • Creating a budget
  • Controlling costs
  • Earned value management (EVM)
  • Cost and schedule indexes
  • Prevention in quality management
Week 5
Resource, Communication & Stakeholder Management
  • Roles and responsibilities, organizational charts and resource management plans
  • Improving PM soft skills
  • Tuckman Ladder
  • Stakeholder and project constraint factors
  • Communication dimensions
  • Communication methods
Week 6
Risk Management
  • Identifying risks, threats and opportunities
  • Order of risk management processes
  • Risk breakdown structure
  • Defining risk probability and impact
  • Creating risk responses
  • Variance analysis
Week 7
Procurement Management
  • Using a make-or-buy analysis
  • Managing the procurement process
  • Procurement statement of work
  • Evaluating and choosing sellers
  • Selecting the ideal contract type
  • Managing the contracting process
Week 8
Course Review & Exam Preparation
  • Preparing a study plan
  • Exam preparation strategies
  • Memorization activities
  • Process group and knowledge area map
  • Review key points about each knowledge area
Learning Objectives
Skills Learned
Project Management Budgeting Contract Management Resource Management Communication Risk Assessment Risk Management Procurement
What You’ll Study

PMP® Exam Prep and PM Capstone

  • Implementing Project Management in Your Organization
  • Personal Project Management Development
  • Project Management as a Profession
  • Project Management Processes

Initiation and Planning

  • Explanation of Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
  • Scope, Time, Cost and Procurement Planning
  • Human Resource, Risk and Quality Planning
  • Communications Planning
  • Integration Planning
  • Scheduling


  • Execution Communication
  • Human Resources and Project Execution
  • Quality and Project
  • Execution Procurement


  • Communication and Project Control
  • Integration and Project
  • Scope and Project Control
  • Time and Cost and Project Control
  • Quality and Project Control
  • Human Resources and Project Control
  • Risk and Project Control
  • Procurement and Project Control

Closing and Professional Responsibilities

  • Closing the Project
  • Project Management Ethics
  • International Aspects of Project Management

Best Practices

  • Critical Chain Project Management
  • Managing Multiple Projects
  • Portfolio Management
  • Portfolios vs. Multiple Projects
  • Project Management Maturity Models
  • Project Management Office Introduction
  • Enterprise Project Management Office
  • Typical Steps to Implement a Project Management Office
  • Project Management Scorecard
Related Certificate Programs

Applied Project Management Certificate

16+ Weeks
3 Courses

Learn to become an expert in project management while preparing for the PMP® or CAPM® Certification exam.

Certification Prep

Who Should Register?

For students preparing to sit for the PMP® Exam, there are additional prerequisites you need to meet before you are qualified to take the exam (i.e. hours worked as a project manager). These prerequisites can be found on the Project Management Institute’s website.

Project Management Capstone uses real-world examples and case studies to help you build on and develop the skills acquired in previous Villanova online project management courses. It’s designed to help those employed by large corporations, the government or the military.

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

Tuition & Payment

Total Course Cost


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