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Beginner Level

Approx. 44 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study...


Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

6 hours to complete

Introduction to Project Management

Learn how to justify and select projects and how stakeholders influence projects. Develop requirements necessary to define project scope and create a list of tasks necessary to accomplish the scope. Create effective communication plans and assign responsibilities. Today’s fast track business and global environment places emphasis on how to increase project production efficiency with limited available resources. Gain an understanding of fundamentals of project planning. Establish project requirements, objectives, and goals before defining the total project scope with the use of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). This course uses a simulation project— students will start the development of a project plan as demonstration of mastery of key project management practices from this course. The simulation project will continue into the follow-on classes of this program.

6 videos (Total 22 min), 10 readings, 4 quizzes
6 videos
Roles & Responsibilities of a Project Manager (C1M1.030)4m
Areas of Expertise of a Project Manager4m
Project Goals and Module Wrap-Up3m
10 readings
Course Welcome10m
Onboarding Course Agenda2h 10m
Course Syllabus (including outline, grading, and policies)30m
Course Deferral and Cancellation Policies10m
Coursera Technical Support10m
Earning a UCI Continuing Education Certificate in Applied Project Management10m
Reminder: Live Session - Week 110m
Module Readings20m
Interactive: What Is Project Management?10m
Interactive: Hiring a Project Manager20m
3 practice exercises
Getting your UCI Division of Continuing Education Reference ID2m
UCI DCE Web User Account Verification30m
Module Quiz – Project Management Fundamentals20m
2 hours to complete

Project Leadership

Leadership involves inspiring people while management involves managing things. Both are essential for successful project completion, but many project “managers” don’t know the difference between the two. Leaders provide a vision and a sense of direction; they inspire their team to adopt the vision as their own; they take risks where appropriate; and they see opportunities where others only see problems. Leaders create a safe space for their team members to thrive and produce their best work. This module shows you precisely the difference between “leading” and “managing,” and why knowing the difference is critical for project success.

4 videos (Total 21 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 readings
Module Readings40m
The Difference between Leadership and Management: Read This First15m
1 practice exercise
Module Quiz – Management and Leadership10m
4 hours to complete

Project Selection and Justification

Ever wonder how firms select projects and what is expected from the project? We will review the project selection process, impacts, and implications downstream of project selection.

7 videos (Total 28 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
The Business Case5m
Evaluating a Business Case1m
Module Exercise: Writing a Business Case2m
Module Wrap-Up1m
4 readings
Project Justification and the Business Case10m
Reminder: Live Session - Week 210m
Interactive: Project Selection and Goals25m
Project Selection Quiz Scenario - Read this first20m
1 practice exercise
Module Quiz – Project Justification and the Business Case20m
5 hours to complete

The Project Charter

What is the first thing that should happen after a project is selected? We will delve into the essentials of developing a success-oriented project charter.

5 videos (Total 15 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Module Exercise2m
Module Wrap-Up58s
3 readings
Module Readings1h
Supplemental Video to Watch10m
Interactive: Drafting a Project Charter10m
1 practice exercise
Module Quiz – Project Charter12m
6 hours to complete

Project Kickoff, PM Plan, and Agile PM

Now that you have an approved project with a project charter, what’s next? In this module, you will learn how to kick-off a project and review methods in which to engage the project team. We will also review the process of creating a project management plan. And finally, you will learn the fundamentals of the Agile project management approach.

7 videos (Total 20 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Agile Project Management4m
Project Kickoff Exercise11s
Module Wrap-Up55s
The Restaurant Case Study41s
2 readings
Module Readings1h
Reminder: Live Session - Week 310m
1 practice exercise
Module Quiz – Project Kickoff, Project Plan, and Agile16m
5 hours to complete

Requirements Gathering

Planning with the end product as the starting point is an effective and efficient way of developing a project plan. Learn how the requirements gathering process will help you more successfully define your project deliverables.

8 videos (Total 20 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
The Outputs1m
Requirements Matrix and Traceability2m
Requirements Gathering Example2m
Module Exercise42s
Module Wrap-Up1m
3 readings
Module Readings30m
Interactive: Requirements Gathering10m
Midterm Survey1m
1 practice exercise
Module Quiz – Eliciting Requirements20m
4 hours to complete

The Statement of Work

The Statement of Work (SOW) may be one of the most powerful tools for project managers. The SOW defines the product or service to be delivered to the customer at the completion of the project as well as defines the work necessary to complete the project. In this module, you will learn to use the information from requirements gathering to create a SOW.

6 videos (Total 14 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Developing the Statement of Work4m
Module Exercise24s
Module Wrap-Up42s
2 readings
Reminder: Live Session - Week 410m
Tips for Developing an SOW10m
1 practice exercise
Module Quiz – Statement of Work20m
4 hours to complete

Work Breakdown Structure

It has been said a picture call tell a thousand words. A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) can be just the picture you need to tell the project team what they need to do on a project. This module will be focused on the structure and formats of a WBS and how to create a WBS including the WBS dictionary. You will be able to translate requirements into actionable activities in a WBS.

9 videos (Total 12 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
9 videos
Creating a WBS1m
WBS Verification1m
The WBS Dictionary1m
Why a WBS?1m
WBS Exercise20s
Module Wrap-Up20s
1 reading
Module Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Module Quiz – WBS and SOW20m
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By ATJan 15th 2018

The content is well constructed, and the professor is very engaged in the success of the students. There are a few technical glitches that need to be cleaned up given the cost of the course.

By JHApr 20th 2018

This was an excellent introduction to project management launch techniques and tools. It takes into consideration the difference between doing an exercise to de



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