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Professional Certificate in Project Management

Professional Certificate in Project Management

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Required (15 units)
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Project Leadership, Communication and Team Building

Delivering effective projects requires organizational planning, team building, communication and human resources management. Participants examine how to assess, plan, implement, manage and monitor a project's human resource requirements, communications and leadership roles and responsibilities. Topics include identifying and managing project staffing requirements, leadership roles and responsibilities, personnel reporting and dynamics with two or more managers/supervisors, teamwork and team development, outsourcing, information dissemination, performance reporting, project information storage and retrieval, confidentiality and ethics and professional accountability/responsibility.

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3 units

Project Management Essentials

This course provides students with an examination of project management techniques, tools and strategies. Through lectures, team-based exercises and simulations, students gain exposure to proven methodology used to manage projects from inception to implementation to monitoring and evaluation. Topics include: root cause analysis, project definition, lifecycles, planning, risk management, control and reporting. This course provides participants with valuable insights to more effectively and efficiently manage small to mid-sized projects.

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3 units

Project Procurement Management

This course examines the procurement planning process from request for proposal to contract closeout. Topics include preparing a needs analysis, review of internal and external goods and services, negotiating contracts, development and execution of plans, integrated change control, cost/benefit analysis, earned value project management, contract administration, vendor relations and contract closeout. Students learn to apply information through case studies and practical examples.

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3 units

Project Scheduling and Risk Management

From project inception through implementation and analysis, this course explores basic concepts of structured project management, including scheduling, budgeting and risk management from both opportunity and threat perspectives. Topics include: risk identification and analysis, activity planning and sequencing, schedule development, cost estimating, budgeting and resource allocation.

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3 units

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Quality and Performance Management

How to develop a high-quality project plan, establish quality assurance/quality control guidelines and manage procurement of the resources necessary to complete a high quality project on time and on budget. Participants focus on developing skills to help ensure quality throughout a project lifecycle, including quality and performance planning, control, assurance and improvement. Best practices for project administration, planning and execution as well as tools commonly used to perform analysis and project evaluation are discussed. Students are also introduced to more complex quality control theories and practices, including Six Sigma, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria, Kaizen and lean production principles.

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3 units

Elective (3 units)
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Management of Information Technology Projects

Increasingly, project management is becoming critical to implementing information systems projects on time and within budget. Project management skills and competencies needed for each step of an information technology project are discussed. Case studies demonstrate the skills needed to assess the size and scope of a project, risk management, communication and human resources management. The systems integration needed to make these mission-critical projects succeed is also covered, as are software tools and development issues.

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3 units

Microsoft Project - Comprehensive

Microsoft Project offers powerful project management tools with the right blend of usability, power, and flexibility, so users can manage projects more efficiently and effectively. Project is designed to improve the ability to organize work and communicate through familiar, powerful, easy-to-use tools. Through this course, participants learn to control project work, schedules and finances, and keep project teams aligned and more productive. The tools and techniques covered in this hands-on course apply equally to small or large projects in a wide range of professional applications. Topics include project schedule organization, maintenance, project outlining, resource and cost definition, task creation, GANTT chart layout, resource histograms, project tracking, and reports.

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3 units

Introduction to Agile Project Management

The course provides an overview of agile project management, defines key terminology, describes the four agile methodologies, outlines the agile lifecycle, and explores the primary areas of expertise necessary to manage agile projects successfully. Learn the proper application of agile principles and how they can be applied to scope development, requirements analysis, planning and schedule development, and cost estimating. Also explores team building, project governance, managing value, scaling up and contracting, as well as methods for transitioning to Agile.

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3 units

Lean Principles and Practice

This course provides an in-depth examination of the basic principles for Lean Six Sigma projects and programs within an organization. Students will be provided the opportunity to use and practice these concepts which may be implemented into the workplace to reduce waste, improve performance, and cut costs. The course will address Lean Six Sigma in manufacturing, service industry, non-profit companies, education, and government organizations. Lean principles were originally designed for manufacturing processes; the lessons presented in this class will show how to achieve integration of Lean Principles and Practice into other areas within a company or organization; i.e. human resources, customer service, administration, supply chain etc.

Students study the history and principles of Lean Six Sigma, and will learn how to use metrics and measures for the implementation of a Lean Six Sigma environment.  Areas of focus are process flow, value stream mapping, the visual workplace, 5-S improvement, set-up reduction, and Kaizen events and rapid improvement methods.  You will be introduced to how Lean Six Sigma techniques are used to stabilize processes, reduce variation, mistake proofing, risk assessment, and failure modes effect (FMEA) analysis. This course is appropriate for any team or individual responsible for operations and process flow improvement.  It is designed for managers, line supervisors, functional leaders, business analysts, key suppliers, business consultants, and sales representatives.

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3 units

Project Management Professional and Certified Associate in Project Management (PMP/CAPMŪ) Exam Preparation

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) certifies project management professionals (PMP®) through an extensive experience and exam program. This intensive, four-day workshop provides preparation for the PMP® Certification Exam through in-depth topic reviews of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), state-of-the-art courseware and online practice tests. Participants go through exam simulations and preparation in order to develop a thorough understanding of exam material, test-taking strategies and core concepts. While anyone may enroll, this course is intended for individuals meeting the experience requirements for the PMP® certification who desire an overview of exam material and preparation techniques. In addition, this course provides 24 of the 35 academic contact hours required in Project Management education to be eligible for the PMP® examination.

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3 units

Project Management Applications

This course presents practical case studies to help professionals apply project management principles and theories in day-to-day scenarios and situations. Participants use the decision-making skills, tools and techniques discussed in other project management coursework to explore the processes and organizational principles required to make projects more successful. Cases presented represent a variety of disciplines, and the concepts may be applied universally.

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3 units

Essential GIS Skills

This course introduces both the “how” and “why” of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Using hands-on exercises, you will receive step-by step instructions to accomplish a wide range of real-world tasks such as making maps, and creating and editing data from various sources. The course combines an understanding of basic GIS concepts with practical skills using the ArcGIS platform, specifically WebGIS, Online GIS, ArcGIS Pro, spatial analysis and geoprocessing tools, Mobile GIS, and Apps. Software and tutorials provided.

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3 units

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