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Course overview

Establish your credential as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) by taking a PMP® exam. This online, self-study course is offered through a partnership with the University Learning Institute (ULI), and it provides interactive lessons, a practice test bank of over 500 questions you can use as an examination simulation, and more. You receive a six-month license to use the course online.

Note: Registration may only be cancelled with partial refund within two weeks of registration; $125 will be deducted for the test and materials. Mac users can take the course but will not be able to access the test bank without Windows.

This course is part of the Certificate of Accomplishment in Project Management.

Enroll anytime in this online course. All materials included. Instructor-basedstudy.Self-paced; take up to six months to complete.

PMP® and Project Management Professional® are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.

Who should attend?

Project managers who need to pass a PMP® certification exam and who wish to prepare at their own pace.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the core competencies of project management
  • Prepare to pass the PMP® certification examination
  • Complete the certification exam application
  • Recognize the examination format

Course outline

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  • About the Microsoft Project Screens
  • Segment 1. The Background of Project Management (Includes PMBOK Guide Chapter 1 & 2)
    • 1.1 Introductions, course materials, housekeeping & homework
    • 1.2 Definition, examples and characteristics of projects
    • 1.3 About Project Management Institute & other PM organizations
    • 1.4 Projects and emerging industries
    • 1.5 Programs & portfolios and project management office
    • 1.6 Environmental enterprise factors and organizational process assets
    • 1.7 Project & product life cycles
    • 1.8 Stakeholders
    • 1.9 Organizational structures & influences
    • 1.10 Segment 1 questions
  • Segment 2. PMBOK Guide (Includes PMBOK Guide Chapter 3)
    • 2.1 PMBOK Guide Organization
    • 2.2 Initiation processes
    • 2.3 Planning processes
    • 2.4 Execution processes
    • 2.5 Monitoring & controlling processes
    • 2.6 Closing processes
    • 2.7 Course Guide
    • 2.8 Exercise: Memorize the process matrix
  • Segment 3. Project Launch
    • 3.1 Project Assessment
      • 3.1.1 Benefit Measurement Methods
        • 3.1.1.1 Life Cycle Costing & Net Present Value
        • 3.1.1.2 Internal Rate of Return
    • 3.2 Develop Project Charter (PMBOK Guide 4.1)
      • 3.2.1 The project Statement of Work and Business Case
      • 3.2.2 The Project Charter
    • 3.3 Identify Stakeholders (PMBOK Guide 10.1)
      • 3.3.1 Stakeholder analysis
      • 3.3.2 Stakeholder Analysis Matrix
      • 3.3.3
    • 3.4 Segment 3 questions
  • Segment 4. Baseline the Project Scope
    • 4.1 Develop Project Management Plan
      • 4.1.1 The Project Management Plan
        • 4.1.1.1 Project Life Cycle
        • 4.1.1.2 Change Management Plan
  • 4.2 Develop the Scope Management Plan (PMBOK Guide 5.0)
  • 4.3 Collect Requirements (PMBOK Guide 5.1)
    • 4.3.1 Information collection techniques
    • 4.3.2 Group creative techniques
    • 4.3.3 Requirements Documentation
    • 4.3.4 Requirements Traceability
  • 4.4 Define Scope (PMBOK Guide 5.2)
    • 4.4.1 Product analysis
      • 4.4.1.1 Systems analysis
      • 4.4.1.2 Value engineering & value analysis
      • 4.4.1.3 Alternatives identification
      • 4.4.1.4 Scope Statement
  • 4.5 Create Work Breakdown Structure (PMBOK Guide 5.3)
    • 4.5.1 Objectives of the WBS
    • 4.5.2 The decomposition process
    • 4.5.3 The WBS & work packages
    • 4.5.4 WBS dictionary
    • 4.5.5 The Scope Baseline
    • Segment 4 questions
  • Segment 5. Constructing a Network Chart
    • 5.1 Plan Procurements (PMBOK Guide 12.1)
      • 5.1.1 Why procurements?
      • 5.1.2 Make or buy analysis
      • 5.1.3 Contract options & incentive fees
      • 5.1.4 Procurement Management Plan & Statements of Work
      • 5.1.5 Other procurement documents & check-list
    • 5.2 Review the Time Knowledge Area processes
    • 5.3 Schedule Management Plan (PMBOK Guide 6.0)
    • 5.4 Define Activities process (PMBOK Guide 6.1)
      • 5.4.1 The activity list and attributes
    • 5.5 Sequence Activities process (PMBOK Guide 6.2)
      • 5.5.1 Diagramming methods
      • 5.5.2 Dependencies; leads and lags
      • 5.5.3 Networks
      • 5.6 Segment 5 questions
  • Segment 6. Estimating & Scheduling
    • 6.1 Estimate Activity Resources (PMBOK Guide 6.3)
    • 6.2 Estimate Activity Durations (PMBOK Guide 6.4)
    • 6.3 Develop Schedule (PMBOK Guide 6.5)
      • 6.3.1 Critical Path Method
      • 6.3.2 Schedule compression
      • 6.3.3 Resource leveling
      • 6.3.4 Critical chain scheduling
      • 6.3.5 Project & resource calendars
      • 6.3.6 The Schedule Baseline
    • 6.4 Segment 6 questions
  • Segment 7. Budgeting, Quality & Risk Planning
    • 7.1 Prepare the Cost Management Plan (PMBOK Guide 7.0)
    • 7.2 Estimate Costs (PMBOK Guide 7.1)
      • 7.2.1 Resource pool and rates
    • 7.3 Determine Budget (PMBOK Guide 7.2)
      • 7.3.1 Historical budget and schedule dramas
      • 7.3.2 Cost Baseline
      • 7.3.3 Funding reconciliation
      • 7.3.4 The Performance Measurement Baseline
    • 7.4 Plan Quality (PMBOK Guide 8.1)
      • 7.4.1 Quality issues and gurus
      • 7.4.2 Six Sigma & other quality movements
      • 7.4.3 Cost of Quality and additional quality tools
      • 7.4.4 Quality Management Plan
      • 7.4.5 Process Improvement Plan
    • 7.5 Segment 7 Questions
  • Segment 8. Complete the Subsidiary Plans
    • 8.1 Develop Human Resources Plan (PMBOK Guide 9.1)
    • 8.2 Responsibility Assignment Matrices
      • 8.2.1 Organization Chart & Staffing Management Plan
    • 8.3 Plan Communications (PMBOK Guide 10.2)
      • 8.3.1 Information and stakeholder analysis
      • 8.3.2 Sender-Receiver Models
      • 8.3.3 The Communications Management Plan
    • 8.4 Plan Risk Management (PMBOK Guide 11.1)
      • 8.4.1 The Risk Management Plan
      • 8.4.2 Risk categories
      • 8.4.3 Risk Breakdown Structure
    • 8.5 Segment 8 questions
  • Segment 9. Detailed Risk Planning
    • 9.1. Identify Risks (PMBOK Guide 11.2)
      • 9.1.1. Information-gathering techniques
      • 9.1.2. Diagramming techniques
    • 9.2. Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis (PMBOK Guide 11.3)
      • 9.2.1. Risk event impact & probability, scoring
    • 9.3. Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis (PMBOK Guide 11.4)
      • 9.3.1. Decision trees & expected monetary value
      • 9.3.2. Path convergence
      • 9.3.3. Triangular & beta distributions
      • 9.3.4. Simulation
    • 9.4. Plan Risk Responses (PMBOK Guide 11.5)
      • 9.4.1. Avoidance, Transference, Mitigation & Acceptance of Risks
      • 9.4.2. Response to Positive Risks
      • 9.4.3. Risk Response Plan, Risk Register (Risk Database)
    • 9.5. Segment 9 question
  • Segment 10. Project Execution
    • 10.1 Acquire Project Team (PMBOK Guide 9.2)
      • 10.1.1 Resource pool
      • 10.1.2 Virtual teams
    • 10.2 Develop Project Team (PMBOK Guide 9.3)
      • 10.2.1 Recognition & rewards
      • 10.2.2 Motivational Theories
      • 10.2.3 Leadership
    • 10.3 Manage Project Team (PMBOK Guide 9.4)
      • 10.3.1 Interpersonal skills (Appendix G)
      • 10.3.2 Power
      • 10.3.3 Conflict
      • 10.3.4 Constructive & Destructive Behavior
    • 10.4 Direct & Manage Project Execution (PMBOK Guide 4.3)
      • 10.4.1 Project Management Methodology
      • 10.4.2 Work Performance Information
    • 10.5 Segment 10 questions
  • Segment 11. Getting it Right
    • 11.1 Perform Quality Control (PMBOK Guide 8.3)
      • 11.1.1 Statistical data
      • 11.1.2 Tools; seven basic tools of quality
      • 11.1.3 Process adjustments
    • 11.2 Perform Quality Assurance (PMBOK Guide 8.2)
      • 11.2.1 Quality audits
    • 11.3 Monitor and Control Risks (PMBOK Guide 11.6)
      • 11.3.1 Risk audits & reviews
      • 11.3.2 Additonal risk planning
    • 11.4 Segment 11 questions
  • Segment 12. Watching the Baselines
    • 12.1 Control Costs (PMBOK Guide 7.3)
      • 12.1.1 Earned value management
      • 12.1.2 Completion forecasting
      • 12.1.3 Trend analysis
    • 12.2 Control Scope (PMBOK Guide 5.5)
    • 12.3 Control Schedule (PMBOK Guide 6.6)
      • 12.3.1 Schedule variance
    • 12.4 Segment 12 questions
  • Segment 13. Stakeholders Relationships
    • 13.1 Monitor and Control Project Work (PMBOK Guide 4.5)
      • 13.1.1 Redundancies in the process
    • 13.2 Distribute Information (PMBOK Guide 10.3)
    • 13.3 Report Performance (PMBOK Guide 10.5)
    • 13.4 Manage Stakeholder Expectations (PMBOK Guide 10.4)
    • 13.5 Applying for and Taking the PMP Examination
    • 13.6 Segment 13 questions
  • Segment 14. Acceptance & Closure
    • 14.1 Perform Integrated Change Control (PMBOK Guide 4.5)
      • 14.1.1 Elements of change control
      • 14.1.2 The change control process
      • 14.1.3 Configuration management
    • 14.2 Verify Scope (PMBOK Guide 5.4)
    • 14.3 Close Project or Phase (PMBOK Guide 4.6)
      • 14.3.1 Closure circumstances
    • 14.4 Introduction to Contract Law and the UCC
    • 14.5 Segment 14 questions
  • Segment 15. Procurement & PMI Code of Ethics
    • 15.1 Conduct Procurements (PMBOK Guide 12.2)
      • 15.1.1 Screening
      • 15.1.2 Weighting system
      • 15.1.3 Negotiation
    • 15.2 Administer Procurements (PMBOK Guide 12.3)
    • 15.3 Close Procurements (PMBOK Guide 12.4)
    • 15.4 Segment 15 Questions
    • 15.5 PMI Code of Ethics
  • Segment 16. Test engine exam prep
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