Applied Project Management Program

Applied Project Managememt

Take your project management skills to the next level with this challenging program designed to help you apply project management learning to real world cases. as we explore how and why the project management process works. Through a combination of case studies, seminar-style discussions, and interactive assignments, we will examine the project management process from beginning to end, exploring how and why the process works – and how to manage the challenges that inevitably surface on projects.

People in all levels in the organization with experience in managing projects will find this program useful, as will those preparing for the PMP (Project Management Professional) or CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification exams. The program covers most critical topics found in PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), sixth edition.

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This primarily asynchronous program meets via Zoom for one hour each week over the program’s 8-week length. Between class meetings, you will complete up to approximately 5 hours of coursework. Course materials will be distributed in a single Canvas course. The program contains 8 modules, each designed to be completed in one week, though you will also be able to work ahead to some degree. See below for the program curriculum.

Week 1: Modern Project Management, Organization Strategy and Project Selection.
Understand why project management is crucial, and distinguish a project from routine operations. Identify why it is important for project managers to understand their organization’s strategy. Understand the need for project priority system, and how multi-criteria models can be used to select projects.

Week 2: Defining the Project.
Review the 5 key steps in defining a project, and learn how to use this phase to proactively identity and resolve potential project issues.

Week 3: Estimating Project Time and Costs; Creating Project Schedule.
Explore how to accurately estimate timelines and budgets, and use these elements to create a schedule that will allow you to complete a project on time and on budget.

Week 4: Managing Risk; Scheduling Project Resources and Costs.
Understand how to identify project risks, and the role contingency plans play in the risk management process. Identify the different types of resource constraints, and general guidelines for assigning people to specific tasks.

Week 5: Being an Effective Project Manager.
Understand the different between managing and leading a project, and the importance of building trust and acting in an ethical manner while working on a project.

Week 6: Managing Project Teams.
Identify key characteristics of a high-performance project team, as well as strategies for developing a high-performing project team. Distinguish the different stages of team development, and understand the challenges of managing virtual project teams.

Week 7: Progress and Performance Management.
Identify the four steps for controlling a project, and manage scope creep. Calculate and interpret cost and schedule variance, as well as performance and percent indexes.

Week 8: Project Closure and Agile Project Management.
Understand the challenges of closing out a project, and know how to use project perspectives to obtain lessons learned. Recognize the conditions in which traditional project management versus Agile Project Management should be used, and understand the value of iterative, incremental development for creating new products.

Class Details


Schedule:

This primarily asynchronous program meets via Zoom for one hour each week over the program’s 8-week length. Between class meetings, you will complete up to approximately 5 hours of coursework.

  • Class meetings will be held in the evenings
Tuition:

*$2,499 * USD

  • Included in the program tuition is a special fee of $120 for rental of the electronic course textbook, Project Management: The Managerial Process, which will be delivered within Canvas.
  • Tuition is due at registration.
  • Financial aid is not available for this noncredit program. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employers to determine if tuition assistance is available.
  • Find out about the Professional Education Tuition Installment Plan and other payment options *Tuition listed above is for the 2021-2022 academic year, and subject to change without advance notice.

*Tuition listed above is for the 2021-2022 academic year, and subject to change without advance notice.

Location

This program is held via Canvas and Zoom

Requirements:

This program is designed for those who have either completed the Project Management Fundamentals Program through Professional Education (or its equivalent), or are experienced project managers.

To successfully complete the program with a grade of “Satisfactory” and earn the program badge, complete weekly coursework and participate in each synchronous weekly session.

You will be required to complete one module each week, but are welcome to work ahead.

Total Hours of Instructional Content: 48

Satisfactory completion of the program fulfills 35 contact hours of formal project management education required to qualify to sit for PMP Certification exam. Please note that tuition does not include the PMP or CAPM Exams.

Benefits

Flexible structure designed for professionals
The program meets synchronously via Zoom only one hour per week, meaning that you can structure your coursework around your career.

Learn from an experienced project manager
Throughout the program, you will have access to a certified PMP instructor with deep project management experience. You will also have an opportunity to learn from your peers, many of whom regularly manage projects.

Receive a Digital Badge
Students will be awarded a University of Utah Program Completion Award and Digital Badge showcasing your accomplishments for future employers. Find out more about Digital Badges at the University of Utah »

Who Should Attend

This challenging program will help stretch a student’s knowledge and application of project management principles. It is designed for the following:

  • Individuals who have a strong foundation of Project Management and want to learn to apply that knowledge through simulations and hands-on experiences
  • Experienced project managers wishing to extend their knowledge of Project Management, whether or not they have completed the Project Management Fundamentals program. This audience does not include senior to executive level managers
  • Individuals who are interested in pursuing the Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM) or Project Management Professional® (PMP) certifications.
  • Project Managers wanting to sharpen their skills and develop their career.

For general inquiries about the program
Phone: 801-581-1780
E-mail: E-mail: proed@continue.utah.edu
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