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Project Management Essentials


Gain the skills to deliver well-defined project solutions. Through applied learning activities you will discover strategies for moving through each project phase, whether as a manager or member of a project team. We will also work on developing a critical understanding of management and human resources, project risk and quality, scheduling and software, and contracting and procurement. In the final mandatory course you will have the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge by developing a project management plan that can be applied to real-life scenarios.

Is this for you?

This instrumental resume builder can be used to position you as valuable project team member or demonstrate your skills in leading projects. It delivers an excellent skills set for a broad range of roles requiring organization, planning and time management.

Admission Requirements:

  • 19 years or older, or completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Basic Windows computer and internet skills (managing files and folders, keyboarding, email and Internet searches)

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus store in-person or online: Peterborough Campus Store or Lindsay Campus Store.

You have 5 years to complete the requirements of your certificate. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please complete this form to request a Certificate audit.

Courses in Project Management Essentials

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Introduction to Project Management (MGMT021)

Learn the fundamental principles of project management including: project initiating, project definition, creating the Work Breakdown Structure, estimating effort, budgeting, scheduling using Gantt charts and network diagrams, risk management, controlling resources, quality assurance, auditing and closing.

Project Risk, Issues and Change Management (MGMT332)

Discover the fundamentals of project cost management and control including project estimating at the project definition and approval stage, budgeting, resource costing and allocation, and status reporting. Using these fundamentals, we will introduce a structured multi-tiered approach that can be used to identify the different types of risks associated with projects such as technical, time, costs, quality and others. Learn to communicate risks effectively and share the responsibility of managing risks with your team members, customers and management.

Project Contracting, Procurement and Quality Management (MGMT333)

Learn how to manage the procurement cycle from start to finish, while ensuring a high level of quality throughout the process. We'll delve into project requirements, such as features and deliverables, and use quantitative methods to prioritize theses. You'll discover the key components of a quality management plan and the tools used in quality planning, assurance and control. You'll learn how to create a procurement management plan, identify key factors for making decisions, manage the bid process, from seller solicitation to selection, and quantify applications. Relevant legal issues, such as contract types and procurement terms, will also be examined. Lastly, we'll explore how to manage change throughout the process or take action when things don't end up as planned.

Project Management, Applications and Simulation (MGMT334)

Using a case study method and Microsoft Project, you will work through a simulated mock project where various project management tools and techniques will be applied. Working in teams, you will initiate, plan, execute, control, and close the simulated project. Activities will include project planning, decision-making, problem-solving, and presenting project progress. Previous study or experience in Project Management is necessary to successfully complete this course.

Electives - choose 3

Project Management Scheduling Software (COMP289)

Gain detailed insight into the functions of project planning and scheduling, resource allocation and costing, progress monitoring and reporting. Move from a basic to an advanced level of familiarity with the functions of Microsoft Project, a typical project management software. Prior experience with project management is recommended. Software: Microsoft Project 2019/365.

Project Management Fundamentals - Waterfall and Agile (MGMT331)

Gain an understanding, via this introductory project management course, of the basic concepts of both the traditional Waterfall (plan driven) Project Management framework following PMI's? PMBOK? as well as the Agile Project Management (change driven) frameworks. Discover the benefits of both frameworks and the practical application of each through practical projects.

Project Communications and Human Resource Management (MGMT335)

The most valuable resource in any project is often the people whose talent and efforts will contribute to its success. Explore organizational communications, how it functions and how to overcome communication barriers in groups and with individuals. Build the skills and knowledge needed to plan an effective project group, recruit quality people to staff it, and build them into an effective team. Study leadership principles and tools for successfully motivating a team. Previous study or experience in Project Management is highly recommended.

Project Management-Leadership Development (MGMT209)

Leaders need multiple skills to fulfill a spectrum of duties and responsibilities. Gain the practical knowledge from a leadership perspective to start and complete a project successfully and manage your project teams. We explore how the elements of the Project Management Body of Knowledge are applied during each phase of a project's life cycle and the implications of project management on leadership within an organization.

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