Project Management Foundations

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This course presents the essential skills and activities associated with managing complex projects within modern organizations. Topics include the history of project management, the project management lifecycle, project management knowledge areas, and project management processes.  Students explore case studies of project success and failures and are introduced to the project management body of knowledge.



  • Understanding the history of project management and its value within organizations.
  • Understanding the role of project management standards organizations such as the Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • Discussing the purpose of the PMBOK® Guide.
  • Discussing the unique characteristics of a project.
  • Defining the project management processes for a project.
  • Understanding project management knowledge areas and their integration across the project.
  • Discussing common project management process interactions.
  • Defining the project management process groups.
  • Discussing the relationships among project management, program management, and portfolio management.
  • Understanding the purpose of the project management office (PMO).
  • Discussing the differences between project management and operations management.
  • Understanding the role of the project manager.
  • Defining project management enterprise organizational factors and organizational process assets.
  • Discussing the project lifecycle and product lifecycle relationships.
  • Understanding project governance across the project lifecycle.
  • Defining project stakeholders and understanding their relationship to the project.
  • Understanding organizational influences on project management.
  • Understanding common project selection techniques.
  • Defining the purpose of the project charter.
  • Understanding the purpose of project management tools and techniques.
  • Understanding the purpose and value of project documentation.


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