Essentials of Project Management (PMP 0400)


Phone: 703-993-2109

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Organizations are successfully using project management concepts to deal with increasingly competitive markets, financial pressures to improve performance, restructuring, and globalization. Project management provides a structure for dealing with the "faster, better, cheaper" pressures that most organizations are facing. This comprehensive course provides participants with an overview of the essential elements of project management (e.g., selecting projects, planning, managing and control, et cetera) and the project management life‐cycle. Participants gain an understanding of the techniques, practice and new directions for project management and gain practical experience with approaches to achieving successful project performance.

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This course is an introductory course to Project Management, built upon the project management standards contained in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)‐ Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2017. No prerequisites are required for this course. Participants will learn project management terminology, processes, tools, and techniques and apply them in hands on exercises, such as a Bridge Building exercise, various problem solving scenarios, and interactive media case studies. In addition, the students will learn a standard project management methodology that can be adopted for use in their business. The course reference text is Schwalbe, K., An Introduction to Project Management, 6th Edition.
Participants will be introduced to the essential skills, knowledge, tools, and techniques employed in modern project management. Emphasis is placed on gaining practical experience with tools and techniques that ensure successful project performance. Topics covered include:
  • Introduction To Project Management
  • Project Selection And Planning
  • Project Management And Leadership
  • Negotiation And Conflict Resolution
  • Project Planning And Estimating
  • Risk And Quality Management
  • Project Execution And Control
  • Project Completion And Closeout
Attendees will receive these materials to enhance classroom instruction:

  • Course workbook
  • Reference text is provided to assist course attendees in future projects. The text, An Introduction to Project Management, Fourth Edition by Kathy Schwalbe, is provided. The text is an excellent future project management reference and follows the logical progression of project initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.
100% attendance and participation are expected from participants.
George Mason University is a PMI® Global Registered Education Provider.

PDU Credits:
  • The Essentials of Project Management course is pre-approved for 21 PDUs
PMI- Project Management Institute- Registered Education Provider
It is highly recommended (but not required) that the Essentials of Project Management course be taken first. Remaining Certificate courses may be taken in any order.

Managers and mid-level professionals who are faced with increasing pressures to improve organizational performance should take this course. This course is also intended for individuals who aspire to be project managers and recently assigned project managers. For existing managers, the course provides a refresher course on the state-of-the-art of project management. Course participants should have had some exposure to project management processes and techniques.

For individuals seeking to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification examination offered by Project Management Institute, this course serves as the foundation course prior to taking the George Mason course: PMP 0401: Project Management Certification: PMP® Exam Preparation.
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