Centre for Continuing Education

Project Management Course: Microsoft Project

Technical Project Management skills. Hard skills for project success.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.


In partnership with the School of Project Management
All course materials have been developed in conjunction with the University of Sydney’s School of Project Management. The School’s team comprises world-class academics and researchers – ensuring we deliver the highest quality content. Course participants can gain Professional Development Unit (PDU) points towards becoming a Project Management Professional®.

This course provides an introduction to Microsoft Project for project professionals. Microsoft Project is a software package that supports project managers to plan, baseline, monitor and control a project schedule, budget and resource allocation throughout the life of a project.

This non-award course provides up to 14 Professional Development Unit (PDU) points with the Project Management Institute (PMI) towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)®. This is awarded at the discretion of the external party.

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Aims

This course aims to enable you to develop and monitor a project in Microsoft Project, ensuring it finishes on-time and on-budget. You will gain a working knowledge of MS Project so that you can start working on your project immediately using MS project.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • set and manage relationships between project tasks
  • develop a simple project schedule, resource sheet and budget within defined constraints using MS Project
  • analyse a schedule in MS Project to understand the critical path
  • develop a resource sheet to estimate your project budget
  • monitor and control a project using MS Project
  • explain the benefits and challenges of using MS Project
  • identify the challenges and flexibility in the schedule and develop options for optimisation
  • produce reports using MS Project
  • level resources
  • develop an awareness of further learning to get even more out of MS Project, as well as Enterprise Project and Project Online.

Content

Recap on theory

  • A refresh on the project management framework and scheduling concepts

MS Project basics

  • Navigating MS Project
  • Different views available
  • Setting up a new project

Integrated project planning

  • Developing a WBS and input activity, durations and dependencies to develop a simple Gantt chart
  • Building and analysing a project schedule including network analysis, critical path analysis
  • Creating and using project resource tables
  • Project budget definition

Monitoring and controlling

  • Baseline and rebaselining a plan
  • Tracking task completion
  • Reporting with MS Project

Awareness of more tools

  • Benefits and challenges of MS Project, when to use it and what it’s good for
  • Beyond MS Project: Enterprise, Online, SharePoint integration & other scheduling packages.

Intended audience

  • New and experienced Project Managers
  • Other project professionals, e.g. PMO, planner, estimator, scheduler etc.
  • Little to no experience using MS Project
  • The ‘accidental’ Project Manager

Prerequisites

  • Some experience as a project manager or applying project management techniques, for example, scheduling.
  • It is assumed that you will have access to MS Project upon completion of the training to practice the concepts learned during the training.

Delivery style

This two-day course focuses on experiential learning. Content is broken into 10-15 minute blocks and immediately followed by group activities where the theory is put into action.

A range of interactive methods will be used including:

  • storytelling and the use of professional examples to exhibit the concepts
  • self-reflection and group discussions
  • case studies where the concepts are actively applied
  • individual and team activities and presentations
  • suggested readings for after training.

Materials

You will receive:

  • online course materials with case study activities
  • an online project management toolkit with templates
  • a Statement of Completion indicating eligibility for PDUs (points/contact hours).

Additional information

Face-to-face classes

These classes run in a computer lab and you do not need to bring your own device.

Online classes

Online training is delivered via the platform Zoom. If you are attending an online class, you will need your own device with sound/microphone and a web camera.

Recommended software: MS Project 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 (excluding trial versions)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

The Project Management Professional (PMP), PgMP, PMI-RMP and PMI-SP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The PMI logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The Centre for Continuing Education has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). CCE has been approved by PMI to issue PDUs for our courses.

Once you complete this course, you will receive an email with a code to claim PDUs from the Project Management Institute, Inc.

For further information on PMI, please visit the Project Management Institute website.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

Project Management Course: Microsoft Project

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