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Foundations of Project Management Practice is an introduction to contemporary project management tools and techniques across three broad areas: organizing and initiating projects, planning projects, and performing projects. Content emphasizes project selection, chartering new projects, stakeholder management, scope management, scheduling, and their integration.

Ideal for project managers and those currently involved in project work wishing to advance their project management knowledge, skills and capabilities.

Course descriptions

  • This course provides foundational definitions, project roles, and a discussion of frameworks such as the PMBOK and Agile. Also included is the development of project charters as well as how to select and prioritize projects to ensure alignment with a strategic plan and organizational goals.

    Learning Outcomes – After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Define key project terms, roles, activities, knowledge areas, and deliverables
    • Describe metrics and reasons for project success and failure
    • Contrast predictive / plan-driven and adaptive / change driven project life cycle approaches
    • Describe how to select, prioritize, and resource projects that align with strategic planning and organizational goals
    • Demonstrate capability to use financial and scoring models to select and prioritize projects
    • Demonstrate ability to create a project charter using a real project.

    Duration: 4 weeks

  • It is estimated that project managers spend about 90% of their time on communication. This course covers methods for identifying stakeholders and understanding / prioritizing various stakeholder demands and communication needs which are critical to project success. Detailed communication planning techniques are introduced with a focus on building constructive relationships with stakeholders and ensuring effective communication during the initiation stage of a project.

    Learning Outcomes – After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Enumerate, describe and prioritize each set of stakeholders in a project.
    • Create a communication plan for a real project that specifies purposes, structures, methods, and timing.
    • Create a communication matrix for a real project that focuses on who, what and when.
    • Develop strategies for stakeholder management.
    • Plan, conduct and continually improve project meetings.

    Duration: 4 weeks

  • Planning is a large and critical part of project management. In traditional project management, much of the planning occurs before execution begins. In Agile, planning and execution occur in an iterative approach. Project planning tends to be very collaborative. This course focuses on defining the scope, gathering requirements, creating a work breakdown structure and developing the project schedule.

    Learning Outcomes – After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Plan scope management and requirements gathering.
    • Create a requirements traceability matrix, project scope statement, and change request form.
    • Create a work breakdown structure (WBS) that includes work packages and use it for project planning and control.
    • Plan a project schedule by defining activities, sequencing activities, estimating durations, and developing schedules.
    • Build a logical network diagram showing the critical path.
    • Define a project schedule using a Gantt chart.

    Duration: 4 weeks

  • Managing projects requires the project manager to be able to transform individuals into an effective team working toward a common goal of creating the project deliverables. Projects are complex undertakings where team members (often virtually) can collaborate successfully and work toward project success. This course provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your leadership skills and your ability to effectively collaborate with your assigned team. The focus of this course is on the formation of a virtual project team and the completion of a mini-capstone project followed by a peer and self-evaluation.

    Learning Outcomes – After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Synthesize the concepts, tools and techniques from the previous Foundations of Project Management Practice courses by creating a comprehensive project plan.
    • Form a virtual team and develop the rules of engagement for use by your team.
    • Select and prioritize projects using a scoring model.
    • Create a project charter.
    • Identify and prioritize groups of project stakeholders.
    • Develop a communication plan.
    • Identify the project scope and create a Work Breakdown Structure.
    • Create a schedule and identify the critical path for the assigned project
    • Create a Gantt chart.

    Duration: 4 weeks

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate your understanding of project management fundamentals, which includes the project manager and stakeholders’ function and the management of project processes.
  • Recognize the project plan development processes that ensure all elements of the project are properly identified and coordinated.
  • Develop a project charter and work breakdown structure in a virtual team environment that ensures the project includes all, but only, the work necessary to complete the project.
  • Use project network diagrams and other scheduling approaches to ensure timely completion of the project.

Program Features

  • Course series offered 100% online in a hybrid asynchronous model designed for the demanding schedules of working professionals.
  • These courses are available to anyone, no prior degree is required.
  • Each course is four weeks.
  • Includes an electronic badge and printed certificate of completion and 4.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) following the successful completion of all four modules.
  • Achieve a B or higher in each course and you may request “credit for professional experience” when you apply for admission to the UW-Platteville Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program. If you qualify, the university grants three credits of advanced standing toward completion of your master’s degree.

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Cost: $1,885 four courses bundled -or- $695 per course, plus textbooks/resources.

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Financial assistance

If you are in need of financial assistance:

  • Sallie Mae offers private student educational loans.
  • Workforce development assistance may be available through federal, state, and local offices.

Testimonials

“I enjoy the opportunity to work with students from diverse backgrounds and organizations around the country and the world. Our students come in with varying levels of experience – some with many years of experience and some project management training, others totally new to project management. Sharing and learning from these cohorts each semester is rewarding.” 

Shawn Belling, UW-Platteville alum and PM instructor 

“I think we use PM in everything we do, even in our personal lives. I have changed the way I approach some of the daily aspects of my life, how I interact with co-workers and supervisors, and how I break my work down to manageable pieces since starting this program.”

Barbra Macdonald, 2018 MSPM Graduate


This program qualifies for graduate credit.

To apply for the UW-Platteville graduate program, follow these instructions.

After being accepted, request a grade transcript of the certificate course using the transcript form.

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