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Project Management Foundations


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Course Description

This course introduces attendees to the essentials of project management. It approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium in size. The course takes attendees through the project life cycle in the same sequence they would face when managing a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the product and project life cycles, including initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Subject areas addressed include the project charter, creating a WBS, Network Diagramming, finalizing the project plan, scope management, stakeholder identification, cost management, scheduling and schedule management, earned value measurement, and change control.

The use of MS Project as an effective planning, scheduling and tracking tool is covered and integrated into the Project examples and Labs. Objectives were developed by identifying key basic terms, processes and techniques that are commonly used to manage small, stand-alone projects. Key project management framework concepts such as the definition of a project, the project management process groups and knowledge areas are introduced and followed throughout the course. Protégé trainers reviewed the course objectives to validate relevancy of objectives. Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

For more information, visit the MCC Project Management Academy website.


At the end of the course, students will:

  • Understand the difference between the Project Life Cycle, and a Product or System Life Cycle
  • Be able to list a typical set of deliverables needed to effectively manage a small, stand-alone project
  • Be able to define the following terms: project, project management, stakeholders, project management process groups and knowledge areas
  • Be able to write a project charter for a small project
  • Be able to write a project plan for a stand-alone project
  • Know how to develop a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Describe the estimating process
  • Know the difference between and significance of effort and duration
  • Be able to develop a project schedule, including estimating, PDM network diagramming, critical path method and developing a Gantt Chart
  • Understand the importance of risk management and be able to facilitate risk management planning for a small project
  • Identify key project management activities go on during the Execution Phase of a Project
  • Define project scope creep and describe the change control process
  • Know what activities are associated with the project performance control and be able to define operating metrics and control thresholds
  • Identify key Project Closing activities
  • Understand the importance of lessons learned and their impact on future projects


All aspiring or current project professionals.

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Course Instructors

Robert Caldwell

robert caldwell imageRobert Caldwell is a Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+)® with over 10 years professional experience in education and training project management. Robert currently works as a Workforce Training Manager, an adjunct faculty, and corporate trainer here at Metropolitan Community College (MCC). As a faculty member and corporate trainer, Robert teaches various business topics including business management, non-profit management, project management, and financial literacy. Robert also has many years of experience in training implementation, curriculum development, contract management, and training evaluation. Robert holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a Human Resource Management emphasis from Doane University, a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) with a Public Management concentration from University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics from the State University of New York.