Managing Projects, Part 1: Understanding the Fundamentals

Course: Managing Projects, Part 1: Understanding the Fundamentals

in person instructor ledAudience: Executives, Managers, Professionals, Supervisors
Method: Instructor-led course
Duration: 2 days
Credit: 1.5 credit hours

Do you learn best by doing? Do you need an interactive method to get an overview of project management fundamentals including getting things done through and with other people? This course is designed as the first part in a two-part series along with Managing Projects, Part 2: Applying the Fundamentals, to introduce students to the fundamentals of project management and offer the opportunity to practice and apply newfound knowledge and techniques.

This course covers the underlying fundamentals of successfully guiding a project to completion that are common to many methodologies with a focus on tools and techniques for defining, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects to produce defined and measurable results. It emphasizes practicality in project management, while still emphasizing flexible and proven approaches to meet project goals. Along with Part 2, which focuses on application of fundamentals via a project simulation, this course provides a solid foundation to help students understand the fundamentals of project management, begin building a project management “toolbox,” and gain valuable practice taking a project through the entire project management lifecycle.

This course is aligned with the leading project management standard today, the Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK® Guide), and covers the five standard project process groups, ten knowledge areas, and 47 processes that collectively can serve as a baseline for successful project management. Because the focus of this course is on experiential learning, students will have the opportunity to immediately apply what has been learned through hands-on activities and team exercises as a way to gain. Foundational knowledge that can be applied to any type or size of project to achieve better on-time, on budget and quality results.

Crosslisted as: MBA 501, BIA 501 CBI 505

Your application to the Creighton Graduate School is included in the registration process. You can leverage your education and earn a Badge or Certificate in Project Management and these credits apply towards Creighton’s MBA or MSBIA graduate degrees.  If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, this course is cross-listed as a graduate/undergraduate course, but it is highly recommended that students have several years of working experience and prior business-related coursework before taking this course.


This course is designed to help students to understand fundamental project management topics, tools, and techniques that are common to many methodologies used today. This course provides experiential opportunities to practice and apply these fundamentals and in an effort to begin building a project management “toolbox” and further develop individual skillsets.


Upon completion, students will have had the opportunity to:

  • Explore fundamental project management concepts and terminology
  • Identify various factors which increase probability of project success
  • Define a project and its components including “boundaries” and characteristics
  • Write a Project Charter document and obtain project “authorization.”
  • Complete a risk matrix and an assumptions-issues list
  • Determine “work” required using a “Work Breakdown Structure” (WBS)
  • Begin to create a project management “toolbox” by selecting and integrating topics, tools, and techniques covered in the course.

Scheduled Classes

13 - 14
February 13, 2018 - February 14, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Creighton University, Harper Center

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