Managing Projects, Part 1: Understanding the Fundamentals

Managing Projects: Understanding and Applying the Fundamental

in person instructor ledAudience: Executives, managers, professionals, supervisors
Method: Online or In-person Instructor led
Duration: 8 weeks (4-week course and 4-week lab that follows)
Credits: 3 (1.5 for course and 1.5 for lab)

A project management course for learning the essentials.

Do you learn best by doing? This two-part course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of project management and offer the opportunity to practice and apply newfound knowledge and techniques.

After a foundation is set, you’ll continue learning in the lab that follows. In the lab, students work in teams to approach a complex project management scenario and take a project from initiation through closing using a tailored approach that integrates the various topics covered in both courses and allows for direct application of tools 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 the lab, 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 managemeny lifecycle.

This course is aligned with the leading project management standard today, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (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.

Certificate and degree options.

You can leverage your education and earn a Certificate in Project Management and these credits would apply toward 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.

PMI, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PgMP, OPM3 and PMBOK are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.

If you are a Creighton employee and wish to utilize tuition remission for this course, please complete the application found here.

Project management course goals.

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 in an effort to begin building a project management “toolbox” and further develop individual skillsets.

Outcomes and objectives.

During this course, students will learn to:

  • Understand fundamental project management concepts and terminology
  • Identify various factors that 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