Certificate In Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course

Learn How To Use Planning And Scheduling Tools

Certificate In Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course

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Learn How To Use Planning And Scheduling Tools

Creating an accurate schedule is more of an art than a science. However, there are some tools and techniques that you can use to be as precise as possible. This course will introduce you to the most commonly used tools and show you how to apply them to everyday scenarios. We recommend that you complete “Intermediate Project Management” before beginning this course.

This course will teach you how to use a variety of planning and scheduling tools, including the work breakdown structure, network diagrams, program evaluation and review technique (PERT), and Gantt charts. You will also learn how to properly estimate time, schedule resources, identify task dependencies, manage risks, communicate your schedule, and keep the schedule updated.

After you complete this Effective Planning and Scheduling course, you will be able to:

  • Define and create a Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Identify and understand task relationships.
  • Estimate task durations and determine project duration.
  • Construct a network diagram.
  • Calculate the critical path of a project.
  • Use the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) to create estimates.
  • Plan for risks.
  • Create a communication plan.
  • Effectively allocate project resources.
  • Update and monitor the project schedule

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Easy to follow and understand
  2. Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required
  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Certificate of Completion

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, MAC, tablet or Smart Phone.

Recognition & Accreditation

This course is internationally recognized and accredited by the International Association of Online Training Standards (IAOTS). The courses offered by Courses For Success are unique as they are taught in a step by step process enabling students to complete them quickly and easily, so that you can obtain your qualification sooner. All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion. Courses For Success is committed to high completion rates and therefore 100% student satisfaction.

Session 1: Course Overview

  •     Learning Objectives
  •     Pre-Assignment

Session 2: Projects and Schedules

  •     Making Connections

Session 3: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

  •     What is a Work Breakdown Structure?
  •     Sample WBS
  •     The Role of a Work Breakdown Structure
  •     Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
  •     Steps for Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
  •     Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable-Based
  •     Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Activity-Based
  •     Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable/Activity-Based
  •     Work Breakdown Structure Formats
  •     Indented List
  •     Spreadsheet
  •     Organizational Chart
  •     Work Breakdown Structure Numbering
  •     Sample Numbering
  •     What is a Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary?
  •     Samples
  •     Work Breakdown Structure Exercise

Session 4: Estimating Activity Durations

  •     Estimating Tips and Techniques
  •     Sample Spreadsheet
  •     Gathering Resources
  •     Activity List
  •     Resources
  •     Estimating Activity Durations
  •     Tips for Increasing Estimation Accuracy

Session 5: Camping Case Study

  •     Camping Case Study

Session 6: Identifying Task Dependencies

  •     About Task Dependencies
  •     Washing a Car
  •     Key Questions
  •     Dependency Definitions
  •     Task Dependency Types
  •     FS: Finish-to-Start
  •     SF: Start-to-Finish
  •     FF: Finish to Finish
  •     Case Study: Trip to New York

Session 7: Aligning Resources with Activities

  •     Definitions
  •     Resource Breakdown Structure
  •     Sample Resource Breakdown Structure
  •     Creating the Resource Breakdown Structure
  •     Availability and Skills, Part One
  •     Availability and Skills, Part Two
  •     Availability and Skills, Part Three
  •     Resource Calendars
  •     Stages of Resource Scheduling
  •     Definition
  •     Allocation
  •     Aggregation
  •     Leveling
  •     Considering the Constraints
  •     Resource Turnover
  •     Case Study: Planning an Outdoor Concert
  •     Task Two
  •     Task Three

Session 8: Project Planning

  •     Network Diagrams
  •     About Activity on Node Diagrams
  •     Sample Activity on Node Diagram
  •     About Activity on Arrow Diagrams
  •     Sample Activity on Arrow Diagram
  •     Critical Path Method
  •     Sample Project
  •     Creating a Network Diagram
  •     Starting Network Diagram
  •     Perform Forward Pass through Network
  •     Perform Backward Pass through Network
  •     Determine Slack
  •     Establish the Critical Path
  •     Critical Path Exercise
  •     Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
  •     The PERT Formula
  •     Creating Time Estimates
  •     Making Connections
  •     The Value of PERT
  •     About Gantt Charts
  •     Sample Gantt Chart One
  •     Sample Gantt Chart Two
  •     Gantt Chart Exercise

Session 9: Scheduling Software

  •     Choosing the Right Tools
  •     How Do You Know What Software is Best For You?
  •     Open Workbench
  •     Microsoft Project

Session 10: Uncertainty and Risk Management

  •     About Risk Management
  •     Sample Risk Register
  •     Risk Management Planning
  •     Identification of Risk
  •     Quantification of Risk
  •     Responding to Risk
  •     Monitoring and Controlling Risk
  •     Mini Case Study
  •     Pre-Assignment Review

Session 11: Communication Strategies

  •     About Communication
  •     Purpose
  •     Information Required
  •     Frequency
  •     Method
  •     Tips for Successful Communication
  •     Team Members
  •     Project Stakeholders
  •     Project Team
  •     Other Special Target Groups/End Users
  •     Cross-Functional Teams
  •     Communication Exercise

Session 12: Creating a Viable Schedule

  •     Creating a Schedule
  •     Common Scheduling Problems (Part One)
  •     Common Scheduling Problems (Part Two)

Session 13: Updating and Monitoring the Schedule

  •     Schedule Updates
  •     Frequency of Updates
  •     Receiving Updates
  •     Format for Updates
  •     Format for Updates
  •     Better Predicting
  •     Schedule Monitoring
  •     Case Study
  •     Questions

Session 14: A Personal Action Plan

  •     Starting Point
  •     Where I Want to Go
  •     How I Will Get There

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Learn How To Use Planning And Scheduling Tools

Creating an accurate schedule is more of an art than a science. However, there are some tools and techniques that you can use to be as precise as possible. This course will introduce you to the most commonly used tools and show you how to apply them to everyday scenarios. We recommend that you complete “Intermediate Project Management” before beginning this course.

This course will teach you how to use a variety of planning and scheduling tools, including the work breakdown structure, network diagrams, program evaluation and review technique (PERT), and Gantt charts. You will also learn how to properly estimate time, schedule resources, identify task dependencies, manage risks, communicate your schedule, and keep the schedule updated.

After you complete this Effective Planning and Scheduling course, you will be able to:

  • Define and create a Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Identify and understand task relationships.
  • Estimate task durations and determine project duration.
  • Construct a network diagram.
  • Calculate the critical path of a project.
  • Use the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) to create estimates.
  • Plan for risks.
  • Create a communication plan.
  • Effectively allocate project resources.
  • Update and monitor the project schedule

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Easy to follow and understand
  2. Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required
  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Certificate of Completion

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, MAC, tablet or Smart Phone.

Recognition & Accreditation

This course is internationally recognized and accredited by the International Association of Online Training Standards (IAOTS). The courses offered by Courses For Success are unique as they are taught in a step by step process enabling students to complete them quickly and easily, so that you can obtain your qualification sooner. All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion. Courses For Success is committed to high completion rates and therefore 100% student satisfaction.

Session 1: Course Overview

  •     Learning Objectives
  •     Pre-Assignment

Session 2: Projects and Schedules

  •     Making Connections

Session 3: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

  •     What is a Work Breakdown Structure?
  •     Sample WBS
  •     The Role of a Work Breakdown Structure
  •     Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
  •     Steps for Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
  •     Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable-Based
  •     Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Activity-Based
  •     Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable/Activity-Based
  •     Work Breakdown Structure Formats
  •     Indented List
  •     Spreadsheet
  •     Organizational Chart
  •     Work Breakdown Structure Numbering
  •     Sample Numbering
  •     What is a Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary?
  •     Samples
  •     Work Breakdown Structure Exercise

Session 4: Estimating Activity Durations

  •     Estimating Tips and Techniques
  •     Sample Spreadsheet
  •     Gathering Resources
  •     Activity List
  •     Resources
  •     Estimating Activity Durations
  •     Tips for Increasing Estimation Accuracy

Session 5: Camping Case Study

  •     Camping Case Study

Session 6: Identifying Task Dependencies

  •     About Task Dependencies
  •     Washing a Car
  •     Key Questions
  •     Dependency Definitions
  •     Task Dependency Types
  •     FS: Finish-to-Start
  •     SF: Start-to-Finish
  •     FF: Finish to Finish
  •     Case Study: Trip to New York

Session 7: Aligning Resources with Activities

  •     Definitions
  •     Resource Breakdown Structure
  •     Sample Resource Breakdown Structure
  •     Creating the Resource Breakdown Structure
  •     Availability and Skills, Part One
  •     Availability and Skills, Part Two
  •     Availability and Skills, Part Three
  •     Resource Calendars
  •     Stages of Resource Scheduling
  •     Definition
  •     Allocation
  •     Aggregation
  •     Leveling
  •     Considering the Constraints
  •     Resource Turnover
  •     Case Study: Planning an Outdoor Concert
  •     Task Two
  •     Task Three

Session 8: Project Planning

  •     Network Diagrams
  •     About Activity on Node Diagrams
  •     Sample Activity on Node Diagram
  •     About Activity on Arrow Diagrams
  •     Sample Activity on Arrow Diagram
  •     Critical Path Method
  •     Sample Project
  •     Creating a Network Diagram
  •     Starting Network Diagram
  •     Perform Forward Pass through Network
  •     Perform Backward Pass through Network
  •     Determine Slack
  •     Establish the Critical Path
  •     Critical Path Exercise
  •     Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
  •     The PERT Formula
  •     Creating Time Estimates
  •     Making Connections
  •     The Value of PERT
  •     About Gantt Charts
  •     Sample Gantt Chart One
  •     Sample Gantt Chart Two
  •     Gantt Chart Exercise

Session 9: Scheduling Software

  •     Choosing the Right Tools
  •     How Do You Know What Software is Best For You?
  •     Open Workbench
  •     Microsoft Project

Session 10: Uncertainty and Risk Management

  •     About Risk Management
  •     Sample Risk Register
  •     Risk Management Planning
  •     Identification of Risk
  •     Quantification of Risk
  •     Responding to Risk
  •     Monitoring and Controlling Risk
  •     Mini Case Study
  •     Pre-Assignment Review

Session 11: Communication Strategies

  •     About Communication
  •     Purpose
  •     Information Required
  •     Frequency
  •     Method
  •     Tips for Successful Communication
  •     Team Members
  •     Project Stakeholders
  •     Project Team
  •     Other Special Target Groups/End Users
  •     Cross-Functional Teams
  •     Communication Exercise

Session 12: Creating a Viable Schedule

  •     Creating a Schedule
  •     Common Scheduling Problems (Part One)
  •     Common Scheduling Problems (Part Two)

Session 13: Updating and Monitoring the Schedule

  •     Schedule Updates
  •     Frequency of Updates
  •     Receiving Updates
  •     Format for Updates
  •     Format for Updates
  •     Better Predicting
  •     Schedule Monitoring
  •     Case Study
  •     Questions

Session 14: A Personal Action Plan

  •     Starting Point
  •     Where I Want to Go
  •     How I Will Get There

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Course ID No.: 002EPAS
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited Lifetime
Time required: Study at your own pace
Course Duration: 6 - 8 Hours
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