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What you will learn
  • 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

Study Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course and 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.

Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course - Requirements

The Effective Planning and Scheduling Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Effective Planning and Scheduling Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

For any additional questions please see our comprehensive FAQS tab above.

Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course Outline

Gathering resources, organizing people, spending money effectively, and arranging work in the most efficient manner possible are all part of effective planning and scheduling. It's all a balancing act, but it's not as complicated as it appears.

Session 1: Course Overview

We all know how difficult it is to precisely estimate the duration of a project as project managers and leaders, but it is exactly what is asked of us on a regular basis. Because there isn't one, this course will not reveal the secret to making an accurate schedule.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Pre-Assignment

Session 2: Projects and Schedules

We'll only spend a few minutes going over some basic principles before moving on to the bones and bolts of planning and scheduling because you've already had some project experience. You'll learn how to define projects and why scheduling is so important to your success in this course.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Making Connections

Session 3: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Some people appreciate the fact that each endeavor has a clear beginning and end. Others see it as an opportunity to make a great impact. You'll learn about the work breakdown structure and how it can help you with your project in this lesson.

What is a Work Breakdown Structure?

A Work Breakdown Structure breaks down the milestones into the tasks that must be completed in order to reach each one. A Work Breakdown Structure, also known as a Product Breakdown Structure, is a method of breaking down big jobs into smaller tasks or specific components.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

You'll learn how to appraise your project and estimate time effectively in this course.

Estimating Tips and Techniques

When putting out an estimate, the most important thing to remember is to mention all assumptions and aspects that you evaluated. The reviewer will be able to see the assumptions and parameters you used in your calculations, as well as a base for comparing estimates.

Topics to be discussed include:

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

Session 5: Camping Case Study

It's such a delight to get away from the city's rush and bustle and go somewhere quiet and peaceful. You'll finish a case study in this session that applies the WBS and estimating elements to a camping trip.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Camping Case Study

Session 6: Identifying Task Dependencies

We're discussing things in the context of project management and how activities can be interdependent. You'll learn about task dependencies and relationships, as well as how to apply them to the project schedule, in this course.

About Task Dependencies

We know what activities must be completed to finish the project at this point in the project plan, and we've determined how long each activity or job will take to accomplish. The order (or sequence) in which actions must be accomplished is the next thing we must grasp.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

The list of resources for your project might quickly grow vast and cumbersome as you consider them. Another important part of success is having a system in place to keep everything organized and on track. You'll learn about resources and the stages of resource scheduling in this webinar. In order to grasp the principles, you will also perform a case study.

Definitions

Any people, machinery, money, facilities, and material required to finish a project, according to the Project Management Body of Knowledge reference. Human bodies are commonly thought of as resources, yet they encompass much more. A piece of production equipment, a budget, a sheet of chipboard, or an accounting colleague are all examples of resources.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

One of the most admirable aspects of project management is the care with which it has been developed. You have access to technologies and procedures that other industries lust over. You will learn about network diagrams, CPM, PERT, and Gantt charts in this webinar.

Network Diagrams

Network diagrams show activities, their precedence linkages, and the order (series or parallel) in which the tasks can be done. The usage of nodes and arrows illustrates the precedence relationships. The two types of network diagrams are activity on node (AoN) and activity on arrow (AoA).

Topics to be discussed include:

  • About Activity on Node Diagrams
  • Sample Activity on Node Diagram
  • About Activity on Arrow Diagrams
  • 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

There is lots of software available to support your project management work, as there is with so many things. Access to software can be beneficial in a variety of ways. You'll learn about some of the ways scheduling software can help you plan and schedule effectively in this session.

Choosing the Right Tools

When it comes to scheduling, the scale of your project usually dictates the tools you'll need. An Excel spreadsheet will generally enough for setting the timeline, monitoring action items and deliverables, and managing resources if the project is modest and controllable.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How Do You Know What Software is Best For You?
  • Open Workbench
  • Microsoft Project

Session 10: Uncertainty and Risk Management

Effective planning and scheduling, as well as the use of your project management skills and experience, will help to reduce uncertainty and risk. Our goal is to identify and mitigate risk before something goes wrong. You'll go over an introduction to risk management planning and go over the pre-assignment in this session.

About Risk Management

Effective planning and scheduling, as well as the use of your project management skills and experience, will help to mitigate risk and reduce uncertainty. Our goal is to identify and mitigate risk before something goes wrong. You'll go over an introduction to risk management planning and go over the pre-assignment in this session.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

Your ability to communicate, as well as that of the rest of the project team, can make or break a project. We'll look at communication in this session, paying special attention to our goals and approaches. To round off the session, we'll do a useful activity.

About Communication

The most crucial aspect of every project is communication. A critical piece of documentation called a communication plan must be established to help overcome hurdles and minimize surprises as a project progress. Typically, communication strategies are created at the start of a project.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

Some of us appear to have our days planned down to the minute. This makes it difficult to respond to emergencies as well as those tiny tasks that, when taken together, take up a lot of our time. You'll get right to the heart of scheduling in this session. We'll also talk about common scheduling issues and how to solve them.

Topics to be discussed include:

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

Session 13: Updating and Monitoring the Schedule

You're now ready to throw things into high gear and start working on the project. Planning and scheduling, on the other hand, will still be required. You'll learn about schedule updates and monitoring in this lesson to keep everything nicely knit together.

Schedule Updates

The schedule will need to be adjusted as the project develops. Throughout the course of a project, resources will leave, new people will join, challenges will occur, and contingency preparations may be required. The timetable should be modified on a frequent basis due to the ever-changing chain of events.

Topics to be discussed include:

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

Session 14: A Personal Action Plan

Making a personal action plan might assist you in staying on track and on time. You get things done when you accept responsibility for yourself and your outcomes. You will be given questions in this session to assist you in planning your short- and long-term objectives. This last exercise allows you to synthesize what you've learned so far and put it into practice.

Topics to be discussed include:

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

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Units of Study

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

Computer requirements

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

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

Students will also need access the following applications:

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  • Duration: 6 to 8 Hours
  • Assessments: Yes
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About This Course
What you will learn
  • 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

Study Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course and 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.

Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course - Requirements

The Effective Planning and Scheduling Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Effective Planning and Scheduling Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

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Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course Outline

Gathering resources, organizing people, spending money effectively, and arranging work in the most efficient manner possible are all part of effective planning and scheduling. It's all a balancing act, but it's not as complicated as it appears.

Session 1: Course Overview

We all know how difficult it is to precisely estimate the duration of a project as project managers and leaders, but it is exactly what is asked of us on a regular basis. Because there isn't one, this course will not reveal the secret to making an accurate schedule.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Pre-Assignment

Session 2: Projects and Schedules

We'll only spend a few minutes going over some basic principles before moving on to the bones and bolts of planning and scheduling because you've already had some project experience. You'll learn how to define projects and why scheduling is so important to your success in this course.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Making Connections

Session 3: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Some people appreciate the fact that each endeavor has a clear beginning and end. Others see it as an opportunity to make a great impact. You'll learn about the work breakdown structure and how it can help you with your project in this lesson.

What is a Work Breakdown Structure?

A Work Breakdown Structure breaks down the milestones into the tasks that must be completed in order to reach each one. A Work Breakdown Structure, also known as a Product Breakdown Structure, is a method of breaking down big jobs into smaller tasks or specific components.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

You'll learn how to appraise your project and estimate time effectively in this course.

Estimating Tips and Techniques

When putting out an estimate, the most important thing to remember is to mention all assumptions and aspects that you evaluated. The reviewer will be able to see the assumptions and parameters you used in your calculations, as well as a base for comparing estimates.

Topics to be discussed include:

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

Session 5: Camping Case Study

It's such a delight to get away from the city's rush and bustle and go somewhere quiet and peaceful. You'll finish a case study in this session that applies the WBS and estimating elements to a camping trip.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Camping Case Study

Session 6: Identifying Task Dependencies

We're discussing things in the context of project management and how activities can be interdependent. You'll learn about task dependencies and relationships, as well as how to apply them to the project schedule, in this course.

About Task Dependencies

We know what activities must be completed to finish the project at this point in the project plan, and we've determined how long each activity or job will take to accomplish. The order (or sequence) in which actions must be accomplished is the next thing we must grasp.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

The list of resources for your project might quickly grow vast and cumbersome as you consider them. Another important part of success is having a system in place to keep everything organized and on track. You'll learn about resources and the stages of resource scheduling in this webinar. In order to grasp the principles, you will also perform a case study.

Definitions

Any people, machinery, money, facilities, and material required to finish a project, according to the Project Management Body of Knowledge reference. Human bodies are commonly thought of as resources, yet they encompass much more. A piece of production equipment, a budget, a sheet of chipboard, or an accounting colleague are all examples of resources.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

One of the most admirable aspects of project management is the care with which it has been developed. You have access to technologies and procedures that other industries lust over. You will learn about network diagrams, CPM, PERT, and Gantt charts in this webinar.

Network Diagrams

Network diagrams show activities, their precedence linkages, and the order (series or parallel) in which the tasks can be done. The usage of nodes and arrows illustrates the precedence relationships. The two types of network diagrams are activity on node (AoN) and activity on arrow (AoA).

Topics to be discussed include:

  • About Activity on Node Diagrams
  • Sample Activity on Node Diagram
  • About Activity on Arrow Diagrams
  • 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

There is lots of software available to support your project management work, as there is with so many things. Access to software can be beneficial in a variety of ways. You'll learn about some of the ways scheduling software can help you plan and schedule effectively in this session.

Choosing the Right Tools

When it comes to scheduling, the scale of your project usually dictates the tools you'll need. An Excel spreadsheet will generally enough for setting the timeline, monitoring action items and deliverables, and managing resources if the project is modest and controllable.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How Do You Know What Software is Best For You?
  • Open Workbench
  • Microsoft Project

Session 10: Uncertainty and Risk Management

Effective planning and scheduling, as well as the use of your project management skills and experience, will help to reduce uncertainty and risk. Our goal is to identify and mitigate risk before something goes wrong. You'll go over an introduction to risk management planning and go over the pre-assignment in this session.

About Risk Management

Effective planning and scheduling, as well as the use of your project management skills and experience, will help to mitigate risk and reduce uncertainty. Our goal is to identify and mitigate risk before something goes wrong. You'll go over an introduction to risk management planning and go over the pre-assignment in this session.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

Your ability to communicate, as well as that of the rest of the project team, can make or break a project. We'll look at communication in this session, paying special attention to our goals and approaches. To round off the session, we'll do a useful activity.

About Communication

The most crucial aspect of every project is communication. A critical piece of documentation called a communication plan must be established to help overcome hurdles and minimize surprises as a project progress. Typically, communication strategies are created at the start of a project.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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

Some of us appear to have our days planned down to the minute. This makes it difficult to respond to emergencies as well as those tiny tasks that, when taken together, take up a lot of our time. You'll get right to the heart of scheduling in this session. We'll also talk about common scheduling issues and how to solve them.

Topics to be discussed include:

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

Session 13: Updating and Monitoring the Schedule

You're now ready to throw things into high gear and start working on the project. Planning and scheduling, on the other hand, will still be required. You'll learn about schedule updates and monitoring in this lesson to keep everything nicely knit together.

Schedule Updates

The schedule will need to be adjusted as the project develops. Throughout the course of a project, resources will leave, new people will join, challenges will occur, and contingency preparations may be required. The timetable should be modified on a frequent basis due to the ever-changing chain of events.

Topics to be discussed include:

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

Session 14: A Personal Action Plan

Making a personal action plan might assist you in staying on track and on time. You get things done when you accept responsibility for yourself and your outcomes. You will be given questions in this session to assist you in planning your short- and long-term objectives. This last exercise allows you to synthesize what you've learned so far and put it into practice.

Topics to be discussed include:

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

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Units of Study

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
Requirements

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 laterModern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

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

All systems

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

Students will also need access the following applications:

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