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Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Bundle, 5 Certificate Courses

Learn How To Use Planning And Scheduling Tools

Get Effective Planning and Scheduling, Strategic Planning, Time Management - Get Organized for Peak Performance, Goal Setting, and Self-Leadership in this Bundle

1. Effective Planning and Scheduling: 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

2. Strategic Planning: Learn How To Strategize A Solid Plan For Your Business

A solid strategic plan is essential for business success. It should outline your values, mission, vision, strategy, and your plan for getting there.

If you and the people who work with you don’t understand where the company is going, they may all develop their own priorities and actually prevent you from getting where you need to be. Part of getting everyone on board is creating a strategic plan complete with the organization’s values, vision, and mission. Then, there’s the challenge of bringing these principles to life in a meaningful way that people can relate to. This course will help you describe what you want to do and get people where you want to go.

A good strategic plan describes what the owners want the business to do and how to get there. This course will help you identify all the pieces of a strategic plan and how to put them together to create something meaningful.

After you complete this Strategic Planning course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the values that support the company.
  • Define the vision for the company. 
  • Write a mission statement that explains what the company’s purpose is.
  • Complete meaningful SWOT analyses.
  • Apply tools and techniques to create a strategic plan that directs the organization from the executive to the front line.
  • Implement, evaluate, and review a strategic plan.
  • Identify how related tools, such as the strategy map and balanced scorecard, can help you develop a strategic plan.

3. Time Management - Get Organized for Peak Performance: Make The Most Out Of Your Time

Time is money, the saying goes, and lots of it gets lost in disorganization and disruption. This course will give you some ways to get organized and make the most of your time.

In this course, you will learn how to organize your workflow and office space, use your planner effectively, and delegate some of your work to other people.

At the end of this Time Management: Get Organized for Peak Performance course, you will be able to:

  • Better organize yourself and your workspace for peak efficiency.
  • Understand the importance of, and the most useful techniques for, setting and achieving goals.
  • Identify the right things to be doing and develop plans for doing them.
  • Learn what to delegate and how to delegate well.
  • Take control of things that can derail your workplace productivity.

4. Goal Setting: Turn Your Dreams Into Reality

We all have things we want in life. This course will show you how to take the things that you dream about and wish for, and turn them into reality.

In this course, you will create your personal vision, identify your values, and make a bucket list. From there, you’ll create goals with SPIRIT, set up support systems, learn how to deal with setbacks, and identify ways to get started on your journey right now.

At the end of this Goal Setting course, you will be able to:

  • Identify what’s important to you in your life.
  • Use goal setting activities and appropriate language to articulate what you want in your life.
  • Explain what your dreams and goals are for both the short and long term.
  • Use motivating techniques to help you reach your goals.
  • Understand how to deal with setbacks.

5. Self-Leadership: Explore The Four Pillars Of Self-Leadership

Self-leadership combines taking responsibility for our outcomes, setting direction for our lives, and having tools to manage priorities. This course will cover all of these aspects and teach you how to make meaningful, empowered choices while taking action to get where you want to go.

In this course, you will explore the four pillars of self-leadership: knowing who you are, knowing what you do, knowing what you need to learn, and using what you know.

After you complete this Self-Leadership course, you will be able to:

  • Define self-leadership and what it means on an individual level.
  • Assume responsibility for your results by understanding who you are, what you want, and how to reach your goals.
  • Describe the four pillars of self-leadership.
  • Use techniques related to adjusting to change, cultivating optimism, and developing good habits to build your self-leadership.

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Effective Planning and Scheduling 5 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course

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

Course 2 - Certificate in Strategic Planning Online Course

Session 1: Course Overview

  •     Learning Objectives
  •     Pre-Assignment

Session 2: Understanding Strategic Planning

  •     Understanding Strategic Planning
  •     Understanding Your Stakeholders
  •     Getting Focused
  •     Making Connections
  •     Pyramid Structure

Session 3: Identifying Our Values

  •     Pre-Assignment Review
  •     Option B
  •     Creating Value Statements
  •     Making Connections

Session 4: Designing Our Vision

  •     The Vision Process
  •     Case Study
  •     Moving Forward
  •     Moving Forward
  •     Defining Your Vision

Session 5: On a Mission

  •     Defining Your Mission Statement
  •     Examples
  •     Designing a Mission Statement

Session 6: Performing a SWOT Analysis

  •     What is a SWOT Analysis?
  •     SWOT Matrix
  •     SWOT Checklist
  •     Individual Analyses
  •     SWOT Ratings
  •     Part Two: Reflection

Session 7: Setting Goals

  •     Fitting into the Plan
  •     The Four Perspectives
  •     Timeline for Your Plan
  •     Goals with SPIRIT
  •     Getting Into It

Session 8: Assigning Roles, Responsibilities, and Accountabilities

  •     Who Does What and When?
  •     Making Connections
  •     Establishing Priorities
  •     Types of Decisions
  •     Rephrase the Problem
  •     Rephrase the Problem
  •     Expose and Challenge Assumptions
  •     Use Facts
  •     Grow Your Thinking
  •     Shrink Your Environment Temporarily
  •     Practice Multiple Perspectives
  •     Turn it Upside Down
  •     Frame the Problem Purposely and Positively
  •     Summary
  •     Problem Solving in Action

Session 9: The Full Picture

  •     Strategic Planning Snapshot

Session 10: Gathering Support

  •     Introduction
  •     Accountabilities
  •     Complete
  •     Putting It Into Practice

Session 11: Making the Change

  •     Getting Ready
  •     Case Study
  •     Making Connections
  •     The Three Phases
  •     Endings
  •     Transitions/Neutral Zone
  •     Insights
  •     Control and Change

Session 12: How Does It Look?

  •     Presenting Your Ideas
  •     Infographics
  •     Presentations
  •     Creative Considerations

Session 13: Getting There

  •     Planning for Problems
  •     Security Considerations
  •     Making it Great
  •     Sample Strategy Map
  •     Sample Strategy Map
  •     Sample Balanced Scorecard

Session 14: Mocking Up the Process

  •     Case Study
  •     SWOT Analysis 1
  •     SWOT Analysis 2
  •     Strategic Planning Framework

A Personal Action Plan

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

Course 3 - Certificate in Time Management - Get Organized for Peak Performance Online Course

Session 1: Course Overview

  • Learning Objectives
  • Pre-Assignment

 Session 2: The Power of a Change

  • Your Bucket List
  • 1 to 10
  • 11 to 20
  • 21 to 30
  • 31 to 40
  • 41 to 50
  • Pre-Assignment Review

 Session 3: Changing Our Perspective

  • Making Changes
  • Connecting with People
  • Paperwork
  • Reading
  • Exercise
  • Summarizing the Priorities
  • Case Study, Part One
  • Case Study, Part Two
  • Questions

 Session 4: Setting Goals

  • The Dot Exercise
  • Setting Goals
  • Setting Goals with SPIRIT
  • Setting a SPIRIT Goal

 Session 5: Planning Tips and Tricks

  • Guidelines for Efficient Planning
  • Using a Guideline
  • Making Plans
  • Organizing Your Work Area and Your Paperwork
  • Using a Tip

 Session 6: Setting Up a Routine

  • How Routines Can Help You
  • Creating a Routine
  • What to Include?
  • Creating Your Routine

 Session 7: Doing it Right

  • Balance
  • Balancing Your Week
  • Organize Your Time
  • Organizing Yourself
  • Let Things Go
  • Delegate
  • Five Levels and Five Steps of Delegation
  • Delegating Work
  • The Story
  • Managing Time
  • Questions, Part 1
  • Questions, Part 2
  • Discussing Sheila

 Session 8: Putting an End to Procrastination

  • Eating a Frog
  • Choose the Ugly One
  • Clearing Out the Frogs

 Session 9: Getting Organized

  • Surface of the Desk
  • Contents of the Desk
  • Getting Rid of Clutter
  • Guidelines for Keeping a Piece of Paper
  • Cleaning Up

 Session 10: Organizing Your Files

  • Sorting Based on File Type
  • File Categories
  • Working Files
  • Reference Files
  • Archive Files
  • Disaster Files
  • Your Filing System
  • Electronic Files
  • Your Electronic Files
  • Briefcase
  • The Batching Technique
  • Batching Tasks

 Session 11: Managing Your Workload

  • Managing E-mail
  • Looking at Your E-mail
  • Working Effectively with E-mail
  • Mary Marvelous
  • Question
  • Our Recommendation
  • Next Steps
  • Workload Analysis
  • The 168 Hour Plan
  • Using Your Time
  • More or Less
  • Happiness and Me Time
  • Regrets

 Session 12: A Personal Action Plan

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

Course 4 - Certificate in Goal Setting Online Course

Session 1: Course Overview

  •     Learning Objectives
  •     Pre-Assignment
  •     Making Connections

Session 2: Pre-Assignment Review

  •     Pre-Assignment Review Questions

Session 3: Self-Understanding

  •     Understanding the Importance of Goal Setting
  •     Choosing a Mentor
  •     Making Connections

Session 4: Laying the Foundation

  •     Creating Your Personal Vision Statement
  •     Step One: Identify Your Values
  •     Step Two: Define Your Values
  •     Step Three: Put It All Together
  •     A Closer Look
  •     Where our Values Live

Session 5: What’s In Your Bucket?

  •     The Bucket Principle
  •     Digging Deeper into the Bucket
  •     Steps to Success

Session 6: Getting Down to Business

  •     Identifying Goals
  •     Goals in Real Life
  •     Stretch Goals and Risk Taking
  •     The Big Picture
  •     Goals with SPIRIT
  •     My Dreams and Goals

Session 7: Getting Started Today

  •     Ready, Set, Go!
  •     Prioritizing Tools
  •     Visualization Techniques
  •     Trying it Out
  •     Support Systems
  •     Action Planning and Follow-Through
  •     Motivators

Session 8: Dealing with Setbacks

  •     Everyone Has Setbacks

Session 9: A Personal Action Plan

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

Course 5 - Certificate in Self-Leadership Online Course

Session 1: Course Overview

  •     Learning Objectives
  •     Pre-Assignment

Session 2: What is Self-Leadership

  •     Defining Self-Leadership
  •     Defining Self-Leadership
  •     Four Pillars of Self-Leadership
  •     Making Connections

Session 3: Knowing Who You Are

  •     Creating a Personal Vision Statement
  •     Step One Identify Your Values
  •     Step Two Define Your Values
  •     Step Three Put It All Together
  •     Identifying Dreams and Setting Goals
  •     Dream Examples
  •     SPIRIT
  •     Writing Tips
  •     Getting Goals on Paper
  •     Setting Ourselves Up For Success
  •     Building Accountability Into Your Goals

Session 4: Change Management

  •     Control and Change
  •     Making Connections

Session 5: Knowing What You Do

  •     Your Behavior
  •     Negative Cues
  •     Positive Cues
  •     Making Connections
  •     Making Connections
  •     Lifelong Learning
  •     Lifelong Learning
  •     Learning Plans
  •     Making Connections

Session 6: Motivation for Optimists

  •     Motivation from Within
  •     Making Connections
  •     Creating a Motivational Climate
  •     The Value of Optimism
  •     ABC’s of Optimism
  •     Pessimism vs. Optimism
  •     VET Process
  •     Adversities

Session 7: Using What You Know

  •     Our Physical Self
  •     Questions to Consider
  •     Questions to Consider
  •     Emotional Intelligence
  •     The Seven Emotions
  •     What Do Emotions Tell Us
  •     Applying Emotional Intelligence

Session 8: 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:


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


  • 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.: 002EPAS5CB
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited Lifetime
Time required: Study at your own pace
Course Duration: 30-48 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate