Project Management

eCornell

How long?

  • online
  • on demand

What are the topics?

eCornell

Disclaimer

Coursalytics is an independent platform to find, compare, and book executive courses. Coursalytics is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or otherwise affiliated with any business school or university.

Full disclaimer.

Reviews

Comprehensive course analysis

Unbiased reviews from past participants
Global companies alumni of this course worked for
Positions of participants who took this course
Countries where most past participants are from
FREE
Individual needs analysis
Order for $20.00

Who should attend

  • Team leaders
  • Managers
  • Anyone responsible for the success of team projects and initiatives
  • Professionals with exposure to project management efforts or tools but no formal training
  • Project management professionals preparing to take the PMP exam

About the course

Earn 50 project management education hours towards your PMP (Project Management Professional) certification and exam when you complete Cornell’s Project Management certificate program.

Most projects, even at successful companies, tend to go over budget and take longer than projected—even with formal training, specialized tools and automated software. The courses in this project management certificate program teach proven strategies and practical, hands-on tools to drive successful project outcomes. You’ll learn how to scope projects effectively, set key milestones, improve time budgeting and resource allocation, and get the project done on time and within budget. Processes covered within the project management certificate program include agile methodologies and earned value management (EVM).

The concepts, tools, and language of project management in this program can be applied to any size or type of project. Familiarity with the language of project management is helpful, but not required.

In addition to the Project Management curriculum, you have the option to join an intensive 5-week PMP study group, which includes live online sessions with other students and your instructor, guided practice PMP exams, and preparation strategies designed to help you prepare for the PMP exam. Accompanying study books required.

COURSES

  • Organizing the Project and Its Components

On the surface, project management seems straightforward. However, at best, only 80% of projects end up being economically successful. The remaining 20% of projects usually cost more than estimated, run late, or fail to satisfy goals or meet objectives.

In this course, Linda Nozick, Professor and Director of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell, shares clear, understandable, and practical methods for achieving better results. You will practice breaking down a project into pieces that can be scheduled, tracked, and controlled.

While this is not a prep course for a project management certification, it will be quite valuable for anyone who is interested in pursuing one. This program will equip you with the concepts, tools, and language of project management that can be applied to any size and type of project.

The course is not specific to any formal project management software (e.g. Microsoft Project), but will require that learners have Microsoft Excel with its free Solver add-on installed.

Research shows that a high percentage of projects take significantly longer than expected and cost more than anticipated. Moreover, if you ask people for an estimate of how long a task will take them to complete, their estimate will usually be overly optimistic.

Sometimes, if you bring in extra people to help with a task, that actually slows down progress instead of accelerating it. Why is this so? And what can you do about it? In this course, from Linda K. Nozick, Director and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell, you will examine these questions. Students will identify strategies to integrate resource availability constraints into project planning, scheduling, and control.

This course is designed for project managers who seek better practical results for aligning available resources with tasks and bringing activities to completion on time. Students will examine compression strategies for bringing a project that's running late back on track and will explore how to handle common types of project creep, such as handling customer requests that require extra time, and working with team members who decide independently to invest extra effort in a task.

This course combines a focus on formal project management mechanisms with an emphasis on the human element: what can project managers do to resolve issues brought about in the normal course of working with customers, team members, and stakeholders?

  • Assessing, Managing, and Mitigating Project Risk

Risk management is a key function in project management. Project managers should be able to apply a variety of risk-management tools in their work, including performing risk identification, quantification, response, monitoring, and control.

In this course from Professor and Director of Civil and Environmental Engineering Linda K. Nozick, you will examine the nature and types of project risk and learn to apply specific mitigation strategies.

You’ll have an opportunity to analyze a past project you’ve worked on and assess what the risks might have been and why. Then you’ll analyze the outcomes: Did the known risks come to fruition? What were the leading indicators? What could they have done for contingency planning at the beginning? By asking these questions, you’ll then be able to perform several calculations to compute the probability that a project will finish on time.

The courses Organizing the Project and Its Components and Planning and Managing Resources are required to be completed prior to starting this course.

  • Using Earned Value Management for Project Managers

Project managers need to keep things on track by keeping a close eye on the scope of and resources invested in a project. Forecasting, adjusting, and applying corrective measures during the project lifecycle are also key functions of a project manager. This set of processes and protocols that help ensure project success is called earned value management (EVM). Every project manager should have at least a working knowledge of EVM and its theoretical underpinnings.

This course is designed for project managers who seek an introduction to EVM to achieve better practical results for implementing project controls, including financial controls and schedule controls. The calculations presented here are meant for any experienced project manager, including those who are not engineers, to apply to any size project. Students in this course will be most successful if they have a foundational understanding of standard project management tools and processes including project networks, project budgets and schedules, and work breakdown structures.

These courses are required to be completed prior to starting this course:

  • Organizing the Project and Its Components
  • Planning and Managing Resources
  • Assessing, Managing, and Mitigating Project Risk

    • Agile Project Management Approaches

In traditional project management, we tend to make assumptions: the customer knows precisely what they want, or the team’s workflow and tasks will go according to plan and in sequence.

Practically speaking, this is rarely the case. Sometimes the customer doesn’t know what they need until they see an early iteration of your team’s work and can provide feedback. Because of this, work is usually done incrementally. We must build flexibility, even agility, into the model in order to succeed.

This course is designed for project managers who want to get better practical results with adaptive approaches to projects. Students in this course will be most successful if they have a foundational understanding of traditional project management tools and processes including project networks, budgets and schedules.

These courses are required to be completed prior to starting this course:

  • Organizing the Project and Its Components
  • Planning and Managing Resources
  • Assessing, Managing, and Mitigating Project Risk
  • Using Earned Value Management for Project Managers

  • PMP Study Group

Join an instructor-led study group where you will work together to study the 10 knowledge areas of the PMBOK, discuss practice problems, and learn tips to help you prepare for the PMP exam. Required accompanying study books:

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition. Project Management Institute.
  • Agile Practice Guide, 1st Edition. Project Management Institute.
  • Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep, 9th Edition. Rita Mulcahy, PMP.

KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS

  • Examine the project management life cycle and key project characteristics
  • Develop a work breakdown structure
  • Construct a project network to identify task durations
  • Construct a Gantt chart
  • Use float information for decision making
  • Identify the critical path
  • Recognize shortcomings in computation
  • Identify sources of uncertainty in task durations
  • Examine PERT computations
  • Study the PMBOK and complete practice exams to prepare for the PMP exam

WHAT YOU'LL EARN

  • Project Management Certificate from Cornell
  • 40 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • 50 Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward PMI recertification

Experts

Linda Nozick

Dr. Linda Nozick is Professor and Director of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. She is a past Director of the College Program in Systems Engineering, a program she co-founded. She has been the recipient of several awards including a CAREER award from the National Science ...

Videos and materials

Project Management at eCornell

From  $3,900

Something went wrong. We're trying to fix this error.

Thank you for your application

We will contact the provider to ensure that seats are available and, if there is an admissions process, that you satisfy any requirements or prerequisites.

We may ask you for additional information.

To finalize your enrollment we will be in touch shortly.

Disclaimer

Coursalytics is an independent platform to find, compare, and book executive courses. Coursalytics is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or otherwise affiliated with any business school or university.

Full disclaimer.

Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.

We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.