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SUMMARY

Below are the four courses required for the Project Management Certification.

Courses (12 units)

This course introduces tools and techniques used in project management including computer software. Topics include: defining project scope; identifying and tracking project risks; evaluating, controlling, monitoring, and closing a project. This course examines the Christian perspective on projects, organizations, team building, conflict, leadership and ethics. Project management software (Microsoft Project and others) are utilized to develop an integrated project plan and create a project work breakdown structure (WBS) and GANTT schedule in order to track milestones.

This course analyzes the importance of cost management in executing a project plan and incorporates the elements of mid-project changes and cash flow management. Topics include: cost estimation; creating a realistic baseline; evaluating project performance; and effectively presenting project benefits to the stakeholders. Quantitative and qualitative cost and budgeting tools will be examined such as: Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Cost Variance (CV), Schedule Variance (SV), Cost Performance Index (CPI), Schedule Performance Index (SPI), Estimate to Complete (ETC), & Earned Value Management (EVM). Microsoft Excel is utilized to develop an integrated project cost and budget plan and track project milestones. The course also explores various areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), considered to be the industry standard by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

This course analyzes the importance of quality management in executing a project plan. An emphasis is placed on a Christ-centered approach to quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control. Topics include biblically ethical approaches to problem solving tools, such as flow charts, checklists, cause and effect diagrams, and audit techniques to assess compliance with company-documented processes. Students will be exposed to 1. Quality management theory, 2. Quality planning, 3. Quality assurance, and 4. Quality control. Major topics include Total Quality Management (TQM), quality and organizational culture, change implementation, quality and global competitiveness, quality function deployment (QFD), and quality plan implementation. The course also explores various areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), considered to be the industry standard by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

This course analyzes the importance of assessing and managing risk in a project from a biblical basis. An emphasis is placed on a Christ-centered approach to project risk management plan, identifying and documenting risk in a project, performing qualitative (RBS, OPA & EEF) and quantitative risk analyses (EVM & PERT), planning risk responses and applying PMBOK® and PMI® standards to a project. Students will be exposed to 1. Risk Management Planning, 2. Risk Identification, 3. Risk Analysis, 4. Risk Response Planning, and 5. Risk Monitoring and Control. The course also explores various areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), considered to be the industry standard by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

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