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Jennifer L. Metzler, Director


Creighton Business Institute
Heider College of Business
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

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Managing Projects: The Fundamentals

Do you learn best by doing?  Do you need an interactive method to get an overview of project management, including getting things done through and with other people? Then this Managing Projects course is perfect for you.  The basic techniques for defining, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and closing projects to produce defined and measurable results are enhanced with practical information to strengthen your leadership by transforming an organization through change driven by projects. This course is based on the PMBok 5.0, and it covers the five project process groups and ten knowledge areas of project management.  You will have the opportunity to immediately apply what you have learned to a project you will initiate, plan, monitor, control, execute and close.  You gain a foundational knowledge that can be applied to any project to achieve better on-time, on-budget and quality results.  The processes applying human resources and overall project management provides an in-depth look at a leader’s role in leading projects and project managers in programs.



Executives, Managers, Professionals, Supervisors


This is experiential learning simulation for a project introducing the application of all knowledge areas as a team executes a project through all five project processes.   This lab provides the introduction the basic knowledge areas and project processes. Participants will learn techniques for defining, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing projects to produce defined and measurable results.


Participants will walk away with an appreciation of technical and people integration demands in the field of project management, and they have the opportunity to test these new skills as they are learned in the classroom.


Instructor-led course

Crosslisted as

MBA 502

ITM 502

Your application to the Creighton Graduate School is included in the registration process.  You can leverage your education and earn a Badge or Certificate in Project Management and these credits apply towards Creighton's MBA or MS- BIA Graduate degrees.  If you do not have a bachelors degree, this course is cross-listed as a graduate & undergraduate course.

The course is worth 1.5 credit hours.

In this course you will learn the basics of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK™) or initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing projects to produce desired results on time and within budget. You will use project management tools to set and achieve measurable objectives, estimate project time and costs, determine project scope, manage resource requirements, and control project results.  You will be introduced to the ten knowledge areas from the PMBOK™ - Guide Fifth Edition and you will see first-hand how they interface with the five process groups. 

You will learn the project management process by experiencing it through a simulation.  Working in a team with other participants, you will plan a project and gain approval for each project deliverable.  You will experience the iterative process for project planning and management first hand.   Your team will implement the project and measure project performance against the plan.

This course is intended as a practical introduction to the discipline and vocabulary of project management.  The lessons are divided into the five project processes recognized in the PMBOK™ - Guide Fifth Edition.

Desired Outcome

When the workshop is over, you will have practiced with tools for the five process groups of project management by applying them to a team project planned and executed in class. Based on this, after the course, participants are able to:

  • Write a project charter document

  • Complete a risk matrix and assumptions list

  • Plan & Build a work breakdown structure (WBS)

  • Create a project schedule and calculate the critical path

  • Plan for and calculate costs for the project simulation

  • Execute, Monitor and Control a project

  • Close a project and evaluate project management performance

Introduction to Project Management
• Basic Project Management Methodology and professional standards
• When to formalized Project Management
• Projects are about people  

• Create the primary Initiate document – the Project Charter
• Business drivers for project selection

• Overview of Planning
• Communication and Risk Planning
• Deliverables in the Planning Process
• Work Breakdown Structure as a key planning tool
• Estimating time and sequence
• Ways to optimize the Schedule
• Final Planning Steps – Resources and Cost
• How all the planning pieces fit together

Monitor & Control
• Manage the Work Plan and Costs
• Manage Scope
• Manage Issues and People

• Execute our project
• Using the plan & measuring performance
• Monitoring and controlling during execution
• Taking corrective actions & the interplay of risk

• Next Steps

Lessons Learned

Scheduled Classes

Date/Time Facilitator Location Fee
  • Tue, 02/13/2018 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wed, 02/14/2018 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm