Effective Project Planning

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3 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Effectively Utilize Project Management Tools

In this course, participants will become familiar with project management tools such as Google Sheets and Asana. Participants will use tools to create a project schedule and budget. Participants will also learn about procurement and project resources. Participants will develop project kickoff activities, like planning an agenda for a meeting and setting up communications for the project team and stakeholders. Participants will also create a communication plan.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for business professionals, entrepreneurs and project managers seeking to grow their skills in using project management tools to create an efficient project schedule, budget and communication plan. This course is aimed at participants with little or no background in project management.

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Course Date Units Price
ASPM-X801 – 2022CRT-7 11 Oct 202214 Nov 2022 3

Effective Project Planning

11 Oct 202214 Nov 2022
Online Fixed-Date

For more information on how you can enroll in this course, please visit the Asana Project Management Certificate page.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn to use industry-standard tools such as Asana to create a schedule
  • Utilize industry-standard tools such as Google Sheets to create a budget
  • Develop a communication plan that details the frequency, method, owner, purpose, and audience for project communications. Set up and update communications in project management software
  • Create an agenda for a kickoff meeting using project management tools.


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Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with seven learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.