Foundations of Project Management

3 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Learn the Foundation of Becoming a Successful Project Manager

In this course, students will be introduced to the foundations of project management. Participants will familiarize themselves with the role of the project manager and the leadership skills they will need to be successful project managers. Participants will be introduced to Asana, and other project management tools such as spreadsheets. They will learn essential information about projects, project life cycles, project management processes and methodologies. Participants will explore stakeholder management, and create a plan for engaging with stakeholders. They will produce a project charter, a stakeholder engagement plan, a scope statement and a work breakdown structure, all of which provide a strong foundation for a project.

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 learn the foundations of project management using Asana project management tools. This course is aimed at participants with little or no background in project management.

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What You Will Learn

  • Develop a project outline using project management software
  • Prepare a project charter that defines a project, guides the project activities and serves as an agreement between stakeholders
  • Analyze stakeholders and then complete a stakeholder register and stakeholder engagement plan
  • Create a scope statement based on the sponsor's requirements that details what is in scope and out of scope and identifies objectives, constraints, assumptions, acceptance criteria and deliverables
  • Create a work breakdown structure using project management software


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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.


It would be nice to have more face to face engagement maybe a time to meet virtually online.