Project Management Fundamentals

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1 Unit
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Explore the Elements of Project Management and Its Practices

Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project-oriented activities to meet project requirements. In today's fast paced business environment, now more than ever, organizations are faced with competing aggressively with one another, and so the demand for operational effectiveness and efficiency becomes essential to organizational success. This course leverages professionally recognized and accredited industry standards to introduce the foundational elements of project management. Students will be introduced to project management terminology and frameworks, domains of project performance, and principles of effective project management contained in the Project Management Institute's most recent edition of the "PMBOK® Guide."

This course is required for the Construction Project Management Certificate program, optional (not required) for the Project Management Certificate program, or can be taken individually to understand Project Management fundamentals.

This course is offered in the flexible Online Self-Paced format.  You may Enroll at anytime, and work at your own pace!

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for those seeking a hands-on approach to gaining project management skills and methodologies.

Course Materials: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)–Seventh Edition and The Standard for Project Management by Project Management Institute, available at or your local bookstore. (this text will be used in the next course for the Construction Project Management Certificate and in all courses for the Project Management Certificate)

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Course Options

Course Date Units Price
PMP-X804F – 011 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $379

Project Management Fundamentals

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled

PM Construction Project Management – Bundle and Save 21% when you enroll in all 5 courses (must add all 5 courses in one transaction for discount):

  • PMP-X804F Project Management Fundamentals 
  • PMP-X805BD Introduction to Construction Project Management
  • PMP-X806BD Scope, Schedule, Cost, and Quality Management
  • PMP-X807BD Resource, Communications, Risk, and Procurement Management
  • PMP-X808BD Stakeholder & Financial Management & Health, Safety, and Security Overview

To apply credit, select the checkbox and select  "PM Construction Bundle & Save 21%" for a discount on each course.

**Only one discount can be applied per course. Discount does not apply to certificate fee. **


Online Self-Paced
Robert Key

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What You Will Learn

  • Recognize the purpose and benefit of acquiring formal project management knowledge certifications in accredited industry standards for project management
  • Understand how principles for project management are used to guide the behavior of people involved in projects and to shape performance to produce intended outcomes
  • Identify the performance domains of any project and the groups of activities that can be managed to achieve desired project outcomes
  • Describe the value chain of a project and how outputs drive outcomes that ultimately deliver value to the organization and its stakeholders
  • Apply an adaptable framework to any project situation using a system of interactive, interrelated, and interdependent management capabilities


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Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover 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, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • 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.