Course Description

Determine Project Value to Maximize Expected Value

This course is the second in the Project Management Certificate series. The course will cover the significance of and methods for choosing a project development methodology and how this impacts a project's life cycle as well as specific elements of project planning. Additionally, the course examines the importance of establishing, prioritizing, and maintaining the value in project outcomes.

You will continue to use The Standard for Project Management - Seventh Edition by Project Management Institute, Inc. (2021), which includes the orientation for developing a value delivery system and delivery principles which guide the execution of a project. You will also explore elements of tailoring your project to accommodate the environment and situation in which a project resides.

From the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Seventh Edition, you will explore the project performance domains of Delivery Approach and Life Cycle as well as the Planning Performance Domain. These domains and standards enhance the Knowledge areas of Scope, Cost, Schedule, Procurement and Resource planning from the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK® Guide. To enhance your project management understanding of planning, you will explore several chapters in the An Introduction to Project Management, Seventh Edition, Predictive, Agile, and Hybrid Approaches by Kathy Schwalbe (2021). Similar to the prior course, you will build and elaborate on your project artifacts both individually and in groups.

Learner Outcomes

  • Select and utilize a Development and Life Cycle approach that meets the needs of the organization and the project.
  • Adopt a holistic approach to gathering project requirements and information to deliver project outcomes.
  • Determine your project's organizational value and association with business objectives.
  • Prioritize the unique elements of a project and tailor project execution to maximize value, manage cost, and optimize speed of execution.
  • Effectively manage change throughout a project's life cycle.


Course Details

  • This is the second course in the Project Management Certificate program and is delivered fully online.
  • This course consists of seven engaging learning modules, with completed coursework due each week.
  • Course weeks begin every Tuesday and end each Monday.

Number of Units: 2.0 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.

Instructor: USD's Instructional team consists of experienced practitioners from the Project Management industry who will provide a stimulating and participative learning environment for each course. The instructors in this certificate program have many years of combined experiences, tales from the trenches, actual case scenarios and expertise to share with all project management students.

Required Course Materials: Three Texts, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition and The Standard for Project Management by PMI (combined purchase) and An Introduction to Project Management by Kathy Schwalbe, all available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.  NOTE:  This is the same text book combination that was used in the previous course, PMP-X857.  If you have them already, you do not need to repurchase them.

Technical Requirements

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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Online Fixed-Date
Aug 30, 2022 to Oct 17, 2022
Course Format
Course Fee(s)
BUS PD - $599 credit $599.00
Available for Extension Credit
2.0 units
Section Notes

To register for this course you must be enrolled or have successfully completed:  PMP-X857, Stakeholder and Team Performance Domains.

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