Course Description

Take a Holistic Approach to Optimize Risk Management 

This is the last course in the Project Management Certificate program, students will explore all aspects of project management as they relate to measurement and risk including methods of building metrics and appropriate ways of addressing uncertainty. In addition to students will gain an understanding of project management principles related to recognizing, evaluating, and responding to system interactions and navigating complexity, and optimizing risk responses.

This course aligns with the  7th edition of the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and The Standard for Project Management.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand the components of an effective metric and why metrics are used to manage a project
  • Identify methods, tools, and data that facilitate informed decision-making
  • Evaluate ways to address variances to baselines or established project measures
  • Recognize and incorporate holistic thinking in the context of project management
  • Identify ways to be proactive in exploring risk and response to uncertainty and complexity
  • Recognize and address project-related issues as a result of human behavior, system behavior, or ambiguity

Course Details

  • This is the fourth 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 courses, PMP-X857, PMP-X858 and PMP-X859.  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 course(s):  PMP-X857 Stakeholder and Team Performance DomainsPMP-X858 Life Cycle and Planning, and PMP-X859 Project Work and Delivery.

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