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Project Management Classes at Lane Continuing Education

Project Management is a quickly growing field and set of skills that are highly desirable in today’s workforce. Lane Community College’s Continuing Education Department is now offering a series of classes designed to enable learners to acquire practical and immediately applicable project management skills. These classes are appropriate for individuals already working in the field of Project Management who want to sharpen or refine their skills, and for individuals wanting to bolster a resume or make a career change.

Overview of Lane Continuing Education Project Management Classes

Altogether, programming will include six classes*, although classes may also be taken individually, if there is a particular subject area on which the student learner would like to focus.

If a student learner plans on taking all six classes, it is recommended that they take Foundations of Project Management first, as the class introduces and gives an overview all of the knowledge areas that will be covered throughout the series.

See below for descriptions of each class.

Questions? Email Bliss Newton at newtonb@lanecc.edu or call (541) 463-6107. Or, consider attending an Informational Session.

Project Management Class Descriptions

Foundations of Project Management

Introduces attendees to the essentials of project management. It approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium in size. The course takes attendees through the project life cycle in the same sequence they would face when managing a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the product and project life cycles, including initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Subject areas addressed include the project charter, creating a WBS, Network Diagramming, finalizing the project plan, scope management, stakeholder identification, cost management, scheduling and schedule management, and change control. (18 hours; Terms: Winter, Spring, TBD)

Project Leadership

Essentials Class addresses the people side of project management — jumping far beyond the basics of project management. You will focus on the human dimension in a project management environment and be able to distinguish between project management and project leadership. Project leadership involves the understanding and alignment to organizational strategy and vision. This course will discuss the strategic planning process at both the organizational and project level. In today’s matrix and cross-functional environments, project managers and team members often face the challenge of gaining commitment and cooperation of individuals outside their authority. You will gain knowledge about your own influencing style and how to improve your influence skills, especially in situations where you have no positional authority. You may also be required to frequently cooperate and communicate across functions, distance and cultures. Core skills for accomplishing this, and all the other topics, will be taught with case studies, exercises and discussion. Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). (18 hours; Terms: Spring, TBD)

Project Quality and Control

Quality in project management is considered a key aspect of ultimate success. Being able to satisfy customer and other stakeholder needs and requirements is at the heart of what we do as project managers. This course introduces attendees to the key concepts, methodologies and best practices of project management quality and control. It approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, standalone project that is small to medium in size. The course takes attendees through the quality planning, quality control, quality assurance, execution and controlling processes and uses group exercises as a hands-on approach to reinforcing the key concepts. Key topics covered include quality planning, quality control, quality assurance, performance control, establishing project metrics, change control and configuration management. Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). (12 hours: Terms: TBD)

Project Requirements and Procurement Management

Successfully collecting and managing requirements has been recognized as a key success factor in many projects. If requirements are not effectively captured, the probability of meeting customer and stakeholder expectations in a project is very low. This course introduces attendees to the key concepts, methodologies and best practices of collecting and managing project requirements. Additionally, the project activities associated with procurement are also covered: procurement planning, contract selection, source selection, procurement documents and procurement execution and control. Key topics addressed include the process for collecting and analyzing requirements, defining scope through effective WBS practices, procurement planning, execution and contract control. Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). (12 hrs; Terms: TBD)

Project Risk Management

Projects today are tending towards ever-increasing levels of uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. This environment requires new and more sophisticated approaches and techniques for management of these efforts. This course addresses the various approaches, philosophies and techniques for effective management of project risk and complexity. Key topics addressed include the processes and techniques for risk planning, risk identification, analysis, response planning and control. Additional topics covered include the definition, identification and categorization of complexity ,historical approaches to complex projects, a framework for managing projects in various complexity regimes, managing project sponsorship, stakeholder analysis and communication and techniques for managing large, high uncertainty and “edge of chaos” projects. Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). (12 hours; Terms: TBD)

Project Cost Management

Competition around precious organizational resources and funding means that project managers need to be ever-cognizant of the importance of efficiently managing and spending organization’s funds. Effective project cost control allows for more effective utilization of these resources and also establishes accountability and justification of project financial needs. This course covers the basics of project estimating, budgeting, financial justification and cost control for projects. Key topics addressed include the processes and techniques for cost management planning, estimating, budgeting and control. Another key topic is earned value management, a technique commonly employed on larger projects to track progress and performance. Terminology, processes and definitions, where appropriate follow the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). (12 hours; Terms: TBD)

*Some, but not all classes in the series have been scheduled through Spring term 2018. Additional classes will be scheduled in future terms.