In today’s dynamic and fast-growing industries, project managers must respond quickly to disruption to meet changing customer needs and maximize resources. In the eight-week Project Management Essentials online short course from the George Washington University School of Business, you’ll gain the skills needed to deliver and lead projects on time, within scope, and to budget. With guidance from expert faculty and industry thought leaders, you’ll explore the fundamental principles of project management and discover the key steps involved in project initiation and execution. Learn how to create a project schedule, identify potential risks, guide teams, and manage stakeholders to maximize your chances of success. Walk away with the tools needed to initiate, control, and implement business projects efficiently and effectively in your own context.
The George Washington University School of Business is collaborating with online education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, to make its research and teaching globally accessible. With 24-hour support from dedicated success managers, students will experience flexible learning (7–10 hours per week) that’s entirely online and receive expert feedback from assigned Head Learning Facilitators. Working professionals are able to engage with up-to-date research and insights, as they network and collaborate online with classmates from around the globe. At the end of eight weeks, students will earn an official certificate of completion as validation of their achievement.
The topics covered in this course include:
Module 1: Introduction to project managementExplore foundational principles of project management.
Module 2: Initiate and develop a projectLearn about project initiation and the importance of developing a project initiation document (PID).
Module 3: Develop a project scheduleDiscover how to develop a realistic and effective project schedule.
Module 4: Execution and control of projectsDiscover how to control project time, cost, scope, quality, and risk.
Module 5: Leadership and project managementExplore project leadership strategies for team engagement and motivation.
Module 6: Communication and stakeholder managementRecognize the importance of effective communication and stakeholder engagement as key factors in project success.
Module 7: Project management approaches: Agile and TraditionalLearn about different project management approaches by comparing Agile and Traditional project management.
Module 8: Measures of project and project management successExplore different definitions and measures for project management success.
Is this course for you?
This course is designed for anyone interested in gaining the tools and skills needed for successful project execution, from inception to completion. Professionals new to project management will discover the core principles and applications such as planning and scheduling, as well as managing time, scope, and cost. Operations managers, supervisors, or managing directors will also learn how to enhance their management skillset, and gain the chance to extract key interpersonal, leadership, and strategic skills valuable across occupations. Whether the aim is facilitating career growth or seeking validation for existing skills, all students will develop practical project management knowledge applicable to any context.
How to register?
This online short course is available to professionals around the world, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. While there are no acceptance criteria or registration fees, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF reader and Excel. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word, or similar programs.
This course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leaders in online education GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand. Visit the Project Management Essentials online short course page on the GetSmarter website to find out about upcoming course dates, the course price, and more.
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Will I have the time?
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into manageable weekly modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course, and allow you the flexibility to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each week, you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes, and assignments necessary for that module’s completion. You also have access to your Success Adviser who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests.
What is the online campus?
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to content in a range of formats, including interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
You'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Learning Facilitator through the discussion forums on the Online Campus. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Adviser, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.
Can my employer assist with payment?
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you can influence the success of your organization. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.
What are my payment options?
You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit the Payment and Financing page.
If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in touch with an Enrollment Adviser here.