Project Management

Rice University has partnered with the International Institute for Learning Inc. (IIL), a leading provider of training and course development in Project, Program and Portfolio Management, to bring you online continuing education programs that help you prepare for Project Management Institute (PMI®) certification exams. 

The online format allows you to train when you want and where you want — at your own pace. Employees of Rice University are eligible for tuition discounts. Contact riceprofdev@rice.edu  for more information. All courses grant PDUs for the PMP® and other eligible certifications based on their number of hours. Please expand for prerequisite information.

Pre-requisites for Project Management (PMP) 

-Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)

-7,500 hours leading and directing projects

-35 hours of project management education

  or

-Four-year degree

-4,500 hours leading and directing projects

-35 hours of project management education

Pre-requisites for Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) 

  or

-Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)

-7,500 hours leading and directing projects

-35 hours of project management education

-Four-year degree

-4,500 hours leading and directing projects

-35 hours of project management education

-Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)

-1,500 hours of project experience

-23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
Project Management Foundation International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) On-demand, Online Access for 180 days after purchase
CAPM® Edge - Certified Associate in Project Management International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) On-demand, Online Access for 180 days after purchase
CAPM® Prep IQ – Exam Prep Question Bank International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) On-demand, Online Access for 180 days after purchase
Project Management IQ – Exam Prep Question Bank International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) On-demand, Online Access for 180 days after purchase
Project Management Certificate Program – PMP® Exam Prep International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) On-demand, Online Access for 180 days after purchase

PM Foundation™ is a 12-hour self-paced, multimedia training program that teaches the fundamentals of project management in an interactive, engaging way. Fully aligned with the Fifth Edition of PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), it covers key concepts and terminology within the five project management process of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing. To ensure increased comprehension and retention of knowledge, PM Foundation™ includes a High-Definition video case study, state-of-the-art animation and frequent quizzes and activities as well as a final mastery exam.

Do you want to improve the skills, techniques and tools needed to ensure extraordinary project outcomes?  Would you like the flexibility to train at your own pace, location and time of your choosing?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you need IIL’s PM Foundation. PM Foundation is a 12-hour web-based, on-demand, training program that provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of project management based upon PMI®’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).  Dynamic and interactive, the course has an easy-to-use interface and includes a real-world video case study and exercises that run throughout the course to ensure increased retention of learning.

The course is divided into seven major parts, including the Program Introduction and Wrap Up, plus a section dedicated to each of the five Project Management process groups:  Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing.

Initiating

  • Describing the Project
  • Involving People
  • Organizing the Project
  • Aligning Expectations
  • Master Schedule

In the Initiating Module, you will learn how to:

  • Define and briefly describe the process of initiating a project.
  • Set objectives for a project.
  • Describe contents of a Project Charter.
  • Identify the project Stakeholders and their roles.
  • Describe the project Kick-Off process.
  • Identify the items on a Kick-Off agenda.
  • Define the functions of the project manager.
  • Identify the role and importance of Stakeholders.

Planning

  • Basics of  Planning
  • How the Plan Works
  • Defining the Product
  • Setting up the WBS and Responsibilities
  • Identifying Tasks and Procedures
  • Estimating and Task Duration
  • Scheduling & Sequencing Tasks
  • Assessing Risk
  • Compressing the Schedule

In the Planning Module, you will learn how to:

  • Describe the overall project planning process, its components and purpose.
  • Define what is meant by iterative plan refinement and why it is necessary.
  • Identify the purpose and requirements for the Communications Management Plan.
  • Describe the purpose and components of the Procurement Management Plan.
  • Define the purpose and components of the Quality Management Plan.
  • Describe the impact and nature of Scope Change.
  • Identify the purpose and elements of a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Describe the purpose and components of the Responsibility Assignment Matrix, including RACI.
  • Describe the nature of a task, together with how to conduct task analysis and task decomposition.
  • Identify the key drivers in estimating effort and duration.
  • Sequence tasks using dependency analysis and network diagramming.
  • Calculate the critical path and slack, or float.
  • Read and interpret a project’s Gantt Chart.
  • Allocate and level resources to optimize the schedule.
  • Identify options for compressing a schedule.
  • Describe the importance of risk management and its component parts, including contingency reserves.
  • Describe the Competing Demands and how they fit within the planning process

Executing

  • Professional Skills – Managing the project management plan and subcontractors
  • Managing People -  Soft Skills

In the Executing Module, you will learn how to:

  • Describe the project executing process in the context of project management.
  • Identify the major principles and steps in subcontractor management.
  • Identify and handle changes in the project scope definition, budget and schedule.
  • Define the major principles of team development.
  • Identify the key principles of project communications regarding conflict resolution, problem solving and negotiation.
  • Describe the attributes of effective meetings.

Monitoring & Controlling

  • Capturing Performance Data
  • Reporting
  • Taking Corrective Action

In the Controlling Module you will learn how to:

  • Describe the project control process and identify its importance and key parts.
  • Identify the four types of project data to be recorded and monitored.
  • Describe how to plan for effective status, progress and forecast reporting for project stakeholders.
  • Describe the Earned Value Analysis technique and the use of percentage completion reporting in project control
  • Identify the options for corrective action during the project’s life.

Closing

  • Customer Sign-Off
  • Turning Over the Product
  • Learning From Experience
  • Project Management 10 Knowledge Areas

In the Closing Module, you will learn how to:

  • Define the project acceptance process including the handling of conditional acceptance and product turnover.
  • Describe the importance of post-project review and the process for planning and holding it, and using its results.
  • Identify the need for and describe project archives
  • Describe the team transition process and knowledge transfer.
  • Define the 10 PM Knowledge Areas and their relation to the 5 Process Groups.

CAPM Edge is an on-demand, interactive, story-based learning tool. It contains 24 hours of learning content that is designed to help prepare the learner to sit for and pass PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management exam.

Who Should Enroll?

  • Managers and project team members, students at the graduate or undergraduate level, and/or entry level practitioners, as well as anyone who has an expressed interest in project management as a career or wants to improve their effectiveness in a project management environment.

Objectives

  • his course is focused on helping you prepare to take the CAPM credential examination.
  • Knowledge of the PMI PMBOK® Guide is covered in depth.
  • Exam technique and study approaches are explained.

Outline

Introduction

  • Course overview
  • Introduction to the course characters
  • Course navigation

Becoming a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

  • PMI® (CAPM)® certification process and examination criteria
  • Exam application procedure - FAQs
  • Experience Verification Form - Steps

Introduction to PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition

  • The PMBOK® Guide
  • Fundamental definitions and concepts
  • Project Life Cycles
  • Study tips and module review

Introduction to the Project Management Processes

  • The 5 project management Process Groups and 10 Knowledge Areas
  • Project management framework
  • Project management standard
  • Study tips and module review

Project Integration Management

  • Developing a charter
  • Developing a project management plan
  • Directing and managing a project
  • Monitoring and controlling project work processes
  • Integrating change control via its components
  • Closing a project
  • Study tips and module review

Project Scope Management

  • Developing a scope management plan
  • Collecting requirements
  • Defining scope and establishing a scope baseline
  • Validating and controlling scope
  • Study tips and module review

Project Time Management

  • Developing a schedule management plan
  • Defining activities and developing a network diagram
  • Estimating activity resources and durations
  • Developing the schedule using the critical path method
  • Controlling the schedule baseline
  • Study tips and module review

Project Cost Management

  • Developing a cost management plan
  • Estimating costs using various techniques
  • Determining and base lining the budget
  • Controlling the budget baseline using Earned Value Management
  • Study tips and module review

Project Quality Management

  • Developing a quality management plan
  • Achieving quality via cost of quality attributes and 7 basic quality tools
  • Performing quality assurance and quality control
  • Study tips and module review

Project Human Resource Management

  • Defining organizational structures and describing their characteristics
  • Developing a human resource management plan
  • Acquiring, developing, and managing a project team
  • Understanding human behavior and conflict management
  • Study tips and module review

Project Communications Management

  • Exploring the communication model and its elements
  • Determining the number of stakeholder communication interactions
  • Developing a communications management plan
  • Managing and controlling communications
  • Study tips and module review

Project Risk Management

  • Defining risk terminology
  • Developing a risk management plan and risk register
  • Identifying, categorizing and analyzing risks
  • Developing risk response plans based on positive and negative strategies
  • Controlling risks via risk-related tools and techniques
  • Study tips and module review

Project Procurement Management

  • Describing the buyer-seller relationship
  • Developing a procurement management plan
  • Defining contract and procurement document types
  • Conducting procurements and negotiations
  • Closing procurements and procurement audits
  • Study tips and module review

Project Stakeholder Management

  • Identifying and analyzing stakeholder needs and impacts
  • Developing a stakeholder management plan
  • Managing and controlling stakeholder engagements
  • Study tips and module review

Summary

  • What did we learn, and how can we implement this in our work environments?

(CAPM) Exam Review

  • Mock test

(CAPM) Survival Kit

  • Learning activities to help you memorize and recall the important topics of CAPM - namely the 10 Knowledge Areas, 5 Process Groups, and 47 processes.

 

Containing a total of 675 questions, this interactive application is a dynamic and thorough study aid for the PMI CAPM Certification Exam. A flexible online interface gives you the ability to sort questions by topic, and a real-time Question Navigator displays your success rate on questions that you've answered. The Practice Quiz option offers you hints and lets you flag questions, showing your score breakdown by category.

Try a Timed Exam to simulate the CAPM Exam and answer 150 questions in 3 hours. When you’ve finished, you'll get detailed feedback, including your total score and your score by question category.

 

Containing a total of 1200 questions, this interactive application is a dynamic and thorough study aid for the PMP Exam. A flexible online interface gives you the ability to sort questions using multiple filters, and a real-time Question Navigator displays your success rate on questions that you've answered. The Practice Quiz option offers you hints and lets you flag questions, showing your score breakdown by category. 

Try a Timed Exam to simulate the PMP Exam and answer 200 questions in 4 hours. When you’ve finished, you'll get detailed feedback, including your total score and your score by Process Group. 

The on-demand version of the Project Management Certificate Program harnesses new Web and multimedia technology, offering a unique experience of focused engagement for the learner. Integrating video instruction with frequent reviews, knowledge checks and quizzes, this program is comprised of 12 highly interactive modules facilitated by renowned speaker and subject matter expert J. LeRoy Ward (PMP, PgMP, PfMP, CSM). The program includes full access to IIL's Project Management IQ, featuring more than 1,200 questions to prepare you for the PMP Exam. Downloadable resources include: more than 30 PM templates and checklists, the PMP Handbook, the PMI Code of Ethics and a program workbook.

Objectives

  • Learn critical concepts and practices aligned with PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)—Fifth Edition
  • Pass PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) exam and earn the globally recognized PMP credential
  • Improve your project management competency and ensure that you know how to effectively manage a project

 

 

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