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Budgeting and Scheduling Projects

School: University of California-Irvine

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: Budgeting and Scheduling Projects

Start Date: May 18, 2015

Workload: 2-3 Hours Per Week

Instructor: Margaret Meloni

Credentials: Meloni is the President of Meloni Coaching Solutions, where she provides online and in-person soft skill consulting for project managers on areas like self-assessments, conflict management, and career rehabilitation. Her clients have included: Occidental Petroleum, Northrop Grumman, Toyota Motor Credit, Southern California Edison, and CalStart. She holds an MBA from Long Beach State University and was a contributing author to 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career.

Graded: Students will earn a verified certificate for completing this course. 

Description: In an ideal world, all projects would come in on time and under budget. But unexpected events, ranging from bad weather to vendor delays, can wreak havoc on a project plan. That said, better plans tend to weather such challenges. In this course, you’ll learn how to better budget your time, money, and resources to ensure a successful project launch. In particular, this course examines establishing resource needs, estimating costs, defining timelines and milestones, incorporating leads and lags, and balancing quality with constraints. The course will consist of video lectures, quizzes, activities and readings.

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Additional Background: This is the second part of an “Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices” specialization available through Coursera. Students will receive a specialization certificate that reflects that they completed three courses (including “Initiating and Planning Projects” and “Managing Project Risks and Changes”) and a capstone project. The total cost of a certification is $196.