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Project Management 2

Project Management: The Basics For Success


School: University of California-Irvine

Registration Link:  CLICK HERE

Start Date: Available Anytime (Four Weeks Long)

Workload: 4-8 Hours Total 

Grades: Students can choose to explore course videos, discussions, and ungraded assignments for free, but they won’t be able to submit graded assignments, earn a certificate, or complete a specialization without paying a $79 fee for each course.

Instructor: Rob Stone, PMP, M.Ed.

Credentials: For nearly 30 years, Stone has been teaching project management, with his most recent stint coming at the University of California-Irvine and UCLA extensions. During his career, he has taught in both university and corporate settings, including sectors like manufacturing, telecommunications, health care, product development, and research. And he has taught professionals worldwide, including Africa, China, Dubai, Europe, and Australia. He holds a master’s in education, along with a PMP certification.

Description: Think delivering a project on time and under budget is an art? Good luck with that. In reality, project managers are both diplomats and schedulers. On one hand, they are communicators, who are constantly reinforcing the vision to a disparate team – who often carry strong opinions and work in different locations. They must also run interference with clients and higher ups, where changing variables and scope creep can undermine the best-laid project plans. At the same time, they are the ones who juggle a hundred variables and fast-moving deadlines in an interlocking process. In this course, students study how to manage both process and people. From designing a work breakdown structure and a schedule to embedding controls and monitoring progress, students will learn the project management process from start to wrap up. The course will be taught through videos and case readings, with progress evaluated through quizzes.

Review: “Any young executive working for a firm knowingly or unknowingly becomes part of project teams at the most unexpected moments. Many even become project managers by accident without any formal training in the discipline. Managing projects is one of the most challenging activities with risks involved. The probability of failing in project management is high without formal training. ‘Project management: The basics for success’ I should say, is the stepping stone that helps you get a quick grasp of the discipline. Prof Rob Stone is a great teacher and I really enjoyed his class. Learning this short course gives you the fundamental concepts required to probe deeper into the subject. Course materials and coverage is excellent!” For additional reviews, click here.

Additional Note: This course is part of a ten course specialization from the University of California-Irvine called “Career Success,” which covers areas like finance, interpersonal communication, writing, negotiations, leadership, and problem-solving. These courses are available anytime. To learn more about these courses and register for them, CLICK HERE.