Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management

About this Course

Projects are all around us. Virtually every organization runs projects, either formally or informally. We are engaged in projects at home and at work. Across settings, planning principles and execution methodologies can offer ways in which projects can be run more effectively and efficiently. Project management provides organizations (and individuals) with the language and the frameworks for scoping projects, sequencing activities, utilizing resources, and minimizing risks. This is an introductory course on the key concepts of planning and executing projects. We will identify factors that lead to project success, and learn how to plan, analyze, and manage projects. Learners will be exposed to state-of-the-art methodologies and to considering the challenges of various types of projects. As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been approved by PMI to issue 12 professional development units (PDUs) for this course, which focuses on core competencies recognized by PMI. (Provider #2122). Enroll now for free on Coursera

Instructor: Yael Grushka-Cockayne (@grushkay), Associate Professor of Business Administration, UVA Darden School of Business

What You’ll Learn

  • How to initiate, define and organize a project
  • How to develop a project plan, including scoping, sequencing tasks, and determining a critical path
  • How to assess, prioritize and manage project risk
  • How to execute projects and use the earned value approach for monitoring and controlling progress

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Risk Analysis
  • Project Planning
  • Planning
  • Management
  • Project Management


Week 1: Welcome to the World of Projects

Week 2: The Ins & Outs of Project Planning

Week 3: It’s a Risky World & Then the Unexpected Happened

Week 4: Ready, Set, Go: Project Execution

Approximate Completion Time: 12 hours to complete (Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-3hours/week). Enroll now for free on Coursera

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