Course Description

Project management has become an expected professional skill for managers and specialists in all disciplines. Driven by global competition and new technologies, the use of project management is expanding wherever organizations need to achieve performance objectives within scope, cost, and time constraints. For serious students of project management, this course provides a conceptual and operational foundation for further study. Topics include the following:

  • Theoretical underpinnings of project management
  • Project management from a historical perspective
  • Examples of successful and unsuccessful projects
  • Working vocabulary of project management terms and acronyms
  • Survey of project management knowledge areas

By completing this course, students are equipped with sufficient conceptual understanding to participate in subsequent in-depth courses in project management. In addition, students are able to put previous experiences in project management into a more systematic, conceptual context.

UCSB PaCE Project Management courses are taught by PMP Certified Instructors and have more than 35 hours of instructional time. Thus meeting the PMI Educational Requirements to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and qualifying for currently certified individuals to earn PMP Professional Development Units (PDUs).               

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Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize the issues, concepts, tools, and techniques of successful project management.
  • Discuss the process groups and knowledge areas which comprise PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide.)
  • Explain the general project management topics that will be covered in greater depth in subsequent courses in the certificate program.
  • Identify and discuss the key examples of successful and unsuccessful projects.

PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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6:00PM to 9:15PM
Apr 03, 2023 to Jun 12, 2023
UCSB Campus
Kerr Hall
Room 2166B
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Apr 03, 2023 to Jun 12, 2023
Web-based Instruction
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $650.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

Late Registrations Notice: 

Self enrollment will be available until 11:59PM PT of the second business day after the 1st class session (i.e. If the first class starts on Thursday, self-enrollment is open until the following Monday at 11:59PM).  If you wish to enroll after that time, please contact PaCE Support at help@professional.ucsb.edu

How to Access Your Online Course:


One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.

Required Textbook(s):
Students are required to purchase the textbook(s) below prior to the first class meeting. Textbooks can be purchased from the vendor of your choice.

No refunds after 4/16/23

A minimum $40 non-refundable administrative fee per course is charged for all drops. See the full Drop Policy here.