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.

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 other courses in 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 9:30PM
Oct 13, 2020 to Dec 15, 2020
Virtual Sessions
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual Sessions
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course fee credit (4 units) $600.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

Steps to Enroll (link)

Fall '20 Online: Class will run at the posted times via Zoom. Link to Zoom meeting room and additional course materials will be posted to the course page in Gauchospace.

Required Texts:

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
Edition: 6th, 2017
Publisher: Project Management Institute
ISBN-13: 978-1628253825

Project Management for Dummies (5th Edition, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-1119348900