Foundations of Project Management

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Build a foundation for successful project leadership.

Project management isn’t just for project management professionals. People in almost any role in any industry will encounter projects at various points in their careers. With a methodical way to organize people, resources, and work, you can achieve your goals and meet project requirements. Foundations of Project Management can help individuals achieve their organization’s strategic initiatives by successfully leading projects. 

This course provides essential tools and strategies for anyone who is interested in project management, actively participates in projects, or leads projects. The online, self-paced course prepares you to implement new strategies and skills, preparing you for project success.


This course is aligned with the PMI PMBOK and provides an awareness level of essential project management topics. Course content allows you to:

  • Understand what a project is and how to develop a project
  • Gain the ability to create a project charter and determine project scope
  • Develop project teams and roles
  • Schedule project work and milestones
  • Monitor progress with supporting graphics such as Gantt Charts
  • Understand risk management and issues tracking
  • Close and document projects


  • Understand the definition of a project and the role of a project manager
  • Learn different project development approaches to apply project life cycles (predictive v adaptive, waterfall, iterative, incremental)
  • Create the project charter and scope statement
  • Identify project stakeholders and sponsors and determine project requirements
  • Select and motivate team members, determine project roles, establish ground rules
  • Estimate time for activities with basic sequencing
  • Use various tools to schedule the project activities including task list, Gantt chart, and milestone chart
  • Understand risk management and mitigation
  • Establish effective communication with project team and stakeholders
  • Manage project teams
  • Measure project performance
  • Review status reports at milestones
  • Adapt to change by following a change management approach
  • Conduct closeout activities
  • Document project outcomes and lessons learned


Individuals who may participate in projects or lead simple projects (typically within a single department) will benefit from this course. This includes:

  • Engineers (all specializations)
  • Managers (all industries)
  • Executive assistants



  • Master Black Belt and Project Manager 
  • Lecturer, Michigan Engineering
  • Instructor, Six Sigma Programs
Pat Hammett

Pat Hammett, PhD

  • Lead Faculty, Six Sigma Programs
  • Associate Chair of Masters Education, Integrative Systems + Design
  • Lecturer, College of Engineering

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