Certificate in Project Management

Certificate in Project Management Courses

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Project Management is an 18-credit program, comprised of the following six required courses:

PM 86901 Project Management Strategic Design

Credits : 3

This course explores the principal means by which operational and strategic changes are managed in contemporary organizations for both profit and not-for-profit enterprises. The course objectives illustrate the importance of project management as to its proper role and position in strategic management.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate the importance in learning and understanding the history of project management.
  • Determine the kinds of projects to undertake and important questions to ask to estimate project importance.
  • Illustrate how the various parameters of project management interact and the importance of “synergistic thinking.”
  • Determine what types of information and project audit you would provide the board of directors.
  • Explain the differences and importance of both strategic management and strategic planning.
  • Explain what a PSM is and determine the necessary steps.
  • Explain how you determine and address the impact of strategic and environmental issues, plus, assess the relevance of these issues.
  • Determine why you would use project portfolio management and how to allocate organizational resources.
  • Determine differences between the continuous improvement model and stage project management maturity model.
  • Explain the importance of organizational design and matrix organizational forms, plus, the advantages and disadvantages of each form.
  • Explain project planning and various modern planning practices used.
  • Explain EVMS as to its side benefits, changes to be expected, and its ability to track costs and schedule data.
  • Explain how you would determine your leadership style and research for improving your strengths and identifying your weaknesses.
  • Differentiate between the various leadership roles in an organization, plus, how effectively interact with stakeholders.
  • Determine what constitutes active listening and what management can do to improve communications in the organization.
  • Determine what constructs make a quality project team from a self-directed and self-managed team perspective.
  • Distinguish how to use projects to develop continuous improvement within your organization.
  • Judge the importance of organizational culture for both your company and project success.
  • Formulate alternative teams and determine how to gain acceptance by the organization of these new paradigmatic approaches in project management.
  • Introduce self and explain course expectations.
  • Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
  • Assess information efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluate information critically and competently.

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