Project management standards are used around the world in all industries and in all disciplines, and project managers are in demand. The ACP Project Management will help you improve your knowledge and skills in project management and prepare you for the next step in your professional development. This program is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and prepares students to plan, schedule, and implement complex projects. In addition, the program prepares students to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification exam.
- Apply fundamental project management principles, theories, and practices, including the basic concepts described in the most current version of the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
- Use project management tools and techniques that are effective in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing a project
- Identify characteristics of high performance teams and ways to manage stakeholder expectations
- Select appropriate techniques to communicate effectively with team members and other stakeholders
- Benefit from a Charter Global Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute and satisfy the education requirement for PMP® certification
- Gain a competitive edge in the global job market with an internship in a U.S. company
Who Should Attend
The Certificate Program in Project Management is designed for professionals who wish to advance their skills to become project managers or pursue career opportunities in the area of project management.
To earn a certificate at UCI Division of Continuing Education, students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.
Gain an overview of the American higher educational system and develop the academic skills necessary to ensure your success in an ACP.
Understand American business culture, sharpen your communication, presentation, and writing skills, learn professional etiquette, and improve your business English.
Project management has been proven to be the most effective method of delivering products within cost, schedule, and resource constraints. Learn to define and manage scope via the elicitation of requirements and the creation of a detailed work breakdown structure, create a defensible and realistic project schedule and budget, develop and manage the project team, identify and manage risks, and understand the project procurement processes.
Cost management can be used to evaluate the benefits and expenses of a project. Learn to evaluate and analyze the financial viability and non-financial issues. Discover how to prepare a cost estimate and budget in addition to considering ways how to monitor and control cost and manage changes to the cost baseline.
Procurement management has become a vital project management skill as organizations increasingly outsource all but their core competencies. Understand the scope of procurement management in the contemporary project management environment and the role and responsibility of the procurement manager. Learn to establish project scope, develop a procurement management plan, select the proper contract type, define strategic teaming agreements, evaluate and select suppliers, and track supplier performance.
Utilize a variety of tools and processes for ensuring adequate project controls, making informed and fact-based decisions derived from established and insightful project controls, and reviewing the output and analysis of a variety of monitoring and control techniques in order to make quick and sound decisions that aid the enterprise. This course introduces the principles of Earned Value Project Management, establishing a realistic project baseline, calculating a range of estimates-at-completion (EAC), and applying effective methods for tracking and statusing project budgets and schedules. Develop the strategies needed to set project standards and metrics to measure project success and forecast results.
The success of projects is dependent upon people and how effectively they work and communicate with one another. Learn to reflect upon your role as a manager/leader within a project management framework. Explore concepts of human behavior, motivation, problem solving, decision-making, influence, conflict management, and organization structure. Build skills in recognizing and managing project stakeholders, communications, team development, and working with virtual team members via presentations, case studies, readings, essays, and discussions.
Project success is achieved by project managers and teams skilled in coping with project risks.
Gain in-depth practice applying subjective and quantitative methods to an actual project situation. Learn from peers through risk analysis exercises, case studies, and persuasive presentations. Discover how to recognize, assess, and respond to project risks in an appropriate, cost effective manner in order to make better decisions.
Managing multiple projects typically presents unique challenges compared to the management of one large project. Build on your existing skills in the areas of scope, time, cost, risk, human resources, leadership and teambuilding through a combination of lecture and team-based learning exercises. Learn to select the most effective strategies and responses for multiple small independent projects, portfolios, or large programs.
This hands-on capstone course lets you put into practice the five project process groups and the ten knowledge areas that are outlined in A Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK® Guide). Students will simulate a project based on one of two case studies. The project will require students to create a complete project plan under typical business constraints. Project managers are expected to team successfully with their classmates and to perform a variety of tasks typically required of project managers on the job.
As an optional last course and for an additional fee of $2,400, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in a variety of businesses and industries for up to three months. A research project provides additional training. Also included in the internship is the Résumé Writing and Interviewing Skills workshop.
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