Project Management Fundamentals

Have you ever become an accidental project manager? Or tried to wrangle a team from multiple departments in order to complete a task? This course is for you if your primary job is not project management but you may manage projects on an informal basis or as part of your daily duties. Successfully managing a project requires effective planning. By understanding the fundamentals of project management, you will be better prepared to initiate and/or take-on a project in your organization and position it for success.  In this class, you will learn about initiating projects, planning for time and cost, planning for project risk, communication, and change control, executing, managing, and controlling a project, and closing a project. You will walk away with knowledge of industry best practices and have a good foundational overview of the project management profession.

Christine FertlInstructor:


Christine Fertl, MBA, PMP is an enthusiastic instructor with over 20 years of real world experience leading projects. She also has extensive experience developing and training organizational project management methodologies. Her background brings an effective and rich foundation of supporting successful learners of all levels. Christine has led IT and business projects at companies that include Walgreens, Aon Hewitt, Abbvie, Hospira, and CVS Health.

Course Objectives:


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

  • identify the key processes and requirements of project management.
  • initiate a project.
  • plan for time and cost.
  • plan for project risks, communication, and change control.
  • manage a project.
  • execute the project closeout phase.



Lesson 1: Getting Started with Project Management

  • Describe a Project
  • Describe the Project Management Life Cycle
  • Identify the Role of a Project Manager


Lesson 2: Initiating a Project

  • Determine the Scope of a Project
  • Identify the Skills for a Project Team
  • Identify the Risks to a Project


Lesson 3: Planning for Time and Cost

  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Sequence the Activities
  • Create a Project Schedule
  • Determine Project Costs



Lesson 4: Planning for Project Risks, Communication, and Change Control

  • Analyze the Risks to a Project
  • Create a Communication Plan
  • Plan for Change Control


Lesson 5: Managing a Project

  • Begin Project Work
  • Execute the Project Plan
  • Track Project Progress
  • Report Performance
  • Implement Change Control



Lesson 6: Executing the Project Closeout Phase

  • Close a Project
  • Create a Final Report