Project Management

Program Courses

To earn a project management certificate, students must successfully complete the following courses depending on which track of study they choose:

  1. Applied Project Management Certificate*: complete the Core Course (PROJ_PMI 402) only
  2. Essentials of Project Management** Certificate: complete the Core Course (PROJ_PMI 401) and two Electives
  3. Certificate in Agile Practices***: complete the Core Course (PROJ_PMI 403) and two Electives

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*Formerly known as Project Management for Professionals Certificate. **Formerly known as Project Management for Practitioners. ***Formerly known as Agile Project Management for Professionals Certificate. Certificate and course name changes effective Spring 2017. All course content and certificate requirements remain the same.

Annual Schedule

CORE COURSES

FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
PROJ_PMI 401-0 Essentials of Project Management X X X X
PROJ_PMI 402-0 Applied Project Management (On Campus) X X X X
PROJ_PMI 402-DL Applied Project Management (Online) X X X X
PROJ_PMI 403-0 Agile for Practitioners X X X

ELECTIVE COURSES

FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
PROJ_PMI 204-0 Developing People and Teams X X
PROJ_PMI 211-0 Soft Skills for the Project Manager X X
PROJ_PMI 225-0 Power Excel Skills for Project Managers X X
PROJ_PMI 315-0 Risk Management X X
PROJ_PMI 345-0 Practical Project Planning X X
PROJ_PMI 350-0 Leading and Coaching Agile Teams X
PROJ_PMI 360-0 Agile Estimating and Planning X

Attribution

PMI, PMBOK, CAPM, PMI-ACP, and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.



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During that time, for instructions on how to register for a course, please send an email to onlinereg@northwestern.edu .







Professional Development Programs

Project Management
PROJ_PMI 204-0 Developing People and Teams *Elective

As a project manager, it is part of your job to work with a team to achieve a specified outcome. Whether it is an existing team or a cross-functional team put together for this project, working with teams has its advantages and challenges. How can you best manage the strengths of your team to reach its goals? How can you help prepare a team for the developmental stages they will encounterwhile working together? In Developing People and Teams, students will look at individual development including coaching, mentoring and motivation theory. Team development will be explored through the topics of faciliatation and collaboration. Participants will also have the opportunity to assess their personal style of conflict resolution.

 

Required Course Preparation:
Students should complete the assessment included in StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and email their results to the instructor, Alyssa Dickman, at adickman@northwestern.edu prior to the first day of class. Learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must purchase a new book in order to ensure that the assessment link is valid.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 13 (Leadership: 13)


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1025

Summer 2017 Sec #47
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Course Materials:

StrengthsFinder 2.0. Rath, Tom. New York: Gallup Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 1-595-62015-X | ISBN-13: 978-1-59562-015-6

PLEASE NOTE: Students must purchase a new book in order to ensure that the assessment link is valid.

 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (Book Summary). Lencioni, Patrick. Soundview Executive Book Summaries, 2009.

 

 

Required Course Preparation:
Students should complete the assessment included in StrengthsFinder 2.0 and email their results to the instructor, Alyssa Dickman, at adickman@northwestern.edu by Thursday, February 9. Learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
07/08/17 - 07/15/17 Sa 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41618
PROJ_PMI 211-0 Soft Skills for the Project Manager *Elective

The effective project manager possesses deep interpersonal skills and is able to use their skills to lead their project teams to deliver results. This workshop will help you improve the essential skills needed to be an effective project manager such as communication, relationship-management, conflict resolution, decision-making, and team motivation. Format includes lecture, case studies/group activities, discussions and Q & A.

 

Required Course Preparation:

Students must read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3 of Interpersonal Skills for Portfolio, Program, and Project Managers by Ginger Levin prior to the first day of class.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 12 (Technical: 1; Leadership: 9; Strategic: 2)


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Fall and Spring quarters.


Tuition:
$749

Spring 2017 Sec #43
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Course Materials:

Interpersonal Skills for Portfolio, Program, and Project Managers. Levin, Ginger. Vienna: Management Concepts, Inc., 2010. ISBN-10: 1-567-26288-0 | ISBN-13: 978-1-567-26288-9 

 

Required Course Preparation:

Students must read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3 of Interpersonal Skills for Portfolio, Program, and Project Managers prior to the first day of class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
05/23/17 - 05/24/17 TuW 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 711
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37956
PROJ_PMI 225-0 Power Excel Skills for Project Managers *Elective

The Executive Team is counting on you to commit a project completion date. Mistakes will be costly due to penalties if there is any delay. Your project team is counting on you to guide their effort so the critical tasks are identified and prioritized. You are buried in a ton of project information arriving to you daily. How do you collect and organize it? How do you make sense of it? How do you use it to make the best decisions for the project?

From committing to a project completion date based on the organization's risk tolerance to creating compelling reports and charts that can drive actions from your organization to address critical issues to keep your project on track, Excel is one of the best and more flexible tools available for Project Managers to simplify tasks related to managing information and also to help on daily decision making on many levels.

Students will learn advanced excel skills through this hands-on workshop that will help them to create analytical tools, formulas, charts, graphs and macros that will support them on making critical project management decisions. Real-world experiences from project initiation to project completion will be used so students will leave each day of the training with the ability to apply what they have learned in their workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 10 (Technical: 7; Leadership: 3)


Additional Information:

This course is intended for students with basic to intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel®.

Students are required to bring a computer (PC or MAC) with Microsoft Excel® installed since they will complete in class exercises designed to reinforce concepts learned during the course lecture.

Students may also be eligible to purchase software at discounted rates through Northwestern's agreement with Microsoft.

 

This is a two-day course offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.


Tuition:
$749

Summer 2017 Sec #47
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Course Materials:

Course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class and posted online for students.

Students must bring a laptop (PC or Mac) with Microsoft Excel installed and ready to use.

More information on Microsoft Office for Northwestern students is online here.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
08/05/17 - 08/12/17 Sa 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41536
PROJ_PMI 315-0 Risk Management *Elective

You are the project manager for a multi-million dollar project, and there can be no mistakes. Your Executive Team is depending on you to manage successfully! What do you need to do know to assess risk so you can deliver against stakeholder expectations?

Through this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of types of risks that threaten projects and the use of various techniques for assessing and managing risk and approaches to reduce project risk. Particular emphasis is placed on areas of risk identification, analysis, response planning and monitoring and control. Use of case studies will help illustrate how risk management is used successfully and will allow the students to develop practical skills for use in the workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 15 (Technical: 11; Leadership: 4)


Additional Information:

This is a four-day course offered during the Fall and Spring quarters.


Tuition:
$749

Spring 2017 Sec #42


Course Materials:

All course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
04/17/17 - 04/20/17 MTuWTh 6 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 711
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 37957
PROJ_PMI 345-0 Practical Project Planning *Elective

The effective project manager is able to create an effective set of project plans that communicate the work, assignments, decision-making flows, and risks to the project sponsor, stakeholders, and team members. These plans must be at the level appropriate to manage the risk of the project, and at the same time be understandable by the project team, and easy-to-maintain as the project progresses. During this three-day workshop, designed for project managers, you will complete a comprehensive set of project plans, learning and applying practical techniques. Using hands-on activities, case studies, and your own projects, you will improve your capabilities completing the project charter, the project participation matrix, communication plan, and risk management plan. You will also learn practical techniques for establishing project ground rules, meeting cadences, and collaboration tools.

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 16 (Technical: 12; Leadership: 2; Strategic: 2)


Additional Information:

Students are required to have completed Project Management for Practitioners, Project Management for Professionals, Agile for Project Management Professionals, or carry CAPM® or PMP® Certification.

Students will need to bring a laptop to class, able to edit Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files. They will also need to set up a free trial account with TeamGantt.com.

Students are expected to participate heavily in course discussions, group activities, and individual activities. There will be additional assignments, designed to help the student prepare for the next day’s class, to be completed before each session.

 

This is a 3 day course offered in the Winter and Summer quarters.


Tuition:
$749

Summer 2017 Sec #43
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Course Materials:

Students are required to have completed PROJ_PMI 401-0 Project Management for Practitioners or PROJ_PMI 402-0/402-DL Project Management for Professionals, or carry CAPM® or PMP® certification.

Students will need to bring a laptop to class, able to edit Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files. They will also need to set up a free trial account with TeamGantt.com.

 

Students are expected to participate heavily in course discussions, group activities, and individual activities. There will be additional assignments, designed to help the student prepare for the next day’s class, to be completed before each session.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
08/29/17 - 08/31/17 TuWTh 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41619
PROJ_PMI 360-0 Agile Estimating and Planning *Elective

As Agile methods and tools continue to grow in popularity, people are interested in how to leverage Agile to improve their projects. Contrary to what some people think, planning in Agile projects is more rigorous and disciplined than it is in traditional projects. The purpose of this course is to provide project managers, Scrum Masters, product owners, functional managers and Agile team members with an in-depth understanding of how to plan for Agile projects.

 

Agile estimating and planning helps to get a project off on solid footing. Working together in teams, participants will select a product to use for their case study and will apply the planning and estimation techniques for the course on that product.

 

Planning for Agile projects starts with the big picture of product roadmaps and release plans, and drills down into the work that an Agile team will do within an iteration. Participants will learn how to plan for iterative and incremental solution development, and how to address change in a plan.

 

The course also looks at the two types of estimates used on Agile projects, relative estimates in story points and absolute estimates in ideal days. Participants will learn when to use each of these, and how to include the entire team for more accurate estimates that team members will support.

 

Please note: This course will be helpful to those who are familiar with estimating and planning traditional projects or who have an agile background but want additional detail on how to effectively plan agile projects. This course is not recommended as an elective for those in the Project Management for Practitioners track.


This course qualifies as education contact hours for the Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam. Note that in order to sit for the PMI-ACP® exam, students must meet additional requirements set forth by PMI that can be found on their website.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 12 (Technical: 12)


Additional Information:

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$749

Spring 2017 Sec #46
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Course Materials:

All course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/02/17 - 06/03/17 FSa 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 712
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37958
PROJ_PMI 401-0 Essentials of Project Management *Core Course

Designed for project team members and project managers / professionals who are managing projects as one part of their job, this 3-day course provides a detailed examination of the fundamental processes of project management and meets the 23 contact hour training requirements for PMI®'s Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM)® exam. Using lectures, case studies, discussions and individual and group exercises, participants will learn how to apply the standard project management process to successfully initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close a project. This will include an emphasis on determining how to meet customer/client needs, planning activities, and communication skills.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 23 (Technical: 17; Leadership: 3; Strategic: 3)


Additional Information:

This is a three-day course offered every academic quarter.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1199

Spring 2017 Sec #43


Course Materials:

All course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
04/04/17 - 04/06/17 TuWTh 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 712
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 37964
Summer 2017 Sec #43
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Course Materials:

All course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
07/18/17 - 07/20/17 TuWTh 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41537
Spring 2017 Sec #47


Course Materials:

All course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
05/06/17 - 05/20/17 Sa 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 712
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37965
Summer 2017 Sec #47
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Course Materials:

All course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
08/12/17 - 08/26/17 Sa 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41538
PROJ_PMI 402-0 Applied Project Management *Core Course

Project management terms, concepts, techniques, and tools are explored to ensure the aspects of a project are organized and managed properly. Integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, and procurement management are topics reviewed. The beginning and the end of a project and the relationships between the major milestones are discussed. Group work is required. Satisfies the 35 hour project management education requirement for the PMP® exam.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 35 (Technical: 15.75; Leadership: 10.5; Strategic: 8.75)


Additional Information:

This course is offered every academic quarter.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1799

Spring 2017 Sec #42


Schedule Notes:

There will be NO CLASS on Monday, May 29 due to Memorial Day. Class that week will be held on Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30-8:45 pm.


Course Materials:

A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. PMI. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. ISBN-10: 1-935-58967-9 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935-58967-9


Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition. Schwalbe, Kathy. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-10: 1285452348 | ISBN-13: 978-1285452340

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
03/27/17 - 06/05/17 M
Wednesday, May 31
5:30 – 8:45 p.m.
5:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 517
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 37966
Summer 2017 Sec #42
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Course Materials:

A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. PMI. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. ISBN-10: 1-935-58967-9 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935-58967-9

 

Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition. Schwalbe, Kathy. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-10: 1285452348 | ISBN-13: 978-1285452340

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/19/17 - 08/28/17 M 5:30 – 8:45 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41540
Spring 2017 Sec #48


Course Materials:

A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. PMI. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. ISBN-10: 1-935-58967-9 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935-58967-9

 

Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition. Schwalbe, Kathy. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-10: 1285452348 | ISBN-13: 978-1285452340

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
04/29/17 - 05/27/17 Sa 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 711
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37967
Summer 2017 Sec #48
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Course Materials:

A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. PMI. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. ISBN-10: 1-935-58967-9 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935-58967-9

 

Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition. Schwalbe, Kathy. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-10: 1285452348 | ISBN-13: 978-1285452340

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
07/08/17 - 08/05/17 Sa 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41539
PROJ_PMI 402-DL Applied Project Management *Core Course

Project management terms, concepts, techniques, and tools are explored to ensure the aspects of a project are organized and managed properly. Integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, and procurement management are topics reviewed. The beginning and the end of a project and the relationships between the major milestones are discussed. Group work is required. Satisfies the 35 hour project management education requirement for the PMP® exam.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 35 (Technical: 15.75; Leadership: 10.5; Strategic: 8.75)


Tuition:
$1799

Spring 2017 Sec #50 (402-DL)


Schedule Notes:

Four optional sync sessions will be held during this course on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT. These sessions will be recorded and posted in the online course site.


Course Materials:

A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. PMI. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. ISBN-10: 1-935-58967-9 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935-58967-9

 

Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition. Schwalbe, Kathy. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-10: 1285452348 | ISBN-13: 978-1285452340

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
03/27/17 - 06/05/17 Asynch
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Closed 37968
Summer 2017 Sec #50 (402-DL)
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Course Materials:

A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. PMI. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. ISBN-10: 1-935-58967-9 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935-58967-9

 

Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition. Schwalbe, Kathy. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-10: 1285452348 | ISBN-13: 978-1285452340

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/19/17 - 08/28/17 Asynch
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Open 41541
PROJ_PMI 403-0 Agile for Practitioners *Core Course

Agile skills are in high demand in all industries, and experienced project professionals need to pick up agile skills to stay relevant. This course, which meets the PMI-ACP® education requirements, is a workshop style course that will teach participants the principles and values of Agile, and help them apply Agile practices and techniques to their current projects. This is a highly interactive course that leverages real world examples from Scrum, Lean, Kanban and other Agile methods. Participants will work in teams to experience and apply Agile to the course exercises.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 26 (Technical: 20; Leadership: 6)


Additional Information:

This is a four-day course offered every academic quarter.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1199

Spring 2017 Sec #42


Course Materials:

Course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
05/01/17 - 05/04/17 MTuWTh 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 712
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 37969