Project Management Essentials

Project Management Essentials

New in 2017 Hybrid Format

Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI® ) Registered Education Provider

Penn State is committed to teaching students the methodology to successfully lead and direct projects. Project management is one of the business world’s most in-demand skill sets and Penn State is dedicated to enhancing the ongoing professional development of PMI® Members, PMI-certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®), and other project management stakeholders. 

Program Overview                                                   

The Project Management Essentials Program is a structured sequence of courses (84 hours) offered in a hybrid (in-person and online) learning format that will prepare participants for careers in the planning and business fields. It is designed for managers and supervisors involved in engineering, research and development, data processing, health care, construction, facilities management, manufacturing, corporate planning, finance, and marketing.

Program Format

  • Each course is 21 hours of instruction.
  • Courses are hybrid and are taught partially on campus (in-person) and partially online. 
  • Classes will meet one night per week on campus and 3 hours asynchronously online, in addition to any out–of–class assignments. 
  • You may register and pay for the courses one at a time. 
  • Courses MUST be taken in sequence.
  • The are no prerequisites prior to enrollment
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded for each contact hour (2.1 CEUs per course).

BUSAD 5538: Project Initiation and Planning

This course is an introduction to project management and explores the role of the project manager, project communications, project leadership, the planning process, objectives, scope, and success criteria. This is the first of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management.

Cost: $525  (21 hours)

BUSAD 5539: Project Scheduling and Integration

Topics include the work breakdown structure, project schedule, PERT/GANTT/CPM methods, and project integration. This is the second of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management. 
Prerequisite: Project Initiation and Planning

Cost: $525  (21 hours)

BUSAD 5540: Project Costing and Control

This course continues the project cycle and introduces selection criteria, procurement, cost estimating, and control mechanisms. This is the third of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management. 
Prerequisites: Project Initiation and Planning; Project Scheduling and Integration

Cost: $525  (21 hours)

BUSAD 5541: Project Risk and Change Management

This is the fourth of four required courses and introduces risk and change management, team conflicts, quality, ethics, and closeout. 
Prerequisites: Project Initiation and Planning; Project Scheduling and Integration; Project Costing and Control

Cost: $525  (21 hours) 

Certificate Requirement

A Penn State certificate is awarded upon completion of the four required courses. A fee will be charged for duplicate certificates.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are based on a standard of one unit per ten hours of classroom instruction.

Act 48

The required courses listed below are approved for Act 48 credit.

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations that are received up to one week prior to the start of the first class. After that, the individual or organization may be held responsible for registration and fees. The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

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