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Program Overview

The Project Management program provides a comprehensive overview toward successful project implementations. The ten week course is highly interactive and energetic and will include a combination of lecture, Q and A, group exercises, and tests to evaluate knowledge transfer. Key tenets of good project management practice is excellent communication, empowering leadership, strong people skills, a firm and consistent management style, combined with experience and wisdom. Upon completion, students can expect to:

  • Understand project management terminology, processes, tools and techniques.
  • Become familiar with the different project management methodologies.
  • Learn how to apply the phased-based templates for the phases of a project.
  • Identify how to document, communicate, and handle team challenges during a project.
  • Be prepared to create a project health report for budget, schedule, scope, and quality.
  • Experience real-time team exercises that can be applied in the workplace immediately.

Who would benefit from this program?

Anyone who is responsible for the planning, scheduling, controlling, staffing and motivating a team of people who are engaged in accomplishing a set of predefined goals (e.g.. build a home, write a software program, start a business) would benefit from this course. The reason is that it incorporates the necessary planning methods, the basics of accounting and the means by which progress can be measured. Recovery schemes for projects that are behind schedule, over budget or undergoing other jeopardizing factors are also provided to ensure success.

Program Schedule and Locations

*NOTE: UW Tacoma PDC courses will be remote instruction via Zoom online with Canvas support at the following days and times:

Term Location Dates Time
*Fall Virtual Weds 09/09/20 - 11/18/20 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. plus online teamwork
*Fall Virtual Mon 09/14/20 - 11/23/20 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. plus online teamwork
*Winter Virtual Thurs 02/04/21 - 04/08/21

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. plus online teamwork


**Spring Tacoma Weds 03/31/21 - 06/02/21

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. plus online teamwork

**In-person sessions TBD but will remain available Virtually

Recommended Qualifications

No application required.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why study project management?

Upon successful completion of this program, each student will be able to plan, schedule, and control a project including the acquisition of staff and their motivation. The skills acquired are not restricted to just the project management role but in other aspects of professional and personal life. These skills include creating and maintaining a budget, recognizing and mitigating risk, monitoring and assessing progress in achieving a goal, developing and communicating a strategy and making professional, public presentations.

Will this class prepare me to take the PMP test?

The content and topics covered in this program are taken from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).  The PMBOK houses the content from which the Project Management Institute (PMI) draws the questions for the test. However, this is not a PMP test preparation course. This course is designed to teach the practical application of project management. This course does meet the 35 hours of project management education required to take the PMP. You will receive a Certificate of Completion with successful completion of the 10-week course.

Why should I take your class instead of another?

Programs specific to test preparation will teach you the material specific to the test, however, they may not teach you the benefits of engaging in certain management practices described in the PMBOK.  This class addresses what to do, why and when you should do it, and what the pros/cons, risks/benefits of using a particular method are.  You will have access to the tools that help you become an effective Project Manager.  Multiple methods are discussed, as well as how and when to select the appropriate ones.

Is this course current with the PMBOK?

Actually, as the PMBOK is only updated roughly every two to four years, some of what is covered in the class supersedes PMBOK content.

What else do I need to know about this class?

During this class, you will learn criteria on when to use what and, in the handout notes, reference material on details as well as citations to books and papers that detail the methods even further. You will work with a team to develop a project using the project management skills you are learning.  Then your team will present your project at the last session.