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Courses - Project Management

Students with PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course. PSPM and PSLP courses are eligible.   

Agile Project Management is now a requirement for the PMP certification and will be a program requirement for the UVA certificate as of Summer 2019.  It is recommended that students in the current program plan take this course to adequately prepare for the PMP exam.

Required Courses (5)

PSPM 5030 Introduction to Project Management
Introduces students to the various aspects of the project life cycle and project management. Explores best practices and the application of these best practices for project success.

PSPM 5200 Project Schedule, Cost & Budget Control
Introduces students to a variety of project scheduling and cost control techniques that are vital for a project to meet its schedule and cost goals and objectives. Concentrates on the variety of scheduling techniques (Gantt Chart, Critical Path Method, and Program Evaluation Review Technique) that can be used to guide and monitor project performance. Activities that are critical in preparing a realistic schedule are explored, discussed, and practiced. Students are then introduced to a variety of budgeting, cost estimating, and cost control techniques.

PSPM 5210 Project Risk Management
Introduces students to various concepts and techniques that can be used to effectively manage project risks including cost, schedule, technical, quality, managerial, and organizational.

PSPM 5230 Project Management: Leadership & Managing the Project Team
Analyzes the difference between leadership and management in the project management environment. Evaluates the role of the project manager as team leader, and reviews the application of various leadership and management techniques to project management.

PSPM 5290 Principles & Practices of Agile Project Management 
Introduces Agile Project Management as an iterative and incremental method of managing the project design and build activities for engineering, information technology, and new product or service development projects in a highly flexible and interactive manner. Provides thorough exposure to agile and lean methods, and explores differences between these methods and traditional techniques.

Elective Courses (Select 1)

PC 5010 Procurement Policy & Practices
Covers all subchapters of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), providing an intensive review of practical, technical, business, and contractual issues that the government deals with in establishing and managing a federal contract. Topics include acquisition process, governmental acquisition plans, inspection, and termination, as well as some of the basics necessary for contracts and acquisition personnel.  

PSLP 5300 Foundations of Leadership
Introduces students to various styles and theories of leadership. Through self-assessment and guided inquiry, students examine and create their own unique style of leadership. Students will develop approaches to adapt and modify leadership styles to various situations and individual personalities to influence organizational outcomes.

PSLP 5310 Strategic Leadership
Focuses on strategic planning and foresight. Uses case studies to explore the challenging role of leaders in different organizational settings and how leaders can strategize for successful outcomes. 

PSLP 5320 Organizational Leadership
Focuses on the challenging role of leaders in today's complex organizations. Identifies ways to adapt the organizational structures, policies, and management workforce to enhance competitive advantage. Topics include change management, organizational dynamics, and crisis management. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to assess risk, perform root cause analysis, and employ effective decision-making processes.

PSLP 5330 Communication & Team Development
Prepares today's leaders for success in communication skills with diverse audiences, as well as effective team building and management. Communication topics address technical and non-technical audiences using presentations, interpersonal skills, and writing skills. Team development instruction focuses on managing teams, identifying and understanding the leadership role, the importance of shared leadership, and team decision making.  
 
PSPM 5240 Introduction to Purchasing for Project Managers
Explores the important role that contracting and purchasing play in the project environment, especially in light of meeting or exceeding goals.  

NonCredit Course (optional)

This course is not required to complete the certificate.

NCBM 407 Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Review Prep for PMP® Exam

Provides an in-depth review of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) required Body of Knowledge to successfully prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. The major function of the PMP credentialing program is to ensure competence and professionalism in the field of project management.

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

The information contained on this web site is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

Student Spotlight

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I liked that the University of Virginia offered an online program that I could fit into my schedule [while at Capital One]. And I thought that a credential from UVA would be particularly meaningful. Completing the graduate Certificate in Project Management gave me the trajectory I was looking for.
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Ryan Vesey

CERTIFICATE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University and landing an entry-level position at Capital One, Ryan accelerated his career trajectory with a graduate certificate from SCPS. He now works as a project manager at Capital One, identifying and implementing improvements in the verification system and protecting customers from security risks.

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