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Continuing Studies

Fundamentals of Project Management

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This class is open to anyone interested in the topic. It is also a required part of the Project Management Certificate. View more information on the Project Management Certificate.

Gain foundational knowledge and explore contemporary best practices in project management to build the personal knowledge, skills and confidence you need to effectively lead projects. Whether you're leading your first project, struggling to get through all the projects on your to-do list or looking for strategies to ensure project success, you will benefit from this class.

This class is one of the required classes for the revised Project Management Certificate. Learners can enroll in this class independently of working towards the PM Certificate.

Please note: The certificate is not affiliated with the Project Management Institute® and is not intended as preparation for the PMP® exam. We will examine and practice some of the best project management models and strategies.

See what our participants have to say about this course.


Desired learning outcomes:

By the end of this class you will be able to:

  • Identify the origin and relative significance of a project
  • Utilize the PMBOK methodology to execute and deliver a project
  • Organize and build up a project lifecycle to monitor progress and control outcomes
  • Effectively implement and gracefully close a project

Overview: Extra Information

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Division of Continuing Studies is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 12
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 1.2

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Emily Laflash at emily.laflash@wisc.edu

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor

Sagar Awate

(MS, Ohio State Univ.) has spent nearly a decade in project management as a consultant, employee, vendor, and contractor. He has also worked for various state agencies as well as in the private sector (consulting, insurance, finance, marketing, and sales). He is experienced in Waterfall, Iterative, and Agile methodologies.

What Attendees Are Saying

"The variety of tools and templates provided will be very useful! The content helped me identify areas where my organization can improve as well as areas where I can boost existing positives. I appreciated the variety of examples that showed different types or sizes of projects and knowing that the techniques were saleable as appropriate."
"I was coming at this as a complete beginner. This class helped me understand how many tools, resources and structures exist to project management. I feel like now I have a clearer big picture of project management and understand the different moving pieces. The best takeaway for me was the importance of different teams needing to work together to get to the finish line."
"Sagar was very knowledgeable in project management. He was a great communicator and allowed enough time for questions. I appreciated the examples he shared from his own projects that he had completed."
"Really great balance of lecture, group work, time for questions, and Q&A to assimilate our knowledge. Each of these helps reinforce learning so I was very happy to see we got to use all techniques. It did not feel particularly heavy in one area either. I also really appreciated all the real-world examples to help me understand the concepts better."
"As a nurse who is working on many initiatives at the unit and organizational level, this project management class provided guidance for managing large and small projects. The content was well presented and, the instructor gave individualized application and engaged the group. The content covered in this class is useful for someone working on a project team, or someone working in a smaller group, managing projects."
"This course provided me with meaningful tactics to bring back to my team that I know will empower us to work more efficiently and to deliver greater value to our stakeholders."