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Project Management Elective Courses

Upcoming offerings for elective courses in the Project Management Certificate Program. Learn how to approach your next project and gain the confidence and skills to carry it through successfully. You can also use your elective hours to prepare for the PMP or CAPM exams.

Building Teams - Building Culture

How do leaders successfully develop high-performing teams while fostering a harmonious, culturally-driven environment? Identify techniques to increase staff engagement levels, create stronger interpersonal connections, and maximize performance results.

‘Teamwork’ is a common tenet of many companies – but how do leaders successfully develop high-performing teams while fostering a harmonious, culturally-driven environment? By learning methodologies commonly utilized to assemble productive groups and acquiring the skills necessary to facilitate effective collaboration—even among virtual teams—participants in this course can increase staff engagement levels, create stronger interpersonal connections and maximize performance results.

    After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the stages of team development, the functions at each stage, and the benefits of teaming
  • Identify the communication characteristics of high-performing teams and team members’ behavioral styles
  • Set goals successfully, and avoid common goal-setting mistakes
  • Explain how to foster accountability among team members to ensure all members succeed
  • Explore the effect of different behavioral styles on managing virtual employees
  • Develop esprit de corps and coordinate effective team-building activities

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam Preparation

Review the 10 knowledge areas and 5 process groups defined in the PMBOK© Guide. Develop individual study plans and prep strategies while utilizing online exams to reinforce material. Pair with Intro to PM class to satisfy CAPM education requirement.

In this intensive course, students will prepare to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification exam offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Instruction in this course is focused on the Knowledge Areas and Process Groups defined in the PMBOK® Guide.

Students are expected to gain the foundational knowledge needed to prepare for and pass the CAPM exam through a combination of team exercises, quizzes, and practice exams. Successfully completing this course will satisfy 16 of the 23 hours of project management education required to sit for the CAPM exam.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  • Identify the CAPM exam components and their distribution on the exam
  • Develop an individualized study plan and preparation strategy with the instructor's assistance
  • Analyze the process utilized in project management
  • Explain the terms and definitions used in the PMBOK Guide
  • Distinguish the 10 Knowledge Areas and the five Process Groups defined in the PMBOK Guide
  • Describe how project management processes align with Process Groups and Knowledge Areas
  • Describe the common Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs of each of the Process Groups
  • Demonstrate comprehension by successfully completing online practice exams

Recommendations:
  • Plan to take the CAPM exam within 90 days of the course ending
  • Use the online practice tests included with the course
  • Gain confidence in the material using study aids and targeted study strategies
  • Spend at least 40 hours after the course reviewing material and learning independently

Students are required to purchase the following book(s) for this course.
  1. CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED BOOK: PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition
  2. CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED BOOK: PMP® Exam Prep – Ninth Edition by Rita Mulcahy


E-Discovery

Identify best practices for managing e-discovery projects, including collection management, electronic evidence review/production, and data preparation for litigation readiness. This course is a Paralegal Certificate elective, offered once per year.

This course is an elective option in both the Paralegal Certificate and Project Management Certificate programs, but it may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

Technology has created an enormous volume of stored information that, when overlooked, creates serious consequences in litigation. The objective of this e-discovery course is to introduce the complexities and challenges of electronic discovery to participants so that they will be able to apply industry best practices for managing e-discovery projects. Learn to successfully manage the collection, review and production of electronic evidence for a law firm, government agency, or corporate legal department, as well as to help enterprises prepare their data for litigation readiness projects.

Designed for paralegals and project managers, participants will be prepared to guide litigation teams in various law office environments towards a defensible electronic discovery project plan.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe the role of e-discovery in today’s legal system
  • Outline the e-discovery process, based on the Electronic Discovery Reference Model and The Sedona Principles
  • Manage e-discovery cases according to traditional and legal project management standards including developing a budget and presenting solutions to the case team
  • Assess and determine needs of litigators, evaluate possible solutions, and apply technology to meet the needs of litigation
  • Identify resources to stay current on legal principles, terminology, requirements for legal discovery, electronic storage and retrieval, electronic discovery best practices for data collection, production and document review

Essentials of Strategic Planning for Managers

No one plans to fail, but many people fail to plan. Professionals at all levels can apply the strategic planning process. Our course offers a step-by-step guide to assist you in translating basic concepts and visions into a concrete plan for action.

No one plans to fail, but many people fail to plan. In these difficult economic times, the Strategic Planning Process is more critical than ever. This hands-on course is designed for professionals at all levels to learn how to apply the Strategic Planning Process. It offers a step-by-step guide to assist you in translating basic concepts and visions into a concrete plan for action to help you reach your objectives.


After this class, you will be able to:
  • Formulate realistic goals using the SWOT Analysis
  • Determine resources needed to achieve the goals
  • Develop an organizational structure to support achievement of the goals
  • Create the strategy
  • Develop an evaluation and monitoring process
  • Gain commitment to the planning process before, during, and after the process

Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Professionals

Optimize your health care environment! Learn how to lead or contribute to successful health care improvement projects ranging from patient delivery to finance/support operations utilizing DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) methodology.

Optimize your healthcare environment with our essential Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training. Through both classroom activities and scenario-based assessments, course participants will learn how to lead or contribute to successful healthcare improvement projects ranging from patient-delivery to finance and support operations. Participants can then apply practical knowledge and skills learned to their own real-world healthcare settings. This post-White Belt/Green Belt LSS course will also develop participants’ understanding of and experience in the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) methodology as well as key LSS tool utilization.

Prior to enrollment in Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Professionals, completion of the Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certificate course is the minimum requirement. Students who will lead and manage Six Sigma projects are encouraged to complete the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate as a prerequisite. White Belt and Green Belt training from other educational providers is acceptable.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • List and describe the key deliverables of each phase of a LSS Healthcare DMAIC project

  • Explain the purpose of several key LSS tools and their application to healthcare situations

  • Demonstrate the application of those tools in examples of real-world, healthcare situations

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful end-to-end Green Belt projects using the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) methodology. Includes a combination of lectures, individual/group exercises, and online modules.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) is a business improvement methodology originally developed to improve work processes by eliminating waste and defects in business processes. Six Sigma is a customer-focused, highly disciplined problem solving methodology that strives to develop and deliver near-perfect products and services consistently. The objective of Lean Six Sigma is to deliver high performance, reliability, and value to the end customer (external or internal) by identifying, analyzing and improving work processes and eliminating waste. The goal of the class is to present fundamentals for Lean Six Sigma tools to apply the DMAIC methodology to most improvement projects.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Obtain Tools & Knowledge to lead a Lean Six Sigma project
  • Explain the Principles of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Be prepared to use the DMAIC methodology for process improvement initiatives
  • Learn the importance of a solid Define phase
  • Identify critical metrics and obtain associated data in the Measure phase
  • Utilize tools to identify special cause variation and drill down to root causes in the Analyze phase
  • Generate ideas and select recommended solutions in the Improve phase
  • Describe how organizations maintain process improvement gains in the Control phase

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate - Online

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful end-to-end Green Belt projects using the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) methodology. Includes a combination of lectures, individual/group exercises, and online modules.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) is a business improvement methodology originally developed to improve work processes by eliminating waste and defects in business processes. Six Sigma is a customer-focused, highly disciplined problem solving methodology that strives to develop and deliver near-perfect products and services consistently. The objective of Lean Six Sigma is to deliver high performance, reliability, and value to the end customer (external or internal) by identifying, analyzing and improving work processes and eliminating waste. The goal of the class is to present fundamentals for Lean Six Sigma tools to apply the DMAIC methodology to most improvement projects.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Obtain Tools & Knowledge to lead a Lean Six Sigma project
  • Explain the Principles of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Be prepared to use the DMAIC methodology for process improvement initiatives
  • Learn the importance of a solid Define phase
  • Identify critical metrics and obtain associated data in the Measure phase
  • Utilize tools to identify special cause variation and drill down to root causes in the Analyze phase
  • Generate ideas and select recommended solutions in the Improve phase
  • Describe how organizations maintain process improvement gains in the Control phase

Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certificate

Get the roadmap for a successful improvement deployment as well as key roles and responsibilities of a Lean Six Sigma framework. Learn to identify waste and variation in a process and increase stakeholder satisfaction via practical tools and techniques.

An introduction to Lean concepts and Six Sigma principles is vital for building a basic foundation for process improvement. Our course includes an overview of the DMAIC process Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control which is integral to a Lean Six Sigma roll-out but can also be used as a stand-alone component of process improvement. Students will be taught the roadmap for a successful improvement deployment as well as the key roles and responsibilities of a Lean Six Sigma framework. Learn to identify waste and variation in a process and increase stakeholder satisfaction through practical tools and techniques.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Apply Six Sigma and Lean concepts
  • Identify the fundamentals of the DMAIC framework: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control
  • Use the roadmap for a successful improvement deployment
  • Construct the roles and responsibilities of a Lean Six Sigma framework
  • Formulate a plan for an improvement project
  • Demonstrate the identification of variation and waste in a process via an in-class simulation
  • Apply the basic steps to minimize waste and variation in a process

Lean Six Sigma White Belt Certificate - Online

Get the roadmap for a successful improvement deployment as well as key roles and responsibilities of a Lean Six Sigma framework. Learn to identify waste and variation in a process and increase stakeholder satisfaction via practical tools and techniques.

An introduction to Lean concepts and Six Sigma principles is vital for building a basic foundation for process improvement. Our course includes an overview of the DMAIC process Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control which is integral to a Lean Six Sigma roll-out but can also be used as a stand-alone component of process improvement. Students will be taught the roadmap for a successful improvement deployment as well as the key roles and responsibilities of a Lean Six Sigma framework. Learn to identify waste and variation in a process and increase stakeholder satisfaction through practical tools and techniques. The course will be delivered in the online, instructor led classroom with the exception of two online self-paced modules.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Apply Six Sigma and Lean concepts
  • Identify the fundamentals of the DMAIC framework: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control
  • Use the roadmap for a successful improvement deployment
  • Construct the roles and responsibilities of a Lean Six Sigma framework
  • Formulate a plan for an improvement project
  • Demonstrate the identification of variation and waste in a process via an in-class simulation
  • Apply the basic steps to minimize waste and variation in a process

Managing Multi-Generations

Today's workforce represents a multitude of generations -- understand similarities and differences while adopting strategies for motivation, coaching and development. Create an environment conducive to attracting and retaining staff from each generation.

With four different generations currently employed in today’s unique workforce, the resulting work environments can present tremendous challenges -- as well as the potential for great rewards. How can our management and leadership techniques bridge multiple generational divides in order to adapt and respond accordingly? In order to effectively handle these critical issues -- work ethic, the role of leadership, work/life balance, and more -- we need to better understand how the diversity of our backgrounds may have shaped varying workplace expectations. Our interactive workshop will explore these generational differences and similarities as participants develop and practice helpful techniques for better managing the wide range of ages and personalities that comprise the current labor force. After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe common characteristics of the generations at work today and the formative events that define them
  • Determine the most effective approaches for communication with different generations
  • Custom fit their communication style to meet the challenges of generational differences


Microsoft Project Levels 1 and 2: Creating and Managing Projects

Learn the skills necessary to create and update a project plan in Microsoft Project through the planning, execution, monitoring, and controlling phases. Import and export project data, build templates, and create custom reports for project stakeholders.


This class is taught specifically for Microsoft Project 2013 using our lab PCs, but much of the material will apply to the 2010 and 2016 versions, as well.

Learn to manage projects or participate on project teams. Then take that knowledge and apply it to hands-on exercises using Microsoft Project. This course discusses Gantt charts, tasks, critical paths, and resource management. You will also have the opportunity to work with a project plan once it has entered the project implementation phase. Learn to import and export Project data with Excel and other applications. Learn to update a Project Plan as changes occur during the project and create custom reports for project stakeholders. Finally, create templates to re-use project information in future projects.

Organizational Change Management

Comprehensive organizational change management plans include proper stakeholder analysis, effective communication/training, and successful transition strategies. We'll discuss industry best practices and related processes from the PMI® PMBOK® Guide.

Projects often significantly influence an organization’s culture through change, and demonstrating a clear understanding of how this culture change impacts project development and execution is critical. Creating a comprehensive organizational change management plan includes proper stakeholder analysis, effective communication/training, and successful transition strategies. Course content will include industry best practices and related processes from the PMI® PMBOK® Guide to help ensure positive project results via organizational value and benefits.

    After this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain organizational culture change
  • Perform Stakeholder Analysis
  • Develop appropriate strategies for organizational change management
  • Create a viable communication and training plan
  • Execute organizational change management

Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Preparation

Review the 10 knowledge areas and 5 process groups defined in the PMBOK© Guide. Develop individual study plans and prep strategies while utilizing online exams to reinforce material. Completion satisfies 35-hour education requirement to sit for PMP exam.

In this intensive five-day course, experienced Project Managers will prepare to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Instruction in this course is focused on the Knowledge Areas and Process Groups defined in the PMBOK® Guide.

Students are expected to gain the foundational knowledge needed to prepare for and pass the PMP exam through a combination of team exercises, quizzes, and practice exams. Successfully completing this course will satisfy the 35 hours of project management education required to sit for the PMP exam.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  • Identify the PMP exam components and their distribution on the exam
  • Develop an individualized study plan and preparation strategy with the instructor's assistance
  • State the differences and relationships among Projects, Programs and Portfolios
  • Identify organizational influences and different project lifecycle methodologies
  • Analyze the processes utilized in project management
  • Explain the terms and definitions used in the PMBOK Guide
  • Distinguish the 10 Knowledge Areas and the five Process Groups defined in the PMBOK Guide
  • Describe how project management processes align with Process Groups and Knowledge Areas
  • Describe the common Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs of each of the Process Groups
  • Apply formulas such as Earned Value and Schedule Variance commonly found on the PMP Exam
  • Demonstrate comprehension by successfully completing online practice exams
Recommendations:
  • Plan to take the PMP exam within 90 days of the course ending
  • Use the online practice tests included with the course
  • Gain confidence in the material using study aids and targeted study strategies
  • Spend at least 40 hours after the course reviewing material and learning independently

Strategic Communications in the Workplace

Communication is more than talking and listening. Develop your skills at reading people and see how others interpret your own behavior. Adapt your communication style to increase engagement and create an enduring working alliance among team members.

Communication is more than talking and listening. Genuine communication requires a deep understanding of another person’s perspective. But when you take into consideration all of our biases, behavioral idiosyncrasies, unspoken emotions, and personal agendas, this can seem almost impossible to achieve. The communications assessment instrument called DiSC© helps people understand each other on a more fundamental level. This course develops the skills to read other people and see how others interpret their behaviors. It creates a deep seated appreciation for the needs of their co-workers. Ultimately, the program helps participants adapt their communication styles in a way that creates an enduring working alliance among team members and fosters a deeper sense of organizational engagement.

Completion of a brief, online assessment prior to the course is required; to ensure timely analysis, we recommend enrolling at least 3-5 days prior to course start date.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe the four styles of behavior and describe your behavioral communication style through the DiSC© Personal Profile.
  • Recognize the styles of other people through behavioral cues and people reading techniques.
  • Increase individual and team productivity by leveraging strengths and the strengths of other team members that may have different styles.
  • Determine how others interpret your behavior and monitor and adjust their verbal and nonverbal messages to improve communication.
  • Adapt communication styles based on the situation to improve individual and team communication effectiveness.
  • Develop specific communication strategies that build a culture of alliance and collaboration.

Transformational Leadership: Inspiring Your Team

Transformational leadership encourages leaders to achieve excellence by successfully engaging and motivating people. Examine how to utilize these techniques for maximum leadership effectiveness, generating significant buy-in and workforce ownership.

Transformational leadership techniques encourage leaders to achieve excellence by successfully engaging and motivating people. While other management theories rely on “telling” others what to do, the transformational methodology taps into amazing sources of drive and commitment by selling employees on both the vision and value of individual roles. Our interactive course examines how and when to utilize this approach for maximum leadership effectiveness, thereby generating significant buy-in and workforce ownership.

Class begins with a comparison of common leadership styles; we’ll then utilize tools and techniques to help you develop and implement a transformational leadership plan in your own workplace.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast common leadership styles
  • Define transformational leadership
  • Use tools and techniques to implement the four components of transformational leadership:
    • Intellectual stimulation
    • Individualized consideration
    • Inspirational motivation
    • Idealized influence
  • Develop a plan to implement transformational leadership

Win-Win Negotiations

No set of problem-solving skills is more important than negotiation. Win-win negotiation is a specific strategy that uses carefully defined skills and techniques to produce results that are beneficial and acceptable to everyone at the negotiating table.

In the diverse yet interconnected marketplace of the Twenty-first Century, no set of problem-solving skills is more important than negotiation. Win-Win Negotiation is a specific strategy, which uses carefully defined skills to produce results beneficial to everyone in a negotiation scenario. This course builds on the basic skills and concepts of conflict management and teaches participants how to create agreements that satisfy all parties. This course utilizes the book Getting to Yes as a learning resource, and includes video examples, case studies, role-plays and simulations to help participants achieve their learning goals.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe Win-Win Negotiation
  • Use Win-Win Strategies to achieve mutually beneficial results
  • Stay tough on the problem, but easy on the people
  • Leverage their negotiating power
  • Develop a negotiation plan