Principles of Project Management

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Principles of Project Management


Being an effective project leader requires a clear understanding of the essential elements of project management. In this course, you will learn the basic characteristics of a project and how to manage one effectively, explore key areas of expertise and learn how project stakeholders and organizational structures affect outcomes. Using A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), published by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, you will discover the five process groups of project management: initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing.

Who Should Enroll: 

  • New project managers
  • Business managers and project team leaders with little or no formal project management training

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what a project is, and what it is not
  • Have a basic understanding of the project management process groups
  • Have a basic understanding of the project management knowledge areas
  • Understand and be able to create a basic project charter
  • Be able to identify stakeholders and create a stakeholder registry
  • Understand risks vs. issues
  • Have the ability to estimate how long a project might take
  • Be able to communicate project status and manage stakeholder expectations
  • Know how to successfully close out a project

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand the characteristics and purpose of a project
  • Understand why the project management process groups and the project management knowledge areas are essential for a successful project
  • Learn to create a realistic project plan, including scope and schedule, and how to adjust the plan mid-project
  • Discover how to acquire, develop and manage a project team effectively
  • Learn what is necessary to manage a project
  • Build strategies to keep stakeholders and team members informed

Continuing Education Hours: 

Project Management Institute: 13 PDUs-Technical

Continuing Education Units: 1.3 CEUs

Society for Human Resource Management: 13 PDCs-Business Acumen

Society for Human Resource Management: 13 PDCs-Leadership and Navigation




Derek M. Edwards, MSLM, PMP, is a Senior Program Manager who teaches Project Management courses for the Center for Professional Education (CPE) at UT Austin. His experience spans more than 18 years in project and program management in the defense industry, 14 of which focused on turning around poor performing projects. Edwards has 20 years of process improvement experience where he implemented improvements as an officer in the United States Air Force as well as in the freight, alarm, defense and innovative online learning industries. His breadth of experience has ranged from managing multiple projects at any one time with contract values of less than $250K to development projects in excess of $40M.