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Fundamentals of Project Management

Course Overview

Project management is both an art and a science. It is an essential skill for professionals in the construction and manufacturing industries. Successful project management requires team leadership and coordination, diligent project planning, and effective oversight of the delivery process. This introductory level course on project management includes the history of project management, project management approaches, project management topics, and common management terminology you should know. You will benefit greatly by applying some of these project management principles and tips to your projects.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

Intended Audience

This course is designed for engineers, land surveyors, architects, contractors, or anyone who would like to become a project leader or manage their projects more effectively.

Course Content

Excellence in project management is achieved through effective management and oversight of a complex process unique to each project. To become a good project manager, one needs to understand all aspects of project management, which involve many knowledge areas: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, manpower, communications, risk and procurement management. This course is an introductory level course and, therefore, covers the fundamental theory and concepts of project management only.

In this course, you need to study the materials contained in the following weblinks:

Weblink #1: Project Management for Scientists and Engineers (PDF, 16.9 MB)
Weblink #2: 14 Project Management Principles (HTML)
Weblink #3: 20 Key Project Manager Actions and Results (HTML)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large PDF file size, we recommend that you first save the file of Weblink #1 to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader from your computer. If you like any of the above articles, please consider to purchase the related book or software or training for further learning.

Course Summary

Project management includes assembling the project team, defining the project requirements, selecting deliver methods, controlling quality, and managing scope, cost and schedule. Project management skills are very important for licensed professionals such as engineers, land surveyors and architects because they deal with projects on a daily basis. To become a successful project manager, one needs to have project management knowledge in addition to interpersonal skills.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Max's Project Management Wisdom
Project Management Tips - Guidance for Real Life Situations
Essential Resources for Successful Projects...


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.