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Introduce yourself to the five project management process groups and 10 project management knowledge areas that PMI® uses to classify project activities. Examine different project life cycle approaches, and learn the steps involved in successfully setting up a project.

This course aligns with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Sixth Edition, Chapters 1 and 2. (The PMBOK® Guide is not included in the cost of this course and must be purchased separately.)

Taking advantage of online interactivity, the course contains a vocabulary game, flashcards, and other activities to help you master the material.

Average weekly commitment: 3+ hours. Total course commitment: 12+ hours.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the project life cycle and its common trends and patterns.
  • Differentiate among several life cycle approaches and summarize the characteristics of each one.
  • Explain the ways in which inputs and outputs of various processes determine the relationship among processes.
  • Explain the role of the five process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.
  • Identify the 10 knowledge areas involved in PMI® project management.
  • Examine the part that tailoring plays in successful project management.


Module 1: The Project Life Cycle

Module 2: Processes and Process Groups

Module 3: Knowledge Areas

Module 4: Inputs and Outputs


Evaluation Method



  • Basic keyboarding capability
  • Basic internet navigation skills
  • Basic file management knowledge

Required Materials

  • High-speed internet (at least 25 Mbps download speed) – click here for more information
  • Windows or Mac computer (desktop or laptop)


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Course Reference Number (CRN) 93040

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