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Fundamentals of Project Management

Successful projects begin at the beginning.  So should the project manager.

Scope, Costs, Time: Project Management

March 10 - April 21

No class on March 31

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: University of Montana campus
James E. Todd Building
Hours of Instruction: 12
Course Fee: $450
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Course Description:

Fundamentals of Project Management provides foundational knowledge to get you started in project management and techniques you will employ throughout the life of a project. 

The course covers critical project management skills and provides you with the necessary tools to manage all phases of a project including initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. Learn how to use various project management techniques including project charter development, stakeholder identification, developing the scope of the project via a work breakdown structure (WBS), schedule development, team management, and tracking projects. The role of the successful project manager will also be discussed.  View the course outline for a complete list of covered subjects.

By the end of this 6-week course, you will have learned how to:

  • Utilize a structured approach to project management
  • Lead project teams to success
  • Understand the project management lifecycle and be knowledgeable on the phases of the project
  • Improve efficiencies via cost, quality, and delivery
  • Kick off a project by defining the requirements, defining the scope, establishing a charter, and defining roles and responsibilities of the team
  • Estimate time, resources, and cost requirements
  • Create communication and risk management plans
  • Use performance metrics to measure and report progress
  • Manage change in a project
  • Recognize and mitigate failure of a project
  • Impart project management knowledge and processes to colleagues
  • Understand the critical role a project manager plays in project success

Recommended Course Materials:

Students will gain the most benefit from this course by doing the reading as assigned.  Students are responsible for purchase of their own textbook (order information is below).  Case studies and other articles will be provided in class.

Verzuh, Eric. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management. 4th edition. Published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 332 pages.  Available online from or

Project Management Instructor: Chris KirschtenAbout the Instructor: Chris Kirschten, PMP, MBA

Chris Kirschten is an experienced manager of projects large and small.  Since 1992, he has worked in the role of Project Manager for large corporations such as AT&T and Siemens as well as small rural companies.  Chris is currently employed by Blackfoot Telecommunications in Missoula and leads the Western Montana chapter of PMI (Project Management Institute).

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  • The University of Montana
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