Project Management

Project management is one of the fastest growing fields in many industries as organizations look to eliminate waste and improve efficiencies. The demand for project management professionals is projected grow to almost 6.2 million project management jobs by the year 2020.* This 5-week course introduces concepts that project managers need to be successful in managing a project team, as well as managing more complex and demanding projects.  Upon completion of this course, participants earn the necessary educational hours to sit for two Project Management Institute exams.


In the first two sessions of the course, students will learn the basics of project management and some of the tools and techniques to help manage projects smoothly and successfully, such as:

  • The essentials necessary for project success
  • The stages of project management
  • Defining a vision and a mission for the project
  • Setting measurable objectives
  • Assessing resources and constraints
  • Creating and managing a project plan
  • Dealing with change

These two parts of the course prepare a manager to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate projects of all kinds, therefore, reducing stress and ineffective communication while increasing efficiency and success.

In the final three sessions of the course, students will be exposed to project management practices that require both the hard skills of project management and the soft skills of constituent management; focusing on traditional project management techniques and tools as employed on complex and troubled projects. The matrix design of project teams requires frequent and concise communication to the project team members, project sponsors and interdependent project teams.

Who Should Attend?

This course would benefit professionals of all experience levels who want to gain the necessary skills to initiate, manage, and close complex projects on-time and on-budget.  It is ideal for project managers and project team members in need of formal training in project management including, but not limited to:

  • Analysts
  • Managers
  • Administrative staff
  • Consultants
  • Database specialists
  • Engineers
  • Social workers

Course Benefits

Completion of UIC’s Project Management course fulfills the education hour requirements for two Project Management Institute exams:

  • The 35-hour education requirement for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, and
  • The 23-hour education requirement for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification exam
    (Students must attend all class meetings in full in order to receive a letter of completion for 35 participation hours.)

Course Fee: $1,750.00

University of Illinois students, alumni, or staff course fee: $1,400.00

Course fees include:

  • Course binder and materials
  • Two Textbooks: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013 and Project Management for Dummies
  • Daily breakfasts, snacks, and beverages


  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • April 1 – May 6, 2017
  • Class will not be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 for the Easter holiday.

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*Data Source: The Anderson Economic Group “Project-Oriented Employment Trends and Costs of a Skills Gap: 2010 to 2020” report. Commissioned by the Project Management Institute.