Project Management Certificate: Curriculum

Learner Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand project management concepts and terminology, both Classic/Waterfall & Agile;
  • Identify the process groups and knowledge areas of PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge;
  • Prepare a well defined scope statement;
  • Develop a work breakdown structure and Gantt chart for a given project scope;
  • Establish a project schedule and budget baseline for project controlling;
  • Estimate activity and total costs for the project;
  • Predict project impacts from schedule and budget variances;
  • Monitor and control project budget, quality and risk;
  • Lead teams and communications more effectively;
  • Select a project management software tool from the many commercially avilable options;
  • Engage stakeholders more effectively;
  • Understand the PMP certification process and preparation stategies for the PMP exam.

Traditional topics include the project lifecycle phases of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Other topics include project integration, scope, scheduling, cost, quality, resource, risk, procurement and stakeholder management.

Project Management is focused on organizing and managing resources necessary for the completion of a project. It includes planning and designing, preparing budgets, monitoring a project’s progress, communicating with stakeholders, and tracking results to meet the company’s goals and timeline. Project Management is utilized in all industries, from IT and construction, to marketing and human resources. Whether your project is developing new software, building a road, or developing a new employee development program, skilled project management will guide your organization towards successful completion of a project.

The Project Management Certificate program will cover the five phases of the project lifecycle process of:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing

Additional topics include:

  • Project integration
  • Scope
  • Scheduling
  • Quantity
  • Cost
  • Human resources
  • Risk management
  • Procurement
  • Stakeholder engagement

    While there are no prerequisites to enrolling in the Sonoma State University Project Management Certification Course, familiarity with MS Office and EXCEL is recommended. Classes meet for 3 hours, 1 night a week, for 14 weeks. Courses include practice quizzes, discussion, lecture, and team building exercises. There is a final exam that will help in preparation for the PMI (Project Management Institute) examination.

    Course Format

    Weekly lectures, assignments, reading assignments, quizzes and open book final exam.

    Required Course Materials

    Available from Amazon

    • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition by the Project Management Institute. ISBN: 978-1-62825-184-5

    Course Benefits

    Completing this course will equip participants with enhanced understanding to lead projects and teams with more confidence, plus add more skills to identify, assess and resolve potential problems during the project process.

    Additionally, course participants will have more understanding about:

    • Creating an optimized project delivery process tailored to specific needs;
    • Problem solving as a collaborative team;
    • Conducting more effective meetings;
    • Building better internal processes using project management principles and tools;
    • Time management;
    • Setting up a PMO;
    • The established vocabulary of the project management profession

    Evaluation Tools

    This is a pass/fail course, based on points earned as a percent of points available. Twelve weekly quizzes will count as half of the course total and the final exam will count as the other half. A total of 70% is required to pass the course.


    Honesty, as defined in the Project Management Institute Code of Ethics, is expected at all times. Any indication of cheating, as defined by the University and perceived by the instructor, will result in course failure.


    Students who may require special accommodations must register with Disability Services for Students (DSS) before any such accommodations can be made.

    University Policy

    There are important University policies that students should be aware of, such as the add/drop policy; cheating and plagiarism policy; grade appeal procedures; accommodations for students with disabilities; and diversity at SSU. These and other university policies may be found at


    The course will be taught by Craig Whan, PMP.  Please refer to Craig’s Bio for information about the instructor.  


    Please contact Craig by email at: