Fundamentals of Successful Projects

Designed For
Professionals who want formal training in project management to pursue career opportunities in either the public or private sector
May 7 - June 24, 2018
Online | Instructor-led
$487 (+ $60 registration fee)
Seven weeks
Plan for 3-8 hours of work per week
3.0 Units | 30 Hours
30 PDUs with SHRM®
30 PDUs with PMI
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Upon completion, you will understand the entire process and best practices from how projects should be originated for success, how to start a stakeholder register, and how to develop a project charter and an assumption log.

Project success depends upon following a consistent and repeatable structured approach. This course introduces you to the principles and practices of disciplined project management. Learners build key project planning deliverables including a Project Charter, Risk Response Strategy and WBS. Through discussion and projects learners get a step-by-step introduction to the project management process, and review the differences between theory and practice. Use the tools and knowledge acquired from the PMI Framework to create your own project plan.

Understand key concepts of controlling project variance through practices such as critical path method and earned value analysis. Learn all 10 areas and five process groups of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK, Sixth Edition) established by the Project Management Institute as the industry standard for project management instruction. Start your preparation for the PMP Exam with this course.

Upon completion, you will understand the entire process and best practices from how projects should be originated for success, how to start a stakeholder register, and how to develop a project charter & an assumption log.


Project Origination, Planning and Defining Scope is a part of the Project Management certificate. Take all five courses and receive a digital badge, which you can display LinkedIn and other social media platforms for potential employers to see! 


  • Know the major components of the project management process
  • Understand the processes of scope management and quality management
  • Collect requirements and define scope
  • Develop a robust Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Understand the origins of quality management and its application to projects
  • Define project scope metrics and continuously improve project processes
  • Use change processes and monitoring to control project scope and quality
  • Deliver project results that meet expectations and satisfy user needs
  • Prepare a project plan that contains:
    * Project charter and scope statement
    * Work breakdown structure
    * Duration estimates
    * Network diagram and schedule
    * Critical path analysis
    * Resource requirements and project budget
    * Risk assessment and responses
    * Project baseline
  • Cynthia Snyder Dionisio, PMP, MBA, EVP

    Cynthia Snyder Dionisio is a professional project management consultant, instructor and author. She has written eight books on project management. She provides consulting and training services for government and private industry. Her consulting focuses on project management maturity, project management curriculum development, and positioning project management as a core competency for organizations.

    Ms. Dionisio has experience in training for the corporate, public sector and academic environment. Clients have included the Veteran’s Affairs, Hewlett Packard, Medtronic, the Central Intelligence Agency, and Southern California Edison. In an academic environment she has taught in person and on line for Oregon State University, Villanova, University of California, Irvine and University of Washington.

    Ms. Dionisio is an active volunteer with the Project Management Institute. She is the Chair for the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition. Prior to that she participated on PMI’s Standards Member Advisory Group. In 2009 she was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award for her contributions to the profession. Snyder was the Project Manager for the PMBOK® Guide – Fourth Edition. In the past she has served on the Standards Member Advisory Group and was Chair of the Chapter Leadership Development and Excellence Committee for 2003 – 2005. She was President of the PMI-Orange County Chapter for 2001 and 2002 and elected as a Fellow of the chapter in 2007. In 2002 she received the award for Outstanding Chapter President of the Year. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and earned her Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She has also earned certifications as an Earned Value Professional (EVP) and is Certified by Microsoft on MS Project 2013