MS Project: Hands-on Microsoft Project

Through a series of progressive exercises that simulate an actual project, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Project as it's used on real projects.

You'll discover how to use MS Project to enhance your ability as a project manager or project scheduler, while avoiding common mistakes and saving yourself frustration. By the end of the course, you will have fully defined a project from beginning to end.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Surrey 2 TBA $795.00 10 -

Who is this course for?

This course is for those new to using Microsoft Project as well as those who are self-taught in the software. It's designed for professionals with project management experience in any industry who need to understand the capabilities of Microsoft Project or to access data from within MS Project, including:

  • Project managers
  • Project schedulers
  • Business analysts
  • Systems analysts
  • Department heads
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Chief operating officers
  • Consultants

What will I learn?

After completing the course, you should be able to do the following:

Enter a fully defined project into Microsoft Project

  • Set key-defaults in Microsoft Project to assist in more predictable performance
  • Create and apply custom project, task and resource calendars, and understand how they interact with one another
  • Enter tasks in a properly structured WBS
  • Add duration estimates to tasks
  • Assign project resources (work, material and cost resources)
  • Establish multiple cost rates for a given resource
  • Work with MS Project task types (fixed work, fixed units, fixed duration)
  • Determine when to make a task “effort driven” and when not to
  • Set task dependencies and constraints
  • Apply resources from a predefined resource pool

Analyze a project to identify resource and schedule conflicts

  • Use Microsoft Project filters to help isolate problem areas within the project
  • Identify and solve resource conflicts using a variety of techniques
  • Analyze and solve scheduling conflicts

Set the project baseline then track and report project status

  • Set the project baseline—and understand the various options available when doing so
  • Update the schedule with actual task duration, resource usage and costs
  • Evaluate and adjust the schedule once project updates have been made
  • Create meaningful status reports for key stakeholder groups

How will I learn?

We'll cover course concepts through a hands-on applied approach. You'll be led through a series of progressive exercises that simulate an actual project.

How will I be evaluated?

You will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Textbooks/learning materials

There is no textbook required for this course. You will receive a course binder including step-by-step course exercises complete with many actual screen captures and advanced project tips, exercises and answers. We will also provide you with all applicable Microsoft Project data files used in the course.