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University of California, Irvine

Project Management: The Basics for Success

University of California, Irvine via Coursera


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This course combines the essential elements of Project Management and Team Leadership into one course. Through class engagement and reflection, you will acquire further understanding of the responsibilities of leadership and become better prepared to apply this knowledge to the project environment. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Learn about the role of high performance teams and leadership in project management 2. Learn about the tools and techniques for developing and strengthening high performance teams and team members 3. Learn about the stages in project cycle 4. Apply best practices to develop competencies and skills in planning and controlling projects to ensure successful outcomes 5. Learn how to monitor project activities and assess progress 6. Learn to communicate proficiently to report project status and performance to stakeholders and contribute to organizational knowledge base


  • Foundational Project Management Elements
  • The WBS
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Project Leadership, Teamwork, and Dealing with Difficult People

Taught by

Rob Stone, PMP, M.Ed.


4.5 rating, based on 26 Class Central reviews

4.6 rating at Coursera based on 10921 ratings

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  • Any young executive working for a firm knowingly or unknowingly becomes part of project teams at the most unexpected moments. Many even become project managers by accident without any formal training in the discipline. Managing projects is one of the most challenging activities with risks involved. The probability of failing in project management is high without formal training. 'Project management: The basics for success' I should say, is the stepping stone that helps you get a quick grasp of the discipline. Prof Rob Stone is a great teacher and I really enjoyed his class. Learning this short course gives you the fundamental concepts required to probe deeper into the subject. Course materials and coverage is excellent !
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  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course. I felt that the instructor explained project management, the management skill set, as well as the mindset of managing a large project in a clear, concise way. Definitely good for beginners in business, as well as people who are interested in a refresher of PM principles or better planning and control techniques in their work.
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    Glenia Lima
    I have just finished this course and I took it in order to get a grasp on project management since I was a novice in the subject. The course fulfilled its purpose for me. I recommend if you want to get a basic knowledge on Project Management, this is your starting point.
    In regards to time spent on it, it was not one of the longest courses, I probably dedicated only a couple hours per week.
  • This is a very basic introduction to project management, good for beginners without any previous knowledge. The quiz are very simple.
  • I already took a course like this. This was dull and repetitive. I would only recommend this course to somebody who doesn't know the basics of project management.
  • It's a good, solid course. The material is presented well, and is relevant to how to organize projects. I would have liked to have seen a bit more substance in the assignments (only quizzes), but good information is presented nonetheless.
  • I want to Project Management by any means in my life, may be face to face or free online training like, California university providing now , I love the course, I hope also I continue similar course next time and As I Free certificate without any payment.
  • I am graduate public health so I interesting this course management project because I hope do job so that I hope to helping this course do because project management is very important any job when to doing projects so I request this course
  • Ghulaam Rasool
    is that not free show its all about after paying website must find free registration certificates thanks
  • Piotr Dziuba
    Good course for gaining insights into project management domain. The last part - which focuses on communication can be applied for not only project management all types of cooperation with different people. Course doesn't require high time investment and still opens your eyes on many non-trivial aspects. At the end leaves you with thirst for more.
  • Great Course for beginners in Project Management.
    Gives a good overview of general information as well as an understanding of what elements of PM I should learn further.
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