Distance - Practical Project Planning and Control (12 PDUs)


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This course is approximately 4-5 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

Course Description:

A project with poor planning and control is a project that is out of control. Practical Project Planning and Control training provides theoretical and practical applications of the important elements of effective project scope planning, scheduling, cost accounting and control. Scheduling and cost control are the key elements of successful project management. As part of the Triple Constraints, the schedule and cost of a project are key performance indicators regarding the success of any project. Yet, over 80% of all projects start with underestimated schedules and costs and are doomed to exceed projections before they begin.

This course is designed to provide you with a deeper level of understanding and practical tools to enhance your competency in planning and controlling your projects. This course illustrates how to plan and control a project schedule and cost, but more importantly, it shows you how to develop the project’s scope so that schedule and cost control are achievable goals. Closely aligned with the Project Management Institute’s standards and guidelines, applied Project and Planning Controls looks at the basic and advanced methods for keeping a well-planned project in control, and provides tools to help you determine the best control approach on your project.

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Program Outline (1.2 CEUs)

Day 1


· Course Objectives

· What is Project and Planning Controls?

· Why do we need Project and Planning Controls?

· The Nature of Project and Planning Controls

· Project and Planning Controls Implementation- Framework

· The integrated Cost and Schedule Control Processes

o Balancing the Triple Constraint

Scope Planning and Control

· Understanding the Job (What's in…What's Out)

· A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to Scope the Project

· How to develop a well-designed WBS

Time Planning & Control

· Planning/ Scheduling a Project

· How to develop a project schedule

o Activity Definition

o Activity Sequencing

§ Types of Dependencies

§ Types of Relationships

§ Leads and Lags

§ Building a Network Logic Diagram

§ Methods of Network Scheduling (Arrow Diagramming & Precedence Diagramming)

o Activity Resource Estimating

o Activity Duration Estimating

o Schedule Development Methods

§ Gantt Chart/ Bar Chart Method

§ Critical Path Method (CPM)

§ PERT Method

· Analysing and Adjusting the Schedule

o Analyzing the Critical Path Using PERT/ Monte Carlo Simulation

o Schedule Compression Methods

· Developing the Project Schedule Baseline

· Basis of Schedule Documents

Day 2

Cost Planning and Control

· Cost Estimating

o Cost Estimating Tools & Techniques

o Cost Estimating Types/ Classifications

· Cost Budgeting

o The Control Account & Control Account Plan

o Budget Allocation

o Baselining the Cost

Scope, Schedule, Cost, & Project Baseline

· What is a baseline

· Cost and Schedule Baselines

· Establishing a Project’s Performance Measurement Baseline

· Freezing the Project Baseline

Execution of Project and Planning Controls

· Collect/ Record Schedule Status

· Record/ Measure Cost Status

o Understanding Earned Value Management Concept

o Measure Earned Value Key Components

o Select Performance Measurement Methods

Earned Value Analysis

TLNT reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. TLNT's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. TLNT is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations. Please click here for complete policies.

This is a Professional Development Distance Program course. These are open to a start date after you register, not scheduled for a specific date.

We could offer any of our courses at a location of your choice and customized contents according to your needs, please contact us at : inhouse@tlnt-training.com or click here  to submit an online request.

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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