Advanced Microsoft Project Level 3

The Advanced Microsoft Project Level 3 aims to equip delegates with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply the software to the successful management of a real business project.

Who Is The Course Aimed At?

This practical hands-on course has been designed to accommodate both beginners and professionals with some exposure to Microsoft Project. Absolute beginners should attend all 3 days whilst those with some Microsoft Project experience should attend only Day 2 and Day 3. On completion of the course all participants should be equipped with a solid working knowledge of the core principles and be able to apply it in their own work environment.

From Day 2, delegates will have the option to bring in the details of a real business project to work on during the training course. If this is not feasible, then a realistic project scenario will be provided by the course leader.

Course Content

Day 1

Session 1: Microsoft Project overview

Covers all the fundamentals of the Microsoft Project software: what it can (and cannot) deliver and introduces topics such as the user interface, installation, printing, and file management.

Session 2: Planning and Costing theory

A thorough introduction to the basics of project planning techniques including network analysis and critical path analysis (CPA). This is followed by a discussion of simple cost and budgeting methods.

Session 3: Planning with MS Project

Once the basic theory has been covered in the previous session delegates tackle a simple hands-on exercise using MS Project. This will cover Gantt charts, CPA and the calculation of key dates and float.

Session 4: Cost/budgeting with Project

Once the above exercise is complete a set of human resources and equipment are added to the project tasks.  Together with some fixed costs a simple project budget is generated.

Day 2 Content

Session 1: Planning the Project

Tackles the detail of project planning with MS Project.  PERT diagramming will be covered together with Gantt charting. We will also cover Critical Path Analysis (CPA), the concept of float and the various options for manipulating logic. A single case study is used throughout.

Session 2: Resourcing the Project

This explores the resources required for a project (people, finance, materials, equipment and services) – and how these can be efficiently identified, quantified, sourced and managed.

Session 3: Costing the Project

Once the resources have been identified the next step is to attach costs (known or estimated), and in doing so, develop an overall project budget (which may be broken down into budgetary components for traceability).

Session 4: Reporting Options

Examines the various report options made available – including the full range of graphical and tabular report options.

Day 3 Content

Session 1: Optimising the project

Revisits the initial plans and budgets in order to test feasibility and assess any scope for improvement (typically cost reduction and/or shortened timescales) including what-if scenarios, resource-levelling options and risk assessments.

Session 2: Tracking the project

This session deals with the reality of the live project and the need to match actual performance to the plans, budgets and quality parameters.  It covers the options provided to measure and compare actual progress against the plan.

Session 3: Advanced reporting options

This covers the advanced reporting options provided by MS Project, including the export of data to other packages (e.g. Excel).

Session 4: Project Workshop

This final session gives delegates the opportunity to introduce real project-related issues from their own organisation for either group discussion or individual consultation with the course leader. The advanced features of Microsoft

Entry Requirements

All delegates should have a basic working knowledge of the Microsoft Office environment. Those with no experience of using Microsoft Project for project management should join on Day 1. Delegates with some Microsoft Project experience could join on Day 2.

Level 3 Advanced Microsoft Project
LevelLevel 3
Duration3 day workshop split over 3 weeks
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateVarious dates throughout the year. Please contact us for dates
PriceFully-Funded. Contact us for more details


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