Microsoft Project 2013

Course Aim
To provide an advanced-level understanding of Microsoft Project in order to achieve project goals on time and within budget.
Of Interest To
Those who are interested in a career in project management, and/or wish to gain advanced knowledge and practical experience related to Project 2013 to assist them in better managing projects.
Method of Delivery
Integrated Learning™ System (ILSPlus) training facilitated by Academy of Learning Career College facilitators.

Course Introduction

In this introductory Project 2013 course, students are introduced to the Project 2013 interface and learn how to create a project plan, add tasks and resources to the plan, modify tasks, and assign resources to tasks. Students learn how to create cost and material resources. They also learn how to track progress in the project plan and how to evaluate whether the project is on track.

In this Microsoft Project 2013 – Level 2 course, students learn how to manage projects by building upon the skills learned in the Microsoft Project 2013 – Level 1 course. They gain hands-on, practical experience in tracking, analyzing and reporting on projects. The specific skills learned in this course involve using Microsoft Project 2013 to monitor and adjust project progress, examine resource allocation, and set a project baseline. Students create and format reports, learn how to analyze project performance, practice revising projects by rescheduling tasks and leveling resources, and gain experience in customizing Project.

Students accomplish the learning objectives for each lesson through a series of hands-on tasks, for which they are given step-by-step instructions and desired result checkpoints. The tasks provide ample opportunity for students to practice, apply, and develop the skills covered in the course.

Review questions are included at the end of each lesson to measure progress and reinforce the skills learned. There are also exam preparation exercises at the end of the course to provide further practice and review to reinforce the topics learned throughout the course, and to help prepare students for the exam.

Course Prerequisites

It is advised that students first complete an Introduction to Windows course.

Course Notes

Course manual is provided for on-going reference. There is a final exam upon completion of the course. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.

Course Breakdown

Level 1:

Lesson 1: Beginning a New Project; Resources in Microsoft Project

Lesson 2: Describe and Assign Task Durations; Task Dependencies and Linking Tasks

Lesson 3: Project Statistic & Resource Capacity; Assigning Work Resources to Tasks; Managing Resource Costs

Lesson 4: Cost and Material Resources; Creating a Project Baseline and Displaying the Task Sheet View

Lesson 5: Tracking Progress in the Project Plan; Tracking and Detail Gantt Views

Exam Preparation Exercises


Level 2:

Lesson 1: Modify Task Relationships; Creating Recurring Tasks; Changing the Task Type; Changing Task Assignments; Adjusting Task Cost with Variable Cost Rates; Identifying Over-and Under allocated Resources

Lesson 2: Examining Resource Allocations Over Time; Checking Statistic for Total Cost and Finish Date; Grouping Tasks and Resources; Customizing and Saving Tables and Views

Lesson 3: Elements of a Project Baseline; Tracking Actual and Outstanding Work; Updating Baselines; Entering Actual Costs Manually; Rescheduling Unfinished Work; Scrutinizing Resource Costs and Their Impact; Creating Views to Pinpoint Project Variance

Lesson 4: Troubleshooting and Communicating the Project Plan; Troubleshooting Time, Scheduling and Cost Issues; Formatting and Printing the Gantt Chart View, Timeline, and Network Diagram

Lesson 5: Using Project Templates; Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar and Project Ribbons; Recording and Editing Macros in Project, and Copying Project Data; Saving Project Files as Other File Types

Exam Preparation Exercises