UC San Diego Extension’s Professional Certificate in Project Management provides professionals with a practical, hands-on approach. Students hoping to get started in or advance their project management careers will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to plan, execute and complete complex projects within various types of organizations and industries.
Based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the curriculum includes an in-depth study of the elements essential to initiate, execute and complete a successful project, including the development of interpersonal skills critical to conducting work in a team environment. Examine how the principles of project management apply to specific industries, broaden your people skills to prevent or handle all types of conflicts or situations, and learn the nuances of management from a global perspective. Apply the tools and skills learned through a comprehensive hands-on simulation experience.
Careers in Project Management:
International Students Please Note:
For students who want to develop highly marketable competencies in project management, check out the full-time Project Management Program for International Students (two quarters). Participants will study alongside American students and build their professional networks. For more information, please visit the International Student Project Management page.
Transfer to Online Master’s Degree
Upon completion of UCSD’s Certificate in Project Management, 12 units can be transferred to the University of Wisconsin at Platteville’s M.S. in Project Management degree program, which is offered fully online.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
Complete one of the following courses prior to taking other required courses.
Effective project management skills are important to professionals in any industry. This particular course is geared to those students interested or working in the life sciences, engineering, and technology fields. Students will learn how to define, plan and execute a project whether the goal is simple or complex; gain the tools and knowledge for delivering projects on time and on budget, while meeting performance specifications; explore the basic components of project management and the project life cycle. This course will also help you determine the correct project through strategic portfolio analysis; create a successful charter; assemble and manage a team; analyze and control risk; monitor project milestones; and close out the project.
This intensive four-day project management essentials course will examine the basics of putting together a well-defined, planned, and executed project. Students will learn how to define, plan and execute a project whether the goal is simple or complex; gain the tools and knowledge for delivering projects on time and on budget, while meeting performance specifications; explore the basic components of project management and the project life cycle. This course will also help you determine the correct project through strategic portfolio analysis; create a successful charter; assemble and manage a team; analyze and control risk; monitor project milestones; and close out the project.
Effective project management skills are important to professionals in any industry. Learn how to define, plan and execute a project whether your goal is simple or complex. Gain the tools and knowledge for delivering projects on time and on budget, while meeting performance specifications. Explore the basic components of project management and the project life cycle: determining the correct project through strategic portfolio analysis; creating a successful charter; assembling and managing a team; analyzing and controlling risk; monitoring project milestones; and closing out the project. Get the hands-on skills you need to help you successfully complete your next project management assignment.
Complete all five courses.
Take a deep dive into planning and scheduling principles. Acquire knowledge and techniques necessary to initiate, plan, estimate, and schedule your next project successfully.
You will learn how to:
Do you work in groups or teams in your workplace? Learn how to develop effective teams in the context of project management and how to implement communication and conversation strategies that help your team meet its project goals. Discover key factors that distinguish teams and shape team excellence, particularly communication and conversational dynamics. Study theories and models of individual and group conversational dynamics. Learn how to design powerful conversations to produce the results you want to achieve. Explore common team-related issues including: team charter and team contracts, trust, culture, and conflict resolution. You will also have the opportunity to practice diagnosing and dealing with a variety of group dynamics through a team project.
Project control is simplified by good planning from the start. Explore project selection, evaluation, initiation, and the planning that follows. Discuss project scope and its relationship to costs, as well as the cost estimating process. Learn how simple but effective tools like MS Excel and MS Project can help control project costs. You will also study risk management – including the nature of risk factors; methods of assessing and estimating impact of risk; and ways of avoiding or mitigating risks. Other topics include monitoring and reporting, sustaining commitment, resource reallocation, balancing time versus quality, performance measurement, and change management.
Do you want to know more about how goods and services are acquired in the project management environment? Examine the procurement planning and management process in its entirety, from request-for-proposal planning to final contract close-out. Learn how to evaluate potential sources for external procurement. Explore strategies for contract selection; risk assessment; negotiation; and administration; as well as the challenges that can arise during the life cycle of a contract. Discover effective techniques for controlling quality and cost, while measuring the performance of major contractors. Other topics include legal issues; product liability and risk; tender documents; invitation to bid; bid response and evaluation.
Get hands-on project management experience via a multiple team project simulation. Practice project management methodology and techniques in developing solutions to project management challenges. Apply strategies to: project management prior to initiation; risk management; resource/vendor considerations; change management; portfolio management; outsourcing and contracts; team change responses; merger and acquisitions; and global and virtual team project management.
Complete at least nine units. Choose from any of the following areas.
In Controlling Project Costs and Risks, fundamentals of cost and risk management were examined. Now, dive deeper into the topic with advanced cost and risk techniques used by senior project practitioners in larger project environments and global/virtual project environments. Discover more effective strategies for project initiation and decision making. See how previous techniques like Earned Value and PERT can be combined into powerful tools to manage costs and related risks. Learn how to be even more effective at identification of project risks and opportunities. Participants will complete a short case study of a major project with a focus on cost and risk management.
This course will use a case study approach that makes the subject interesting and engaging.
Immediate skills you will take away from this course include:
- a project recovery methodology
- a means of discerning important team cultural differences
- an ethical decision making framework
- how to use, apply, and create case studies
Understanding organizational stability and agility is an essential skill for all program and project managers. In this course you will gain an overview of the power tools used in Agile methods and explore iterative, lean, and Agile practices.
Go beyond the ‘text’ of books available on the subject and be able to:
There is a growing trend in organizations toward a more conscious approach to business, where successful organizations are adopting a Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM) approach. This approach takes into account the needs of all stakeholders and seeks win/win solutions in business decisions so that all stakeholders are treated equally and benefit from the organization’s success. Organizations that take this approach tend to significantly outperform competitors. The project management profession is also moving in this direction, and this course will provide students with the knowledge, tools and techniques to effectively work in the new, more enlightened, environment. Students will learn the importance of communication, leadership and motivation in the pursuit of project success.
Project Managers who are responsible for the planning, design, and construction of an installation or infrastructure must understand the fundamentals of construction project management.
In this course you will:
Study the history of construction
Understand the construction processes with a special emphasis on those recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI)
Develop an understanding of equipment and machinery, and the various building materials and methods
Apply techniques that will help you to manage the following processes: planning and design; contract development and administration
Understand the fundamentals of negotiating, legal aspects, human resource management, safety, project planning, time management, resource management, procurement and risk management
Learn how to implement quality assurance programs
Students will demonstrate their knowledge and apply the tools learned in a case study.
Note: This course provides 27 education hours.
Explore how to successfully monitor project and program performance through Earned Value Project Management (EVPM). EVPM gives customers and suppliers the ability to track technical aspects, cost, and schedule. It also integrates cost, schedule and technical aspects into programmatic report synopses. Gain the tools used to conduct analysis of contractor-supplied documentation. Discover how to track progress and get information on cost and schedule performance data—including a visual depiction of budget efficiencies for both time and dollars. Discuss industry-recognized standards for monitoring work performance and strategic planning. Learn how you can measure accomplished efforts against the plan for management to effectively make risk management decisions.
Technology can help you to effectively manage your next project. In the foundational project management course, you examined the fundamentals of basic planning techniques, including the development of project scope, scheduling and cost baseline. Now, explore the capabilities of Microsoft Project (MSP) 2016 as a tool to better help you plan, schedule, control, analyze and track your project. Go beyond the basics and use the scheduling software to practice the skills you are learning with a real-life case study. Effectively develop a work breakdown structure (WBS) through employment of the scheduling tool to plan, assign resources to tasks, track progress, manage the budget and analyze workloads.
Immediate skills you will take away include:
When the course begins, students will provided access to download MSP 2016 for the duration of the course.
The material is only applicable to those who use at least MSP version 2013.
Are you responsible for developing and executing large projects for your facility? Gain a fundamental understanding of how to use project management concepts in the development, design, and operation of facility-related projects. Learn basic project management processes and procedures and how to apply those processes to the various elements of facility management. Explore project management best practices to improve organizational performance. Learn how and why project management fits into a program of continuous quality improvement in facility management. Discussions will cover the planning, coordination, implementation, close-out, and evaluation of facility-related projects.
How can you keep your technical communication project on track when the goal is always changing? Let an experienced project manager teach you how to tame your wild project. Learn to do document needs analysis, productivity metrics, project estimation (cost and timeline), and progress tracking and reporting. Get hands-on practice on a course project (a cost and timeline estimate) you will create from a set of starting requirements. For your convenience, homework assignments will build toward the course project, and you can do the coursework online at any time of day.
Learn new strategies to more successfully negotiate. Explore what gives rise to a negotiation and how to discern the objectives of a negotiation. Discuss the conflict spectrum and various default styles people resort to in conflict. Assess your own personal negotiation style in class and compare your results with others. Gain an understanding of how interests, strategy and tactics all tie into relationships, and how you can determine whose interests need to be satisfied in the negotiation and to what extent. Discover practical tools in collaboration; bargaining; power and leverage; and influence strategies; and take home tips for negotiation in specific contexts like email or cross-cultural negotiations, as well as post-negotiation concerns.
Being able to communicate your ideas accurately and persuasively is essential in the business environment. Explore the communication skills necessary to be productive in today's complex workplace. Discover how to analyze and address a range of audiences. Learn the basics of speech organization, body language, vocal variety and speaking without preparation. Improve your interactions, one-on-one and in meetings. Topics include recognizing and responding to nonverbal messages; personal vs. position power; negotiation; accommodating individual differences (age, culture, gender); giving and receiving constructive criticism; understanding group dynamics and team development; professional writing skills; and presentation skills.
Learn effective written communication techniques used by professionals in managerial or senior level roles. This course focuses on the impact of writing, not the rules of grammar or style. Assess your writing skills through individual and group projects. Gain hands-on experience developing new skills for various writing scenarios such as: preparing updates using PowerPoint, organizing data, writing proposals and reports, making introductions, coordinating projects via email, drafting and editing group documents, and preparing "dreaded" communication. Topics include document formatting, problem solving, and communication with an emphasis on saving valuable time and "making your point."
Effective managers realize that organizational success is based on so much more than the contributions of its individuals alone. Success is based on the effective management of “teams” working together to achieve common goals. Knowing how to build, influence and lead teams can increase business performance to exceed goals and objectives. Explore the responsibilities, functions and skills required of managers today. Learn how to hire, train and lead teams efficiently and effectively. Boost teamwork and morale using proven communication, planning and goal-setting strategies. Identify leadership styles, and learn to adjust yours to motivate employees and increase their productivity. Tackle challenges, solve problems and mediate differences using practical management tools and techniques.
The ability to transform and adapt as leaders is essential today. Focusing on transformation from the inside out, students will assess how they show up as leaders (“Way of Being”) and how they get work done (“Way of Doing”), both equally important for leadership success. Transformational Leadership focuses on the development of competencies in six intelligence areas: Cognitive, Emotional, Relational, Somatic, Spiritual and Integrative. It uses assessment and experiential coaching/development techniques to build self-awareness and mindfulness.
Do you manage software development efforts? Explore both soft skills and organizational tools required to lead and manage software projects. You will learn: approaches to estimating, planning, and tracking software projects; the distinctions between agile vs. disciplined and waterfall vs. iterative. Reflecting the software industry's generally recognized practices, the course concentrates on agile development models. In covering the basics of business for a software project, the courses uses industry consensus standards such as SWEBOK, PMBOK(r).
As the third course in the Software Engineering Management certificate sequence, this course focuses on managing the software development process and delivering high quality products on time and within budget. You will learn various software development processes; methodologies (traditional and agile); software development; software testing and QA; and software release management. Also, you'll discover the software project planning process, various software implementation and testing stages, metrics collection for reworks and cost estimate, software quality assurance, and software version control.
This course focuses on business and process perspectives. It is designed for senior technical contributors in preparation for their expanded leadership responsibilities. Topics include: disciplines and workflows associated with requirements gathering and analysis; the skills, processes, and methods recommended in successfully planning and designing a software project that meets customer time and budget requirements; stakeholder analysis; software and system architecture context; translating requirements into design elements; and issues of organization, value, and quality.
Explore in detail the topics relevant to a Project Manager in the Engineering field. Topics include; initiation, execution, and closure of an Engineering Project.Review the “big picture”, aspects of a given project as well as the organizational and human components of project management. Essential concepts of System Engineering, key to optimal execution of a project,will also be discussed. Targeted towards experienced engineers and project management professionals. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have the skill to manage an engineering project.
Familiarize yourself with the theory and management of systems with an emphasis on logistics support systems. The course covers both military and civilian logistics systems. Additionally, there will be highly qualified speakers who are recognized in logistics due to their extensive and successful experience, leadership, and professionalism. The goal of this training is to provide a comprehensive overview of integrated logistic support and its application within the system management process.
Intended for managers, engineers, and technical specialists who desire a broader understanding of the systems engineering process and its management applications, students will examine typical system life cycles and acquisition processes, engineering management planning, tools for technical program planning and control, and activities within the systems engineering process.
Do you need a thorough understanding of system requirements as a prerequisite for developing detailed design features? Learn the four strategies, flowdown, freestyle, cloning, and structured analysis, which are applicable to systems of all sizes and a wide range of types. The material covered in class can be applied to hardware and software systems. You will learn a progressive requirements writing style to reduce the administrative burden on creative design engineers and analysts as you become familiar with applicable documents analysis and streamlining, requirements verification and traceability, and requirements analysis management.
The tools and skills in project management and business analysis are applicable to all industries. Learn about these dynamic fields from Project Management Institute (PMI) representatives. Discover the basic components of these disciplines, career paths, and the various certification opportunities.
Whether you are considering a career in project management or are ready for your next career opportunity, consider fine tuning your skills in business analysis. In this joint session, learn about the relationship between project managers and those engaged in business analysis functions. Gain an understanding of these growing fields, career trends, and how both skill sets contribute to the success of a project.
Each participant may receive a discount on an upcoming introductory Project Management or Business Analysis course!
For more information please contact: ProjMgtProgram@ucsd.edu or call Angela Cook at 858-534-8133.
In the Project Management capstone course, Project Management Simulation, participants gain hands-on project management experience via a team project simulation. This course allows students to practice project management methodology and techniques in developing solutions to project management challenges. Students apply strategies to: project management prior to initiation; risk management; resource/vendor considerations; change management; portfolio management; outsourcing and contracts; team change responses; mergers and acquisitions; and global and virtual team project management.
Students are also encouraged to take a next step by taking advantage of our partnership with University of Wisconsin-Platteville, which allows graduates of our Project Management Certificate program to transfer up to twelve units toward the fully online M.S. in Project Management. If you are interested in taking this next step, be sure to check out all transfer requirements: www.uwplatt.edu/files/distance-education/PDF/Transfer-Agreements/PM/uc-san-diego-extension.pdf.
Project Management Essentials or Project Management Boot Camp is required to advance to other project management courses. A student who has met the necessary pre-requisite, or who already has the PMP credential, is welcome to enroll in any individual class of interest. In order to request to bypass a pre-requisite, please email ProjMgtProgram@ucsd.edu.
Any student working toward the Project Management Professional Certificate must elect to take every course for a letter grade. As of Fall, 2016, a grade of Pass is not acceptable toward the certificate. If you have registered for a course and selected a Pass/No Pass grade option, and you would like to apply that course toward the certificate, you can submit a grade change request in writing to the Student Services office directly by sending an email message to email@example.com. Students are allowed to change their credit status for a particular course at any time, up to and including the final course meeting. Keep in mind that any work already completed in this certificate program, before Fall, 2016, will be counted, as long as long as you passed, whether you received a pass or a passing letter grade.
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UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.
Courses can be used to satisfy the Professional Development Unit (PDU) requirement needed by Project Management Professional (PMP) credential holders. For information on PMP certification, the PMBOK and PDU requirements, visit PMI at pmi-sd.org.
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