Project Schedule and Budget Control
The success of projects and the project management team is often measured through achieving the targeted projects’ time, cost and scope which have been set or estimated during the initiation of the projects. Therefore, it is critical to know the basic knowledge, tools and techniques for developing a proper project scope, scheduling and budgeting that scope, and finally control that schedule and budget over time. This course introduces attendees to the underlying principles and practice of managing project schedule and budget. It covers the body of knowledge needed for effective management of projects addressing techniques for project planning, scheduling and budgeting, managing resources, project progress reporting and project control such as earned value management (EVM).
The course includes a number of practical exercises to reinforce attendees’ understanding of the relevant concepts and techniques and to allow application of the gained knowledge to real-life projects. The exercises are conducted as a combination of tutorials and activities that step through the various activities, focusing on schedule, resources and budgeting management. The course is ideally suited to those who are new to project scheduling, budgeting and control methods such as EVM—no prior knowledge or experience is assumed.
Duration: 3 days
Delivery mode: Classroom
In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the Professional Education Course Unit for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.
What you will receive:
- Comprehensive course notes
- UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*
- Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
- Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education short courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs.
Affiliated courses: Introduction to Project Management (3 days)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Anyone requiring an understanding of project management, including, but not exclusive to;
Aspiring project managers
Capability development staff
Project Management Framework
Introduction to project management | The project management context | Project scope, cost, and time management | Critical Path Method (CPM) | Earned Value Management (EVM)
Introduction to Project Management
Reviewing project management concepts
Initiation | Scope planning | Scope definition | Scope verification | Scope change control
Activity definition | Activity duration estimating | Activity sequencing | Schedule development | Schedule control
Critical Path Method
Schedule Network Analysis | Activity of Node | Activity on Arrow
Resource Optimisation Techniques | Resource levelling | Resource smoothing | Schedule Compression Techniques (e.g., Crashing)
Cost estimating | Cost baseline | Budgeting | Cost control
Earned value management (EVM) | Earned Schedule (ES)
Project Scheduling Exercise 1
An exercise with a simple scope to reinforce schedule management and CPM.
Project Resource Management Exercise 2
An exercise with a simple scope to reinforce resource management and resource levelling and smoothing techniques.
Project Budgeting Exercise 3
An exercise focussed on project cost management, development of cost baseline and project budget.
Project Control Exercise 4
An exercise to reinforce project control techniques such as EVM and ES.
Project Management Exercise 5
An integrated exercise to reinforce all the concepts and techniques in a logical and sequential manner by applying them to manage a real simple project.
Dr Alireza Abbasi is a lecturer with the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT), the University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia), Canberra. He obtained his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2012 before joining UNSW. He is currently the postgraduate coordinator of Master of Project Management in SEIT. Dr Abbasi has written a book, three book chapters and over 45 technical journal and conference papers. His research interest covers a wide range of topics in management science, organisation and network science and information systems management. Dr Abbasi is a member of Australian Institute of Project Management (MAIPM).