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Applied Project Management

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Applied Project Management

Program Overview

Are you looking for effective project management skills so that you can complete projects on time and on budget? This online program will provide you with practical and professional skills in all aspects of project management. Participants in this program often work as project managers, supervisors, or project coordinators and have project work experience that puts the learning into context - no matter what industry they work in.

PMISask Polytech is pleased to partner with the Applied Management Centre to bring you the applied Project Management program. As a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute (PMI®), the largest international professional association for project managers, this program provides the necessary training to apply for the PMP® or CAPM® credentials with PMI®.

We are also a Gold Seal Accredited Course Provider with the Canadian Construction Association, and the program is accredited for the maximum number of credits towards the Gold Seal Certification.

Program Details

The program is offered three times per year, starting in September, January and April. It is composed of six courses of varying lengths, which are taken over a 14-week period, although students have the option of completing it over several terms to a maximum of two years. The courses are designed to be taken in sequence to give you the opportunity to progressively work through the entire life cycle of a project - from initiation to closeout. The program finishes with a practical integration project. This final project provides an opportunity to demonstrate competency by consolidating the skills developed throughout the program. Students choose their own projects to complete the 12 required assignments. For more information, please download our Program Information Sheet.

Learn Online

You can access the online courses any time of day. There is no requirement to be online at a specific time, but you must follow the weekly pace. Each module begins on a Saturday and ends the following Thursday. During this time, participants should expect to spend approximately 15 hours per week on coursework and assignments.

The online courses use a wide variety of tools, such as discussion forums, blogs, email, group activities and online videos to increase interactivity between the participants. There is also collaboration with the instructor by email, phone and screen sharing.

Anyone can learn online, but online learning requires different skills than learning in a classroom. It's important to know what to expect, to understand how to succeed in online learning, and to identify any barriers that may hinder your learning in an online environment.

Is this Program Right for You?

Complete this questionnaire and watch this video to help you identify if learning project management online is appropriate for you at this time.

Instructors

All instructors have their Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential and many years' experience working as project managers and teaching project management.

Funding Options

This program is eligible for the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant which provides employers with training funds for their employees. To find out more call 306-775-7480 or visit economy.gov.sk.ca/job-grant.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions on the Applied Project Management Program are held quarterly. Everyone is invited to join us in person or online. The following information session is upcoming:

Thursday, November 30, 2017 
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

You can attend in person in RM 240, SaskPolytech Regina Campus, or online. Register for this session by emailing mary.jesse@saskpolytech.ca.

“PMI”, “Project Management Professional”, “PMP”, “Program Management Professional”, “R.E.P.”, and the PMI Registered Education Provider logo are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Upon successfully completing all courses in the program, you will be eligible to graduate and receive the Applied Certificate in Applied Project Management. Complete the application to graduate (pdf) and submit the form and fee to Registration Services.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Often as an applied project manager, you work in regulated indoor office environments, but you could visit work sites depending on the industry you are employed in.

The physical skills required depend on the type of project being managed. For example, if you are managing a construction project, you may need to climb ladders and would require the physical ability to do so.

What's the Work Like?

As a student and in this profession you will:
  • Plan, execute and close projects on time and on budget
  • Conduct research
  • Plan, direct, evaluate and reorganize an organization’s structure and/or activities.
  • Consult and meet with colleagues and clients.
  • Prepare and present proposals, reports and findings.
  • Assign, coordinate and review the work of others.
  • Recruit staff, evaluate staff.
  • Use leadership skills.
  • Use computer and presentation software on a regular basis.
  • Possibly travel.

Interests
Interests describe what people enjoy doing often in the course of a day. Individuals in this program often enjoy:

  • Persuading or directing others and taking a leadership role
  • Working in business
  • Working with details and numbers
  • Meeting clear standards for performance in concrete terms.

Values

Values describe what the potential students have a high regard for, what gives meaning to their work and their lives, and what things they will work hard for:

  • Success, both financial and social
  • Recognition for achievements
  • Accuracy and order in work, and managing large volumes of information
  • Taking risks to achieve a goal.

Aptitudes/strengths
Aptitudes or strengths are natural abilities, talents and general suitability for learning in a particular field. An example is a musical aptitude/talent where people have a natural ability; therefore, it is easier for them to develop skills in this area. Another example is mechanical ability. People with this natural talent are able to learn mechanical skills more easily than others who lack the suitability.

  • Verbal communication ability - speaking or writing so that others are interested and learn from you
  • Persuasive ability - talent for influencing others through words
  • Ability to motivate or lead others
  • Organizing ability - talent for collecting and organizing information and keeping track of large amounts of data

Entrance skills

A skill is learned and developed. It is the learned capacity to do something that has been practiced and worked on until it can be done easily. It is expected that individuals entering the program will have developed a reasonable level of skill in the following areas in order to successfully complete the program:

  • Supervisory skills in organizations or businesses
  • Making decisions which affect people or organizations
  • Managing time and money
  • Organizing large amounts of detailed information
  • An ability to organize a project into appropriate stages
  • An ability to follow up on project progress
  • Basic knowledge of project management software

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

Online courses start in September, January and April



Length: 14 weeks

Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Open Access

Note:

The School of Business recommends that students have basic computer literacy or Windows File Management.

Admission Method

Students do not apply to the program, but take courses part-time and apply to graduate once all courses are completed. View courses.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition can be paid per course before each course starts throughout the duration of the program, or as a lump sum upfront.

Students must have a computer with Internet access, Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), Microsoft Project (2003 or newer). Textbooks are optional for a small fee.

Tuition - $5,500
Software - approximately $200 plus tax
Textbook - approximately $10 (optional)

See Part-Time Studies.

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
PROJ 110
Project Initiation and Charter Development
1
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You will learn the terminology, formal processes, and a systematic approach to project management. You will learn to analyze project stakeholders. You will define project requirements, establish project objectives, estimate project scale, determine project constraints and assumptions, and define the project manager’s responsibilities and authority in a charter for a project that is relevant to your workplace.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): PROJ 110CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
PROJ 111
Project Planning, Scheduling & Budgeting
4
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You will develop practical project planning skills and knowledge through the systematic creation of a comprehensive project plan. You will identify and document project deliverables and tasks, estimate resources, develop a realistic project schedule, and create a complete project budget. You will learn to proactively manage project risks and use project management software.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): PROJ 110(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PROJ 111CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
PROJ 112
Project Execution and Control
3
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You will learn how to direct and manage project execution. You will develop the knowledge and skills to track project resources and tasks, evaluate and report project performance, and determine how to recover project variances and control changes. You will learn to plan and control project quality and perform quality assurance. You will also learn how to manage procurement processes and contracts on projects.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): PROJ 111(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PROJ 112CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
PROJ 113
Project Leadership & Communications
3
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You will develop practical leadership and communications skills required to manage project teams. You will learn to create, distribute, and store project information, and communicate effectively in mixed media. You will develop and use interpersonal skills to manage stakeholder expectations, motivate team members, negotiate agreements, and proactively manage relationships.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): PROJ 112(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PROJ 113CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
PROJ 114
Project Closing & Continuous Improvement
1
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You will develop the knowledge and skills to close a project and you will learn strategies for continuous improvement. You will learn to administer project closing processes and transfer a completed project to operations. You will also learn to adapt a scalable project management model to apply improve project management practices across your organization.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): PROJ 113(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PROJ 114CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning
PROJ 115
Applied Project Management Integration and Evaluation
4
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You will complete a final integration project in which you will apply formal project management process to initiate, plan, execute, control and communicate a project based on lessons learned from all of the courses in the program. You will combine all of the project management processes into a comprehensive project management approach. You will also demonstrate your knowledge of project management concepts and processes on a comprehensive final examination.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): PROJ 114(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): PROJ 115CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Prior Learning

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships

Additional Information

Part-Time Delivery

Students do not apply to this program, but take courses part time and apply to graduate (pdf) once all courses are completed.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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