Microsoft Project Course: Level 1

Microsoft Project courses in Sydney. Make managing your projects easy.

Microsoft Project helps you get started quickly and execute projects with ease. Learn Microsoft Project with Microsoft Project courses in Sydney – short courses created for you by the University of Newcastle.

The skills and knowledge acquired in this Microsoft Project course are sufficient for you to be able to use Microsoft Project to create a new project, enter and work with tasks and resources, create a schedule, and print effective project information. This Microsoft project course is an ideal introduction to using Microsoft Project before attempting more advanced features covered in Microsoft Project Course: Level 2.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this Microsoft Project training course you should be able to:

  1. Start Microsoft Project and identify how it works.
  2. Explain some of the key concepts associated with project management.
  3. Create a new project file in Project.
  4. Enter tasks into a project file.
  5. Create relationships between tasks in a project.
  6. Add resources, including labour, materials and equipment to a project.
  7. Understand and use resource assignment calculations.
  8. Assign resources to tasks using a number of different methods.
  9. Print various aspects of a project.
  10. Obtain help for Project whenever you need it.

Course Content

The following content will be covered in this Microsoft Project course:

Getting to Know Microsoft Project

  • How Project Works.
  • Starting Project in Windows.
  • Understanding the Project Start Screen.
  • The Project Screen.
  • Project Operations.
  • Using the Ribbon.
  • Showing and Collapsing the Ribbon.
  • Understanding the Backstage.
  • The Project Work Area.
  • Working With Views.
  • Working With Split Screens.
  • Understanding Sheet Views.
  • Working With Tables.
  • Gantt Chart View.
  • Working With Gantt Charts.
  • Understanding the QAT.
  • Working With the QAT.
  • Working With Project Files.
  • Exiting From Project.

Project Management

  • Tasks and Resources.
  • The Importance of Planning.
  • Understanding the Gantt Chart.
  • Computers and Project Management.

Creating a New Project in Microsoft Project

  • Steps in Creating a Project.
  • Understanding Your Project.
  • Creating a New Project File.
  • Calendar Options.
  • Changing Calendar Options.
  • Working With Calendars.
  • Modifying the Standard Calendar.
  • Entering Public Holidays.
  • Creating a New Resource Calendar.
  • Creating a New Task Calendar.
  • Setting Up Project Information.
  • Entering File Properties.

Creating Tasks in Microsoft Project

  • Understanding Tasks.
  • Understanding Scheduling Icons.
  • Case Study Tasks.
  • Reviewing the Project.
  • Entering Tasks.
  • Creating Summary Tasks.
  • Assignment – Creating Summary Tasks.
  • Working in a Sheet View.
  • Working With Summary Tasks.
  • Working With Task Views.
  • Examining Task Information.
  • Understanding Task Durations.
  • Entering Task Durations.
  • Checking Progress.
  • Entering Milestones.
  • Assigning a Calendar to a Task.

Scheduling in Microsoft Project

  • Understanding Task Dependencies.
  • Creating Dependencies Automatically.
  • Creating Dependencies in Task Entry.
  • Creating Dependencies in Task Information.
  • Creating Dependencies in a Sheet View.
  • Modifying a Schedule Using Dependencies.
  • Auto Scheduling Tasks.
  • Critical Path and Project Slack.
  • Viewing the Critical Path.
  • Examining Task Slack.
  • Understanding Lag Time.
  • Entering Lag Time.
  • Understanding Lead Time.
  • Entering Lead Time.
  • Inactivating a Task.

Resourcing a Project in Microsoft Project

  • Understanding Resources.
  • Entering Work Resources.
  • Entering Material Resources.
  • Entering Cost Resources.
  • Assigning Calendars to Resources.
  • Understanding Resource Availability.
  • Adjusting Resource Availability.
  • Changing the Unit Display.

Resourcing Concepts

  • Resource Assignment Calculations.
  • Task Types and Work Effort.
  • Creating a Simple Assignment.
  • Working With Fixed Unit Tasks.
  • Working With Fixed Duration Tasks.
  • Making Multiple Assignments.
  • Adding Additional Resources.
  • Adding More of the Same Resource.
  • More Resources in Multiple Assignments.
  • Understanding Effort Driven Scheduling.
  • Working With Non Effort Driven Tasks.
  • Working With Effort Driven Tasks.
  • Resource Assignment Summary.

Assigning Resources in Microsoft Project

  • Simple Resource Assignments.
  • Assigning Part Time Resources.
  • Understanding Work Contouring.
  • Specifying Resource Usage.
  • Contouring Work Hours.
  • Assigning Specific Work Times.
  • Work Times for Multiple Assignments.
  • Problem Assignments.
  • Assigning Resources in Task Information.
  • Assigning Resources in a Sheet.
  • Assigning Resources You Do Not Have.
  • The Case Study Resources.

Printing in Microsoft Project

  • Understanding Printing.
  • Previewing Before You Print.
  • Selecting a Printer.
  • Printing a Gantt Chart.
  • Printing Sheet Views.
  • Printing Tasks for Resources.
  • Printing Resources for Tasks.

Getting Help for Microsoft Project

  • Understanding How Help Works.
  • Using Tell Me.
  • Accessing the Help Window.
  • Navigating the Help Window.
  • Using Google to Get Help.
  • Printing a Help Topic.
  • Other Sources of Assistance.

Intended Audience

Providing comprehensive and thorough coverage of the basics of using Microsoft Project, this Project course is ideal for new or existing users seeking to learn Project tasks outlined in the course content.

Delivery Style

This Microsoft Project course is presented as instructor-led computer-based training in a Microsoft Windows environment. You’ll have dedicated access to a computer exclusively for your use so you can follow instructor training and work through examples.

Course Prerequisites

This Microsoft Project course assumes little or no knowledge of Microsoft Project. You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system such as navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening files, saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending the Basic Computer Skills Course before attempting this course.

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