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Project Management Fundamentals


Learn why project management has been proven to be the most effective method of delivering projects within cost, schedule, and resource constraints.  This intensive and hands-on course gives individuals without much project management experience the skills to ensure your new projects are completed on time and on budget.

Professionals with the training to successfully plan and manage projects continue to be in high demand at top employers. Anyone working in a professional setting can benefit from project management training. Whether you're a full time project manager or simply oversee occasional projects for your organization, USC’s training can help you become a more skilled and sought after project manager. USC’s project management class addresses critical topics such as how to plan, manage, document, and close out projects successfully while minimizing risk.

Participants will gain a strong working knowledge of the basics of project management and be able to immediately use that knowledge to effectively manage work projects. Join the ranks of professional project managers! 


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Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PE15-2021: Project Management Fundamentals
 Dates: Monday / Tuesday: 06/08/15 - 06/09/15
 Times: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
 Fee: $595.00
 Session(s): 2
 Notes: Approximately one week before the course start date, you will be emailed course location and parking information.

 Course: PE15-2001: Project Management Fundamentals
 Dates: Monday / Tuesday: 11/02/15 - 11/03/15
 Times: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
 Fee: $595.00
 Session(s): 2
 Notes: Approximately one week before the course start date, you will be emailed course location and parking information.

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Curriculum Overview:

Day 1 or Week 1

  • Lesson 1: Getting Started with Project Management
    • Describe a Project
    • Describe the Project Management Life Cycle
    • Identify the Role of a Project Manager
  • Lesson 2: Initiating a Project
    • Determine the Scope of a Project
    • Identify the Skills for a Project Team
    • Identify the Risks to a Project
  • Lesson 3: Planning for Time and Cost
    • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
    • Sequence the Activities
    • Create a Project Schedule
    • Determine Project Costs

Day 2 or Week 2

  • Lesson 4: Planning for Project Risks, Communication, and Change Control
    • Analyze the Risks to a Project
    • Create a Communication Plan
    • Plan for Change Control
  • Lesson 5: Managing a Project
    • Begin Project Work
    • Execute the Project Plan
    • Track Project Progress
    • Report Performance
    • Implement Change Control
  • Lesson 6: Executing the Project Closeout Phase
    • Close a Project
    • Create a Final Report



Meet the Instructor  

 Troy Penny

Troy S. Penny is a certified Project/Program Manager currently serving as the Vice President of Education and a board member for the Project Management Institute (PMI-Midlands).

He has over 30 years of IT leadership and project management experience both in private business and while serving with the Department of Defense in the United States Air Force. 

His industry experience with Fortune 500 companies spans the health care, manufacturing, transportation, services, aerospace and telecommunications fields.

He is currently serving as a Program Manager at BlueCross BlueShield of SC where he develops and manages both strategic and tactical information technology projects across multiple lines of business.

He also works with the University of South Carolina Department of Continuing Education and Conferences as an adjunct instructor for project management fundamentals and advanced PMI® certification classes.

Prior to his current roles, he was the Vice President of Solutions Delivery for Computer Extension Professionals and served as the Director of Information Technology for KoSa North America.

Troy frequently donates his expertise to community and charitable organizations. He works with the Sisters of Charity Foundation in partnership with Columbia College to provide mentorship in project management to nonprofit organizations. In 2014 he donated his time to the Diocese of Charleston serving as the Project Manager and organizer for the first ever Catholic Men’s Conference held in the State of South Carolina.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and completed his post graduate coursework in The Management of Information Technology at Furman University.  He holds a current PMP® certification with the Project Management Institute and was previously certified as an Information Systems Auditor with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.


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