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Comprehensive Project Management Course

Course Details

This course is aligned with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – 6th edition.

Format Section Dates Day & time




January 8 - April 9, 2018

Mondays and Thursdays
(Jan. 8, 15, 18, 22,29; Feb. 1, 5, 10,12,19,26; March 1,5,12,15,19,24,26,29; April 9)
(Feb. 10; March 17)
Regular 781

January 10 – June 6

Wednesdays: 6 pm - 9 pm

Intensive Format

13 weeks, including 19 evening sessions (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) and 2 full Saturdays.
Includes one introductory MS Project lab session (3hrs) plus MS Project E-learning package.

Regular Format
22 weeks, including 22 sessions of 3 hours each (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.), 1 night per week + 2 full-day Microsoft® Project Level 1 & 2 Lab sessions of 6 hours each (2 Saturdays). Alternatively, MS Project training can be completed on-line as a self-study option using MS Project E-learning package included with the course.

Location: McGill Campus, Downtown Montreal
Fee:  $1,595*
Alumni fee: $1,355*
Course Number: CENG 221
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 16
PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs): 160 (88.00 Technical, 24.00 Leadership, 48.00 Strategic)

Fees for non-credit courses apply


This course is part of the Professional Development Certificate in Project Management. For more information, click here.

If you wish to register for an individual course without being admitted to the program, please click here for registration instructions.


This course addresses the fundamental principles of project management, and the tools and techniques at our disposal to help achieve our goals.

These principles, largely developed and tested on engineering projects, are being successfully applied to projects of all sizes and types within the business world.

They are also fully aligned with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide), published by the worldwide Project Management Institute (PMI).


At the end of this course students are able to:

• Formulate a project plan which will guide the project to completion, while addressing key management issues;
• Evaluate a project and its environment, assess its true status, pinpoint real issues, and implement corrective action;
• Use MS Project to prepare a clear project plan, and to communicate project progress and status;
• Understand inherent tradeoffs between time, costs, scope and resources;
• Provide insight on how project collaborative tools may be used to radically change the way project information is exchanged through the web;
• Articulate the key role, responsibilities and skills required of a successful Project Manager;
• Apply techniques for building and leading effective, self-motivating project teams;
• Prepare a risk assessment and mitigation strategy;
• Demonstrate a solid understanding of the underlying principles of project management on which the PMI® standard PMBOK® Guide is based;
• Meet the project management educational requirements to be eligible for a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Credential. For more information on PMP® eligibility, click here.

Topics Covered

• Project definition and start up;
• Planning, scheduling and estimating;
• Approval process, including testing for alternatives;
• Project information and control systems;
• Resource selection and allocation, implementation;
• Post-project evaluation;
• Project management as a career;
• Skills and knowledge required by professionals, including decision-making and resource allocation appropriate to project phases;
• Integration with other disciplines, including accounting and finance.

Includes basic training in the use of Microsoft Project software for planning and tracking your projects.


Robert Abbott (regular section)

Lloyd Bartlett (intensive section)


For information regarding tuition payment please refer to: Student Accounts

Third Party Billing

If you have an agreement with your employer whereby the company should be billed directly for your course fees, please refer here for instructions on initiating a Third Party Sponsorship.

Course Drop/Withdrawal Policy

  • Any time prior to the 1st class: Course Drop Period with Full Refund.
  • After the 1st and before the 2nd class: Course Drop Period with Refund minus $20 fee.
  • After the 2nd class: Course Withdrawal with No Refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any pre-requisites for this course?
There are no pre-requisites for this course. Students are expected to have access to the Internet.
Do I need to purchase any course material?
You may expect to pay $120.85 for a mandatory CoursePack, available for purchase at the McGill Bookstore. Further details will be available from your instructor at your first class.
Are there any additional recommended readings?
Any additional recommended readings will be suggested by your instructor in class.
Where is my class being held?
Classes are held on the McGill Downtown Campus. Click here here for a map of the McGill campus.
You can look up your classroom location at any time on Minerva Class Schedule.
Will I obtain an attestation of completion?
This course will appear on your McGill transcript. You will be graded. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an attestation from McGill University, indicating the number of CEUs and PDUs earned.
What are CEUs?
CEUs are Continuing Education Units. A Continuing Education Unit is a measure of the number of hours of participation - contact and/or study - in an organized Continuing Education activity. One CEU represents ten hours of participation. Participants who successfully complete the Comprehensive Project Management course earn 16 CEUs.
What are PDUs?
The PDU is the measuring unit used to quantify Project Management Institute®-approved learning and professional service activities. One PDU is earned for each contact hour spent in a structured learning experience or activity relevant to project management. These PDUs may be applied by PMI® Project Management Professionals (PMP)® towards their maintenance of certification under the PMI® Continuing Certification Requirements Program (CCR). Click here to visit the PMI website and find out more. Participants who successfully complete the Comprehensive Project Management course earn 160 PDUs.
Can I take this course without being evaluated?
If you do not wish to be evaluated, you can fill out a Request for Non-Evaluation form at the Department prior to the second class. Your McGill transcript will show a grade of NE (Not evaluated). You will find the Request for Non-Evaluation form here. Note that students who request non-evaluation will not receive an Attestation of successful completion from McGill University, nor will they be granted CEU's.

PMP and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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