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Comprehensive Project Management Course

Course Details:

Duration: 22 sessions of 3 hours each (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm), 1 night per week (choice of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings) + 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.

January 5 - June 15, 2015 (Mondays)  (section 751) – Dulce Oliveira
January 7 - June 3, 2015 (Wednesdays)  (section 771) – Robert Abbott
January 8 - June 4, 2015) (Thursdays)  (section 781) – Andrew Chasse

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: McGill Campus, Downtown Montreal
Fee: $1,495.00 CAD
Course Number: CENG 221D1/D2
Credit Weight: 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs): 160



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. A schedule of lab times will be discussed with the instructor at the beginning of the course.


Robert (Bob) Abbott, MCPM

Bob is an experienced enterprise Senior Project Manager with over 30 years of Information and Technology experience within the telecommunications industry. Bob is a graduate of McGill University in computer science, and has his Masters Certification in Project Management from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He has been a change agent in the development and introduction of new agile processes, procedures and collaboration techniques within various Information and Technology organizations. He has also designed and delivered various types of corporate training to more than 2500 managers on enterprise project tools, processes and techniques.

Bob is a consultant and works with various corporations providing facilitation and specialized training for teams in both IT and non-IT domains. Bob has a passion for teaching and developing people, he challenges teams to think out of the box, and during his workshops uses creative approaches to build an atmosphere of trust and creative thinking.

Dulce Oliveira

Dulce Oliveira is an experienced senior project manager and trainer and an ongoing lecturer at McGill’s Continuing Education program. Her 25-year career in the telecommunications industry has spanned project management, quality assurance and business analysis.

Ms Oliveira has led project teams focused primarily on IT, including the successful delivery of projects in the year 2000 portfolio; she has led several facets of project management offices and was involved in obtaining Level 3 certification of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) for her organization’s project delivery methodology.

In addition to her IT experience, Ms Oliveira has developed an interest in the area of human resources programs; this led her to collaborate in a leadership development workshop, targeting a group of more than 2,000 management employees. Dulce is passionate about the inter-relationship between project management and the impact of leadership on organizational results.

Dulce is one of the founding members of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the Business Analysis profession. She contributed to the elaboration of the BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) which is the basis for the CBAP™ (Certified Business Analysis Professional) exam. She recently completed a 3-year commitment as VP – Professional Development in the IIBA – Montreal chapter.

Ms. Oliveira has delivered project management and rapid development consulting services to various organizations, including Aliant and Pratt & Whitney.

Ms. Oliveira is an advisory board member of Project World and Business Analysis World Canada. She presents regularly to their annual conference, most recently on the topics of Rapid Development and the value of a project management office.

Ms. Oliveira is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)

How to register:

Please take a moment to carefully read the registration instructions below:

  1. Print and complete the Comprehensive Project Management (CENG 221 D1/D2) Registration Form [.pdf]
    Before submitting your registration please verify that all information is legible, that you have signed both forms and that the supporting documents have been photocopied correctly.

  2. How to submit your registration:
    - By pdregistrations [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) to pdregistrations [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca (please scan and attach clear copy of documents)
    - By mail or in person to:
    Department of Career and Professional Development
    McGill University School of Continuing Studies
    688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1199
    Montreal, Quebec  H3A 3R1
    Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Fridays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Should you have any questions or concerns about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at 514-398-6200 or by pdregistrations [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email)


Fees may be paid by Visa, Mastercard or AMEX. We also accept payment by personal cheque.

For all other inquiries, please contact 514-398-5454 or pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Third Party Sponsorship:

Companies paying fees on behalf of their employees may be eligible for a tax deduction in accordance with Bill 90, or for the refundable training tax credit. To find out more, click here.

If you have an agreement with your employer whereby the company should be billed directly for your course fees, please refer to the Student Accounts Website for instructions on initiating a Third Party Sponsorship. You should submit all the required Third Party Sponsorship documents along with your registration.

Registration Deadline:

One week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class.
If you miss the registration deadline, please contact 514-398-5454 or pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing to pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received up to 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
No Refunds are issued if your cancellation request is received within 7 days of the start date of the workshop, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.
Please note that if no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.
McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

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 $150 for a mandatory course textbook, 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.
How are participants evaluated?
1. Assignments and quizzes (35%) 2. Group presentations (30%) 3. Attendance (20%) 4. Readings (10%) 5. Class Contribution (5%) There is no final exam. N.B.: This information is subject to change. You will receive a course outline on the first day of class explaining the evaluation method.
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.
What if I need to cancel my registration?
All cancellation & section change requests must be made in writing to Pdregistrations [at] mcgill [dot] ca. Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received prior the registration deadline - one week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class. Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received after the registration deadline - within 1 week (7 calendar days) prior to the 1st class. No refunds are issued after the first class of the course, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.

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