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Project Management

Richard Bland College has created a Project Management Certificate program to meet the needs of this high-demand career field.

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This program teaches tangible skills that will prepare individuals for work in our global economy. Our quantitative courses are technology intensive to optimize effective engagement with complex systems and networks in most STEM oriented fields.

Richard Bland College’s Project Management Certificate is one of several stackable credentials and is a perfect addition to an Associate Degree at RBC. The Certificates are also great ways to begin your journey toward degree completion as you prepare for transfer into baccalaureate programs across Virginia.

About The Instructor

After earning a degree in Economics at Georgetown University, Dr. James Dumville spent 20 years in the US Air Force as a logistics officer–notably in charge of preparing Alaska, then England logistically for wartime mobilization. Retiring from the Air Force as a Colonel, Dr. Dumville went on to earn a Ph.D. in Management at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has taught logistics, accounting, economics and many other business subjects. Dr. Dumville also holds a Master’s Degree in Logistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

  • Introduction To Project Management (3 Credits)

    • Learning Objectives

      1. Identify best practices for project teams from an individual and team level – especially for technology-based workplace teams.
      2. Develop the overall goal and timetable for a project detailing team roles and responsibilities.
      3. Identify the key participants, both within the organization and from outside; identify the human resources and physical resources required; estimate activity durations and costs, and create a network diagram.
      4. Develop skills in formulating, planning, and tracking project events and event costs using an appropriate software package.
      5. Be able to monitor, control, adjust, compress, and close projects.
  • Team Building And Leadership (3 Credits)

    • Learning Objectives

      1. Understand the differences between a group and a team to foster the development of an integrated team from across functions, across departments, and from units external to the organization.
      2. Develop the leadership skills necessary to build and sustain high performing project teams by inspiring motivation, by providing vision and direction, and by helping team members to achieve and grow in their work areas.
      3. Understand group dynamics and the inter-group relations and talents that each member brings to the team effort and to disarm the dysfunctional nature of some team dynamics.
      4. Develop effective communications skills, emotional intelligence skills, and personal dynamic skills to build effective project management teams.
  • Project Risk Management (3 Credits)

    • Learning Objectives

      1. Identify the key roles and responsibilities of project team members in risk management and mitigation and be able to implement practical methods for risk identification.
      2. Perform a comprehensive project risk assessment analysis, both qualitative and quantitative, to include expected value, probability, impact, and distribution, and determine the appropriate response strategies based on this risk analysis.
      3. Understand effective decision-making while recognizing the various areas of flawed decision-making.
      4. Master the risk assessment techniques of decision analysis, decision-tree, probability/impact matrices, and cause and effect diagrams.
  • Logistics IT Applications (3 Credits)

    • Learning Objectives

      1. Evaluate transportation, inventory, and project management options via the use of SIMPLEX method of linear programming and executed via the LINDO software platform.
      2. Evaluate project management and logistics event scheduling options via the use of the Microsoft Project software platform.
      3. Integrate business, logistics, and project management via the SAP software platform.
  • Project Management Portfolio & Work Sample (4 Credits)

    • Learning Objectives

      1. Be able to integrate the various tools and techniques of Project Management, to include risk assessment and mitigation, with real company data.
      2. Understand and be able to master the quantitative and statistical techniques developed for project management event tracking across the supply chain that will culminate in a successfully project completion, using real company data.
      3. Prepare a Project Management report that encompasses all the areas of successful project management and present this report to senior management.

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