Professional and Continuing Education

Pawley Hall, Room 440G
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3177
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Project Management

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Professional and Continuing Education has been successfully providing Project Management training in line with current PMBOK guidelines for over 15 years. Our program is designed to equip aspiring professionals with the skills, knowledge, and industry connections needed to excel in the dynamic world of project management.

In 2016, our Project Management Principles course was listed among  Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs in the United States by Value


Course content questions:

Project Management Principles: Dean Baker, Instructor, [email protected]

Agile Project Management Principles and Practices: Manjinder Sodhi, Instructor, [email protected]

Registration questions:

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Project Management Principles

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Project Management Principles is an introductory course covering key predictive project management principles for students to begin building a foundation in project management. The class sessions and outside assignments generate 21 hours of education requirements. Students seeking PMP certification will also need to take the Agile Project Management course to earn an additional 21 education hours and meet the PMI’s 35-hour education requirement to sit for the PMP exam.

Course Structure The course is highly interactive, uses a “learn by doing” approach, and creates a high energy positive learning environment addressing cognitive and behavioral skills. The class consists of short lecture presentations followed by discussion or exercises performed as a class or small groups with report and discussion. As individuals students complete exercises between classes, which are shared and/or discussed in class. The purpose of the exercises is to apply the principles from the lectures to learn by doing. Every exercise includes a specially formatted worksheet (usually a single page) to organize results for reporting, consolidating, and comparing.

Course Materials
Project Management Principles aligns with the 6th and 7th editions of the PMBOK® Guide. The course includes the Predictive Projects eWorkbook 6th edition (450 + pages) consisting of topics, slides, and exercises covering the full spectrum of predictive project management from which selective topics are covered. Upon completion of the course students receive the instructor guide (150 + pages) which allows students to continue a self-study of topics not covered in the introductory course timeframe as prep for PMP exam.

PMP Certification Requirements
Four- year degree, three years leading projects, 35 hours project management education/training or CAPM® Certification


High School diploma or global equivalent, five years leading projects, 35 hours project management education/training or CAPM® Certification

Details on additional requirements to sit for the exam can be found on the PMI website.

Agile Project Management Principles and Practices

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As an Authorized Training Partner of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Oakland University offers the Agile Project Management Principles and Practices Course in a 100% live online, instructor-led format.

The course provides students with a solid foundation of Agile principles and practices. Throughout the course, students will be presented with best practices in Agile approaches including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Extreme Programming (XP), and Feature-Driven Development (FDD).

Oakland University's Agile Project Management Principles and Practices Course fulfills the PMI’s
prerequisite of 21 contact hours of training in Agile practices required to sit for the PMI-ACP Certification exam.

Why Agile?
As more organizations move towards flexible, value-driven cultures to deliver faster and better solutions that meet the customer requirements, the Agile approach provides cross-functional collaborative teams and engaged stakeholders to the organizations to meet the dynamic needs of the market. The need for “Organization Agility” has been never been greater. As reported by PMI in their "Achieving Greater Agility" report, "Organizations with high agility report more projects successfully meeting original goals and business intent".

The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® is the Project Management Institute’s fastest growing certification.

Course Objectives:
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the Agile mindset, practices, and principles.
  • Identify the best approach for a project and apply it to deliver successful solutions.
  • Apply the Agile Methodology to provide value-driven solutions to customers.
  • Engage with and manage stakeholders to provide transparency in decision making and
    success measurement.
  • Create a collaborative environment to build and manage high-performing and
    continuously improving agile teams.
  • Identify risks, problems, and issues that affect a project and engage the team to execute
    mitigation plans.

Prerequisites for PMI-ACP Exam:

  • Secondary Degree
  • 21 contact hours of training in agile practices
  • 12 months of general project experience within the last 5 years. A current PMP® or
    PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP.
  • 8 months of agile project experience within the last 3 years
Schedule and Pricing

Fall 2024 Courses (Live Online Format)

Students who are looking to sit for the PMP Exam will earn the 35 Project Management Education hours required by the Project Management Institute upon completion of both courses.

This live online course provides a live classroom environment in a virtual setting. Students meet synchronously with both course instructors and other students during class meetings. This best represents the type of real team environment encountered in today’s digital workplace while utilizing the 100% virtual model required in the current environment.

*Students who sign up for both courses will receive 15% discount code needed.

Project Management Principles

Dates: September 16 - October 3, 2024
Days: Monday/Thursday
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
*21 total contact hours
Location: Live Online via Zoom virtual meeting software
Course Cost: $900*
Books: An E-workbook will be included at no extra cost.

Agile Project Management

Dates: October 10 - 29, 2024
Days: Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
*21 total contact hours
Location: Live Online via Zoom virtual meeting software
Course Cost: $900*

*A 10% discount is available for OU alumni on individual course purchases and groups of 5 or more. E-mail [email protected] for information. Students are required to attend all class sessions in order to receive their 35 and/or 21 PDUS and a certificate.