courseCertificate in Effective Planning and Scheduling

Learn How To Use Planning And Scheduling Tools

Creating an accurate schedule is more of an art than a science. However, there are some tools and techniques that you can use to be as precise as possible. This course will introduce you to the most commonly used tools and show you how to apply them to everyday scenarios. We recommend that you complete “Intermediate Project Management” before beginning this course.

This course will teach you how to use a variety of planning and scheduling tools, including the work breakdown structure, network diagrams, program evaluation and review technique (PERT), and Gantt charts. You will also learn how to properly estimate time, schedule resources, identify task dependencies, manage risks, communicate your schedule, and keep the schedule updated.

Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required per course.

Recognition & Accreditation

These courses are internationally recognized and accredited by the International Association of Online Training Standards (IAOTS). The courses offered by e-Courses4You are unique as they are taught in a step by step process enabling students to complete them quickly and easily, so that you can obtain your qualification sooner. All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion. e-Courses4You is committed to high completion rates and therefore 100% student satisfaction.


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What's Included

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What the course will teach you:

  • Define and create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Identify and understand task relationships
  • Estimate task durations and determine project duration
  • Construct a network diagram
  • Calculate the critical path of a project
  • Much more...

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Units Of Study

Certificate In Effective Planning and Scheduling

Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required per course.

Session 1: Course Overview

Learning Objectives

Session 2: Projects and Schedules

Making Connections

Session 3: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

What is a Work Breakdown Structure?
Sample WBS
The Role of a Work Breakdown Structure
Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
Steps for Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable-Based
Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Activity-Based
Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable/Activity-Based
Work Breakdown Structure Formats
Indented List
Organizational Chart
Work Breakdown Structure Numbering
Sample Numbering
What is a Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary?
Work Breakdown Structure Exercise

Session 4: Estimating Activity Durations

Estimating Tips and Techniques
Sample Spreadsheet
Gathering Resources
Activity List
Estimating Activity Durations
Tips for Increasing Estimation Accuracy

Session 5: Camping Case Study

Camping Case Study

Session 6: Identifying Task Dependencies

About Task Dependencies
Washing a Car
Key Questions
Dependency Definitions
Task Dependency Types
FS: Finish-to-Start
SF: Start-to-Finish
FF: Finish to Finish
Case Study: Trip to New York

Session 7: Aligning Resources with Activities

Resource Breakdown Structure
Sample Resource Breakdown Structure
Creating the Resource Breakdown Structure
Availability and Skills, Part One
Availability and Skills, Part Two
Availability and Skills, Part Three
Resource Calendars
Stages of Resource Scheduling
Considering the Constraints
Resource Turnover
Case Study: Planning an Outdoor Concert
Task Two
Task Three

Session 8: Project Planning

Network Diagrams
About Activity on Node Diagrams
Sample Activity on Node Diagram
About Activity on Arrow Diagrams
Sample Activity on Arrow Diagram
Critical Path Method
Sample Project
Creating a Network Diagram
Starting Network Diagram
Perform Forward Pass through Network
Perform Backward Pass through Network
Determine Slack
Establish the Critical Path
Critical Path Exercise
Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
The PERT Formula
Creating Time Estimates
Making Connections
The Value of PERT
About Gantt Charts
Sample Gantt Chart One
Sample Gantt Chart Two
Gantt Chart Exercise

Session 9: Scheduling Software

Choosing the Right Tools
How Do You Know What Software is Best For You?
Open Workbench
Microsoft Project

Session 10: Uncertainty and Risk Management

About Risk Management
Sample Risk Register
Risk Management Planning
Identification of Risk
Quantification of Risk
Responding to Risk
Monitoring and Controlling Risk
Mini Case Study
Pre-Assignment Review

Session 11: Communication Strategies

About Communication
Information Required
Tips for Successful Communication
Team Members
Project Stakeholders
Project Team
Other Special Target Groups/End Users
Cross-Functional Teams
Communication Exercise

Session 12: Creating a Viable Schedule

Creating a Schedule
Common Scheduling Problems (Part One)
Common Scheduling Problems (Part Two)

Session 13: Updating and Monitoring the Schedule

Schedule Updates
Frequency of Updates
Receiving Updates
Format for Updates
Format for Updates
Better Predicting
Schedule Monitoring
Case Study

Session 14: A Personal Action Plan

Starting Point
Where I Want to Go
How I Will Get There

Training Features

With eCourses4You's e-learning system, certification has never been simpler! You can be starting your IT career or taking your current IT skills to the next level in just a few short weeks. Our award winning learning system gives you all of the benefits of a live class at just a fraction of the cost.

eCourses4You’s courses include:


Expert Instructor-Led Training

eCourses4You uses only the industry’s finest instructors in the IT industry. They have a minimum of 15 years real-world experience and are subject matter experts in their fields. Unlike a live class, you can fast-forward, repeat or rewind all your lectures. This creates a personal learning experience and gives you all the benefit of hands-on training with the flexibility of doing it around your schedule 24/7.


Visual Demonstrations & Multimedia Presentations

Our courseware includes instructor-led demonstrations and visual presentations that allow students to develop their skills based on real world scenarios explained by the instructor. eCourses4You always focuses on real world scenarios and skill-set development.


Quizzes & Exam Simulators

eCourses4You’s custom practice exams prepare you for your exams differently and more effectively than the traditional exam preps on the market. You will have practice quizzes after each module to ensure you are confident on the topic you have completed before proceeding.

This will allow you to gauge your effectiveness before moving to the next module in your course. eCourses4You Courses also include practice exams designed to replicate and mirror the environment in the testing center. These exams are on average 100 questions to ensure you are 100% prepared before taking your certification exam.


Social Learning & Networking

eCourses4You has designed a world class Learning Management System (LMS) This system allows you to interact and collaborate with other students and eCourses4You employees, form study groups, engage in discussions in our NOW@ Forums, rate and “like” different courses and stay up to date with all the latest industry knowledge through our forums, student contributions and announcement features. This LMS is unmatched in the industry and makes learning fun and enjoyable.

Flash Cards & Educational Games

eCourses4You knows that education is not a one size fits all approach. Students learn in different ways through different tools. That is why we provide Flash Cards and Education Games throughout our courses. This will allow you to train in ways that keep you engaged and focused. Each course will have dozens of Flash Cards so you can sharpen your skill-sets throughout your training as well as educational games designed to make sure your retention level of the materials is extremely high.

Navigation & Controls

eCourses4You’s self-paced training programs are designed in a modular fashion to allow you the flexibility to work with expert level instruction anytime 24/7. All courses are arranged in defined sections with navigation controls allowing you to control the pace of your training. This allows students to learn at their own pace around their schedule.

System Requirements

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


Microsoft Windows XP, or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


OSX/iOS 6 or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems:

Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities (We recommend Google Chrome)