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Get the Project Management Skills You Need in Four Days


This intensive course will examine the basics of putting together a well-defined, planned, and executed project. Students will learn how to define, plan and execute a project whether the goal is simple or complex; gain the tools and knowledge for delivering projects on time and on budget, while meeting performance specifications; explore the basic components of project management and the project life cycle. This course will also help students determine the correct project through strategic portfolio analysis; create a successful charter; assemble and manage a team; analyze and control risk; monitor project milestones; and close out the project.

This course is aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge, and will provide 35 education hours, the amount necessary to be eligible to sit for the PMP certification exam. This course will provide a solid review of the PMBOK guide, but is not an exam prep course.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the characteristics of a project and be able to contrast it with a business process
  • Understand the challenges of balancing project constraints (i.e., time, cost, scope, quality, and risk)
  • Distinguish the differences between projects, programs, and portfolios
  • Recognize and describe the PMBOK® project management five process groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing) and ten knowledge areas
  • Articulate the roles and skill sets of the effective project manager practitioner
  • Specify the ethical responsibilities of the professional project manager
  • Identify those organizations, including the Project Management Institute (PMI), that offer certification programs for project managers and the process for obtaining such certifications
  • Develop awareness of factors that impact projects, including leadership, the organization, team dynamics, and power
  • Work with basic project management documents, such as the project charter, the work breakdown structure (WBS), the project management plan, and the lessons learned report


Learning Formats

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Hybrid In-class:
Traditional in-person class meetings at one of our campus locations with access to our online learning portal, "Canvas." Classes typically meet one evening a week, so working professionals can attend without having to take time off from work. Schedules can vary, so be sure to check the schedule before enrolling. Click on the “In-class” section below to view location, dates, and times.



Live Online:
Fully online instructor-led training using live virtual class meetings via Zoom or Virbela conferencing systems. Click on the “Live Online” section below to view details of the online meeting times and instructor information.

Note: Not all formats may be available every quarter.



The Project Management Boot Camp is typically offered in one of the following scheduling options. Please be sure to check the meeting schedule for section you are registering for. Each format provides 35 hours of education in total.

  • Four consecutive all-day sessions: Usually Monday-Thursday

  • Four Saturday sessions: Four all-day sessions scheduled on Saturdays only

  • Two week format: Four all-day sessions over a two week period

Practical Training vs. Test Prep


While UC San Diego Extension's Project Management courses can be used to earn PDUs and certainly help students to prepare for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) certification exams, UCSD Extension's classes are not meant to be a test prep. Instead, our classes are application oriented and teach best practices to use the tools and techniques in your career. An exam prep course is solely focused on passing the CAPM or PMP exam. The Project Management Boot Camp provides students with an overview of the body of knowledge and teaches students how to apply the various project management tools and techniques. Education hours acquired during our course can be used to satisfy education requirements for the PMP exam.

The PMP and CAPM exams are administered solely by PMI. For more on the PMP or CAPM exams, please go to and review the Project Management Institute's Project Managment Professional Handbook.

Other Credits: 35 hours of continuing education credit

Note: This course satisfies the prerequisite requirement for Project Planning and Scheduling (BUSA-40715) and Project Cost Management (BUSA-40970).

For questions about this course, please contact

Course Number: BUSA-40950
Credit: 3.50 unit(s)
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