Project Management Program Preview – Presented by McMaster University Continuing Education

– [Christine] Good morning
and welcome everybody. Thanks for taking the
time out of your day today to learn a little bit more about our Project Management Program. My name is Christine Stevens-Gopsill, and I’m a program manager here at McMaster Continuing Education and it’s a pleasure to have you here today. I hope that I can provide
you all of the information that you’ll need to move forward with the Project Management Program or are Agile Project Management Program that we have here as well. So let’s just get started with the agenda. The first part of our
presentation will focus on the different program options. Some of the new changes
in the certification and the PMP Certification
will be covered here. We will then hear from Bruce Garrod, an instructor with the
project management program. Then lastly, we’re just
going to take a look at some of the schedules and how to enrol and with the payment options. At the end I’ll answer any
questions that you might have and will provide an email address also, in case you have anything
further that you’d like to ask. So, the next slide. At McMaster we offer six
project management modules. Students who complete all six
modules within three years will earn a McMaster
Certificate of Completion. There had been some new and
exciting changes from the PMI to the module names and functions within each of the modules. And we’ll talk about that some more too. So the six modules are Project
Management Fundamentals, Project Leadership and Communication, Schedule and Cost
Control, Risk Management, Contract Management
Principles and Practices, and Quality in Project Management. Today’s session is not necessarily to review the curriculum
for each of the modules but rather to provide a
high level of information about the program. I encourage you to visit
our website to learn more about each one of the modules. And if you have specific
content questions, please reach out offline
using the information provided at the end of this presentation and I can help you answer your questions. So in terms of the course options, we have the three for you. The first option is the full cohort, and the full cohort means
that you take all six modules sequentially together in one term. The cohort model is our recommended way of completing the program
and your best option to learn all of the knowledge and skills needed to be a project manager. It’s also a great opportunity for allowing for like-minded professionals to do some networking and connecting. There is also a significant cost savings with doing it in this six module cohort as opposed to enrolling
in the individual modules, and we’ll also have early bird
pricing for the full cohort. The details on this can
be found on our website. So the second option available
to you, is a half cohort. So, the half cohort means that you can take modules
1, 2, 3 in one term, and then modules forward
to 6 in another term. Substituting modules is not
permitted in this format. By done bundling these three courses, you receive a package price rather than paying for
each course individually. So modules 4 to 6, just so that you know are offered in the fall, and the winter terms only. So now the next one and the next way that you can take this program is through completing individual modules. Some people like to rent out because of work concerns, or financial concerns, or time away from work. So for example, you could take
modules 1 to 2 in one term, then 3 and 4 in the next term, and then finish off with 5
and 6 in a subsequent term. The only stipulation, and this is a stipulation through the Project Management Institute, is that you must complete all six of the modules
within a three year window. So now let me tell you all about a combination plan. Did you know that you can combine our five Business Administration
core courses together with a completed Project
Management Program for a diploma in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management at McMaster University. The core courses can be done either before, or after you’ve completed the Project Management modules. Also too if you were looking at doing the Project Management modules, and want to combine in the core courses, as well, you can do that. The five core courses that we have here are available either
in-class, in the evenings or available online. The project management however, is only available in the in-class version. So now what we’re going to do, is we’re going to cover
some of the program details. About this get related
to the class schedules. So all of the modules are scheduled at the end of the work week, and into the weekend. Three-day modules will typically run Thursday, Friday, Saturday. And four-day modules will
run Friday, Saturday, Friday, Saturday in two consecutive weeks. We know that many of our
students work full time, so having a Saturday class minimizes the time you’re away from work, and this format also helps
gain employers (mumbles) and show some shared responsibilities with professional development. All of the sessions run from 9 to 4pm, at the One James North
Campus downtown Hamilton. So we are not on the
main campus in Hamilton, which is sort of in the West End, but rather we’re in the downtown sector. We do limit registrations
to about 25 students for everybody to get the best learning that they can get. And all of the work
happens in the classroom, which is beneficial to those
who are working full time. And you’re not required to do any readings outside of the class time. And so there’s lots of opportunities also, to work within groups
within the classrooms, within the class modules, which is really beneficial
to your learning. And we provide all of the
course materials to you, which is one less hassle for
you to have to worry about. So when you arrive on the first day of your first module (mumbles), all of materials will be at
the desk waiting for you. So now, here’s a little bit about our Project
Management Program, MDMI. So our Project Management Program is a registered education
provider with the PMI. And as many of you know, the PMI is widely
recognized internationally for the best practices
in project management. Our courses are also qualifying for the Professional Development Units, or sometimes what you’ll
be referred to as, PDUs, which the PMI credential holders require for evaluation credits. I assume most people are familiar with the PMP certification. So let’s take a look at what you need before you sit for the exam. In order to sit for the exam, you need to meet several criteria. You need a minimum of 35
hours of PM education. And our program here,
qualifies under the 35 hours that you’ll need. So depending on your education, whether you have a degree, whether you have a college diploma, whether you have an associate’s degree, or high school diploma, number of hours in actual project management experience that you’ll need, will differ. And typically for a four-year
undergraduate degree, you’ll need 4500 hours, or for a high school, or college diploma, you’ll need up to 7500 hours. And also too, you must pass the PMP exam. The other option that
we do have as well too, is an exam boot camp. And we suggest that you
would take the boot camp right before you take the exam, which is specifically designed
to help you pass the exam. To enrol in this boot camp you must have the project management educational hours of that 35 which is above there. And we actually do have a session for those of you who have
potentially workmates, or people in your office
that have already taken in or are to looking to write their exam. So we do have a session
actually next week, which is 21st and 22nd and also, on the 28th, 29th, 30th, so it’s a five day boot camp. The cost for this is 2499. And if you have any specific questions, you can either mail us, or check it out on our website. If you have specific questions about the PMP certification
or the PMP exam, we would suggest that you call the PMI. The PMI is actually the
source of information to go to for those kinds of questions, and because we offer the
academic qualifications, we’re not necessarily the person to go to for the institutional information, which is what you might need. So Agile Project Management, after two years of being away from the Agile Project Management courses, we’ve decided to offer
them again too, and so it’s a two-day course that focuses on agile methodology. And agile methodology
is a more fluid approach to managing different kinds of projects. It follows the same sorts of
lines of project management, but has a much more fluid approach, and allows for the ebbs and flows when managing project type of work. So our Agiles are typically
held in the late fall around the end of November. And so please stay tuned. We’re in the middle of arranging schedules for the upcoming year. But note that it probably will be offered around the third to
fourth week of November. But stay tuned to the website for that. And locations can be held in
different different areas. We have worked in Toronto for this before, in northern Toronto. We have also worked in the Hamilton areas for that course as well too, with all kinds of areas of success. So now let’s hear from
one of our instructors. So this is Bruce, and Bruce has over 20 years of experience
in project management. Bruce has his Project
Management Certification, and a Master’s certificate
in Project Management. He’s active in the members
of men with his membership, pardon me, of the Project Management Institute, and he’s an overall great guy. Let’s listen in on him speaking about his expertise with one
of our path program managers at the McMaster Continuing Education. – [Woman] I have Bruce
Garrod here with me, and Bruce has been a long time project management professional, and longtime instructor with
McMaster Continuing Education. I have about five short questions that I’d like to ask Bruce, and the number one question is, could you explain what
project management is, and why it’s important that businesses apply these principles. – [Bruce] Project Management really is about satisfying business requirements. What we do is, take a business objective, break it down to what work is required to satisfy that objective, put a schedule together with it, and a budget, quality plans, and so on. And ultimately going through those steps and making sure that
when the project is done, that those business requirements
have been satisfied. – [Woman] So project management
traditionally started out in construction, but has branched out into all facets of business. In education, healthcare, public services. So what are some of the new
trends in project management? And do you feel our program applies to these new trends within our modules? – [Bruce] Project management
is really been around forever. Could take it back to the
days of the Egyptians. It’s true, it started with construction. It really is, as you was in your question, to say that it’s involved
in every aspect now. So the trends, if I can put it that way, would be that we’ve
recognized the value of, identifying the work and
schedules and budgets, and improving the way
we complete that work. So I agree with your comment that it’s absolutely not
construction oriented. It really does apply to
any line of business. – [Woman] Would you say
that project management is only suitable for large
scale project managers, and how does our program fit for the smaller to medium scale projects. – [Bruce] It’s absolutely not
just for large scale projects. There’s benefits to be derived
for any size of projects. I would argue that you could do it for a multi-million-dollar
construction project, or if you’re planning to do a much smaller few-thousand-dollar
project at home. The process is the same, whether it’s for a large, or medium, or a smaller scale project. The goal is to identify
what needs to be done, as I was saying before, then developing a schedule, a budget, quality plans, communications plan. All projects, regardless of size, have those same components. It’s really just a matter
of the complexities of them, that come with the
magnitude of the project. – [Woman] And what would you
say are your two top takeaways from completing our
Project Management Program, as both a practitioner
and as an instructor. – [Bruce] Some of the
key takeaways that come from participating this in program, is the ability to identify what’s really important on a project, and focusing on those, and understanding who
our key stakeholders, and making sure that that’s the person that
we’re trying to satisfy. – [Woman] And finally,
you have a great history teaching modules with
McMaster Continuing Education. What are a couple of the success stories that you could share with us? – [Bruce] In one of our modules, there’s an opportunity for
people to do negotiations. And there was a young lady who was very timid and nervous
about doing negotiations, she went through probably
three or four steps, she went from almost
being on the edge of tears on the first one, to confidently conducting end negotiations on the third or fourth session. It was just, within a few hours blossomed into a skill that she
had no idea that she had. The other success story I’d refer to, is when people complete the program, and are then able to go on to obtain their PMI certification. It’s really rewarding to
hear after they’ve done that, that they’ve been able to
use the practical skills that they learned during the six modules, and then also to be able to carry on and understand the theory and successfully complete
their certification. – [Woman] Really great words of advice. Thank you, Bruce. – [Christine] So now to it. In conclude the presentation, we’ll quickly go over some
of the payment options. Enrolment is done directly online through our website, So click on enrol today, and follow the simple process
all the way through to enroll. The other method that you
can use, is to invoice. For those of you whose
companies would cover some or all of the costs, we
can invoice directly. However, the process does take some time so the earlier you get in
touch with us is the better. And we’ll need to receive payment before the first module begins. So I’m not sure if many of you are aware of something called the
Canada Ontario Job Grant. And you can google it for a
little bit more information. We have had students that
have come through this program that have been job grant approved, and we would, you know, like it to be better for you, if you can get approved
through the program, and one of the best things to do is get started early and work with the most
amount of information that you’ll need for it. For any McMaster employees
that are listening today, tuition assistance is
available for this program. So best be checked with your HR rep to ensure you have all
of the available funds for you to complete the program. So please remember if you
have any additional questions, the telephone number here is 905-525-9140 extension 24321. We have information specialists that can answer a lot of your questions around the actual enrolment types, and the fees, and the enrolment dates. If you have curriculum questions, or if you have more in depth questions about module types and
actual curriculum itself, that kind of thing would come to me, and one of our information specialist will be able to pass you through. So I think that ends what we are calling our Spring Time Program Preview for now. It’s been a pleasure talking
to each one of you today. I hope you have a great afternoon. Bye for now.

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