Project Management Essentials Laboratory (PM 100)

The Project Management Essentials Laboratory (PM 100) provides a pathway to success for students who plan to take Project Management (MET AD 642), a specialization course in the Master of Science in Project Management and a requirement or elective in several other Administrative Sciences graduate programs at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET).

The online, noncredit Project Management Essentials Laboratory gives you the tools to flourish in MET AD 642, conveying a basic understanding of the project management body of knowledge and teaching you how to understand and utilize professional project management software. In PM 100, you will learn how to apply basic project management concepts aligned with the latest project management standards—the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition—and will engage in hands-on practice with a threaded, Boston-flavored, sustainability-oriented example case. As you apply project management concepts to this case, you will gain insight on how tools such as Microsoft Project Professional and key Microsoft Excel add-ins can be used in project, program, and/or portfolio management.

This edX-based, instructor-led laboratory is free for Metropolitan College graduate students. It is delivered over seven weeks with exercises, self-administered tests, discussion forums, and weekly instructor-led live classroom sessions, which are also recorded. The laboratory can be taken without admittance to a MET program, and presents the opportunity to become familiar with the leadership principles covered in later project management courses and programs.

The content of the laboratory is structured in units, as follows:

  • Unit 0: Organization of the Laboratory PM 100
  • Unit 1: Overview and About the PMBOK® Guide 6e/2017
  • Unit 2: The Environment in Which Projects Operate, and the Role of the PM
  • Unit 3: Introduction to Microsoft Project Professional
  • Unit 4: PM Applications in Microsoft Project Professional and Microsoft Excel
  • Unit 5: Decision Trees in Project Management
  • Unit 6: What’s Next?

The laboratory is graded on a Pass/Fail basis and requires an average overall grade of 70 percent or better on each unit test. After the completion of the instruction period, you will continue to have full access to our interactive, self-paced working environment to review or deepen your knowledge and skills.

The seven-week PM 100 laboratory is offered six times per year (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2, Summer 1, Summer 2) and is a recommended prerequisite for the graduate course Project Management (MET AD 642) which is part of the following graduate programs:

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If you have any questions about this laboratory or enrollment, please contact Bill McGue at 617-358-4979 or wmmcgue1@bu.edu (if you are studying online) or Susan Sunde at 617-353-3016 or ssunde@bu.edu (if you are studying on campus).