Practical Project Management

Video Introduction

Project management is an essential skill in today’s business world. Organizations are faced with increasing pressure to complete projects within shorter time frames and with smaller budgets than in the past. Professionals need a workable method to ensure that their projects are profitable and aligned with the strategic goals of their organization.

Practical Project Management provides professionals with the essential skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. Materials in this class are based on the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute (PMI®), Inc., 2013. This highly interactive course combines expert instruction with case studies and team exercises. In addition to technical competencies, the course covers the human and political aspects of project management by using examples from students’ own projects.


  1. The five phases of a project
  2. Project management life cycles
  3. Organizational structure and its influence on projects
  4. Time and cost estimates
  5. Project budgets and calendar-based schedules
  6. Risks and a risk management plan
  7. Project monitoring and control
  8. Procurement planning
  9. Quality planning and control
  10. Project integration with business requirements
  11. Project reporting

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Initiate, plan, execute, control, monitor, and close a project and will be shown how to apply the ten PMBOK Guide® knowledge areas to each phase of a project.
  2. Assume the role of project manager in their company or organization.
  3. Develop and manage a complex project plan based on one of three case studies. This approach has the advantage of thoroughly covering each knowledge area while applying it in the context of real-world project work.
  4. Pursue learning through real world experiences and case studies. In addition to technical competencies, the course emphasizes the psychology and politics of the craft by using examples from participants and the instructor’s own projects.

When you complete this course, you’ll be ready to assume the role of project manager and you’ll receive the 35 educational contact hours (3.5 Continuing Education Units, or CEUs) required to apply for Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. This is a non-credit course. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis; no letter grades are awarded.

Book Information

A Guide To The Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013


Kenneth Brooks

Ken Brooks has been a functional manager, enterprise project manager, and management and project management consultant for almost 20 years in the health care and financial services industries. He specializes in helping professionals and organizations develop their IT project management capabilities.

Brooks holds a BA in political science from Lambuth University, a BA in history from Middle Tennessee State University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

PMP and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Tim Kress

Tim Kress has been an enterprise project manager, technical advisor and consultant for the past 16 years in the communications, banking, and software industries. He specializes in helping professionals and organizations develop their project management capabilities.

Tim has taught project management for over 9 years. He teaches the classroom as well as the online version of Practical Project Management.

Tim holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a MBA from Johnson & Wales University. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.

Rich Maltzman

Rich Maltzman, PMP, is leader, learning and professional advancement at major telecom’s PMO, with over 35 years of engineering and project management experience, including a 2-year assignment leading a project deployment team in The Netherlands. He is the co-founder of EarthPM, LLC, and in that role is co-author of the books Green Project Management (winner of PMI’s 2011 Cleland Award for Literature), and Project Workflow Management, to be published in November, 2013. Rich was VP of Professional Development for PMI’s MassBay Chapter. He has presented on the intersection of PM and Sustainability in the US, South Africa, Costa Rica, and Malaysia.

Rich has a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a MSIE from Purdue University, as well as certificates in International Business Management from an Indiana University/INSEAD partnership and from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kishore Pochampally

Kishore Pochampally is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Operations and Project Management at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Prior to SNHU, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He specializes in helping managers at service organizations improve processes through Lean and Six Sigma projects.

Kishore has taught project management at the graduate and undergraduate levels for over 7 years. He has also trained a number of professionals for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.

Kishore holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering (Research focus: Operations and Supply Chain Management) from Northeastern University. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. He is also certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Schedule & Fee

Fall 2015 - Online
Sep 14 - Dec 7, 2015
Instructor: Timothy Kress
Class No: 1547
Fee: $1160

Fall 2015
Mt Vernon, Boston

Sep 14 - Dec 7, 2015
Mondays, 6:30-9:30p
Instructor: Ken Brooks
Class No: 1550
Fee: $1015

Fall 2015
UMass Boston Campus

Sep 17 - Dec 10, 2015
Thursdays, 6:30-9:30p
Instructor: Richard Maltzman
Room: McCormack Bldg, 1st Fl, Rm 617
Class No: 1549
Fee: $1015
» Directions to locations

Spring 2016 - Online
Feb 1 - May 6, 2016
Instructor: Timothy Kress
Class No: 1091
Fee: $1160

Feb 1 - May 6, 2016
Instructor: Kenneth Brooks
Class No: 1092
Fee: $1160

Spring 2016
UMass Boston Campus

Feb 8 - May 9, 2016
Mondays, 6:30-9:30p
Instructor: Timothy Kress
Class No: 1089
Fee: $1015

Feb 9 - May 10, 2016
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30p
Instructor: Richard Maltzman
Class No: 1090
Fee: $1015


Available online, in-person, by fax, or by mail.

Click the "Register Now" button above. Go to checkout and submit the "Non-credit Courses" form.

One Stop Student Service Ctr
Campus Center, Upper Level
Mon-Thu: 8:30a-6:00p
Fri: 10:00a-4:00p

By Fax

By Mail
UMass Boston
Registrar’s Office-cc-4
Box C or Box NC
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Delivery Options

This program can be offered at the UMass Boston campus, online, or on-site at your company’s location.

You can also work with UMass Boston to create customized classes that meet the specific needs of your organization, regardless of the size of your company.

Corporate & Professional Development