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MS Project Introduction

Microsoft Project Introduction

This course enables users to become familiar with MS Project, exploring how to set up a project plan, create a project schedule and create crucial reports.

This course enables you to

  • Create a project plan file and enter task information
  • Relate tasks and add constrains, lead and lag to them
  • Assign project resources and resolve over-allocation
  • Import and Export Data
  • Analyse Critical path, set Baseline and track the project plan
  • Create Project reports

Course Content

Getting Started with Microsoft Project

  • The Role of Microsoft Project
  • Explore the Microsoft Project  Environment
  • Display an Existing Project Plan in Different Views

Creating a Project Plan

  • Create a New Project Plan
  • Set Project Working Time
  • Project Information
  • Create Summary Stages
  • Edit the Task List
  • Define the Activity List
  • Create and Apply Task Calendars
  • Create the Work Breakdown Structure

Import and Export Information

  • File Formats Supported by Microsoft Project
  • Map Project Information
  • Export Microsoft Project Information
  • Import Information into Microsoft Project
  • Use Visual Reports in Microsoft Project

Creating the Project Schedule

  • Understand Task Durations
  • Define Milestones
  • Work with Manual Scheduling and Finish Start Links
  • Automatic Scheduling and Finish Start links
  • Task Relationships - Types, Lag and Lead
  • Add Tasks to the Timeline Identify the Critical Path
  • Work with Constraints and Deadlines
  • Add Recurring Activities
  • Add Notes to a Task
  • Reference Other Files in Tasks

Managing Resources

  • Understand Resources Types
  • Work with Resource Calendars and Availability
  • Add Resource Costs
  • Assign Resources to Tasks
  • Effort Driven Scheduling
  • Resolve Resource Over-allocation
  • Split Activities

Introduction to Project Tracking

  • Set a Project Baseline
  • Enter Actuals Against Tasks
  • View Progress Against a Baseline

Viewing and Reporting

  • Filter and Group Project Data
  • Print Microsoft Project Views
  • Use Standard Reports in Microsoft Project

Who is it for

Anybody who manages projects and is getting started with Microsoft Project.

Entry requirements

The delegates should have a basic understanding of project management concepts and be able to enter data in tables (e.g. Microsoft Excel or Access)


On successful completion of a written exam, delegates receive a certified MS Project Certificate

Duration and dates

1 day


University of Bedfordshire, Luton campus / this course can also be delivered at your premises.

Fees and funding



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