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PhilanthropyU Fundamentals of Project Management

Course Schedule

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    2 hours per week
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INSTRUCTORMission Critical Development

Mission Critical Development is a consultancy partnership of experienced social sector professionals dedicated to helping organizations manage projects to greater effectiveness and impact. Among other accomplishments, they have trained thousands of international development workers on the foundations of project management, worked with teams and managers to develop adaptive management skills in the challenging development environment, and developed project management systems for large multi-national organizations tailored to the project management needs of international development organizations.

About This Project Management Course

People depend on you to deliver important products and services. The unfortunate truth, however, is that most social impact projects fail—either by spending more money than planned, by taking longer than expected, or by not producing the kinds of services that were promised. Luckily, the field of project management provides techniques for completing your project on budget, on time, and on scope.

This free online project management course will introduce you to the art of project management for mission-driven organizations. You will learn practical, field-tested skills for project management and acquire valuable project management tools. You will also hear from project managers working on social impact issues around the world, who will share how they respond to the unpredictable challenges of their work.

Course Topics

  • Module 1: Getting Your Project Started
    Design and set up your project.
  • Module 2: Schedules and Budgets
    Decide when each activity will happen and how much it will cost.
  • Module 3: Risk and Stakeholder Management
    Prepare for setbacks and unpredictability.
  • Module 4: Project Implementation and End-of-Project Transition
    Manage people, issues, and transitions.

Who Should Take This Project Management Course?

This free online course is an introduction to project management. Both program and project managers will find this course useful, as will anyone involved with the implementation of a social impact project. No previous learning or experience is required for this online project management course.

You will need a device that allows you to watch videos, access course materials, and upload your assignments.


The University is a non-degree, diploma or credit-granting initiative. Philanthropy U, Inc. is the concept developer and sponsor of the initiative. Learners are not entitled to earn college or other academic credit.

Learners are eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement for this course through the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley Haas). Berkeley Haas is known for its role in defining a new generation of business leaders with a focus on social impact. Ranked #2 among all business school nonprofit programs in the United States (US News & World Report, 2017), Berkeley Haas inspires and empowers innovative solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges through the work of the Institute for Business and Social Impact (IBSI) and the Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL).

To earn a Certificate of Achievement for this course, you need to earn more than 50% of possible points on quizzes and assignments to obtain a passing grade. Quizzes are worth 15% of your total score, while assignments are worth 85%.


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