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SK03: Skills and Knowledge Course 3 - Planning and Scheduling

CEU: 4.5
PDH: 45

No textbook is required for this course. Once your registration is received, the instructor will be notified of your enrollment within one business day, and as soon as your account is set up in the online learning system, you will receive login instructions from the instructor.

Planning and Scheduling
Planning is the “Key” to effective project / process implementation. Planning has as its goal the discovery of the most effective way through all the issues and concerns of the stakeholders involved with the implementation of the project / process The Planning Team is tasked to use their knowledge, experience, resources and supporting tools to plan the effective implementation of each major element of the programmed venture. The Team may be composed of different, highly skilled individuals at different stages of the venture who are able to implement their particular responsibilities to the benefit of the established goals. Planning is a synergistic process and is iterative. Planning must consider all the elements appropriate to the effort being undertaken, consider all stakeholder’s interest and concerns, develop effective alternatives, support negotiations to reach the most effective alternative, and monitor implementation. Upon completion of this section, professionals will better understand planning and will be able to, without reference:
  • Set Goals and Objectives that a planned endeavor is to meet
  • Gather stakeholder input and information
  • Determine feasible alternative plans
  • Choose best alternative
  • Communicate the Plan
  • Implement the Plan
  • Adjust the Plan to meet new conditions as they arise, and,
  • Review the effectiveness of the Plan against attainment of objectives.
Scheduling is the process that converts a project work plan into a road map, which if followed, will assure timely project completion. Scheduling is one of the tools used for monitoring and controlling projects to ensure that the objectives of cost, quality and time are met. Schedules provide a baseline against which progress is monitored, measured, reported and controlled. Schedules are used to assess time impact of changes to work scope. Scheduling provides a way of contributing input during project execution concerning means, methods, techniques, sequences, or other conditions affecting the plan's outcome. Upon completion of this section, professionals will better understand and be able to:
  • Convert plan into a schedule
  • Utilize schedules to monitor, control and report work progress
  • Update for progress and incorporate change
  • Analyze the schedule to identify critical activities and work paths, and forecast future trends
Withdrawals and Refunds
You may withdraw from this course by sending an email to education@aacei.org or by conventional mail requesting to be dropped from the course. Non-attendance or notifying the instructor does not constitute officially dropping or withdrawing from a course. Students who stop attending courses without officially dropping will receive a grade of U in the class. Refunds are not automatic. NO refunds are due unless the course is officially dropped within stated guidelines in the refund schedule.

Refund Schedule
a.  All withdrawals must be submitted by e-mail. Withdrawal received before the second day of enrollment: total fee less a $400 cancellation fee for enrollment in the series (seven courses), and total fee less $100 for enrollment in each individual course (less than seven courses).
b.  Refund requested after the second day and no later than seven days after the first day of class will be refunded 60% of the fee, after which time there is no refund.