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Project Management Courses

Project Management: The Essentials

How to Register

Project Management: The Essentials

Executives and entrepreneurs enroll in this courses to leverage their existing skills, talents, and resources, and to gain new insight on how they can better manage their organizations and themselves.

If you are a project manager or if your job requires you to be involved in projects in some way, this is the class for you. We review essential project management themes:

  • Delivering Under Budget
  • Moving Ahead of Schedule
  • Avoiding Scope Creep
  • Injecting Quality
  • Reducing Risk
  • Increasing Communication


Our Approach

We use the case study method in which real-world events are analyzed through the lens of the skills, tools, and techniques taught in our courses.

First made popular at the Harvard Business School, the case study approach helps us derive general principles that we can use to make our organizations more efficient and effective. The Thunderbolt case study will be used throughout the course.

  • Using highly interactive team exercises, students learn effective project management tools and techniques.
  • This popular and entertaining case study is always a hit, and participants love the surprise ending.

Our course materials include a new Amazon Kindle e-Reader for each student.

Session Dates: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - Thursday, November 14, 2013 (click here to download PDF registration form for this session)

Registration Deadline: November 4, 2013

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon; 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Place: University Student Union, Room 311, Fresno State campus

Instructor: Mark Ward, Grail LLC

Course Fee: $900 per person, includes all course materials and a new Amazon Kindle e-reader.

PMI is one of the most widely recognized and respected organizations in the management profession. PMI’s highly diverse world-wide membership of over 400,000 people in 125 nations consists of leaders, educators, executives, and practitioners involved in every aspect of management. Our partner, Grail, is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Instructor and course developer Mark Ward is a retired US Air Force officer, with many years of practical project and program management experience. He has a Ph.D., PMP, several technical certifications, numerous scholarly publications, and years of teaching experience in the public and private sector. He has been an invited speaker at numerous project management venues to discuss topics as diverse as the state of project management education and Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®). He is a former PMI Specific Interest Group Vice- Chair for Professional Development. 

How to Register for the Project Management courses

How to register and pay for the course:

1. Complete the registration form (linked above under session dates), attach a check or money order made payable to “Fresno State,” and mail the form and payment to: Project Management Course, 5005 N. Maple Ave, M/S ED 76, Division of Continuing and Global Education, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA, 93740.

2. Make your fee payment online using a credit card by going to: After online fee payment, you will also need to submit the registration form (linked above under session dates) to the Division of Continuing and Global Education by mail: Project Management Course, Division of Continuing and Global Education, California State University, Fresno, 5005 N. Maple Ave, M/S ED76, Fresno, CA, 93740, or by email to, or by fax 559-278-0395.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Courses offered through the Division of Continuing and Global Education are conducted on a self-supporting basis; therefore, we reserve the right to cancel a course if not justified by sufficient enrollment.

You must submit a “Program Change/Refund Form" to drop the course and to request your refund. The form is linked here. Email the completed form to or mail it to Division of Continuing and Global Education, California State University, Fresno, 5005 N. Maple Ave, M/S ED76, Fresno, CA 93740.

Questions? Contact us.

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