Course Outline

Microsoft Mastering MS Project


2 Days - 12 Hours




This course covers the critical knowledge and skills a project manager needs to create a project plan with Project during the planning phase of a project. In other words, if your supervisor assigns you to lead a project, this course will enable you to draft a project plan with Project and share it with your supervisor (and others) for review and approval. In Microsoft® Project® 2019 (On-Premise or Online Editions), you learned the basic features of Microsoft Project during the planning phase of a project. This course covers the advanced knowledge and skills a project manager needs to update a project plan in Project during the execution, monitoring, and controlling phases of a project. In other words, once your project plan is approved by the project sponsor, this course will enable you to manage the project so that it is completed on time, within budget, and according to scope.

Target Audience

This course is designed for a person with an understanding of project management concepts, as well as general desktop computer skills, and who will be responsible for creating and maintaining project plans. This course will give you the fundamental and advanced understanding of Microsoft Project necessary to construct project plans during the execution, monitoring, and controlling phases of a project.


To ensure your success in this course, you should have basic knowledge and skills using the Microsoft® Windows® operating system—preferably the most current version. While you do not need to be an expert, some experience and competency with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word and Excel®, will be useful. Finally, having a foundational knowledge of project management concepts will help prepare you for working with Microsoft Project.


Skills Gained

In this course, you will be able to construct basic project plans using Microsoft Project.

You will:

  • Identify project management concepts and navigate Microsoft Project Professional.
  • Create a new project plan.
  • Add tasks to a project.
  • Manage task relationships within a project.
  • Manage project resources.
  • Finalize a project plan.
  • Update a project plan.
  • Generate project views to manage a project.
  • Create project reports to share a project's status.
  • Reuse project plan information.
  • Work with multiple projects.

Topics Covered

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Microsoft Project

Topic A: Identify Project Management Concepts

Topic B: Navigate in the Microsoft Project Desktop Environment


Lesson 2: Defining a Project

Topic A: Create a New Project Plan File

Topic B: Set Project Plan Options

Topic C: Assign a Project Calendar


Lesson 3: Adding Project Tasks

Topic A: Add Tasks to a Project Plan

Topic B: Enter Task Duration Estimates


Lesson 4: Managing Tasks

Topic A: Create a Work Breakdown Structure

Topic B: Define Task Relationships

Topic C: Schedule Tasks


Lesson 5: Managing Project Resources

Topic A: Add Resources to a Project

Topic B: Create a Resource Calendar

Topic C: Enter Costs for Resources

Topic D: Assign Resources to Tasks

Topic E: Resolve Resource Conflicts


Lesson 6: Finalizing a Project Plan

Topic A: Optimize a Project Plan

Topic B: Set a Baseline

Topic C: Share a Project Plan


Lesson 7: Updating a Project Plan

Topic A: Enter Task Progress

Topic B: Enter Overtime Work

Topic C: Edit Tasks

Topic D: Update Cost Rate Tables

Topic E: Update a Baseline


Lesson 8: Viewing Project Progress

Topic A: Use View Commands

Topic B: Add a Custom Field

Topic C: Create Custom Views

Topic D: Format and Share the Timeline View


Lesson 9: Reporting on Project Progress

Topic A: View Built-in Reports

Topic B: Create Custom Reports

Topic C: Create a Visual Report


Lesson 10: Reusing Project Plan Information

Topic A: Create a Project Plan Template

Topic B: Share Project Plan Elements with Other Plans


Lesson 11: Working with Multiple Projects

Topic A: Share Resources

Topic B: Link Project Plans