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Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep. PMC-004

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep, PMC-004

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the Project Management Institute® (PMI®)’s PMP® certification exam. PMI® will only allow project managers with a minimum of 36 months’ experience managing projects to take the exam. The course is further designed for project managers who want to increase their skills and apply a standards-based approach to project management. Upon completion of this course, including homework and practice questions, students with the requisite experience may take the PMP® Certification exam.

Near the end of this PMP® prep course, you will get access to high-quality, Practice Exam Questions from Velociteach.

*Prerequisites: Successful Project Management (AMA035), A Practical approach to project management PMC013 (or Project Management Essentials and Best Practices). PMI requirements to take the exam are a minimum of 3 years project management experience with a 4-year degree, and project management education (5 years and 7500 hours without degree).

Books are available at MC Rockville Campus Bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, & others.
Textbooks:

  • The PMP® exam: How Pass on Your First Try, Fifth Edition ; Andy Crowe, PMP®, PgMP, 99.95 (retail price, but available cheaper)
    AND
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5th Edition, PMI (Author), $65.95 (retail price, but available cheaper)
    OR
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5th Edition, PMI (Author), Kindle edition $65.95 (retail price, but available cheaper: $32.18 on Amazon)

Course Syllabus is formatted in 4 hour modules. For 8-hour sessions, study 2 modules.

Module 1

Orientation to this Course, the brain dump mnemonics, and the PMP® Exam

  • Chapter 1: The exam
  • What the Exam Tests
  • A Passing Grade
  • The Exam Material
  • Memorization (i.e. Brain Dump)
  • The Testing Environment
  • Q&A
  • Chapter 2: Foundational Concepts
  • Philosophy
  • Importance
  • Preparation
  • Essential Terms
  • Project roles
  • Project Context
  • Project Managers’ Power
  • Management Skills
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Triple Constraint
  • Project Management Methodology
  • Work Authorization System
  • Common Inputs, Tools, Techniques, and Outputs
  • Assignments:
  • To memorize the brain dump, spend 20 minutes each and every day, memorizing on your own, for the duration of the class to commit it to memory. The brain dump will help you to answer 50%-70% of the questions!

Module 2

  • Chapter 3: Process Framework
  • Essential Terms
  • Organization
  • Process Groups
  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing
  • Chapter 5: Scope Management
  • Scope Management Processes
  • Plan Scope Management
  • Collect Requirements
  • Define Scope
  • Create WBS
  • Validate Scope
  • Control Scope
  • Scope Management Questions and Answers
  • Assignment:
  • Memorize Initiating through Scope and Risk on 1st page of brain dump for next class. (Tell them you will begin next class by writing that section of the brain dump from memory.)
  • Study and prepare note cards on chapters 6 & 7 for next week.

Module 3

Write the brain dump assignment. (Allow 10 minutes.) Use any remaining time to memorize more processes.

  • Chapter 6: Time Management
  • Time Management Processes
  • Plan Schedule Management
  • Define Activities
  • Sequence Activities
  • Estimate Activity Resources
  • Estimate Activity Durations
  • Develop Schedule
  • Control Schedule
  • Critical Path Method
  • Key Terms and Exercises
  • Time Management Questions and Answers

Module 4

  • Chapter 7: Cost Management
  • Important Concepts
  • Plan Cost Management
  • Estimate Costs
  • Determine Budget
  • Control Costs
  • Earned Value
  • Types of Cost
  • Exercises
  • Cost Management Questions and Answers
  • Assignment:
  • Initiating and Planning (1st page of brain dump) + Closing process group from second page for next class. (Tell them you will begin next class by writing that section of the brain dump from memory.)
  • Study and prepare note cards on chapters for next class.

Module 5

Write the brain dump assignment. (Allow 10 minutes.) Use any remaining time to memorize more processes.

  • Chapter 8: Quality Management
  • Definition of Quality
  • Quality Management Processes
  • Quality Terms and Philosophies
  • Plan Quality Management
  • Perform Quality Assurance
  • Control Quality
  • Quality Management Questions and Answers

Module 6

  • Chapter 9: Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management Processes
  • Plan Human Resource Management
  • Acquire Project Team
  • Develop Project Team
  • Manage Project Team
  • Human Resource Management Questions and Answers
  • Assignment:
  • Initiating and Planning (1st page of brain dump) + Executing + Closing process groups from second page for next class. (Tell them you will begin next class by writing that section of the brain dump from memory.)
  • Study and prepare note cards on chapters for next class.

Module 7

Write the brain dump assignment. (Allow 12 minutes.) Use any remaining time to memorize more processes.

  • Chapter 10: Communications Management
  • Communication Processes
  • Project Manager's Role in Communications
  • Communication Processes
  • Project Manager's Role in Communications
  • Plan Communications Management
  • Manage Communications
  • Control Communications
  • Communications Management Questions and Answers
  • Take 50 practice questions in 35 minutes from http://www.headfirstlabs.com/PMP/free_exam/
    Review and discuss answers and explanations. (Question 18 asks about a network diagram that wasn’t on my screen. Mark for review and disregard.)

Module 8

  • Chapter 11: Risk Management
  • Risk
  • Plan Risk Management
  • Identify Risks
  • Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
  • Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Plan Risk Responses
  • Control Risks
  • Risk Management Questions and Answers
  • Assignment:
  • Initiating through Closing process groups (1st 2 pages) of the brain dump for next class. (Tell them you will begin next class by writing that section of the brain dump from memory.)
  • Study and prepare note cards on chapters for next class.

Module 9

Write the brain dump assignment. (Allow 12 minutes.) Use any remaining time to memorize more processes.

  • Chapter 12: Procurement Management
  • Procurement Processes
  • Procurement Roles
  • Plan Procurement Management
  • Conduct Procurements
  • Control Procurements
  • Close Procurements
  • Procurement Management Questions and Answers
  • Chapter 13: Stakeholder Management
  • Identify Stakeholders
  • Plan Stakeholder Management
  • Manage Stakeholder Engagement
  • Control Stakeholder Engagement
  • Assignment:
  • Initiating through Closing process groups (1st 2 pages) + EVM formulas on 3rd page of the brain dump for next class. (Tell them you will begin next class by writing that section of the brain dump from memory.)
  • Study and prepare note cards on chapters for next class.

Module 10

Write the brain dump assignment. (Allow 15 minutes.)

  • Chapter 4: integration Management
  • Integration Management Processes
  • Develop Project Charter
  • Develop Project Management Plan
  • Direct and Manage Project Work
  • Monitor and Control Project Work
  • Perform Integrated Change Control
  • Close Project or Phase
  • Integration Management Questions and Answers
  • Chapter 14: Passing the PMP
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Memorize the entire brain dump (3 pages).

Module 11

Write the brain dump assignment. (Allow 15 minutes.)

  • Q&A
  • EVM
  • Contract calculations (FPIP, CP)
  • CPM
  • Activate exam A of the Velociteach exams

Module 12

  • Final Exam
  • Debrief (can review answers, if desired)
  • Send an email with your PMI® test results!
  • timdalhouse@yahoo.com
  • maryk@trainingclass.com
  • After class is over, spend 15 minutes (set a timer) recreating the brain dump, every day until you pass.
  • The morning of your successful PMP®  exam at prometric is the last time you will write the brain dump!

 Below you will find links to the Official Schedule of open classes.
Schedule of Project Management Classes

Project Management Institute, Registered Education Provider

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  • Noel Lazaro, Program Assistant
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