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Microsoft Project - Beginner

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Why study this course

Microsoft Project is one of the most popular scheduling and project management programs on the market.

This Microsoft Project course comprehensively covers the basics of using Microsoft Project. You'll learn how to set up a simple project, configure the project calendar, tasks, phases, milestones, assign resources, and more.

You may also be interested in our Intermediate and Advanced courses which cover more of Project's in-built features.

Note: Project 2016, Project 2019, Project 2021, and Project 365 are all desktop application versions of Microsoft Project. Project 2016, Project 2019, and Project 2021 are the perpetual, bought-outright, stand-alone versions of the software; Project 365 is the subscription-based version. Anyone working with any of these versions will be able to successfully complete this course. Throughout this course you will be using the desktop app; the course does not cover use of the web/online app.

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What you’ll learn

After this beginner session of our Microsoft Project course, you should be comfortable with:

  • Understanding how Microsoft Project can assist you in managing and controlling projects

  • Understanding the planning process in Project and creating a project plan

  • Creating Calendars for different working scenarios

  • Creating task lists with phases and milestones

  • Creating dependent relationships and fine-tuning a schedule

  • Understanding the Critical Path Method, slack time, lead time, and lag time

  • Entering resources into Project and assigning Work resources to tasks

  • Starting to track progress and actual performance in a project

  • Understanding how to print Gantt Charts and related tables

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people who need to know how to use Microsoft Project to manage projects and elements such as calendar, tasks, resources, and more associated with projects.

Access this introductory Microsoft Project training course online or at our BGC, Metro Manila, Philippines campus.

Course subjects

Getting to Know Project

  • How Project Works

  • Starting Project

  • Understanding the Project Start Screen

  • The Project Screen

  • Project Operations

  • Using the Ribbon

  • Showing and Collapsing the Ribbon

  • Understanding the Backstage

  • The Project Work Area

  • Working with Views

  • Working with Split Screens

  • Understanding Sheet Views

  • Working with Tables

  • Gantt Chart View

  • Working with Gantt Charts

  • Understanding the QAT

  • Working with the QAT

  • Working with Project Files

Project Management

  • Tasks and Resources

  • The Importance of Planning

  • Understanding the Gantt Chart

  • Computers and Project Management

Creating a New Project

  • Steps in Creating a Project

  • Understanding Your Project

  • Creating a New Project File

  • Calendar Options

  • Changing Calendar Options

  • Working with Calendar

  • Modifying the Standard Calendar

  • Entering Public Holidays

  • Creating a New Resource Calendar

  • Creating a New Task Calendar

  • Setting Up Project Information

  • Entering File Properties

Creating Tasks

  • Understanding Tasks

  • Understanding Scheduling Icons

  • Our Case Study Tasks

  • Reviewing the Project

  • Entering Tasks

  • Creating Summary Tasks

  • Assignment - Creating Summary Tasks

  • Working in a Sheet View

  • Working with Summary Tasks

  • Working with Task Views

  • Examining Task Information

  • Understanding Task Durations

  • Entering Task Durations

  • Checking Progress

  • Entering Milestones

  • Assigning a Calendar to a Task


  • Understanding Task Dependencies

  • Creating Dependencies Automatically

  • Creating Dependencies in Task Entry

  • Creating Dependencies in Task Information

  • Creating Dependencies in a Sheet View

  • Fine-Tuning a Schedule Using Dependencies

  • Auto Scheduling Tasks

  • Critical Path and Project Slack

  • Viewing the Critical Path

  • Examining Task Slack

  • Understanding Lag Time

  • Entering Lag Time

  • Understanding Lead Time

  • Entering Lead Time

  • Inactivating a Task

Resourcing a Project

  • Understanding Resources

  • Entering Work Resources

  • Entering Material Resources

  • Entering Cost Resources

  • Assigning Calendars to Resources

  • Understanding Resource Availability

  • Adjusting Resource Availability

  • Changing the Unit Display

Resourcing Concepts

  • Resource Assignment Calculations

  • Task Types and Work Effort

  • Creating a Simple Assignment

  • Working with Fixed Unit Tasks

  • Working with Fixed Duration Tasks

  • Making Multiple Assignments

  • Adding Additional Resources

  • Adding More of the Same Resource

  • More Resources in Multiple Assignments

  • Understanding Effort Driven Scheduling

  • Working with Non Effort Driven Tasks

  • Working with Effort Driven Tasks

  • Resource Assignment Summary

Assigning Resources

  • Simple Resource Assignments

  • Assigning Part Time Resources

  • Understanding Work Contouring

  • Specifying Resource Usage

  • Contouring Work Hours

  • Assigning Specific Work Times

  • Work Times for Multiple Assignments

  • Problem Assignments

  • Assigning Resources in Task Information

  • Assigning Resources in a Sheet

  • Assigning Resources You Do Not Have

  • The Case Study Resources

Printing and Reporting

  • Printing a Gantt Chart

  • Printing Sheet Views

  • Printing Tasks for Resources

  • Printing Resources for Tasks


This course assumes the user understands the basics of using a Windows-based computer. Students should be comfortable using the keyboard, mouse, and Start menu. Understanding and experience with printing and using a web browser is an asset, but not required. No previous experience with Microsoft Project is necessary.

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The supply of this course by Lumify Work is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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