Online Class: Microsoft Project 2021

This course will teach you everything you need to know to master MS Project 2021 so you can effectively manage projects that achieve your desired results and goals on time.

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Course Description

Mastering Microsoft Project 2021: A Comprehensive Guide for Modern Project Management

Course Introduction

In the modern era, with its complex business environments, having the right tools can be the difference between success and failure. Microsoft Project 2021, the latest version of a trusted project management software, offers a plethora of functionalities designed to cater to both businesses and independent professionals. While a tool can't replace the essence of effective project management or the skills acquired through training, it can certainly complement and enhance these elements, driving efficiency, organization, and project completion rates.

This course will furnish you with the knowledge to proficiently utilize MS Project 2021, ensuring your projects align with your set objectives and targets.

Understanding the Nuances of Project Management

At its core, project management entails overseeing and integrating numerous components of a project towards its fruition. These components range from resources such as supplies and labor to other variables including finance, workflow, deadlines, and vendor interactions. The significance of project management within corporate ecosystems is escalating, given the nuanced challenges and multifaceted operations of today's projects.

For a project to be managed effectively, a meticulous balance of time, scope, and cost is paramount. Deviations or inaccuracies can lead to significant financial setbacks. Traditional methods, like using physical files, are often prone to errors - lost files, limited accessibility, or inefficiencies in transferring critical information. Microsoft Project 2021 addresses these challenges by providing a cohesive digital solution. This tool serves as a robust platform, capable of generating valuable insights, visual representations, and reports to ensure a seamless project lifecycle.

Pillars of Effective Project Management with MS Project 2021:

  1. Cost Management: Every financial aspect of your project, be it labor, equipment, vendors, or potential profits, falls under this category. With MS Project 2021, you can obtain a holistic view of all financial facets, ensuring budget adherence and profitability.

  2. Time Management: Every minute counts in project management. With MS Project 2021, you can assign and monitor time for each task, thereby refining your estimations and projections for forthcoming projects.

  3. Scope Management: This pertains to the definitive outcomes expected from the project. A comprehensive scope, emphasizing quality, minimizes unexpected challenges. MS Project 2021 aids in refining the scope, ensuring alignment with the desired objectives.

Successful project management translates to the timely delivery of the expected outcomes within the stipulated budget. Harnessing MS Project 2021 can streamline this journey.

Diving into Projects

A project, by definition, is a finite endeavor aimed at producing a distinct product or service. Each project is comprised of tasks - the foundational units that steer the project towards completion. Tasks can vary in complexity. For instance, while creating a software application, a task can be a broad directive like "Research competitors," which can be further subdivided into specific subtasks such as "Identify competitor products," "Analyze sales trends," and "Review pricing strategies."

Microsoft Project 2021 offers a hierarchical view of tasks using the Gantt chart, presenting a timeline for each task. Timing, being an essential component, is meticulously managed in MS Project, allowing users to establish task dependencies and ensuring no task is overlooked.

Course Overview

This comprehensive course has been meticulously curated to empower you with the proficiency to leverage MS Project 2021. Whether you're a novice or an experienced user, the course has insights tailored for all.

Each lesson delves deep into distinct features of MS Project 2021, providing step-by-step guidance. While access to MS Project 2021 can enhance the learning experience, it's not mandatory. Engaging exercises at the end of each lesson reinforce your understanding.

In addition, we offer a hands-on course project. While optional, this exercise allows students to apply their learnings in a real-world scenario, leading to a holistic understanding of MS Project 2021.


In the dynamic world of project management, having a reliable tool like Microsoft Project 2021 is invaluable. Through this course, we aim to equip you with the skills to harness the full potential of this software, ensuring your projects are always a success. Join us on this enlightening journey and redefine your project management prowess.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Achieving Your Goals with Microsoft Project 2021

Microsoft Project is a project management software program created for businesses and freelance professionals to help better manage individual projects that occur within companies. Additional lesson topics: New Features of MS Project; The Project Management Life Cycle; MS Project Software 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Why Learn Microsoft Project?
  • Complete Assignment: Course Introduction and Goals
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: Installing and Setting Up the MS Project Workspace

When you begin using Project 2021 for the first time, you will have a few choices in how you want to get started. This lesson will guide you through the setup processes to set you up for best practices. Additional lesson topics: Create a project in Project; Customize the Quick Access Toolbar 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: Defining and Creating Project Charters, Project Scopes, and Projects

it is important to have everything organized and planned before you even start to use MS Project 2021. By creating a scope, you detail everything about the project and can get a better overview of the timeline and cost involved to complete it. Additional lesson topics: How to Use Backlogs and Tasks; Understanding Project Scope 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Scheduling Tasks, Creating Notes, and Using Gantt Charts

This lesson will review best practices for creating and managing tasks, notes, Gantt Charts and more so that you properly track your project's progress. Additional lesson topics: How to Split a Task; Task Types; Formatting the Gantt Chart; Working with Gantt Charts 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Project Views

A view in Project is simply the way that task and/or resource information is displayed. It gives you a way to view data in a worksheet, a way to enter data, or a way to view data in chart form. Project provides several view types that you can use to quickly review projects, plans and tasks without digging into details. Additional lesson topics: Understanding Project Schedules; Creating Views in MS Project 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Making the Most of Project's Calendar Feature

Project allows you to set Base, Project, Task, and Resource calendars depending on which ones work best for your plan and workflow. In addition to calendars, MS Project also has worksheets where you can enter resources, which are anything you use to accomplish a task or to advance (and complete) the project. Additional lesson topics: Setting Work Days and Times in MS Project; Project Calendar Holidays; Creating a New Base Calendar 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: How to Organize and Manage Your Projects Effectively

Your project could have dozens, if not hundreds, of tasks. It's easy to go through those tasks and list them in Gantt Chart view. This view will show all tasks in a worksheet. However, when a task list gets long, managing tasks during the duration of the project could get very daunting. Taking the time to organize your tasks will make managing them easier - and improve the efficiency of your team while working on a project. Additional lesson topics: Managing Subtasks and Summary Tasks; MS Project Cheat Sheet 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Using Advanced Task Management Features

This lesson will cover different task types such as Fixed Duration, Fixed Units, and Fixed Work so you can effectively manage and track your scheduled milestones in your projects. Additional lesson topics: Setting Constraints on Tasks; Changing Default Task Options; Setting Task Deadlines 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Understanding Assignments, Constraints, and Dependencies

Many times, a successor task will not start until a predecessor tasks finishes. In other words, Task B will not start until Task A finishes. This means they have a timing relationship so that your schedule runs smoothly, and each dependency has what is needed before it begins. Additional lesson topics: More About Gantt Charts; Linking Project Tasks; Understanding Project Predecessors 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Adding, Managing, and Assigning Resources

In order to complete tasks, you need resources that facilitate a task's success. Resources, by definition, are costs associated with tasks. A resource can be a person, equipment, materials, or even a fee. Resources drive tasks to completion, but they also affect your deadlines and budget costs. To effectively deliver a product on time, a task must have the right resources assigned to it. Additional lesson topics: Adding Project Resources; Setting Up Project Resources 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Advance Resource Management

In addition to assigning the right resource to a task, you must also ensure that your project has enough resources to complete the project. Without enough resources, you overschedule current ones and this can affect deadlines. Being a project manager, it's important that you balance enough resources with the right tasks assigned. Additional lesson topics: How to Assign People to Tasks; Effectively Managing Resources 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: How to Track Work, Hours, and Durations in Microsoft Project

Project has a lot of automation that can help manage projects for you, but much of the output and automation relies on your input. You can track projects using your computer's current date and time, but you can also do it by a specified date, such as the end of the month, and so much more. This lesson will guide you through the most effective tools and strategies for tracking work in a project. Additional lesson topics: Updating Work on a Project; How to Automatically Calculate a Task Duration; Status Dates in Project Reporting 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13: MS Project Communications and Progress Reports

If a task doesn't get completed, or if there's a problem with a resource - these issues will all affect the deadline for the project, so you should be 'in the loop' about everything and ready to respond--and Project can help you do it. Additional lesson topics: How to Use MS Project to Communicate; Reviewing Project Task Progress; Rescheduling Project Tasks; How to Update Tasks Quickly 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14: Understanding Baselines, Interim Plans, Filtering, and Sorting

By definition, a baseline is a detailed project plan against which actual work is tracked. It's similar to detailed architectural plans for your new home before you ever start to build it. Additional lesson topics: Creating and Updating Project Baselines; Setting and Saving Project Baselines 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15: How to Format and Customize Project Layouts and Styles

A major benefit of Project over other project management tools is the ability to customize the look and feel of the program to suit your preferences and needs. In this lesson, you'll be shown how to format elements of the Project screen, as well as teach you to create customized templates. Additional lesson topics: Customizing Microsoft Project; Changing Date Formats; Using the Timescale 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Quiz

Lesson 16: How to Create, Customize, Run, and Print Reports

You can monitor a project using MS Project reports. These reports give you a variety of information for a given date range. Additionally, they show how costs are accumulating, what tasks are in progress, and which tasks still need to start. They show progress and give you a picture of each element of the project and the project in its entirety. Additional lesson topics: Project Reporting Features; How to Create a Project Report; Status Reporting 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 16 Quiz

Lesson 17: Creating Resource Pools, Updating Assignments and Consolidating Projects

The next step in effective project management with MS Project is pooling resources and consolidating project plansĀ and assignments so that they can be shared with other projects. Additional lesson topics: Viewing Resource Workloads and Availability; Creating and Sharing Resource Pools; Understanding Resource Engagements 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 17 Quiz

Lesson 18: Advanced Project Printing Options

After building a plan, sharing it with stakeholders, managing tasks and assigning resources, having a hardcopy of your Project file helps during presentations and meetings when you need to display reports and provide status to other members of your organization. You can share projects digitally, but hardcopies are sometimes needed for presentations. You can print any information that you have in your project including the entire plan or parts of it as well as reports. 166 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Review
  • Assessment: Final Quiz
  • Assessment: Lesson 18 Quiz
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Course Title: Microsoft Project 2021
Course Number: 57700131
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (60 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: June 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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