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Advanced Certificate in Project Management

Elevate your project management know-how

Are you a business analyst who is ready to take the next step in your career? Do you have project management experience but lack the industry certification that will differentiate you from other project managers? The Advanced Certificate in Project Management will help you build the knowledge and skills necessary to increase your technology project management capabilities. Complete your certificate in less than a year by taking a series of four, 12-week online courses.  

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Program Overview

Grasp the concepts and techniques for effective IT project management

You’ll learn to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control resources in order to achieve project goals. While focusing on technology projects, you’ll examine the nine knowledge areas outlined in the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide. You’ll be able to apply integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk and procurement management to any project.

Boost your organizational value with increased knowledge of industry methods and trends

Franklin’s Advanced Certificate in Project Management will familiarize you with the tools and methods necessary to build or improve your project management skills. You’ll learn how to leverage the phases of the project lifecycle – concept, delivery, maturity and retirement – in order to better control deliverables. You’ll also be exposed to the agile manifesto and other methods used to manage projects. 

Because our curriculum follows the PMBOK, a fundamental resource for project management, you can be confident that you are gaining relevant industry knowledge endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

Get the hands-on training you need to earn certification and get credit toward a bachelor’s degree 

As part of the certificate review course, you’ll review what you’ve learned by completing exams and project work that prepares you for the certification exam. Upon completion of your last course you will have completed the required number of project hours and therefore will be eligible to sit for the standardized exam to earn the CAPM, Certified Associate in Project Management or PMP, Project Management Professional. 

You can also use your certificate as a jump start to a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Franklin by transferring in up to 16 hours of undergraduate credit.

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

16 Semester Hours
Required Courses
ITEC 430 - Information Technology Project Management (4)
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of information technology project management and techniques for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling of resources to accomplish specific project goals. Both technical and behavioral aspects of project management are discussed. While the focus is on information technology projects, the principles follow the nine project management knowledge areas outlined in the Project Management Institute's PMBOK® Guide Third Edition and thus are applicable to the management of any project. Topics will include integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, and procurement management. Project management software utilization is emphasized. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see http://www.franklin.edu/financial-aid/tuition-fees /e-textbooks for specific charges.
ISPM 320 - Requirements Analysis & Testing (4)
This course introduces students to the concepts, methods and approaches involved in the process of requirements analysis and testing, in the context of the necessary procedures that comprise the process of confirming requirements for a new or upgraded information system: requirements elicitation analysis, specification, verification and management.
ISPM 450 - Advanced Project Management (4)
This course focuses on knowledge, understanding and skills related to building competencies in overseeing the architecture, design, and implementation of software systems. Specific topics include agile software development practices, planning and governance of large projects, identification, assessment and management of current and emerging information technologies, and the application of project management tools for software architecture, project communications, risk analysis, cost estimation and budgeting, and quality control in managing the software development life cycle.
ISPM 490 - Project Management Certification Review (4)
This course provides an integrated, experience and exam-based review of the material contained in the Project Management certification courses. The primary vehicle will be student management and/or participation in an Information Systems project during the process of which tasks and deliverables will be required that ensure a thorough review of the material of the certification courses experientially as well as abstractly. This process will culminate in delivering a presentation on the experience of completing the project and completing an exam covering the reviewed material.

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Career Opportunities

Project Manager

Project managers assemble the project team, complete a project plan and manage implementation and budget.

Program Manager

Program managers improve organizational performance by managing a group of related projects.

Systems Integration Project Manager

Systems integration project managers provide technical and business expertise to lead and integrate cross-functional teams and manage deliverables in the development of complex systems.

Project Control Specialist

Project control specialists manage workflow and information within a company's project delivery and project management infrastructure.

Project Estimator

Project estimators calculate project costs and review subcontractor bids in order to choose the most cost effective option.

Risk Manager

Risk managers identify, measure and evaluate different types of business risk and develop strategies to minimize, eliminate or transfer that risk.

PMO Lead

PMO leads define the scope and processes of an organization’s project management office, align it with the organization’s strategy and report results to senior management and stakeholders.

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