Project Management Certification Preparation

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 253

       Course Name: Project Management Certification Preparation

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course offers an intensive review of project management concepts and the application of these concepts to various business scenarios in preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.  Students cannot receive credit for both CIS 253 and MGT 253. Recommended: CIS 236 or MGT 236 or comparable knowledge or consent of the instructor or program coordinator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of project management concepts through classroom discussion and by scoring 80% or higher on all practice exams
  • Analyze answers to questions on practice exams by providing rationale for the correct answers
  • Use test taking techniques and strategies when taking project management certification practice exams

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. General Overview of the PMP Exam
    1. Qualifications to sit for the exam
    2. Exam structure
    3. Errors and Pitfalls
  2. PM Framework
    1. Project Definition
    2. What is Project Management
    3. Constraints
    4. Stakeholders
    5. Organizational Structure
    6. Life Cycle
  3. PM Processes
    1. Initiating
    2. Planning
    3. Executing
    4. Monitoring and Controlling
    5. Closing
  4. Integration Management
    1. PM Plan
    2. Baseline
    3. Preliminary project scope
    4. Enterprise environmental factors
    5. Organizational process assets
    6. Project manager’s role
  5. Scope Management
    1. Baseline
    2. Work breakdown structure
    3. Benefits
    4. Uses
    5. Definition and decomposition
    6. Analysis
  6. Time Management
    1. Baseline
    2. Schedule compression
    3. Network diagram
    4. Dependencies
    5. Arrow diagramming method
    6. Precedence diagramming method
    7. Critical path method
    8. Float (Slack)
    9. Charts
    10. Estimating
  7. Cost Management
    1. Earned value analysis
    2. Baseline
    3. Budget
    4. Estimating
    5. Risk
  8. Quality Management
    1. Definition
    2. Baseline
    3. Control chart
    4. Pareto chart
    5. Just in time
    6. Cost-benefit analysis
    7. Benchmarking
    8. Marginal analysis
    9. Statistical sampling
  9. Human Resource Management
    1. Roles
    2. Recognition and reward systems
    3. Team building
    4. Conflict resolution techniques
    5. Sources of conflict
    6. Team performance assessment
    7. Motivation theory
    8. Training
  10. Communications Management
    1. Information distribution
    2. Communications model
    3. Communications methods
    4. Communication channels
    5. Rules for meetings
    6. Communication blockers
  11. Risk Management
    1. Opportunities
    2. Threats
    3. Risk register
    4. Risk response strategies
    5. Types of risk
    6. Risk audit
    7. Risk assessment
    8. Risk triggers
  12. Procurement Management
    1. Contract types
    2. Advantages and Disadvantages
    3. Termination
    4. Breach
    5. Project manager’s role
    6. Records management system
  13. Professional and Social Responsibility
    1. Ethics
    2. Professionalism
    3. Conflicts of interest
    4. Violations
    5. Individual integrity

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Reading, lecture, and discussion and presentation of sample test questions.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students are expected to read the materials in preparation for each lecture/topic.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Each student will complete a practice exam for each major topic listed in the course outline. Each student will earn a 70% or higher on each exam. If this score is not earned, the student will retake the exam until such a score is obtained.

XI.   Other Course Information

Successful completion of this course will help prepare the student for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam. Oakton Community College does not guarantee that you will pass the PMP exam after completing this course. If you do not pass the PMP exam, you can retake this course but note, you will have to pay the tuition costs to retake the course.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.