Pathway to Project Management

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Course Description

The FREE online Pathway to Project Management course will provide a brief overview and analysis of concepts in the field of project management. Students will be exposed to project management history, processes and knowledge areas. Students will examine how project management has evolved over time and found its way into a diversity of industries with project managers and project management offices (PMOs) now being commonplace. From traditional to agile methodologies, students will consider different approaches to project management.

1 Credit Equivalency

Each Pathways experience is equivalent to 1 academic credit hour. Students can choose to pay $499 to have the 1 credit transcripted, and they can apply it to a degree in any of our Adult Degree Programs, including Project Management. George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Choose from two learning options: a guided path where you can interact with your instructor and peers throughout the course, or a self-directed path where you complete the course on your own — and at your own pace.

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Meet the Prof

Debbie Austin

Debbie Austin, DBA, PMP

Debbie Austin has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest her entire life and currently resides in Beaverton, Oregon.  She earned her DBA in Strategic Leadership from George Fox, and an MBA in IT Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Governors University prior to that.  She held a variety of IT leadership and project management roles in several Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years and moved into higher education leadership and teaching roles in 2006.  She holds a PMP (Project Management Certification) and earned an advanced graduate certificate in eCommerce and project management. Having earned all of her degrees in online education programs and then developing, teaching, and leading online programs, her passion for online teaching and learning blossomed.  Her dissertation was focused on student perceptions of connection with their online instructors.  Today she continues her teaching pursuits and her work with higher education faculty and administrators to improve online education.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:

What to Expect

The course includes videos, readings, quizzes, downloadable resources, short written assignments, forum discussions, video feedback, and optional Zoom sessions with our faculty experts.

Fully engaging with this course will take about 1.5–3 hours of your attention per week.
Not interested in credit? No sweat! Pathways are built for you to explore, meaning there's no expectation that you complete readings or submit assignments.

Online Textbooks or E-Resources

What is Project Management | PMI

The Value of Project Management - PMI

General Assignments / Projects

Optional 30 Minute Zoom Session Each Week (ungraded)

Week 1

Assignment for PMI Code of Ethics

Discussion on History of PM and Types of Projects

Assignment for PMOs and Project Charters

Discussion on PMBOK 6 and Project Planning

Discussion on Waterfall Methodology and CPM

Discussion on Agile and Scrum

Get Started

Choose from two learning options: a guided path where you can interact with your instructor and peers throughout the course, or a self-directed path where you complete the course on your own — and at your own pace.

Interested in signing up?

Take a moment to provide your email address, and we'll send you a friendly reminder when registration opens.

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