PMP201 - Planning and Controlling the Baselines

Outline info
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Last review date 2018-06-08 16:08:56.625

Subject Title
Planning and Controlling the Baselines

Subject Description
This subject integrates project management theory with hands-on practice, designed to advance the participant's knowledge and experience in planning, creating and controlling the project scope, schedule, and budget baselines, using project management software.

Credit Status
One Credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Develop the project Scope Baseline, comprising a comprehensive Scope Statement and a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) based on the requirements, objectives, needs and expectations of stakeholders.

2. Develop the project Time Baseline, by deploying project scheduling concepts, best practices, tools and techniques to identify, estimate, plan project activities, assign human and non-human resources, and schedule the project activities necessary for the successful achievement of its objectives.

3. Develop the project Cost Baseline, by deploying project cost estimation methods, best practices, tools and techniques to identify, quantify, plan, estimate and assign human plus non-human resources and create the project budget, required for the successful achievement of its objectives.

4. Monitor and control project progress, by evaluating project performance with Earned Value Analysis to ensure a successful accomplishment of project objectives.

5. Use project management software and other computer tools, as applicable to plan optimize, refine and control the project baselines, create status and progress reports and prepare forecasts of future performance outcomes.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Review of Project Scope, Time and Cost Management Knowledge Areas
  • Introduction to Microsoft Project basics and features
  • Establishing resources and task assignments
  • Creating and refining the project schedule
  • Baselining the project schedule - Deadlines, Constraints, Task and resource Calendars
  • Creating The Cost Baseline -  Entering resource pay rates, material costs and fixed costs
  • Tracking the schedule and cost Baselines
  • Updating the Baselines by recording actual dates, durations, and incurred costs, and adjusting remaining work.
  • Using Project – Reporting features to create and communicate project status and progress
  • Managing Multiple Projects

Mode of Instruction
In Computer Lab
A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, practice exercises, demonstrations, discussions, group and individual work. 

Prescribed Texts
Title:        Microsoft Official Academic Course: Microsoft Project 2016
Edition:    2016
Author:     Gregg D Richie
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN:        9781119298281

Please note this is the ebook version.

Bookstore inventories may be limited.  Textbook is available from alternate sources.

Reference Material
Title:          A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide)
Publisher:  Project Management Institute, Inc.
Edition:  6th Edition
ISBN:  9781628253825

Bookstore inventories may be limited.  Textbook is available from alternate sources

Required Supplies
Microsoft Office Project 2016 or higher (Standard or Professional Version)
Productivity Software; e.g. Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:  http:/

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Term Project 20%
In-Class Assignments 20%
Mid-Term Exam 20%
Final Exam 40%

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Academic Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Academic Program Manager Emiliano Introcaso