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Project Scheduling in Effective Project Management

Uzair Kamal via Udemy

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PLEASE NOTE: This Class covers only the 5th session (as part of the 2nd Segment of the course). For Complete course and further learnings, please also join other sessions from the same course because they are all connected chronologically to learn Project Design, Planning and Development. Below is the the course detail of the complete course.

To know about complete the detail of the Smart for Program and Project Design, Planning and Development, please go to the end of description of this course


Project Scheduling

Project scheduling, commonly used during project design and planing stage, is defined as scheduling an entire project, including the minute components, from the start date to the finish date. This methodology incorporates scheduling the list of a project’s activities, milestones, and deliverables. It is a systematic projection of the time-line composed from the day the project is conceptualized to the day the project is completed, and everything in-between.

About the Course:

Developed based on the standard development and corporate project management practices, this comprehensive course has been designed to provide you a deep understanding of Project Scheduling concepts and applications in a step-by-step process. It will also equip you with the essential knowledge and skills you need to develop, update, analyze, and control an effective project schedule.

When it comes to planning/scheduling, the common mistake that most people make is taking a “planning/scheduling software” course such as Primavera or MS project. The reality is that you cannot be an effective planner/scheduler if you don’t know the fundamentals of planning/scheduling and how the software works behind the scenes. This course will equip you with ALL the essential knowledge, skills, and techniques that you need to master as a planner/scheduler.


Scheduling the project is part of any project planning. The objective of any project schedule is to guide the employees in completing the project in a systematic and organized manner through efficient planning that optimizes the time available. The schedule ensures the employees adhere to a proposed timeline, minimizing delays.

From this course, you will develop your skills about..

  • What project specific information you need to gather prior to creating a schedule.

  • How you can define the activities in a schedule.

  • How you can sequence the activities using logical relationships and network logic diagramming.

  • What methods you can utilize to estimate activities duration.

  • What the Critical Path Method (CPM) is.

  • How activities’ start and completion dates are calculated using the Critical Path Method.

  • How you can load resources to a schedule

  • How to shorten the overall duration of the project in order to meet the schedule target dates.

  • What items you need to check and analyze in reviewing and verifying the schedule.

  • What the step-by-step process is in establishing a schedule baseline.

  • What data you need to collect in order to update the schedule.

  • How a schedule is used to communicate the activity status etc.

  • What are different tool for developing activity schedule.

By the end of this course, you will understand:

  • Introduction to Project Scheduling

  • Schedule Development Process in Project Design

  • Activity Definition Process

  • Activity Sequencing Process with Logical Relationships etc

  • Activity Sequencing Process

  • Activity Duration Estimating

  • Critical Path Method (CPM)

  • Gantt Chat Method

  • Network Logic Diagram

  • Schedule Resource Loading

  • Assigning Resource to Project Activities

Who are target students?

  • This course is strongly recommended for all persons involved in any aspect of projects, from planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Corporate and Development Sector Project Development and Management Practitioners.

  • Also recommended to organisation leadership to understand their portfolios

Recommended Practice

After completing the course, practice to develop a Project Activity Schedule by developing a template in an excel sheet as it is provided in the Step by Step Process section. You can use any of your or your organisation's project's logical framework as an example. You may refer back to course content, if you stuck anywhere.





Projects are the cutting edge of development and will continue to be the main vehicle through which development plans and programs will be implemented in the foreseeable future. After almost six decades of development efforts, the countries, companies and organization still lacks the capacity to formulate, design, appraise, implement, monitor and evaluate programs and projects. The emphasis of the training will be on providing will a well-rounded basic knowledge and skills on Project Inception, Preparation, Planning, Proposal Development and Appraisal which are initial and most essential aspects of project cycle. The course will be practitioner oriented. It will provide a sound understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and skills required to plan, design and appraise programs and projects. This course will expose participants to the common practices and documentation of the development agencies at regional, national and international levels.

Training Objective:

  1. To develop a sound understanding of the issues addressed through development programs and projects, tracing the evolution of development concerns over the past six decades.

  2. To develop in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts and approaches to inception and designing programs and projects in the development field.

  3. To improve the knowledge and skills in planning, identifying, designing and appraising the development programs and projects.

  4. To provide familiarity on formats and procedures adopted by different organization at national and international level.

  5. To provide and understanding of the requirements of donors in the preparation of projects and programs.

  6. To develop a trained team for proposal development among all departments who will take an oath of office to dedicate specific time from their regular work toward proposal development

Organization of this training:

The course will be presented in three major segments as follows:

SEGMENT 1 Planning Program and Projects

SEGMENT 2 Project Design and Preparation

SEGMENT 3 Related Things to Program/Project Development

Methodology of course delivery

Since the course required the learning of analytical skills and exposure to new tools, it will use a broad range of pedagogical methods. The course teaching will include interactive sessions and some exercises(if students are willing to do along) in particular to develop hands- on capability in the skills required. Learning by doing will be a major trust of the course. The emphasis of these methods and approaches will vary according to the topics covered.

Assurances of learning from this Training:

Participants attending the course would:

  1. Acquire comprehensive knowledge and skills in planning, identifying, designing, proposal development, donors and appraising the program/projects

  2. Learn important Project Development Tools and skills: Stakeholder Analysis, Problem and Objective Trees; Logical Framework, Activity Scheduling and Budget Preparation

  3. Become competent Project and Program Development Practitioners and would be able to contribute effectively to the work of project preparation teams, participate in discussion and make decisions on project and programs.

  4. Prepare sound project proposals for national and international funding

  5. Become analytical development thinkers and

  6. Become effective development communicators with the ability to prepare comprehensive project documents and defend them.

Course details:

SEGMENT -1 - Planning Development Programs and Projects

Session-1 Project and Development

SEGMENT 2 - Project Design and Formulation

Session-2 Stakeholder Analysis, Problem and Objective Analysis

Session- 3 The Logical Framework Analysis (This class covers this session)

Session - 4 Activity Scheduling & Budgeting

SEGMENT 3 - Related Things to Program/Project Development

Session-5 Country Strategies, Programming and Identification

Session-6 Role of Program/Project Manager in this overall Process

Misc. Exercises, Project and Group Work

Who this course is for:

  • This course is strongly recommended for all persons involved in any aspect of projects, from planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Corporate and Development Sector Project Development and Management Practitioners.
  • Also recommended to organisation leadership to understand their portfolios
  • To all those who want to be affective leaders, managers and project advisors

Course Content

1 sections - 6 lectures - 01:28:12 total length

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Uzair Kamal

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 9 Students

I am a Harvard Business School Graduate, Asian Development Bank's Awardee 2009 and specialist in Business Development, Institutional Strengthening, Non Profit Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility, Resources Mobilization, Fundraising, Grant Writing and Sustainable Development.

I am here to teach you from my heart rather teaching you from mere a book. So lets learn together.