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Microsoft Project 2016 - Level 1

Self-taught course


The skills and knowledge acquired in this course are sufficient for the learner to be able to use Microsoft Project 2016 to create a new project, enter and work with tasks and resources, create a schedule, and print effective project information.

Target audience
  • Anyone who wants to know more about the functionality of Microsoft Project 2016.
  • This course assumes little or no knowledge of Microsoft Project 2016. However, it would be beneficial to have a general understanding of personal computers and the Windows operating system environment. Some knowledge of working with files and folders on a computer are necessary.
Topics covered

Getting To Know Project 2016

  • How Project 2016 Works
  • Starting Project In Windows 10
  • Understanding The Project Start Screen
  • The Project 2016 Screen
  • Project Operations
  • Using The Ribbon
  • Showing And Collapsing The Ribbon
  • Understanding The Backstage
  • The Project Work Area
  • Working With Views
  • Working With Split Screens
  • Understanding Sheet Views
  • Working With Tables
  • Gantt Chart View
  • Working With Gantt Charts
  • Understanding The QAT
  • Working With The QAT
  • Working With Project Files
  • Exiting From Project 2016

Project Management

  • Tasks And Resources
  • The Importance Of Planning
  • Understanding The Gantt Chart
  • Computers And Project Management

Creating A New Project

  • Steps In Creating A Project
  • Understanding Your Project
  • Creating A New Project File
  • Calendar Options
  • Changing Calendar Options
  • Working With Calendars
  • Modifying The Standard Calendar
  • Entering Public Holidays
  • Creating A New Resource Calendar
  • Creating A New Task Calendar
  • Setting Up Project Information
  • Entering File Properties

Creating Tasks

  • Understanding Tasks
  • Understanding Scheduling Icons
  • Case Study Tasks
  • Reviewing The Project
  • Entering Tasks
  • Creating Summary Tasks
  • Assignment – Creating Summary Tasks
  • Working In A Sheet View
  • Working With Summary Tasks
  • Working With Task Views
  • Examining Task Information
  • Understanding Task Durations
  • Entering Task Durations
  • Checking Progress
  • Entering Milestones
  • Assigning A Calendar To A Task


  • Understanding Task Dependencies
  • Creating Dependencies Automatically
  • Creating Dependencies In Task Entry
  • Creating Dependencies In Task Information
  • Creating Dependencies In A Sheet View
  • Modifying A Schedule Using Dependencies
  • Auto Scheduling Tasks
  • Critical Path And Project Slack
  • Viewing The Critical Path
  • Examining Task Slack
  • Understanding Lag Time
  • Entering Lag Time
  • Understanding Lead Time
  • Entering Lead Time
  • Inactivating A Task

Resourcing A Project

  • Understanding Resources
  • Entering Work Resources
  • Entering Material Resources
  • Entering Cost Resources
  • Assigning Calendars To Resources
  • Understanding Resource Availability
  • Adjusting Resource Availability
  • Changing The Unit Display

Resourcing Concepts

  • Resource Assignment Calculations
  • Task Types And Work Effort
  • Creating A Simple Assignment
  • Working With Fixed Unit Tasks
  • Working With Fixed Duration Tasks
  • Making Multiple Assignments
  • Adding Additional Resources
  • Adding More Of The Same Resource
  • More Resources In Multiple Assignments
  • Understanding Effort Driven Scheduling
  • Working With Non Effort Driven Tasks
  • Working With Effort Driven Tasks
  • Resource Assignment Summary

Assigning Resources

  • Simple Resource Assignments
  • Assigning Part Time Resources
  • Understanding Work Contouring
  • Specifying Resource Usage
  • Contouring Work Hours
  • Assigning Specific Work Times
  • Work Times For Multiple Assignments
  • Problem Assignments
  • Assigning Resources In Task Information
  • Assigning Resources In A Sheet
  • Assigning Resources You Do Not Have
  • The Case Study Resources


  • Understanding Printing
  • Previewing Before You Print
  • Selecting A Printer
  • Printing A Gantt Chart
  • Printing Sheet Views
  • Printing Tasks For Resources
  • Printing Resources For Tasks

Getting Help

  • Understanding How Help Works
  • Using Tell Me
  • Accessing The Help Window
  • Navigating The Help Window
  • Using Google To Get Help
  • Printing A Help Topic
  • Other Sources Of Assistance

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Start Microsoft Project and identify how it works
  • Explain some of the key concepts associated with project management
  • Create a new project file in Project
  • Enter tasks into a project file
  • Create relationships between tasks in a project
  • Add resources, including labour, materials and equipment to a project
  • Understand and use resource assignment calculations
  • Assign resources to tasks using a number of different methods
  • Print various aspects of a project
  • Obtain help for Project whenever you need it

Watsonia workbook with 128 topics. Files for the exercises are provided on a CD or can be downloaded here


Approximately 10 hours

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Project Management

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