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Microsoft Project 2016 - Level 2

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
  • Microsoft Project 2016 - Level 2 is designed for existing users of Microsoft Project who wish to extend their skills and knowledge beyond the creation of simple projects.
  • Microsoft Project 2016 - Level 2 assumes that the learner can create basic and simple projects using Microsoft Project. 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

Resource Levelling

  • Understanding Resource Levelling
  • Creating Resource Problems
  • Tracking Down Over Allocations
  • Checking Resource Usage
  • Creating An Over Allocation Report
  • Changing Work Effort
  • Understanding Overtime
  • Assigning Overtime
  • Hiring Contract Labour
  • Switching Work Assignments
  • Rescheduling Tasks

Assigning Materials

  • Assigning Fixed Material Consumption
  • Contouring Materials Usage
  • Adding More Material Assignments
  • Assigning Variable Usage Material
  • Adding To A Material Assignment
  • Checking Work For Materials


  • Understanding Project Costs
  • Reviewing Current Costs
  • Entering Variable Costs
  • Case Study Variable Costs
  • Assigning Daily Costs
  • Assigning Per Usage Costs
  • Assigning Fixed Costs
  • Assigning Material Costs
  • Using Another Cost Table
  • Applying A Different Cost Table
  • Changing Rates During A Project
  • Assigning Cost Resources
  • Viewing Project Costs

Constraints And Deadlines

  • Understanding Constraints And Deadlines
  • Reviewing Our Project
  • Adding A Constraint
  • Using Elapsed Time
  • Rescheduling Tasks
  • Creating A Deadline
  • Moving A Project’s Start Date

Project Tracking

  • Creating A Baseline
  • Automatically Updating Tasks
  • Manually Updating Tasks
  • Entering Delayed Tasks
  • Tracking Actuals On A Gantt Chart
  • Using The Tracking Box
  • Viewing Task Slippage

Project Views

  • Understanding Project Views
  • Working With The Standard Views
  • Creating Split Views
  • Creating A Custom View
  • Creating A Custom Combination View
  • Using Custom Views
  • Customising The View Menus
  • Saving An Existing View
  • Deleting Unwanted Views
  • Keeping New Views Local
  • Working With Multiple Files
  • Hiding Open Files


  • Exploring Tables
  • Creating A New Table
  • Adding Fields Using Add New Column
  • Adding Fields Using Insert Column
  • Adding Simple Custom Fields
  • Formatting Table Fields
  • Creating A Simple Lookup Table
  • Using A Custom Table
  • Using A Hyperlink Field

Controlling Project Data

  • Understanding The Data Tools
  • Basic Data Highlighting
  • Highlighting Date Ranges
  • Highlighting A Range Of Tasks
  • Highlighting Tasks With Specific Resources
  • More Highlight Filters
  • Applying Filters
  • Creating A Custom Filter
  • Using A Custom Filter
  • Editing Existing Filters
  • Deleting An Unwanted Filter
  • Grouping Tasks
  • Using AutoFilters

Formatting Projects

  • Understanding The Timescale
  • Changing Time Periods
  • Showing Tiers
  • Modifying Specific Tiers
  • Formatting For Non-Working Time
  • Changing Text Styles
  • Working With Gridlines
  • Displaying Progress Lines
  • Working With Progress Lines
  • Changing The Layout
  • Understanding Gantt Chart Bars
  • Changing Gantt Chart Styles
  • Changing Bar Text
  • Formatting Selected Bars
  • Changing Bar Styles

Advanced Printing

  • Placing Printing Commands On The Ribbon
  • Using Print Preview
  • Setting Page Breaks
  • Printing Specific Dates And Pages
  • Printing Headers
  • Printing Footers
  • Working With The Legend
  • Getting The Right Report Fit
  • Exporting To PDF

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

  • Use various techniques for levelling over allocation of resources
  • Assign material resources in a project
  • Assign and track costs within a project
  • Apply constraints and deadlines to tasks in a project
  • Track the progress of a project
  • Work more productively with project views
  • Work with tables in Project
  • Work with some of the features that allow you to control your data
  • Format projects to make them more appealing and relevant
  • Print data from Gantt Charts in a variety of ways and presentations

Watsonia workbook with 114 topics. Files for the exercises are provided on a CD or can be downloaded here


Approximately 10 hours

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