Microsoft Project 2016/365 – Introduction

Course Length: 2 Days
Course Format: Instructor–Led
Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Course Description

Course Overview: Welcome to Microsoft® Project 2016/365: Introduction. This course is designed to familiarize you with the basic features and functions of Microsoft Project Professional 2016/365 so you can use it effectively and efficiently in a real-world environment.

This course covers the critical knowledge and skills a project manager needs to create a project plan with Project 2016/365 during the planning phase of a project. In other words, if your supervisor assigns you to lead a project, this course will enable you to draft a project plan with Project 2016/365 and share it with your supervisor (and others) for review and approval.

Target Student: This course is designed for a person with an understanding of project management concepts and who is responsible for creating and maintaining project plans. The course will give the student a fundamental understanding of Microsoft Project 2016/365 necessary to create and save project plans.

Prerequisites: To ensure your success in this course, you should have basic project management knowledge and skills. The following CompuTrain course can help you in meeting this requirement: Project Management Fundamentals (Second Edition).

You should also have basic knowledge and skills for using any current Windows® operating system—preferably Windows 10. The following CompuTrain courses can help you meet this requirement:

  • Using Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 Transition from Windows® 7

Finally, you should have competency in using other Microsoft Office applications—preferably Office 2016/365. You can take any of the Office 2016/365 course offerings from CompuTrain to attain the requisite knowledge and skills.

Course Objectives

In this course, you will learn to create and engage in basic management of a project using Microsoft Project Professional 2016/365.

You will:

  • Identify project management concepts and navigate the Project 2016/365 environment.
  • Create and define a new project plan.
  • Create and organize tasks.
  • Manage resources in a project plan.
  • Finalize a project plan.
  • Update a project plan to reflect progress as you execute the project.
  • Monitor project progress in the project plan.
  • Adjust the project plan to control constraints.
  • Create project reports to share a project’s status.
  • Customize project settings and share customizations with other projects.
Course Content


Lesson 1: Getting Started with Microsoft Project
  • Identify Project Management Concepts
  • Navigate the Microsoft Project 2016/365 Environment
Lesson 2: Defining a Project
  • Create a New Project Plan
  • Define a Project
  • Assign a Project Calendar
Lesson 3: Creating and Organizing Tasks
  • Add Tasks to a Project Plan
  • Import Tasks from Other Programs
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Define Task Relationships
  • Schedule Tasks
Lesson 4: Managing Project Plan Resources
  • Add Resources to a Project Plan
  • Create a Resource Calendar
  • Enter Costs for Resources
  • Assign Resources to Tasks
  • Resolve Resource Conflicts
Lesson 5: Finalizing a Project Plan
  • Optimize a Project Plan
  • Set a Baseline
  • Share a Project Plan


Lesson 1: Executing a Project
  • Enter Task Progress
  • Update Task Progress with SharePoint
  • Update Work
  • Update Costs
Lesson 2: Monitoring Project Progress
  • View Project Progress
  • Add Custom Fields
  • Create Custom Views
  • Create a Network Diagram
  • Analyze a Project Plan
Lesson 3: Controlling a Project Plan
  • Edit the Task List
  • Reschedule Tasks
  • Update a Baseline
Lesson 4: Reporting on Progress
  • Format and Share a Chart View
  • View Existing Reports
  • Create Custom Reports
  • Create a Visual Report
Lesson 5: Customizing the Application
  • Change Project Options
  • Create a Project Plan Template
  • Share Resources
  • Link Project Plans
Appendix A: Extending Project with Macros and Apps