The Development Approach and Life Cycle & Planning Domains

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2 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Determine Project Value to Maximize Expected Value

This course is the second in the Project Management Certificate series. The course will cover the significance of and methods for choosing a project development methodology and how this impacts a project's life cycle as well as specific elements of project planning. Additionally, the course examines the importance of establishing, prioritizing, and maintaining the value in project outcomes.

You will continue to use The Standard for Project Management - Seventh Edition by Project Management Institute, Inc. (2021), which includes the orientation for developing a value delivery system and delivery principles which guide the execution of a project. You will also explore elements of tailoring your project to accommodate the environment and situation in which a project resides.

From the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Seventh Edition, you will explore the project performance domains of Delivery Approach and Life Cycle as well as the Planning Performance Domain. These domains and standards enhance the Knowledge areas of Scope, Cost, Schedule, Procurement and Resource planning from the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK® Guide. To enhance your project management understanding of planning, you will explore several chapters in the An Introduction to Project Management, Seventh Edition, Predictive, Agile, and Hybrid Approaches by Kathy Schwalbe (2021). Similar to the prior course, you will build and elaborate on your project artifacts both individually and in groups.

Course Details

  • This is the second course in the Project Management Certificate program and is delivered fully online.
  • This course consists of seven engaging learning modules, with completed coursework due each week.
  • Course weeks begin every Tuesday and end each Monday.

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for those seeking a hands-on approach to gaining project management skills and methodologies.

Instructor: USD's Instructional team consists of experienced practitioners from the Project Management industry who will provide a stimulating and participative learning environment for each course. The instructors in this certificate program have many years of combined experiences, tales from the trenches, actual case scenarios and expertise to share with all project management students.

Required Course Materials: Two Texts, by PMI (combined purchase) and by Kathy Schwalbe, all available at or your local bookstore.  NOTE:  This is the same text book combination that was used in the previous course, PMP-X857.  If you have them already, you do not need to repurchase them.

Technical Requirements


  • PMP-X857 The Stakeholder and Team Performance Domains

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
PMP-X858 – 008 22 Oct 202409 Dec 2024 2 $599

The Development Approach and Life Cycle & Planning Domains

22 Oct 202409 Dec 2024
Online Fixed-Date
Marie Struttmann

NOTE: To register for this course you must be enrolled or have successfully completed: PMP-X857, Stakeholder and Team Performance Domains.

Once you have enrolled in your course, to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the New Student Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Select and utilize a Development and Life Cycle approach that meets the needs of the organization and the project.
  • Adopt a holistic approach to gathering project requirements and information to deliver project outcomes.
  • Determine your project's organizational value and association with business objectives.
  • Prioritize the unique elements of a project and tailor project execution to maximize value, manage cost, and optimize speed of execution.
  • Effectively manage change throughout a project's life cycle.



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Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.