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BSLL 3001 - Project Management Certificate Program

  • 4.5 CEUs
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This course is designed to introduce students of various skill and knowledge levels to the dynamic and demanding world of project management. The course covers both theory and in-practice of the new hybrid model of managing projects, which is a cross between the traditional (predictive) model and the Agile (adaptive) model of managing projects.
The course content has been updated to align with the latest A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Seventh Edition and other appropriate PMI® global standards.
This online class is interactive and helps students learn through weekly pre-recorded lectures, open discussions with the instructor and fellow students, quizzes and through team assignments.
Each group will pick a hypothetical project to work on throughout the semester and will apply what is being learned in class to real-world project documents (artifacts).

Some of the course learning objects are as follows:

  • Introduction to project domains (People. Processes and Business Environment)
  • Introduction to both Waterfall (traditional) and Agile methods for determining requirements, estimating, and enabling self-managing teams to build products
  • Learn how to plan, manage and control today’s high-demand, ever-changing project environments by using the tools and resources available for project success
  • Learn the language (terms, definitions and globally recognized standards) of project management
  • Learn how to embrace and manage change to realize best results on a project

Note: Students will work individually and in project teams to develop actual project documents on a hypothetical project to assist them in the application of the topics covered in class.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Important Information

Please note spring break is March 13-19.


George Angel

George Angel is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) since July 1998 and an IBM Certified Professional Executive Project Manager. He has over 27 years as a successful project manager and over 39 years with IBM serving in several key areas such as, IT program manager, help desk manager, finance manager, and project executive.

George has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Albuquerque. He served as President on the Board of Directors for Boulder County Special Transit and he teaches project management classes at Colorado State University, internationally for IBM, and is a professional speaker for PMIP® (Project Management Institute).

Joe Keim PMP, Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt

Joe Keim is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Laverne in Organizational Management. He is founder of Keim Consulting, a company focusing on providing business consulting and training for project management, process improvement, and business solutions. He has worked in the commercial and defense industries for over 30 years with direct project, program, & corporate management experience in aircraft programs, mission planning, decision support systems, and software development working in Predictive and Agile environments. Currently, Joe is the Special Projects Manager with AWMI/Charis. He is a member of the Continuing Education teaching staff at CSU as an instructor in the Project Management Certification program since 2013.

Lee Varra-Nelson, PMP, Six Sigma Green Belt

Lee’s career with Hewlett-Packard crossed many business functional areas. Nearly all of her projects have required remote management of worldwide teams including sales, marketing, IT and engineering groups. She has analyzed and implemented global supply chain solutions to improve efficiency, standardize processes, and streamline delivery. She left Hewlett-Packard to work as a Senior Technical Project Manager for Intrado, a company that supports and enhances the national 911 emergency system. While working at Intrado, she led her project team to the first successful release of transmitting text messages to 911 dispatch centers.

In 2004, Lee founded Varra-Nelson Consulting. In her private consulting work, she has enjoyed working with major technology corporations and government agencies but her favorite work was a special project with NASA’s Director of the International Year of Astronomy. She has also donated her project management expertise to Rotary International for major projects and conferences.

Lee completed her undergraduate work in education and sociology at the University of Northern Colorado and attended Colorado State University doing graduate work in Business Management.