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Project Management Principles
Dr. Gene Fliedner
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Dual In-Person and Live Online Project Management Principles
Dean Baker
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Professional and Continuing Education
(248) 370-3177

Project Management

Upcoming Course Dates:

Project Management Principles In-Person
2019 - April 12th-May 3rd (Fri/Sat)
*NEW* Project Management Principles Dual In-Person and Live Online
2019 - June 10th-July 1st (Mon/Wed/Fri)

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Project Management Principles

"I was in your PMP class; I wanted to let you know I passed the PMP® exam and am now certified! Thanks for setting me on this course – it has been a great learning experience and the knowledge gained through the whole process is going to be huge benefit for myself and my organization." -Robert S.

Thank you for your interest in our Project Management program. As a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) of the Project Management Institute (PMI), OU PACE has agreed to abide by PMI-established quality assurance criteria. In 2016, our Project Management Principles course was listed among Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs in the United States by Value

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Project Management Principles is conducted two ways: one course on site, in-person only and one course with the option to either attend on-site or via a Live Online classroom. To view a short video overview of how the Live Online classroom operates, please click here. 

Project Management Principles Overview

This course is designed for anyone responsible for completing projects/assignments on time, within budget, while meeting customer specifications and quality requirements. This course is ideal for those interested in learning the core knowledge tested on the Project Management Institute's certification exams to become a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, a highly respected and widely recognized credential. It is also perfect for those who are simply interested in advancing their education and project management knowledge.

We offer the course three times a year: In-person in fall and spring, and via a dual in-person and online option in summer. Information about the instructors can be found in the "Instructors" tab.

The course provides a foundation in the core knowledge tested on the PMP® and CAPM® certification exams as well as the necessary 35 professional development units (PDUs) required for certification; those exams are not included as part of this course. There are no prerequisites for the course. However, there are specific educational and experience requirements that must be met before one is eligible for certification through the Project Management Institute. Please see the website for these requirements and certification details.

The course version covers all ten PMI knowledge management areas and five project phases in great depth with emphasis on practical applications and examples. The course also places equal emphasis on PMI’s Talent Triangle, the combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise.

Please Note: Enrollment of the class is capped at 20 participants for in-person and 15 for the dual in-person and online option.

*PMP® and the PMI Registered Education Provider logo are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

  • Course cost is $1,650 per student 
  • Each student will be provided with course material on the first night of class, including: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Sixth Edition, and a binder or electronic workbook of the instructors' PowerPoint slides. 
  • After you register for the course, please click on this Welcome Letter for important course communication system (Moodle) instructions. More information about Moodle information systems can be found here.
  • A full 100% tuition refund will be allowed if the student drops before the course start date. No refunds will be given after this date.
  • Specific course dates can be found on the Course Dates and Registration tab page. 
  • Please note, lunch will not be provided for the in-person course. A one (1) hour break will be allotted for participants to acquire their own meal. 
  • Project Management Dual In-Person and Live Online - If you will be attending this option (either by choosing to attend on site or via the Live Online classroom), you will require a computer with a high-speed internet connection, microphone, and camera to provide a live classroom experience. Mobile devices such as phones and tablets cannot access the breakouts sessions, normally lack video, and cannot open multiple windows simultaneously. To check your computer compatibility, open the following Link  WebEx Test Class Session link

The Project Management Principle course is certified 100% compliant with the Project Management Institute's (PMI) body of knowledge and offers the requisite 35 professional development units (PDUs) needed to take the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam. (Note: one can then also use either course to acquire the requisite 23 PDUs needed to take the Certified Associate Project Manager certification exam.).

Dates, Locations
Project Management Principles
  • Instructor: Dr. Gene Fliedner, Project Management Program Director
  • Registration: Course registration is now open. To register click HERE and enter CEBA 15000 in the search window.
  • Location: Auburn Hills University Center
  • For More Information: View the Course Introduction - Video

2019 Spring Meeting Times and Dates:

  1. Friday, April 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  2. Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  3. Friday, April 26, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  4. Saturday, April 27 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  5. Friday, May 3, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Note: After you register for the course, please click on this Welcome Letter for important course communication system (Moodle) instructions. More information about Moodle information systems can be found here.

Project Management Principles Dual In-Person and Live Online
  • Instructors: Bill Edwards and Dean Baker
  • Location: The course will be held simultaneously on-site (exact location TBD) and via a Live Online classroom. Students can choose which way they want to attend for ANY class session. For example, one could choose to attend in-person one day and via the Live Online classroom the next.  
    * The course requires a computer with a high-speed internet connection, microphone, and camera to provide a live classroom experience. Mobile devices such as phones and tablets cannot access the breakouts sessions, normally lack video, and cannot open multiple windows simultaneously. To check your computer compatibility, open the following Link  WebEx Test Class Session link
  • For More Information:  View the Online Course Introduction - Video

2019 Meeting Times and Dates:

Dates: June 10th-July 1st
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Time: 6–9:30 p.m.

*Registration for this course will open soon! Please sign-up to receive updates about the course (scroll up to see the form on the main program page) to receive notifications as to when registration is officially open.

*For registration assistance, please contact the Professional and Continuing Registration Office at or (248) 370-3177.

Oakland University reserves the right to cancel courses due to low enrollment. To promote enrollment requirements, you will be notified of course cancellation 24 hours before the course start date via your home Email or phone on record.


Project Management Instructors:

Dr. Gene Fliedner (April and October offerings) is the Director of the Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) Project Management Program. Dr. Fliedner developed the Project Management program curriculum as well as its certification as a Registered Education Provider (REP) for the Project Management Institute. Dr. Fliedner is a professor within the School of Business Administration at Oakland University. He has been teaching Project Management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than 30 years. Dr. Fliedner’s academic interests focus on the interdependent elements of Project Management, Quality Management, Lean systems, and Supply Chain Management. He has published in numerous top-tier academic and practitioner journals. His book, Leading and Managing Lean won the 2013 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award.

Chander M. Malhotra, PMP has served in various executive capacities within diverse domestic and international companies within the automotive, insurance, health care, pharmaceutical, airline, retail, defense, telecommunications, and energy industries. Mr. Malhotra has led numerous projects and lean and six sigma process improvement implementations. In addition, Mr. Malhotra possesses extensive international experience with a proven track record of contributions through business and technology alignment, and developing collaborative relationships with diverse global teams. Mr. Malhotra is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) and certified 6-Sigma Black Belt.

Project Management Dual In-Person and Live Online Instructors:

Dean Baker, MSEE, PMP, spent 30 years in the operations side of the business in engineering, maintenance, and production at General Motors. For the next 10 years, Dean managed the headquarters manufacturing engineering organization responsible for supporting all GM U.S. and Canada stamping plants and directing the stamping division’s $2 billion modernization program. After retiring from GM, Dean began a second career writing, teaching, and consulting in the project management discipline. In 2005, Dean was certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and started his own consulting business “Team Implementers LLC." He is the author of Multi-company Project Management, Learn by Doing Microsoft Project Basics, and the Project Management e-Workbook, which is used in the Online Project Management Principles course. 

Dr. Bill Edwards, PMP, started his career at Ford Motor Company Engine Design where he won one of Ford’s Highest Honors, The Ford Customer-Driven Quality Award. Dr. Edwards also worked with Chrysler Engine Design on an international engine program, and then in their Advance Manufacturing Engineering Department. There, Dr. Edwards led a SWAT team of engineers across North America to quickly identify manufacturing issues and implement solutions. Also at Chrysler, Dr. Edwards instructed all levels of engineering and manufacturing employees in process improvements. He acquired his Professional Engineering License, and in 2011 he joined the Oakland University Industrial & Systems Engineering staff. Dr. Edwards' current research centers around "Optimizing Production Efficiencies in Downtime Events."