Microsoft Project - Level 1Download Course Outline

This is the outline of our Microsoft Project Level 1 course - Duration: 2 days

In your work of managing projects, you face complex and difficult challenges that involve the completion of many tasks in a precise sequence, the coordination of many different people and the expenditure of a great deal of time and money. This course will give you the specific skills you need to run these projects successfully, helping you to complete them on time and on budget.  This course will show you how to be more efficient and productive by managing projects successfully through the use of Microsoft Project.

To get the most out of this course you don’t need any previous experience of using project management software or any knowledge of project management methodology but you should be a competent computer user.

We specialise on on-site training and can come to you to run our course either on your PC's or provide our own high specification equipment. If you want specific training for your staff, we are happy to customise this course to your requirements, adding or removing topics as necessary.

This course can be run as Project 2003, Project 2007, Project 2010 or Project 2013, you can find our MS Project 2010 upgrade course here


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Microsoft Project - Level 1 course content.

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Introduction to the Project Environment

  • Accurately distinguish, move to, and use different parts of the Project screen.

Set Up Tasks

  • Correctly enter your list of tasks including their durations.
  • Edit tasks correctly using the Task Information screen.
  • Organise Tasks correctly with the use of Summary Tasks and outlining.

Schedule Tasks

  • Link tasks correctly so Microsoft Project can accurately schedule their dates..
  • Refine scheduling with the correct use of gaps and overlaps.
  • Override calculated task dates by the correct use of Task Constraints.
  • Use Manual Scheduling to create “draft” project plans or more flexible schedules*.

Review Fixed Task Costs

  • Correctly enter fixed costs for tasks
  • Accurately report on fixed costs and Cash Flow.

Set Up Your Project Calendar

  • Change the default work hours so Project schedules your  tasks according to your working day requirements.
*Note: Topics marked with an asterisk are only applicable to Project 2010 or 2013 users.

Create Task Calendars

  • Schedule tasks outside the normal working day e.g.  evenings and  weekends.

Analyse the Critical Path

  • Find out accurately which tasks are key to the successful completion of your project.

Set Up Resources

  • Enter information on people and materials into the Resource Sheet.

Assign Resources to Tasks

  • Assign resources to the tasks that they will complete.
  • Use Effort Driven Scheduling correctly.
  • Use the Team Planner to make assignments*.

Set Up Resource Calendars

  • Accommodate staff and sub-contractor holidays and shift patterns.

Resolve Overallocated Resources

  • Ensure resources can complete the tasks you’ve set them.

Track the Project Progress

  • Accurately measure progress of your project.
  • Ensure that your project finish date doesn’t slip.

Format Gantt Chart Views

  • Customise a Gantt Chart to produce plans for marketing, sales and non-technical users.

We also offer this course as Live Online Learning - follow this link to learn more.


 Call us on 0800 0199 746