Short Courses

Project Planning, Scheduling and Control

Learn proven planning, scheduling and cost control practices to deliver projects on time and on budget.
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Learn proven planning, scheduling and cost control practices to deliver projects on time and on budget.

On most engineering projects, scope, cost, and time pressures are almost inevitable. At any stage of an infrastructure or systems project, tools to plan, schedule and maintain control are essential for managing these challenges and delivering on time and on budget. 

In this self-paced introductory course, you'll learn how to:

  • plan with a high level of strategic thinking that considers stakeholder expectations and risk
  • schedule by modelling the plan, including required resources and data structures for reporting
  • control your projects with a continual performance feedback loop

Using practical examples, you'll explore how to establish a baseline for your project. From there you can manage change and report on performance. You'll see how risk management tools and techniques can improve decision making.

You'll also learn how to collaborate with your project team to consider their differing values and goals. 

By the end of this course, you'll understand how to best apply project planning, scheduling and controls to your projects. You'll improve project performance with streamlined reporting, measurable project progress, and stronger communication with clients, contractors and suppliers.

Complete this course as part of a Micro-credential

If you're a project engineer working in construction, you can showcase your capabilities to prospective employers and clients by completing this course as part of the Manage Construction Project Schedule Micro-credential (Learning pathway)

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8 Hours, self-paced
Location & dates

1 January - 31 December

Additional Information

Once you register, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online platform to start this course.

We can arrange bulk registration packages for corporate clients.

This includes the option to set up an access code for your organisation, allowing your team to register for courses on demand, avoiding the need to request individual Purchase Orders.

We can also customise this course to align to your business objectives or L&D needs.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • Improve project outcomes through project planning, scheduling, and control
  • Describe what risk is and improve project outcomes with project risk management
  • Appreciate 'optimism bias' and how to overcome it using project planning scheduling and control
  • Describe the difference between project planning, project scheduling and project control.
  • Understand how baseline is established and used for project performance measurement
  • Describe the performance update cycle and the PDCA feedback loop
  • Understand how baseline change control process enables desirable change and protects the project from unwanted changes
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits engineers with two to three years’ experience, including: 

  • project engineers
  • asset managers
  • contract administrators
  • estimators
  • planners
  • schedulers
  • cost engineers
  • risk engineers
  • project control professionals

It also suits those involved in projects across fields such as:

  • finance and accounting
  • procurement and contracts
  • risk management 
  • human resources
  • health, safety and environment 
  • quality assurance

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

  • Introduction to project planning, scheduling and control
  • Uncertainty, risk and decision making
  • Communication in project planning, scheduling and control
  • Setting a project baseline
  • The performance feedback cycle
  • Project baseline change management
Laurie Bowman FIEAust CPEng EngExec
How you'll learn

This course is delivered through EEA Online, our digital learning platform.

You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks and learning checks.

It will take approximately eight hours to complete. As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.

Once you register for the course, you have 90 days to complete it.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a digital badge as evidence of your achievement. Learn more about Engineering Education Australia’s digital badges including how to claim and share on our Frequently asked questions page.

This also counts towards the number of Engineers Australia Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours you can claim.

EEA Online access

EEA Online is powered by leading Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas by Instructure.

Once you register for a course, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online Canvas platform to start this course.

If you are registering for your first EEA Online course, you will receive an email from [email protected] inviting you to set up your EEA Online account. 

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Mobile access

EEA Online is mobile friendly, however desktop is preferred. Please read through the following information on mobile access via Canvas:

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