Microsoft Project Introduction


With our Microsoft Project Introduction training course, you will learn how to plan project plans, implement and track your projects better. If you are a new user of MS Project, or if you have been self-taught, our Introduction to Project course will be perfect.

What you will learn

Project and Project Terms

Theory of Project Management
Project User Interface, Windows, Quick Access Toolbar , Ribbons, File Tab, View Button
Using Help
The Project Triangle
Creating a project
Default settings
Define project


Create a Project Calendar

Create a New project Calendar
Set the Default working Hours & Week
Alter Hours of Working Day
Set additional Non-Working Days e.g. Bank Holidays
Applying a calendar to a project


Entering and Linking Tasks

Enter Tasks, Set Durations and create Milestones
Manual vs automatic scheduling
Task information dialog
The indicator column
Create summary tasks
Using the outline tools
Link and unlink tasks, Link types
Predecessors and Successors
Add notes


Task Relationships and Critical Path

Finish to Start, Start to Finish, Finish to Finish and Start to Start
How to Avoid Dangling Tasks
Theory of Critical Path
Showing the Critical Path
Slack Time
Creating lead and Lag time


Navigation and Project Views

View button
Use Goto selected task Button
Use the Zoom tools To change timescale
View the timeline
Split views
Add tasks to timeline
Format Time-scale
Switch view to Calendar View
Switch view to Network Diagram
Switch view to Gantt Chart
Keyboard Short Cuts for Views
More views option



Enter resources
Resource types
Labels , names and groups
Set costs, standard and overtime
Cost per use
Resource Information dialog
Add notes
Pro rata
Cost Rate Tables
Fixed Task Costs
Resource Calendars
Task assigning


Task Constraints & Task Management

General (default) Constraints
Hard Constraints
Soft Constraints
Remove deadlines / constraints
Scheduling Project from Start Date
Scheduling Project from Finish Date
Delay and reschedule
Fixed Duration vs Fixed units
Create and assign Task Calendars


Project Costing

Resource Costs
Duration Driven
Show Project Statistics for project cost and duration
Show cost table (Gantt view)
Identify over allocations
Deal with over allocations



Setting a baseline
Clearing a baseline
Marking tasks % complete
Using the tracking Gantt to spot slippage
Inactivate tasks
Reschedule workload
Levelling options
Splitting tasks


Sorting, Grouping & Filtering

Sorting tasks by non-default sort order
Apply grouping levels
Use the AutoFilter
Use In-built filters for Filtering Tasks


Table usage

Switch tables
More tables
Add columns
Hide columns


Producing Reports

Run Task Usage reports
Run Current Activities reports
Run Costing reports
Run Work load reports
Run visual reports to Excel or Visio
Running Custom reports



Print preview
Gantt Chart
Network Diagram
Calendar View
Page Setup Options
Print options
Snapshot to other application

Further information

Cosensa Learning and Development
Cosensa Learning and Development
1 Day
£245 (ex VAT)
Scheduled dates
Course type:
Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Stirling

Contact Information

Cosensa Learning and Development

Adelaide House
1 Falcon Road
BT12 6SJ