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Approx. 28 hours to complete

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ScheduleLinear Scheduling MethodProgram Evaluation And Review Technique (PERT)Critical Path Method

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 28 hours to complete

Suggested: This course is rigorous and learners are expected to dedicate 5 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week....


Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

  • Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)
  • Traders
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Operations Analysts

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

10 minutes to complete

Introduction to Construction Scheduling

1 video (Total 10 min)
1 hour to complete

Bar (Gantt) Charts

3 videos (Total 28 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
Using Bar (Gantt) Charts8m
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Bar (Gantt) Charts8m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Gantt Chart30m
1 hour to complete

Activity Precedence Diagrams

3 videos (Total 31 min)
3 videos
Recommendations for Building AON Diagrams12m
Examples of Activity Precedence (AON) Diagrams9m
1 hour to complete

Types of Construction Activity Relationships

5 videos (Total 29 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Types of Relationships between Construction Activities7m
Start to Start Relationships7m
Finish to Finish Relationships4m
Multiple Relationships3m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Activity Relationships30m
2 hours to complete

Forward and Backward Pass Calculations

4 videos (Total 44 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Backward Pass Calculations8m
Example 1: Activity On Node Diagram7m
Example 2: AON and Forward/Backward Pass Calculations11m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Activity Precedence Diagrams, Activity Relationships and Forward/Backward Passes1h
1 hour to complete

Critical Path

6 videos (Total 45 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
Critical Path in a Project Schedule10m
Determining the Number of Critical Paths in a Project2m
Imposing Lag Durations in Critical Path12m
Determining Critical Path in a Start to Start Relationship7m
Determining Critical Path in a Finish to Finish Relationship6m
1 practice exercise
Critical Path Method30m
1 hour to complete

Activity Floats

5 videos (Total 45 min)
5 videos
Activity Floats9m
Determining Total Float and Free Float6m
Introduction to the Interfering Float9m
Independent Float9m
1 hour to complete

Understanding Work Dates and Calendar Dates

3 videos (Total 26 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
The Relationship between Calendar Days and Work Days7m
Charting Work Dates and Calendar Dates9m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Floats and Work-Calendar days30m
2 hours to complete

Activity on Arrow

8 videos (Total 72 min), 2 quizzes
8 videos
Drawing an Activity on Arrow Diagram6m
Numbering Nodes on a Diagram2m
Practice Drawing Activity on Arrow Diagrams4m
Advanced Activity Diagrams14m
Adding a Key to An Activity on Arrow Diagram17m
Backward Pass Calculations6m
Determining the Duration of a Project8m
2 practice exercises
Quiz on Activity on Arrow30m
Activity Diagram and Critical Path30m
1 hour to complete

Program Evaluation & Review Technique (PERT) and Range Estimating

6 videos (Total 73 min)
6 videos
Probability of Completing a Project: Normal Distribution5m
PERT Probability Example12m
PERT Example on Completing a Project10m
PERT Calculations: Critical Activities16m
Applying PERT: Range Estimating19m
1 hour to complete

The Role of the Scheduler in Construction Management

3 videos (Total 22 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
Insuring a Project Stays on Track6m
Keeping Accurate Records of Project Progress7m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on PERT and Role of Scheduler30m
2 hours to complete

Linear Construction Operations and Line of Balance

5 videos (Total 59 min), 2 quizzes
5 videos
Line of Balance (LOB)9m
LOB Diagram6m
LOB Example: Develop a Schedule12m
Visualizing LOB12m
2 practice exercises
Quiz on Line of Balance30m
Line of Balance Diagram20m
3 hours to complete

Technology Applications for Scheduling

12 videos (Total 138 min), 1 quiz
12 videos
Software Applications Overview9m
MS Project Scheduling Overview13m
MS Project: A Deeper Dive17m
Primavera P6 Overview12m
Primavera P6 Critical Path11m
Primavera P6: Gantt Chart12m
Primavera P6 Importing Activities and Running Schedule9m
Schedule Analysis and Applications9m
Schedule Application: Custom Tools10m
Building Information Management (BIM) Tools14m
Integration of the Model and Schedule Tools9m
1 practice exercise
Quiz on Technology Applications30m
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Top reviews from Construction Scheduling

By FLDec 27th 2016

The Course is very interesting and helpful from all prospective. I'm the project Owner and it was great experience for better understanding of the scheduling, different techniques and Lean Delivery.

By BAMar 16th 2019

It was a very dynamic course which contained many useful knowledge. I gained many important information that will help me a lot.\n\nThanks to Coursera and to my Instructors.



Ibrahim Odeh, Ph.D., MBA

Instructor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Director of Research and Founder, Global Leaders in Construction Management

About Columbia University

For more than 250 years, Columbia has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world. At the core of our wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries and service to society....

About the Construction Management Specialization

Construction Management is the planning, coordinating, and building of a project from conception to completion. This specialization is intended for Construction industry professionals, engineers, and architects looking to advance their careers. Students interested in learning about construction project management would also benefit from this specialization....
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