Microsoft Project tasks

Duration of course

One day – 9.00am to 4.30pm

Who should attend?

Our Microsoft project courses covering “tasks” are designed for those who need to use Microsoft Project to develop a schedule of activities for a project.


To gain maximum benefit from this course, students should have opened up the application and keyed in a number of tasks. Project management knowledge is an advantage.

Course Objectives
On completion of our Melbourne Microsoft Project course, participants will be able to:

  • Start and close Microsoft Project for Windows
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the key concepts of project management and project management using a computer tool
  • Create project task lists, create relationships between those tasks and have the computer calculate schedules
  • Format project sheet and graphical views
  • Print data in Microsoft Project.

Course Content
Project Basics

  • Microsoft Project Basics
    • How Microsoft Project works
    • Starting Microsoft Project
    • The Microsoft Project screen
    • How Microsoft Project 2010 works
    • Using the ribbon
    • Understanding the backstage view
    • The project work area
    • Working with views
    • Working with split screens
    • Understanding sheet views
    • Working with tables
    • Gantt chart view
    • Working the Gantt chart view
    • Working with the QAT
    • Working with files
    • Exiting from Microsoft Project

    Project Management

    • Tasks and resources
    • The importance of planning
    • Project management tools
    • Using a computer for project management

    Creating a new project

    • Steps in creating a project
    • Understanding your project
    • Creating a new project file
    • Understanding the calendar options
    • Changing the calendar options
    • Working with calendars
    • Modifying the standard calendar
    • Entering public holidays
    • Creating a new calendar
    • Setting up project information
    • Entering file properties

    Creating tasks

    • Understanding tasks
    • Understanding scheduling icons
    • The Rostadium case study tasks
    • Reviewing the project
    • Entering tasks
    • Creating summary tasks
    • Working in a sheet view
    • Working with summary tasks
    • Working with task views
    • Examining task information
    • Understanding task durations
    • Entering task durations
    • Checking progress
    • Entering milestones


    • Understanding task dependencies
    • Creating dependencies automatically
    • Creating dependencies in task entry
    • Creating dependencies in task information
    • Creating dependencies in a sheet
    • Fine tuning a schedule using dependencies
    • Auto scheduling tasks
    • Critical path and project slack
    • Viewing the critical path
    • Examining task slack
    • Understanding lag time
    • Entering lag time
    • Understanding lead time
    • Entering lead time

On day one, there is a heavy focus placed on developing correct task relationship models and building a work breakdown structure. During this training session, participants will be able to commence building their own project schedule. We will use this schedule on the second day to practice project resourcing in Microsoft Project.

Course Delivery
Project Advantage run our Melbourne Microsoft Project training programs on “tasks” at customer designated locations. Substantial discount rates are applicable when compared to the costs for staff attendance at public courses. We also offer one – on – one training and online sessions for those wishing to experience a more personalised training experience.

The maximum number of participants in each session is ten.

For each course, the customer is responsible for providing the venue, equipment including data projector, white board and 10 networked computers with Microsoft Project 2007/2010/2013 installed and a choice of catering options. Project Advantage provides the instructor, a notebook computer for the presentation of the course, course materials including workbooks for each participant, CDs, handout materials for activities and certificates of achievement for those who have successfully completed the course.


  • Minimum four participants on-site – $400 per person
  • Six to 10 participants on-site – $2400 per day
  • One-on-one on-site – $550 plus travel expenses.
  • Online sessions 3 x 2.5 hour over one day – $400 per person

Other Melbourne Microsoft Project training courses run by Project Advantage include: