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Exam: 70-178 : Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2010

MCTS : Microsoft Project 2010

* This exam is a stand-alone exam and will be retired on January 31, 2014.

Audience Profile

This exam covers features of Microsoft Project 2010 such as how to build, maintain, and control well-formed project plans as well as how to schedule, estimate, coordinate, control, budget, and staff projects and support other users of Project.

Candidates for this exam use Project Standard 2010 and Project Professional 2010 desktop features (excluding Project Server features) to manage a project schedule and communicate the project to individuals, teams, and the enterprise.

Candidates should have skills and knowledge necessary for effectively scheduling, communicating, collaborating on, and delivering projects using Project Standard 2010 and Project Professional 2010. Candidates should know key project management concepts and terminology as related to scheduling.

At the course completion

This is a scenario-based program to guide students through the basic steps of creating and tracking a plan. You will create a new plan to learn how to create a schedule, add tasks to the plan, add resources to the plan, and assign the resources to tasks. Additionally, you will learn how to create Project reports to share with others, and track progress on tasks.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Introduction to Project 2010 and its user interface
  • Navigating the ribbon, tabs, and Backstage view in Project 2010
  • Work with views and reports
  • Switching between view and opening reports
  • Creating a new plan and setting its properties
  • Organizing tasks into milestone tasks and summary tasks
  • Creating task links and checking a plan's duration
  • Working with resources
  • Setting work exceptions and adjusting work shifts
  • Assigning a cost resource and a work resource to a task
  • Customizing views
  • Customizing reports
  • Copy and print views and reports
  • Format and share a plan
  • Understand project baselines
  • Track a plan's progress

Skills Measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The information after "This objective may include but is not limited to" is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.

  • Initialize a Project in MS Project 2010
    • Create a new project
    • Create and maintain calendars
    • Create custom fields
    • Customize option settings
  • Create a Task-Based Schedule
    • Set up project information
    • Create and modify a project task structure
    • Build a logical schedule model
    • Create a user-controlled schedule
    • Manage multiple projects 
  • Manage Resources and Assignments
    • Enter and edit resource information
    • Apply task types and scheduling calculations
    • Assign resources
    • Edit assignments
    • Manage resource allocation
    • Manage resource allocations by using Team Planner
    • Model project costs
  • Track and Analyze a Project
    • Set and maintain baselines
    • Update actual progress
    • Compare progress against a baseline
    • Resolve potential schedule problems by using the Task Inspector
    • Display Critical Path information
  • Communicate Project Information
    • Apply views
    • Customize views
    • Format views
    • Share data with external sources
    • Print schedules and reports


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