PD5: Project Management

PD5: Project Management introduces students to the basic tools and techniques used to manage projects in a wide range of industries and workplaces. Project management extends far beyond using a calendar and writing a to-do list: planning, scheduling, budgeting, supervising, delegating, and prioritizing are all part of the process. Students who take PD5 leave the course with a better understanding of the many duties and issues that factor into effective project management.

What do PD5 students do?

  • Practice using several common project management tools, including work breakdown structures and Gantt charts
  • Work through a complex budgeting simulation and reflect on their decisions
  • Focus on a single, comprehensive real-world case study over the course of the term
  • Prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam with extra lectures and materials (optional)

If you've completed PD5 and want to feature the course on your résumé, you're welcome to use and adapt the following bullet points in a "Professional Development" or "Relevant Courses" section:

  • Used a work breakdown structure and Gantt chart to identify tasks and sub-tasks needed to complete a project detailed in a case study
  • Applied different methods of stakeholder management to demonstrate understanding of the role of each stakeholder
  • Identified ways to mitigate scope creep, including ways to control time within a project
  • Created a project budget using forecasted conditions in a home renovation project simulation

How are PD5 students graded?

PD5 students complete a series of quizzes, assignments, and reflective exercises over the course of the term. To pass the course, students must earn an overall grade of 50% or higher. Students can deepen their learning by completing a bonus assignment worth 10% during the term. High achievers in PD5 have a chance to win a book prize that helps students prepare to write the CAPM exam mentioned above.

If you have a question about grading in PD5, contact the course team using the information in the sidebar.


PD5’s instructor is Dr. Peter Carr, a lecturer in the department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Peter is also the director of Waterloo’s Online Masters of Technology program.


PD5 is offered during the Fall and Winter terms.

Enrolment information

PD5 is an elective PD course for students in all faculties. Students must enrol themselves in the course using Quest.

Contact information

Course team: pd5@uwaterloo.ca

ISC: Noor Al Jalam  naljalam@uwaterloo.ca