Cost Management: New Course for Project Managers

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” — Peter Drucker

Cost Management is a new PMI® Core Principles course from MyCourseRoom.  Prepared by a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, this course provides an excellent review of the skills required for planning, estimating and controlling the budget of a project as covered in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

The success of the project is dependent on understanding the needs, expectations, and concerns of the stakeholders as well as implementing the key inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs of the cost management processes.  The various stakeholders usually measure project costs in different ways and at different times.

Cost management is critical for most businesses not only for specific projects but for the organization’s overall business model.  Implementing a cost management structure for projects can help a business keep their over-all budget under control.

MyCourseRoom now offers eight courses and our competency assessment in our PMI® Core Principles category:

Courses:  All carry CPE, CEU, and PDU credentials.

  • Communications Management
  • Cost Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Quality Management
  • Risk Management
  • Scope Management
  • Stakeholders Management

Assessment:  Project Management Competency Assessment

Register today at www.mycourseroom.com.

PMI, PMP, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate Program Graduate

In continuing our efforts to provide up-to-date research and understanding, MyCourseRoom is pleased to announce that we have completed an in-depth study and certification program provided through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in partnership with eCornell. Over 25 experts in the medical, nutrition, and education fields presented research and perspectives on how following a plant-based diet and lifestyle is optimal for health and can prevent and reverse disease.

This certification provides an added layer of knowledge to our new Health and Wellness course, Autoimmune Disease Prevention and Healing.  Personal health is important to everyone.  Even those who currently don’t have any medical issues strive to maintain their good health as they age.  Although we don’t know what will happen in the future, we can fight the ‘unknowns’ that may affect our health by keeping our immune system strong through a whole food plant-based lifestyle.

Get started today by taking our free Autoimmune Disease Prevention and Healing course at www.mycourseroom.com and earn CPE/CEU credits.

Autoimmune Disease – Using Food as Medicine

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” – Hippocrates

For most people who suffer with chronic pain or disease, they go from doctor to doctor hoping to find relief.  Besides the financial cost, they soon realize that traditional medicine tends to treat the symptoms with prescription medications rather than treat the cause.  These medications are often expensive and have dangerous side effects.  What if the answer was as simple as changing their diet.

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), autoimmune disease affects up to 50 million Americans.  Autoimmune disease is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in 75% of women of all ages up to age 64.  Researchers have identified approximately 80-100 different autoimmune diseases.  These include diseases such as arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, type-1 diabetes, colitis, etc.

How does the human diet relate to autoimmune disease?  The human gastrointestinal tract constitutes about 70% of the immune system. Yes, your immune system – the complex system within our bodies that protects us and keeps us healthy.  An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy cells.

Through her personal journey with severe rheumatoid arthritis over the last three years, MyCourseRoom’s CEO has found the answer for herself and is on the road to complete healing.  Her success story and those of many others show that a change in diet can bring relief in a matter of days and eventual reversal and restoration to good health.

Find out more about how the foods you eat can help protect you from the destructive effects of autoimmune disease.  Take MyCourseRoom’s new, free course, Autoimmune Disease Prevention and Healing.  Sign up today at www.MyCourseRoom.com.

Announcing new course: Autoimmune Disease Prevention and Healing

MyCourseRoom is excited to announce our new course, Autoimmune Disease Prevention and Healing. Following a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis as a result of a severe reaction to a wasp sting, our Founder and CEO, Mubina Gillani, spent three years of extensive research to find answers that traditional medicine couldn’t provide.

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” — Thomas Edison

She was determined not to rely on drugs that only treat symptoms but to find a cure. Several months ago she discovered Dr. John McDougall and his dietary program for reversal and healing of autoimmune diseases. For the first time in a long time, she felt hope that she could regain her health. She fully attributes her continued recovery to Dr. McDougall’s eating program.

After achieving something that her doctors told her was not possible, her personal goal is to spread the knowledge that disease can be reversed and even prevented by using food as medicine. She wants to give renewed hope to anyone suffering with debilitating autoimmune conditions, to those whose loved ones are suffering, and to those who want to learn how to prevent these diseases.

To develop this course, Dr. McDougall gave Mubina permission to use the extensive materials he has published on his website.

Sign up today at www.MyCourseRoom.com and take our free course, Autoimmune Disease Prevention and Healing.

Project Management Competency Assessment

MyCourseRoom, a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) for the Project Management Institute (PMI) now provides a simple and cost effective way for the Director of a Project Management Office (PMO) to ensure that their project managers conduct a quick, annual review of their knowledge and brush up on the areas identified as knowledge gaps.  This simple process further reduces the risk of a project failure.

What is really powerful about MyCourseRoom’s online Project Management Competency Evaluation is that it identifies the individual’s knowledge gaps and provides a direct link to the specific knowledge area to fill the gaps.  This training carries Professional Development Units (PDU) recognized by PMI and can be used to meet continuing education requirements required by project managers credentialed by PMI.

The assessment evaluates the following core competencies:

  1. Communications Management
  2. Cost Management
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. Integration Management
  5. Procurement Management
  6. Quality Management
  7. Risk Management
  8. Scope Management
  9. Stakeholder Management
  10. Time Management

As Directors of PMOs know, keeping knowledge of core competencies fresh will make it more likely that a project will complete on time, with an acceptable level of quality, and within budget.

Have your project managers subscribe now for our annual $65 All Services Preferred Plan and get all credentialed certificates, transcript, and free access to our competency assessments (a $25 savings if purchased separately).

Go to http://www.mycourseroom.com/catalog.htm?type=A to begin now or add to your Course Queue and start at your convenience.

Surviving a Loss Positively

Each one of us knows how a loss feels, whether through death, divorce, job loss, etc.; yet each of us experiences grief in our own unique way. We may go through similar experiences with similar circumstances, but our responses will vary widely. There is no right or wrong way of responding to a loss. However, there are some common indicators and ways of coping that help bridge the chasm between despair and hope.

The common emotions that surface during the process of loss and healing include: shock, disbelief, realization, emotional vacuum, trepidation, progress, and closure. It is important to understand and accept our emotions in order to maintain a level of peace and knowledge that these feelings are normal stages of grief.

“Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction… Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don’t fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don’t fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed… Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it ‘the first law of personal growth.’” — Peter McWilliams

It is important to acknowledge and recognize that loss can affect our daily routine to the extent it can change our direction in life. Our response to unexpected circumstances determines the kind of life we will have in the future.

MyCourseRoom offers a unique course, Coping with Loss, that provides a guide in your process of grieving and healing. It also offers you the opportunity to interact with others who are dealing with loss. Help to maintain peace and harmony in your life by signing up today for this free course at www.mycourseroom.com.

How Important is HIPAA?

At one time or another, most of us have signed HIPAA forms either at a doctor’s office or hospital. We have become very protective of our privacy, and sharing personal information makes us feel vulnerable. Thus HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) of 1996 and revised in 2013 is supposed to protect the privacy of our health related information.  How many of us have taken the time to read these forms before signing?

Anyone who works with or has access to Personal Health Information (PHI) including medical professionals and staff, employers, insurers, school personnel, government workers, researchers, etc. must abide by HIPAA Privacy and Security requirements.

“It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.” — Rene Descartes

Healthcare is a complex and ever evolving industry. With electronic health records required by government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and more and more doctors using telemedicine and information technology in diagnosis and treatment, HIPAA is a crucial part affecting each of us.

However, mistakes are made, rather by accident or intentional. It is important to know your rights and legal protections. Register today to take the updated HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA Security courses for free at www.mycourseroom.com.

These courses have been approved for 15 continuing education hours for CPHQ recertification by the HQCB.  They are also approved for CPE and CEU.