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Project Management - Understanding Scheduling Computations


This course explains how to perform forward and backward computations to determine the critical path in a project network diagram and shows how an activity-on-node network diagram can be changed to make an activity-on-arrow diagram and a bar chart.

This lesson is part of our Project Management online training series which contains over 22 hours of self-paced courseware. Our web-based training provides 6 months of unlimited access.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • List the variables that affect the project schedule as well as the rules for computing project time
  • Define forward pass computations
  • Define backward pass computations
  • Explain the relationship of float to critical path
  • Explain how network calculations are performed
  • Describe constrained end date scheduling
  • Explain how to reduce activity durations
  • Describe the use of bar charts in project scheduling
  • Demonstrate how to determine the critical path of project


  • Basics of scheduling computations
  • Forward pass computations
  • Backward pass computations
  • Activity maximum float
  • Network calculations
  • Constrained end date scheduling
  • Reducing activity durations
  • Use of the bar chart

This course is for anyone who wants to get the most out of using Project Management.

Prerequisites: None:

Technical Requirements:

  • Internet connection
  • Browser: Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, Safari, Opera or any standards compliant browser.
  • Authorware and Macromedia Flash player recommended but not required.
  • JavaScript must be enabled.

Retake any or all of our computer training as often as you want. Our online tutorials allow you to learn anywhere, anytime from any computer with internet access. All courses allow for 6 months of unlimited access (1 user), includes a variety of features and all courses qualify for Continuing Education Unit credit.

StaffKit is an e-learning leader in providing computer training tutorials and online education. We have satisfied customers in over 75 countries using our online training courses. We have been a leading provider of self-paced web based training for the past 10 years.

Total Courses: 12
Total Time: 22+ hours
Only $59.95
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Total Time: 391+ hours
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