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Microsoft Project 2013 - Level 2

Self-taught course


Microsoft Project 2013 - Level 2 is designed for existing users of Microsoft Project who wish to extend their skills and knowledge beyond the creation of simple projects.

Target audience

Anyone who wants to know more about the functionality of Microsoft Project 2013.


Microsoft Project 2013 - Level 2 assumes that the learner can create basic and simple projects using Microsoft Project. It is also be beneficial for the learner to have a general understanding of personal computers and the Windows operating system environment

Topics covered

Resource Levelling

  • Understanding Resource Levelling
  • Creating Resource Chaos
  • Tracking Down Over Allocations
  • Checking Resource Usage
  • Creating An Over Allocation Report
  • Fix 1: Changing Work Effort
  • Understanding Overtime
  • Fix 2: Assigning Overtime
  • Fix 3: Hiring Contract Labour
  • Fix 4: Switching Work Assignments
  • Fix 5: Rescheduling Tasks

Assigning Materials

  • Assigning Fixed Material Consumption
  • Contouring Materials Usage
  • Adding More Material Assignments
  • Assigning Variable Usage Material
  • Adding To A Material Assignment
  • Checking Work For Materials


  • Understanding Project Costs
  • Reviewing Current Costs
  • Entering Variable Costs
  • Case Study Variable Costs
  • Assigning Daily Costs
  • Assigning Per Usage Costs
  • Assigning Fixed Costs
  • Assigning Material Costs
  • Using Another Cost Table
  • Applying A Different Cost Table
  • Changing Rates During A Project
  • Assigning Cost Resources
  • Viewing Project Costs

Constraints and Deadlines

  • Understanding Constraints And Deadlines
  • Reviewing Our Project
  • Adding A Constraint
  • Using Elapsed Time
  • Rescheduling Tasks
  • Creating A Deadline

Project Tracking

  • Creating A Baseline
  • Automatically Updating Tasks
  • Manually Updating Tasks
  • Entering Delayed Tasks
  • Tracking Actuals On A Gantt Chart
  • Using The Tracking Box
  • Viewing Task Slippage

Project Views

  • Understanding Project Views
  • Working With The Standard Views
  • Creating Split Views
  • Creating A Custom View
  • Creating A Custom Combination View
  • Using Custom Views
  • Customising The View Menus
  • Saving An Existing View
  • Deleting Unwanted Views
  • Keeping New Views Local


  • Exploring Tables
  • Creating A New Table
  • Adding Fields To A Table
  • Formatting Table Fields
  • Using A Custom Table
  • Using A Hyperlink Field

Controlling Project Data

  • Understanding The Data Tools
  • Basic Data Highlighting
  • Highlighting Date Ranges
  • Highlighting A Range Of Tasks
  • Highlighting Tasks With Specific Resources
  • More Highlight Filters
  • Applying Filters
  • Creating A Custom Filter
  • Using A Custom Filter
  • Editing Existing Filters
  • Deleting An Unwanted Filter
  • Grouping Tasks
  • Using AutoFilters

Formatting Projects

  • Understanding The Timescale
  • Changing Time Periods
  • Showing Tiers
  • Modifying Specific Tiers
  • Formatting For Non-Working Time
  • Changing Text Styles
  • Working With Gridlines
  • Displaying Progress Lines
  • Working With Progress Lines
  • Changing The Layout
  • Understanding Gantt Chart Bars
  • Changing Gantt Chart Styles
  • Changing Bar Text
  • Formatting Selected Bars
  • Changing Bar Styles

Printing Gantt Charts

  • Placing Printing Commands On The Ribbon
  • Using Print Preview
  • Setting Page Breaks
  • Printing Specific Dates And Pages
  • Printing Headers
  • Printing Footers
  • Working With The Legend
  • Getting The Right Report Fit
  • Exporting To PDF

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • use various techniques for levelling over allocation of resources
  • assign material resources in a project
  • assign and track costs within a project
  • apply constraints and deadlines to tasks in a project
  • track the progress of a project
  • work more productively with project views
  • work with tables in Microsoft Project
  • work with some of the features that allow you to control your data
  • format projects to make them more appealing and relevant
  • print data from Gantt Charts in a variety of ways and presentations

Watsonia workbook with 96 topics. Files for the exercises are provided on a CD or can be downloaded here


Approximately 10 hours

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