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Fundamentals of Schedule Network Diagramming

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About This Course

Whether equipping yourself for your career, preparing for an exam, or building a foundation to teach others about project schedule network diagramming—this course is where it all starts! Learn the basic components of project scheduling and the network diagramming of schedule activities. This course is full of exercises to provide experience in understanding your project schedule, dependencies, the critical path, float, leads and lags, and schedule compression – all from the perspective of the precedence network diagram! Learn the mechanics of the Forward Pass and the Backward Pass, including “how-to” when the relationships are FS, SS, SF, and FF—and even if there are leads or lags included!

This course is also available in the PDU Passport, our all-access pass to every InSite PDU course.


  • Creating the Schedule
  • Dependencies
  • Logical Relationships
  • Leads vs. Lags
  • Diagramming Activities Between Milestones
  • Analyze the Network
  • Forward Pass & Backward Pass
  • The Critical Path
  • Fast Tracking
  • Schedule Compression
  • Summary
  • Final Exam


  • Dependencies, Leads & Lags Exercise (with answers)
  • Creating the Diagram Exercise (with answers)
  • Identifying the Network Paths Exercise (with answers)
  • Forward Pass Exercise (with answers)
  • Backward Pass Exercise (with answers)
  • Identify the Critical Path Exercise (with answers)
  • Float Exercise (with answers)
  • Schedule Compression Exercise (with answers)
  • Final Exam (with answers)
  • Certificate of Completion

Target Audience: Best for PMP® and PgMP® certification holders.

Outcome: 5 Professional Development Units (PDUs) that can be applied towards the following certifications: PMP, PgMP, and PMI-SP

Author: Louis Alderman

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this course registered with PMI? Will I earn Professional Development Units (PDUs)?

    Yes and yes!  Your PDUs are important, and we’ve registered this course with PMI.  Velociteach is a Registered Education Provider (REP#1768).  This course is listed with PMI, provides Category A PDUs and is aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM. Once you have finished the course, our system will generate a Certificate of Completion for your records.

  • How long will I have access to this course?

    You will have access to this course for 6 months from the time you activate the key in your account.

  • When will I be able to access this course?

    Upon purchase, this course will automatically be added to your account. However, your 6-month access period will not begin until you activate the key.

  • How long will it take me to complete the course?

    You will earn 5 PDUs for completing this course. Therefore, it should take you about 5 hours to complete the course, but you can revisit sections or watch lessons as many times as you wish during your access period. One of the best features is you can pause a course and pick up right where you left off when you log back into your account. InSite is self-paced, which makes it simple for you to learn when it is convenient for you.

  • Can I access this course from a mobile device?

    Yes, you can take this course from your computer, tablet or mobile device.  If you can access the internet, you can access this course.

  • What is the Talent Triangle, and how does it impact my PDUs?

    PMI requires that you earn a minimum number of 8 PDUs in Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic and Business Management categories.

  • How do I report my PDUs?

    You will receive a Certificate of Completion when you complete each course. PMI has step-by-step instructions on how to report your PDUs.

  • PDUs: 5

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Fundamentals of Schedule Network Diagramming

PMI Talent Triangle™

  • Leadership PDUs: 0
  • Technical PDUs: 5
  • Strategic PDUs: 0

"The "pulse train" was a great ride! Exercises used were helpful — learn by doing! "

Bill Y., PMP

"Presenter was knowledgeable and easy to understand. The exercises were challenging, but definitely helped me to diagram!"

Stephanie P., CAPM

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