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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 bundle, 24 PDUs to Satisfy Your Talent Triangle, as well as 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® CAPM® and PgMP® certification holders.

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

Author: Louis Alderman

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I earn Professional Development Units (PDUs)?

    Yes, you can! All of our InSite courses qualify for Professional Development Units (PDUs) through PMI®. We’ve aligned them to meet the requirements of the PMI Talent Triangle™ making it easy for you to submit them with PMI®. We’ve created step-by-step instructions to claiming your PDUs here.

  • 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. This course qualifies for 5 Technical PDUs towards your recertification.

  • How long will I have access to this course?

    If you purchase the individual course, you will have access for 6 months from the time you activate the course key in your account. If you purchase the PDU Passport, you’ll have either 6 or 12 months from date of purchase depending which PDU Passport subscription you chose.

  • When will I be able to access this course?

    Upon purchase, this course will automatically be added to your account. If you purchased this individual course, your 6-month access period will not begin until you activate the course key.  Once activated, you can access the course anytime you want, 24/7, with internet connection for 6-months. If you purchase the PDU Passport, your access will begin right away.

  • 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.

  • How do I report my PDUs?

    You can report your PDUs and check your current PDU balance directly through PMI. For your convenience, we’ve created step-by-step instructions to claiming your PDUs here. You will receive a Certificate of Completion when you complete this course which you should save in case you get audited by PMI.

  • 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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