What Is This Course About?
There has been a growing awareness of project management as a special skill and competency that is learned and applied, much the same as the traditional specialization areas of engineering or architecture. Project management is a separate and distinct function that is performed independently of, but in conjunction with, contractors / construction managers, speciality engineers, architects or suppliers.
A project is a set of activities carefully chosen to optimise the use of resources such as time, money, people, materials, energy, provisions, communication, quality, risk etc. to meet pre-defined objectives.
Who Should Be Doing This Course?
Business managers have the responsibility to deliver many projects – and should aim to optimise the use of resources such as time, money, people, materials, energy, provisions, communication, quality risk etc. to meet the pre-defined objectives.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Provide a definition of what is meant by the term “project” and “project management”.
- List processes or stages associated with the management of a project.
- Provide and discuss at least two “constraints” that are typically associated with the planning and managing of projects.
- List the 4 phases of the project life cycle as per the “Method 123 Ltd” model.
- Discuss what is involved in identifying and defining the business case in the initiation of a project.
- Identify and discuss at least 4 other “plans” that are developed during the project planning phase.
- Provide a broad overview of the contents of a Project Plan and list at least 4 of the “subsidiary plans” e.g. Cost management, plan, etc.
- If given a list and time scale for the activities in a relatively simple project, be able to translate these into a bar chart format.
- Explain what is meant by a Network Diagram and give an example of when a Network Diagram may be used as part of a project planning process.
- List and discuss the general management skills that form an integral part of the execution or project.
- Explain what is meant by Project Integration Management and discuss the related components of project plan development, and integrated change control.
- List at least three of the project execution facilitating processes e.g. quality management.
- Explain what is meant by the term “control” as it applies to project execution and list three project control/controlling processes.
- Identify and explain what is involved in project closeout.
How Is Your Course Mark Calculated?
Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck!
Study At Your Own Pace!
We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you!