Business Fundamentals: Project Management

About the course

Gain the basic skills to manage all phases of project lifecycles effectively, using the most appropriate methods and tools. Whatever the type or scale of your project, delivering great results, on time and budget, is always a challenge.

This online course introduces you to the essential skills and processes that support successful project management and helps you apply them to your own context. While other project management courses propose complex methods and techniques, this course will give you the skill-set to play an active role in a project environment right away.

You will also gain confidence with project document templates in Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as some web tools for project management.

This course is aimed at those already or likely to be involved in projects whether professional or personal.

Course topics

  • Project management definition
  • Project lifecycle
  • Initiation phase: scope and objectives definition, project stakeholders analysis
  • Planning phase: Work Breakdown Structure, Gantt diagram, project budget, project team creation, project risk assessment, the Critical Path Method
  • Execution phase: kick-off meeting, project monitoring and control, project team meetings, earned value analysis, project team motivation, evaluation and incentives
  • Closure phase: project review and learning from closed projects

Duration: 4 weeks  |   Weekly study: 3 hours

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the main aspects of each phase of the project lifecycle
  • Apply principles and techniques of effective project management
  • Identify models and templates to assist project management
  • Develop time management, prioritisation, communication, and team management skills

Course accreditation

EOCCS: This course is accredited by EOCCS, the first international quality benchmark for online courses in business and management education.

Course developed by

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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