Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve objectives.
Or, to paraphrase Karen Tate, a world-renowned expert in the field, project management is to a successful business what a great game plan is to winning a football game.
In this course we will provide you with all the basic knowledge, tools and skills needed to be a project manager. Since even at corporate giants such as IBM only 56% of project managers hold a certificate, this knowledge of the the fundamental concepts and methods will get you started in this interesting and very lucrative field.
So, to start off, you will clearly need a desktop or laptop computer with internet access and headphones or speakers. We also have some additional reading materials that while are not mandatory for full comprehension of the course, are highly useful resources. So if you are looking for some added value or a more in-depth overview we definitely recommend completing the reading. Students will be expected to go through the quizzes and answer questions on some of the supplementary material. At the end of the course you should test yourself on the information learnt with the final exam. We also suggest completing the homework assignment, essays, and papers in the course so that you may practice implementing different skills and tools.
While no previous knowledge is required to take this course, a good basic familiarity with concepts in business and management is very useful. And finally, you will need an open mind, an eagerness to learn, and a little bit of patience to successfully complete this course!
Now that you know what is expected of you, we can talk about what you should expect from this course:
We will start by clarifying what projects are, how work can be divided into projects and why it should be managed for better results. Following that, we will discuss how to recognise project needs, define objectives, and scope the project. Learn to master project planning for effective use of people and physical resources and understand how how to divide work using a work breakdown structure. We will then cover scheduling, project budgeting, and risk planning. You will master the management of project teams from recruitment to project close, and learn how to control a project as it proceeds. Finally you will learn how to close a project, including documentations and delivery to clients. In addition, we will thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of agile vs. traditional project management so that you can better decide which method is more suitable for you and your company needs.
At the end of the course you should be able to manage projects from A to Z and start planning on working more efficiently! This planning could save you and your business valuable time and money and take it to the next level.