Introduction to Modern Project Management Theory & Practice



    This free course “Introduction to Modern Project Management Theory and Practice” is the first in a series of free online courses designed for anyone who wants to learn about contemporary project management. The course covers topics such as profiling projects, the phases and organizational structures within a project, and the tasks performed in a project start-up. The course series will proceed to investigate the impact of information and communications technologies and methodologies on the speed and efficiencies now possible within the project management area. It will help update the knowledge and understanding of project management of those with more traditional project management training. This project management course series is intended to be a natural progression to the highly popular ALISON course “Diploma in Project Management”. With organizations looking to deliver projects faster, cheaper and better project management has evolved continuously since the 1980’s to help address these needs, and this course lays down the foundations of project management, supported throughout by examples from real world projects. Learners will be introduced to project management concepts, phases, profiles, functions, structures, working documents and terminology. You will also learn the importance of managing customer expectations within the scope of a project. This free online course will be of great interest to learners who would like a career in project management, professionals who are involved in managing projects or any person who just wants to be able to manage personal projects more effectively.


    Having completed this course the learner will be able to:
    – Describe two defining characteristics of a project;
    – Describe the difference between project management and operations management;
    – Define project scope;
    – Identify the tasks performed in a project start-up;
    – Identify the phases of a project and describe the types of activities in each phase;
    – Analyze and evaluate the role of client expectations in a project;
    – Identify the effect of organization type on time horizons;
    -Identify additional leadership skills required of a project manager;
    – Define project profiling and Identify project attributes used for project profiling;
    – Describe the characteristics of complex systems and their role in the Darnall-Preston Complexity Index;
    – Identify the various functions represented on a project;
    – Use the Darnall-Preston Complexity Index to Measure Organizational Complexity.

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