The course covers both the operational (scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, procurement, stakeholders) and the strategic (organizational project management maturity, standards, PMO, portfolio) aspects of project management in organizations. Multiple learning formats are used throughout the course, including lectures, workshops, homework assignments and classroom presentations. During workshops, in an intensive group work environment students develop real-life project plans. Results of the group work are discussed and presented in a predefined format. Learning process also includes analyzing and discussing contemporary project management practices described in academic and professional publications.
The course is designed to develop the insights and skills necessary to complete projects effectively, on time, and within budget. It also introduces students to organizational project management process, with special emphasis on its life cycle, and the tools used in managing and delivering projects. Upon successful completion of the course, students should have a solid understanding of contemporary project management and its benefits for their professional and personal life.
• Understand basic processes, models, roles and responsibilities of project management.
• Develop project plans to ensure that project outcomes reflect an appropriate organisational strategy.
• Assess the interaction between the various components of a project (scope, schedule, cost, and quality).
• Choose and apply appropriate stakeholder management approach based upon categories of stakeholder characteristics.
• Use leadership techniques for motivating project teams and developing leadership abilities.
• Develop a workable project management approach that includes the typical steps, activities, and participant roles for a project life cycle.
• Apply best practices of project “lessons learned” to ensure continuous improvement of project work.