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Diploma in Project Management

Start Date:
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Finish Date:
Monday, 31 October 2011
Last Revised:
Friday, 01 October 2010
1 Favoure
2500 USD
London Port
Main Building
23 of 25
Tutor Name Title Company
John Black John Black Black and Blacks
Date Start Time Finish Time Duration Room


Project Management is of growing importance to organisations because it deals effectively with the management of change. Organisations are beginning to realise that the traditional form of management cannot deal with the dynamics and resulting chaos of the modern economic, social and business environment. Project management is a method for organisations to achieve profitability targets, but just as significantly; it is a ‘culture’ that will assist most people to improve their personal performance.

Programme Aims and Objectives
Project management can provide a varied and rewarding career path and has become the favoured management technique for accomplishing specialised missions or work, when the normal organisational structure or methods of assignment are not sufficiently responsive, flexible, or efficient. This Diploma in Project Management programme will explore the social, organisational, behavioural, and systems issues of project management and the course will ultimately provide a framework for managing projects. Project management is continuing to evolve from a set of skills to a profession and the pace of this evolution is increasing and students who complete this course should be able to:

Explain the characteristics of organisational approaches to project management
Understand the core competencies required to make an effective project manager including communication, leadership, motivation, negotiation and team building skills
Understand the concepts of stakeholders, success criteria and critical success factors in the context of projects
Evaluate the importance of effective management of the project life cycle
Be able to apply methods, tools and techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling projects and for managing risk
Create a project plan
Understand the various roles and the importance of the project office.

Course Content
As projects become more obscure, greater competencies are required to manage their complexity. This syllabus is designed to examine project management roles and environments, the project life cycle, and various tools and techniques of project initiation, planning, execution, control, and close-out to successfully achieve project objectives.

This is the process of defining that something needs to be done and committing the organisation and its resources to do it. It includes defining the project, in strategic terms especially in terms of its business value and seeking authorisation to proceed.

This stage involves the devising of a project plan capable of achieving the project objectives, continuously refining requirements, creating a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure), establishing project controls and seeking approval for the plan.

The execution stage includes progressive elaboration of the project’s plan whilst co-ordinating people, materials and processes to accomplish the planned objectives.

This is the process of ensuring that project objectives are met by monitoring and measuring progress regularly, using earned value to identify variances from plan, responding to risk triggers and taking corrective action as necessary.

The final stage includes the formalised acceptance of the project or phase, the documenting of lessons learned, record archiving as well as contract review and audit.

To be awarded the Diploma in Project Management, a student will be required to complete an individual assignment (40%) and end of course examination (60%).

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