Course Overview

Managing projects is a vital part of everyone’s job and mastering key concepts and techniques can help you be more effective in your career. This course puts project management concepts, tools, and techniques into a real world context. The course logically follows the project lifecycle and examines the technical and sociocultural dimensions of project management.

Whether you are already leading projects, working on projects, or wanting to take a more active role in upcoming projects, this course will provide you with essential project management knowledge and information (including techniques) that you can put to work immediately and build on in the future.

Course Objectives

Using real world examples and best practices, this course will help you:

  • understand project, program, and portfolio management
  • explain how projects are managed through the project lifecycle
  • understand and apply some project management techniques and access a variety of project management templates
  • apply project management concepts
  • be familiar with the project management knowledge areas
  • critically analyze, discuss, and debate topics in project management

Note: Although the course does not prepare students for the Project Management Professional® (PMP) exam, the textbook does cover advice on certification and you are welcome to ask the course author any questions you may have on this. You are not expected to know how to use Microsoft Project to take this course nor does the course teach you how to use the software.

Course Outline

(subject to minor changes)
The course is divided into eight themes that are studied over an eight-week period:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Project Management
  • Lesson 2: Project Initiation
  • Lesson 3: Project Planning
  • Lesson 4: Project Implementation
  • Lesson 5: Leadership and Teams
  • Lesson 6: Monitoring and Control
  • Lesson 7: Project Closeout
  • Lesson 8: Next Steps

Student Evaluation

Your grade will be based on the successful completion of one group assignment, one individual assignment, and on your participation in moderated group discussions.