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Project Management: How to be a Successful Project Manager

Develop your understanding of the project life cycle and agile project tools on this introduction to effective project management.

Project Management: How to be a Successful Project Manager
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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What is project management? What are the essential project management principles? And what factors affect the state of a project?

You’ll have the chance to learn the answers to these questions and more on the first project management course in this ExpertTrack.

Discover the role of a project manager in the workplace

You’ll cover the essentials of project management, including theoretical and applied perspectives, and find out how to factor in project constraints such as cost, time and resources.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn the essential skills of project managers and their role in business, and find out how to develop your professional career further using the available opportunities.

You’ll also find out how to demonstrate competence in selecting and starting a project in an organisational context, as well as

  • project phases and processes, such as traditional project life cycles
  • factors important to project selection and prioritisation, as evidenced by organisational capability and available resource capacity.

Start building your career in project management

In learning how to succeed in project management, you’ll take a look at a typical day in the working life of a project manager.

You’ll explore the competencies of agile project management, project initiation, phases and extended life cycles, and the key skills you’ll need to thrive in this position.

What topics will you cover?

  • Core concepts of project management, including the prerequisites for a project (the business case), project management and the role of the project manager
  • Project phases and processes, such as traditional project life cycles
  • Factors important to project selection and prioritisation, as evidenced by organisational capability and available resource capacity

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Create a shareable certificate link for your CV and LinkedIn.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Assess the importance of project management in the context of various organisational cultures and strategies, and summarise the essential components of a project, and the processes considered essential for its successful completion
  • Describe the typical project management process, its documentation and deliverables that are produced in each project phase
  • Describe the project phases that make up a typical project, and summarise the project management processes that occur within each. Explain the relationships between subject areas, process groups, and processes
  • Evaluate factors important to project selection and prioritisation as evidenced by organisational capability and available resource capacity

Who is the course for?

This ExpertTrack is designed for anyone interested who wants to understand the fundamentals of project management in the context of an organisation.

It will be of particular interest to professionals and individuals interested in project management – especially aspiring project managers, project managers looking to take their career to the next level, and people in other careers such as engineering looking to gain project management skills.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry

About this ExpertTrack

Become an effective project manager and learn how to deliver strategic change and transformation in an organisation.

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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