Explore the techniques needed to develop project initiation documentation and examine the triple constraint of project management.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Understand how to create and use project initiation documentation

On this course, you will explore the concept of project management, including its history and why it’s useful in business.

You will explore the key elements of project initiation documentation (PID), including project scope, aims, timelines, stakeholders, and budget. You will also be introduced to the concepts of time, cost and quality of project management - known as the triple constraint or iron triangle. You will have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt to real-life scenarios.


  • Week 1

    Welcome to Project Management

    • Welcome to the course

      Let's explore the nature and role of project management in today's competitive and ever-changing business environment.

    • Introduction to project management

      Explore how project management developed, from ancient times to the present.

    • The Project Initiation Document

      A key document in the initiation phase of the project lifecycle, the Project Initiation Document (PID) helps you communicate every aspect of your project to the stakeholders.

    • Methodological approaches to project management

      Let's explore some of the major methodologies in project management.

    • Summary activities

      Reflect on what you have learned this week.

  • Week 2

    Project Management Constraints

    • The iron triangle

      What is the 'iron triangle' and what is its significance for a project manager?

    • Progress so far

      Test your new knowledge by completing a Project Initiation Document for yourself.

    • The importance of project management

      What use is project management now, and what use will it be in the future?

    • Summary activities

      Reflect on what you have learned during this short course, and decide where you want to go from here.

Learning on this course

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Summarise the concept of project management including linking projects to business strategy and objectives
  • Investigate project constraints and how they impact the success of a project
  • Identify project scope and its relevance in project management
  • Apply the time, cost and quality triangle to a project scenario
  • Explore the project lifecycle and the different stages of this model

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone looking to understand project management for business.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Lecturer with over 10 years of experience in teaching/Industry at leading UK professional and academic institutions. I was responsible for monitoring/continually improving quality of outputs.

Sundas Hussain is a lecturer in Project Management & a part-time Project Director at Woodfarm Education Centre, having secured & delivered several CCF projects funded by the Scottish government.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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