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Project Management: Beyond the Basics

Build your existing project management knowledge and develop the skills to manage teams and deliver effective projects.

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Project Management: Beyond the Basics
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    3 hours
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Learn how to lead project teams with success

Digital transformation and the rise of large scale infrastructure projects has created a growing demand for more project-oriented jobs worldwide. On this course, you will go beyond the fundamentals of project management and improve your knowledge so you’re better prepared to lead projects in the future.

You will focus on ensuring your projects deliver the intended benefits to stakeholders whilst being on time and within budget. You will learn how to choose the best approach to projects and develop the leadership and management skills needed to grow effective project teams.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Becoming an effective project manager

    • Developing as a project manager

      What are the skills you need?

    • Engaging stakeholders

      Finding the right strategy.

    • Working ethically in projects

      Can you make difficult decisions while acting ethically?

    • Check your understanding

      Review your week's learning.

  • Week 2

    Managing projects in a complex world

    • Understanding and responding to complexity

      Frameworks that make sense of a complex world.

    • Linear and iterative projects

      Two different approaches: but when should they be used?

    • Adapting approaches to context

      What happens in practice?

    • Check your understanding

      Review this week's learning.

  • Week 3

    Managing project people

    • Establishing and leading project teams

      How are teams put together – and how do they work?

    • Creating the conditions for project teams to succeed

      What is the project manager's role in creating and supporting a team?

    • Developing and safeguarding team members

      What happens after a project team has been formed?

    • Check your understanding

      Review this week's learning.

  • Week 4

    Managing projects in complex organisations – seeing the bigger picture

    • Managing quality

      Project management means identifying the cost of quality and creating a quality plan.

    • Managing resources

      How will you manage the resources that you use on a project?

    • Managing conflicts

      Conflicts on a project are inevitable. How will you manage them?

    • Check your understanding

      Review your week's learning, and complete the end-of-course test.

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You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Reflect on your current knowledge on project management and go beyond the basics of project management in your own professional practice
  • Identify the appropriate methods and techniques best suited for specific project management scenarios
  • Improve your awareness of the professional skills required to be a project manager
  • Demonstrate your understanding of how to manage project teams with success
  • Improve your ability to give and receive feedback from all project stakeholders
  • Apply appropriate communication tools and techniques to engage with project stakeholders
  • Develop an awareness of the ethical aspects in project management

Who is the course for?

This course is for people working on and leading projects in their work but who may not see themselves as professional project managers. It also offers the opportunity for people to explore project management as a career.

Who will you learn with?

Giacomo is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at The Open University Business School. He holds a work experience in project management both in consulting companies and in EU research projects.

I am Head of Transformation at The Open University and lecturer in the OU Business School, and I speak, write, consult and advise on strategy, project and product management and organisational change

Liz Moody is a Senior Lecturer in the Open University Business School. She has managed a number of large programmes and change projects in a variety of settings and sectors.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established

    1969
  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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