Online ExpertTrack in Business & Management

Project Management and its Role in Effective Business

4.7 (6 reviews)

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

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Coventry UniversityCoventry University

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Implement effective project planning and execution to boost business performance

How can you become a better project manager, and what are the principles driving effective project management within an organisation?

This ExpertTrack has been put together to offer you the chance to cover everything you need to know about good project management.

You’ll be able to learn how to deliver strategic change and transformation through the management of projects in organisations.

You’ll also be able to develop your understanding of the stages, tools and techniques required for project initiation, planning, execution, control and closure.

What makes an effective project manager?

This ExpertTrack explores what it takes to successfully plan and execute a project while considering the wider business context in which the project operates.

You’ll consider a typical day in the life of a project manager and learn the key competencies of an agile project manager, as you explore scrum and waterfall models, project initiation, phases and extended life cycles.

Understand change management and minimise business risk

You’ll have the opportunity to learn the differences between qualitative and quantitative risk analysis (including the Probability and Impact Matrix) and how to make a risk management plan in order to control, minimise and prepare for potential project hazards.

The project management skills and techniques within this ExpertTrack can be useful across a variety of positions and industries, whether you’d like to start or improve a career in project management, or you just want to add the methodologies to another role entirely.

Industry statistics

  • Median base salary

    £39,000
  • UK job openings/month

    7,320

Key skills you will learn

  • Creating a business case
  • Project phases
  • Project processes
  • Project prioritisation and selection
  • Stakeholder management
  • Managing change
  • Agile management
  • Knowledge management
  • Communication
  • Project Management
  • Leading a team
  • Organisation

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of project management within organisations to deliver successful change.
  • Demonstrate competence in planning a project within a given organisational context.
  • Investigate the application of project management methodologies and techniques used to organise and plan project time, cost, resources and people.
  • Explore how cultural, communication, leadership and teamwork affect international project management.

Experience required

If you work in project management or are looking to add project management to your professional skills, this ExpertTrack will equip you with the technical and practical knowledge you need to manage and execute on projects effectively.

It’s recommended that you have up to two years of experience in the field of project management whether as a student or in your own career, as some industry understanding will be useful.

Getting started

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.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

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

    1 test

    2 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to Projects
      • Projects
      • Project managers
      • Focus on the future
    • Week 2

      Project Lifecycle
      • Project lifecycle
      • Project initiation
      • Course wrap up
  • Course 2

    4.7 (6 reviews)

    Improve your project planning and communicating skills and find out how to take a project to completion.

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introducing the project plan
      • Welcome to Project Planning and Communication: Mastering Gantt Charts and Stakeholder Management
      • Creating a scope
      • Creating a plan
      • Assessing a plan
      • Coming up next
    • Week 2

      Engaging Stakeholders to Keep the Plan on Track
      • Identifying stakeholders
      • Managing stakeholders
      • Summary and reflection
  • Course 3

    Learn to control, minimise and prepare for potential hazards, from qualitative vs quantitative to making a risk management plan.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Managing risks in projects
      • Risk management
      • PRAM process
      • Focus on the future
    • Week 2

      Project control and closing
      • Project control
      • Project closing
  • Course 4

    Analyse the impact of the organisational environment on project deliverables and learn the skills to succeed in global projects.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Projects and Organisations
      • Projects, Programs, Portfolios (P3)
      • Ethics
      • Sustainability
    • Week 2

      International Project Management
      • International projects
      • Culture and communication
  • Course 5

    Learn to successfully navigate unpredictable scenarios within the context of product development using agile vs scrum methodology.

    1 test

    2 weeks

    5 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Agile Project Management
      • Fundamentals of agile
      • Implementing agile
    • Week 2

      Scrum
      • Scrum overview

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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.

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    1992
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