Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Project Management: Managing Front-End Planning

Build the project planning and management skills to start a career in project management within your chosen professional field.

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Queensland University of TechnologyQueensland University of Technology

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Use effective project management tools to respond to your industry’s challenges

On this professionally-focused microcredential, you’ll learn how to plan and manage large-scale projects and start your journey as a professional project manager.

With the support of industry professionals, you’ll learn how to use, select and apply project planning tools and techniques to resolve common project issues and support project delivery.

As you learn how to manage stakeholders, you’ll build the skills to communicate professionally orally and in writing. You’ll also consider the importance of project scheduling, ethical decision-making, and developing responsive project options.

With insufficient resources, poor estimates, lack of software tools, and non-agile working ranking high as reasons for project failure, this microcredential will teach you techniques to handle complex and high-stakes professional projects.

It’s estimated that by 2027, 87.7 million employees will be required to work in the project management industry. Set yourself up with the skills to work as a professional project manager or planner.

This microcredential offers 12 credits towards a Postgraduate degree at QUT:

12 credits 15 credits

*European Credit Transfer System

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

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What skills will you learn?

  • Large-scale project planning
  • Problem solving
  • Effective communication
  • Assessing performance
  • Stakeholder management
  • Project planning
  • Ethical decision making
  • Delivery management

What you will achieve

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

  • Select and apply appropriate tools and techniques to resolve typical project management issues and challenges related to project planning and development.
  • Critically discuss and interpret issues related to performance of projects in the planning and development stage and be able to develop appropriate options.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills to industry and academic standards both in a team and project environment taking into account cultural considerations.
  • Discuss and demonstrate currency of knowledge of project planning and development.
  • Reflect and respond to ethical issues on projects.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To study for this microcredential you must hold either a bachelor’s degree in any discipline or a diploma or higher in project or program management with at least two years of work experience in project management.

You can also enrol if you have three or more years of practical project management experience.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for anyone looking to take their project management learning or career to the next level.

Arm yourself with a qualification that expands your skills and knowledge in a highly marketable field.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with your fellow learners and read any announcements or additional information relating to your microcredential.

  • Course 1

    From 25 May 2020

    Scope, Time, Cost and Stakeholders

    This course is the first component of the microcredential 'Project Management: Managing Front End Planning'

    5 weeks

    15 hours per week

  • Course 2

    From 15 Jun 2020

    Risk, Quality, Human Resources and Communication

    This course is the second component of the microcredential 'Project Management: Managing Front End Planning'

    5 weeks

    15 hours per week

  • After learning

    Once you have successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive your Certificate of Completion from QUT.

What you will receive

12 credit points at Postgraduate level from Queensland University of Technology

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Certificate of Completion from Queensland University of Technology

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Additional benefits

This microcredential sits within a fully accredited Masters award.

You can use your academic credit towards QUT’s Project Management Institute (PMI) endorsed Masters of Project Management or its pathway course, Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Queensland University of Technology

QUT is a leading Australian university ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide by the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in Brisbane, it attracts over 50,000 students.

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    Brisbane, Australia
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    You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. If this Microcredential has any non-refundable costs they will be stated in the ‘Overview’ section above. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

    Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

    There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

    No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

    Project management remains a high-growth area of employment and this microcredential sits within a fully accredited Masters award.

    You can use your microcredential for academic credit towards QUT’s Project Management Institute (PMI) endorsed Masters of Project Management or its pathway course, Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

    Both courses are offered fully online and successful entry will require you to meet QUT’s entry criteria.

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