About this course
This course is about how to manage projects effectively. It shows how you can plan, manage and close out projects in a way that ensures they achieve their objectives.
Projects are undertaken as a way of achieving a specific objective. Sometimes they work well and the objectives are met. However, there are also instances where projects do not achieve their objectives and take longer and cost more than planned.
What this course offers
Taking the course will help you develop knowledge, skills and processes that enable you to become more capable of running effective projects.
What you will learn
1. What is effective project management?
Effective project management is described. the course shows how the objectives of the project need to be understood to have an effective project. It also outlines the principles and benefits of effective projects.
2. How do you plan for effective projects?
This describes how a clear brief and project plan can be developed. It also shows how outputs, methodology, budget and risk are addressed and confirmed early in the project, enabling the project to be carried out efficiently.
3. How do you manage effective projects?
This section shows how a project plan forms the basis for managing a project. In addition, it demonstrates the valuable role that project meetings and progress reports play in ensuring projects are coordinated and monitored to achieve their objectives.
4. How do you close out effective projects?
As the projects draw to a close, team members can move on to other projects leaving ”untied ends”. This describes how projects should be closed to ensure that all aspects are fully completed and that the benefits of the project are achieved.
5. Are there tools and guides you can use for effective projects?
Project briefing, feasibility and plan checklists as well as project meeting agendas and minute templates help ensure projects are effective, as they ensure the key issues are addressed and not accidentally omitted. By avoiding ‘reinventing the wheel’, they also save time and allow project managers to be more effective.
How you will learn
The course is online and you will be able to access the following resources
- Course presentation
- Course book
- Course quiz
- Templates and guides
- Course work
- Additional reading
The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. Course numbers are capped, so the length of access to courses will be limited to provide access to new participants. However, we aim to provide access for at least 1 month.
A course certificate can be provided should you wish to receive formal confirmation of your successful completion of the course. For this, you must download and apply tools and guides provided and submit coursework. This will be reviewed by the Course Instructor and, where requirements are met, a course certificate will be issued.
What do I need to attend the course?
You will need access to the Internet and a Gmail account with a password to access the course.
Who developed the course?
The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run management and technical courses for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.
Accessing the course, course books, tools and guides
Access to the course enables you to view the presentations, the course book, tools and guides, the additional reading, the coursework and take the quiz. Please contact us with your Gmail address and the course you would like to attend here.
Course books, tools and guides can be viewed online during the course. If you would like to download and use these, these can be accessed through the shop.