Portfolio Management Diploma
Level 3 / Quality Licence Scheme / ODL86
over 12 months and £ deposit
over 12 months and £ deposit
12 months access to course
24 hour access
Endorsed by the
Quality Licence Scheme
This course looks at those methods and techniques used to control a number ( or portfolio) of projects. This pays particular attention to alignment between that of Project Management and IS Strategy delivery. The course will explore a number of different method based approaches and provide a foundation for greater exploration of this specialised subject area.
Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.
Course Definition: A program or programme (in management) has at least two senses:
- A collection of projects that is directed toward a common goal. (e.g. The NASA space program)
- A broad framework of goals to be achieved, serving as a basis to define and plan specific projects. (e.g. the EU's Socrates programme) In international English, "program" is often used with a technical meaning (like computer program), whereas the spelling "programme" is used in the sense of "collection of managed projects". However, "program" in the context of "program(me) management" is now becoming more commonly used than "programme" lately in the "project management" sector globally.
Module One - Introduction to Programme Management
This unit provides the foundation material for the entire course. It carefully defines the entire composition of the course and introduces the student to the definitions and concepts of Programme Management. It provides the basic bibliography that supports the course and where additional background information might be obtained.
Module Two - The need for Programme Management
This unit looks at the purpose and need for Programme Management. It examines how the science has evolved from Project Management, the journey travelled so far and considers how the method base will continue to evolve. It will examine the difference in approaches between the Public and Private sectors, the driving forces in Programme Management and who is establishing the trends and standards.
Module Three - Methods and Techniques in Programme Management
This unit will examine the scientific approaches that have been adopted in order to conduct Programme Management. Specific reference will be made to the procedures designed and developed by the UK Government Office of Government Commerce (OGC), integration to PRINCE Project Management and alignment to IS Strategy studies. Other proprietary methods will be reviewed and contrasted. In addition the many sophisticated software development environments that support the method bases.
Module Four - The Four Phases of Programme Management
A Composition study examining the four method phases that make up the concept of Programme Management:
- Programme Identification
- Programme Definition
- Programme Execution
- Benefits Realisation
Module Five - Operating and Resourcing Programmes
This module essentially looks at three different aspects of Programme Management as focused on the operational perspective: Organization of Programmes, Programme Management Processes and Managing third parties.
Module Six - Programme Management and Organizational Change
This module examines the important interlock between Programme Management and the impact of Organizational Change. It will also consider elements of Risk Management and the harmonization between these components. Particular emphasis on change within an Information Systems Technology setting.
Module Seven - The Importance of Strategic Alignment
The importance of alignment between Programme Management and Information Systems Strategy will be examined from a method based approach. This essential element of interlock will be examined from a senior management or executive perspective and considers the roles that Executives will be expected to perform in ensuring successful strategic delivery and control over the programme management packages (portfolio).
Module Eight - Benefits Realisation
One of the main deliverable components from Programme Management is Benefits Realisation or the costs savings, process improvements and strategic goal attainments brought about by successful delivery of projects within a portfolio. These will be examined from a method base and case study examples illustrating evidence of successful technique and approach in this area
Module Nine - A Programme Management Framework
This module considers the logical framework for Programme Management and how the individual parts interlock into a fully functional model. Reference will be made to Forcefield Analysis illustrating how shifting variations in the model create "ripple effect" changes throughout the entire model. The importance of using computer software in order to manage the entire model component and obtain immediate quantification of results, that otherwise would be impacted by time delays, fluctuating results and possibly erroneous management decisions
Module Ten - Global Considerations of Programme Management
A close look at how Programme Management functions within the multi-national Companies and works on a global business scale. This is examined from a number of different industry perspectives.
No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.
Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).
The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.The Provider has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.
The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at QLS Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.
The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.
*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales.
Module 1: Introduction to Programme Management
Module 2: The need for Programme Management
Module 3: Methods and Techniques in Programme Management
Module 4: The Four Phases of Programme Management
Module 5: Operating and Resourcing Programmes
Module 6: Programme Management and Organizational Change
Module 7: The Importance of Strategic Alignment
Module 8: Benefits Realisation
Module 9: A Programme Management Framework
Module 10: Global Considerations of Programme Management
12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.
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