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Project Management Diploma

Level 3 / ABC Awards / ODL88

This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma in Project Management spans a wide industrial sector base including engineering, construction, information technology, manufacturing and many other business sectors.

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course duration: 200 hrs

study type: online

Course Description

Project Management skills prepare the student for taking up a career in the profession of Project Management.

The course will be of specific interest to those wishing to graduate into Project Management and those requiring a more generalist knowledge of the subject matter before embarking on more niche focused training. The course will provide a good foundation for those seeking postgraduate studies i.e. MSc in Project Management.

This course provides a foundation in Project Management. It will appeal to those Information Systems professionals who are moving into Project Management positions. It will equally be of interest to those with more specialist project management requirements but need first to obtain a foundation in the subject matter.

In the United Kingdom and Europe there is a strong move towards establishing PRINCE2 as a standard in structured project management. This course embraces elements of PRINCE2 but generally provides a wider foundation in Project Management across a much broader spectrum. Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

Course Contents

Module 1 - Introduction to Project Management

This unit will provide the student with the foundations of Project Management. It will examine how Project Management is structured into the three important elements of Planning, Organization and Control. We will consider the structured approach to Project Management and the concepts of the APM Body of Knowledge, the latter of which has been produced to establish quality standards within the profession. An early introduction to the benefits of using PRINCE2 ; perhaps the most widely accepted structured Project Management method in the UK and Europe.

This course will have an IT bias and as such look at the applied use of Project Management in Information Technology Projects. This means full lifecycle systems implementations covering the following application types:

Infrastructure Projects
Software Engineering
Business Process Re-Engineering
Enterprise Management Systems
Bespoke Systems build ( Programming)
E-Commerce Systems
Desktop Systems
Package Implementations

Module 2 - Project Management Methods

This section will explore the different structured approaches to implementing project management. This will be contrasted to using unstructured methods. The emphasis on proving the importance of using a structured approach i.e. PRINCE2. Not everybody advocates the use of adopting a structured approach. We explore how the better methods have conquered that problem by providing scaled down versions for small business applications. Equally, adopting an interface to Programme Management techniques where there is a requirement to manage an integrated portfolio of projects.

Module 3 - Project Planning

This unit will explore the techniques for completing the Project Planning requirements within Project Management. We will explore the use of software planning tools, in particular Microsoft Project 2003. The following areas will be covered:

Project Scheduling
The Gantt Chart
The Pert Chart
The RAP Chart
Product Flow Diagrams
Product Breakdown Structures
Quality Products
Technical Products
Aspects of Resource Contouring
Baseline Plans
Managing Risk
Managing Change
Use of Milestones
Planning Reports

Module 4 - Project Organization

Project Organisation considers how resources are utilized on the project. This will be explored in association with the structured approach. The unit will focus on the following areas:

Establishing a Project Board
The Role of the Project Board
The Role of the Project Manager
The Role of the Stage Manager
The Project Organization Chart
The Project Assurance Team
The Project Support Office
The Change Management Function
The Risk Management Function
Configuration Management
The use of the intranet e-enablement

Module 5 - Project Control

Examination of Project Controls with emphasis on the PRINCE2 structured method approach.

Project Briefs
Project Initiation Documents
End Stage Assessments
Mid Stage Assessments
Project Closure
Checkpoint Meeting
Project Board Meetings
Monthly Highlight Reports
Configuration Control
Change Control
Quality Control
Control of Issues and Risks
Control of Costs and Budgets
Essential Management Reports

Module 6 - Tools and Techniques

A look inside the engine room of project management and the tools and techniques for successful exploitation of the method.

Estimating Techniques
Reporting Project Progress
Project Control Log
Controlling Steering Committees
Managing 3rd Parties and key interfaces
Project Dependencies
Critical Path Analysis
PM Methods

Module 7 - Project Management Reports

The Management reporting aspect. The type of reports that need to be produced in the management of a successful project :

Project Board Reports - Monthly Highlight Reports
Weekly Project Control Reports
Financial Control Reports
Change Management Reports
Risk Management Reports
Planning Deviation Reports
Quality Reports
End of Stage Reports
Project Closure Reports
Lessons Learned Report
Configuration Control Reports

Module 8 - Project Estimating Techniques

An examination of project estimating techniques and how this relates to both planning and control

Methods of Estimating
Techniques of Estimating
Using software applications

Module 9 - Managing Project Change

How Change Management works with emphasis on the PRINCE2 approach

Change Management techniques
Off Specification situations
Exception Conditions
Interface to planning
Interface to risk management
Recognizing change situations
Managing change conditions - people and change
Dealing with Organizational change

Module 10 - Global Project Management

A review of how the profession is responding to change and the demands placed upon it by the global business transformation taking place.

Demands of the global economy in Project Management
Conducting Project Management in the Global Economy
Project Management skills in the digital age
Body of Knowledge for a new century
Standards and business ethics
Business English - the universal language A look at the international Project Management profession

Modules

Module 1 - Introduction to Project Management
Module 2 - Project Management Methods
Module 3 - Project Planning
Module 4 - Project Organization
Module 5 - Project Control
Module 6 - Tools and Techniques
Module 7 - Project Management Reports
Module 8 - Project Estimating Techniques
Module 9 - Managing Project Change
Module 10 - Global Project Management

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

Assessment

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.

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. 

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at 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 course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Support

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.

course description

Course Description

Project Management skills prepare the student for taking up a career in the profession of Project Management.

The course will be of specific interest to those wishing to graduate into Project Management and those requiring a more generalist knowledge of the subject matter before embarking on more niche focused training. The course will provide a good foundation for those seeking postgraduate studies i.e. MSc in Project Management.

This course provides a foundation in Project Management. It will appeal to those Information Systems professionals who are moving into Project Management positions. It will equally be of interest to those with more specialist project management requirements but need first to obtain a foundation in the subject matter.

In the United Kingdom and Europe there is a strong move towards establishing PRINCE2 as a standard in structured project management. This course embraces elements of PRINCE2 but generally provides a wider foundation in Project Management across a much broader spectrum. Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

Course Contents

Module 1 - Introduction to Project Management

This unit will provide the student with the foundations of Project Management. It will examine how Project Management is structured into the three important elements of Planning, Organization and Control. We will consider the structured approach to Project Management and the concepts of the APM Body of Knowledge, the latter of which has been produced to establish quality standards within the profession. An early introduction to the benefits of using PRINCE2 ; perhaps the most widely accepted structured Project Management method in the UK and Europe.

This course will have an IT bias and as such look at the applied use of Project Management in Information Technology Projects. This means full lifecycle systems implementations covering the following application types:

Infrastructure Projects
Software Engineering
Business Process Re-Engineering
Enterprise Management Systems
Bespoke Systems build ( Programming)
E-Commerce Systems
Desktop Systems
Package Implementations

Module 2 - Project Management Methods

This section will explore the different structured approaches to implementing project management. This will be contrasted to using unstructured methods. The emphasis on proving the importance of using a structured approach i.e. PRINCE2. Not everybody advocates the use of adopting a structured approach. We explore how the better methods have conquered that problem by providing scaled down versions for small business applications. Equally, adopting an interface to Programme Management techniques where there is a requirement to manage an integrated portfolio of projects.

Module 3 - Project Planning

This unit will explore the techniques for completing the Project Planning requirements within Project Management. We will explore the use of software planning tools, in particular Microsoft Project 2003. The following areas will be covered:

Project Scheduling
The Gantt Chart
The Pert Chart
The RAP Chart
Product Flow Diagrams
Product Breakdown Structures
Quality Products
Technical Products
Aspects of Resource Contouring
Baseline Plans
Managing Risk
Managing Change
Use of Milestones
Planning Reports

Module 4 - Project Organization

Project Organisation considers how resources are utilized on the project. This will be explored in association with the structured approach. The unit will focus on the following areas:

Establishing a Project Board
The Role of the Project Board
The Role of the Project Manager
The Role of the Stage Manager
The Project Organization Chart
The Project Assurance Team
The Project Support Office
The Change Management Function
The Risk Management Function
Configuration Management
The use of the intranet e-enablement

Module 5 - Project Control

Examination of Project Controls with emphasis on the PRINCE2 structured method approach.

Project Briefs
Project Initiation Documents
End Stage Assessments
Mid Stage Assessments
Project Closure
Checkpoint Meeting
Project Board Meetings
Monthly Highlight Reports
Configuration Control
Change Control
Quality Control
Control of Issues and Risks
Control of Costs and Budgets
Essential Management Reports

Module 6 - Tools and Techniques

A look inside the engine room of project management and the tools and techniques for successful exploitation of the method.

Estimating Techniques
Reporting Project Progress
Project Control Log
Controlling Steering Committees
Managing 3rd Parties and key interfaces
Project Dependencies
Critical Path Analysis
PM Methods

Module 7 - Project Management Reports

The Management reporting aspect. The type of reports that need to be produced in the management of a successful project :

Project Board Reports - Monthly Highlight Reports
Weekly Project Control Reports
Financial Control Reports
Change Management Reports
Risk Management Reports
Planning Deviation Reports
Quality Reports
End of Stage Reports
Project Closure Reports
Lessons Learned Report
Configuration Control Reports

Module 8 - Project Estimating Techniques

An examination of project estimating techniques and how this relates to both planning and control

Methods of Estimating
Techniques of Estimating
Using software applications

Module 9 - Managing Project Change

How Change Management works with emphasis on the PRINCE2 approach

Change Management techniques
Off Specification situations
Exception Conditions
Interface to planning
Interface to risk management
Recognizing change situations
Managing change conditions - people and change
Dealing with Organizational change

Module 10 - Global Project Management

A review of how the profession is responding to change and the demands placed upon it by the global business transformation taking place.

Demands of the global economy in Project Management
Conducting Project Management in the Global Economy
Project Management skills in the digital age
Body of Knowledge for a new century
Standards and business ethics
Business English - the universal language A look at the international Project Management profession

previous knowledge required

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

assessment

Assessment

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.

support

Support

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.

modules

Modules

Module 1 - Introduction to Project Management
Module 2 - Project Management Methods
Module 3 - Project Planning
Module 4 - Project Organization
Module 5 - Project Control
Module 6 - Tools and Techniques
Module 7 - Project Management Reports
Module 8 - Project Estimating Techniques
Module 9 - Managing Project Change
Module 10 - Global Project Management

awarding organisation

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. 

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at 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 course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.