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Project Management: an introduction Short Course

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This highly popular short course provides an introduction to project management, covering the project planning stage through to implementation.

Why choose this course?

Project management is an essential skill within all organisations; planning, implementing, overseeing and evaluating projects.  This project management short course covers the essential knowledge, skill and techniques required to ensure successful completion of any project, large or small.

This course will be delivered by expert industry project managers in just 10 weeks from our Central London campus.

Course overview

This part-time evening course provides a general introduction to project management, ranging from the project planning process - setting up project aims and objectives and budgeting - to adoption and structure.

It uses a variety of useful project planning tools, including risk analysis and management. It also examines the role of project manager and project team.

  • John Luck

    “ Great course with structure that can be easily applied to projects at work. ”

    John Luck

    Former student

  • “ The principles are helpful and can easily be transfered into the working environment ”


    Former student

  • “   Really good course and I will probably do some more in the future ”


    Former student

  • “ A really enjoyable course, I got a lot out of it. thanks to Marian ”

    Lyn Hinton

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

  • Understand basic project management terminology, methodology and the role of project manager;
  • Understand the fundamentals of Gantt charts, Critical Path Analysis and PERT;
  • Appreciate why projects fail and how failure can be avoided;
  • Appreciate the effect of project management on third parties;
  • Understand how to produce a project plan with effective budgeting;
  • Understand project management in terms of its project plan construction, identification of appropriate milestones, budget, and consideration of effective project review;
  • Outline basic tools and techniques of risk analysis and management.

Topics covered:

  • Project management and terminology, the project lifecycle;
  • Effective project teamwork, managing stakeholders;
  • Team development, project stages and project planning;
  • Budgeting and scheduling, Critical Path methodology;
  • Project control and Earned Value;
  • Risk management and effective negotiation;
  • Causes of project failure and how this can be avoided;
  • Effective meeting management and project closure;
  • Making use of Microsoft Project, an introduction (computer lab session);
  • Project presentations.



English requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

  • Portney, S. (2001) Project Management for Dummies, John Wiley and Sons
  • Lock, D. (2001) Essentials of project management, Gower Publishing Ltd

Tutor information

  • Marian Wancio

    Marian Wancio is an adaptable Project Manager with experience in delivering a range of projects in various industries, including Telco, Oil & Gas, Banking & Finance, Government Defence, Education and Pharmaceuticals.

    Marian has experience in the full lifecycle of project management and has worked on both large, global scale projects with virtual teams, as well as smaller projects. Marian has worked with a range of project management methodologies and governance environments. Marian also holds the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification to support his credentials.

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