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Project Management Essentials

Price is per online user of this course. Applicable VAT will be added.

If you are new to project management or feel you need some formal industry recognised skills then this is your starting point. You may have been managing projects for a while but just based your knowledge on lessons learnt from previous projects – maybe you would like to know what the official terms are for the things you’re doing? Or maybe you want more of a structure going forward to manage your projects that can be transferrable to any industry sector? You’re in the right place.

See below for further information.

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Course Overview

Whether you are starting out in project management or need to brush up on your project management skills, this
course will benefit anyone who needs to understand how to:

  • Successfully plan a project
  • Write a business case
  • Manage work content and scope management
  • Estimate and manage risks
  • Draw up a critical path analysis
  • Use resources
  • Monitor and control projects
  • Close a project

The course will cover:

  • Projects, Programmes and Portfolios
  • Business Case
  • Work Content & Scope Management
  • Networks
  • Estimating and Risk
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Resources
  • Monitoring and Control
  • Project Closure
  • Establishing the Project
  • Sponsor
  • People and Projects
  • Advanced Techniques

Throughout the learning process you will be challenged with questions and scenarios to ensure you are learning to your full potential.

There is no official exam at the end of the Project Management Essentials course however this course makes up 2/3 of the official APM Introductory Certificate which is an internationally recognised qualification. If you wish to complete the last third of this course to make up the APMIC qualification please see the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)


Session 1 – Introduction

  • Course Structure
  • Case study
  • Summary

Session 2 – Projects, programme and portfolios

  • Project characteristics
  • Project definition
  • Projects vs BAU
  • Key roles
  • Project Life Cycle (1&2)
  • Programmes and Portfolios
  • Exercise
  • Summary

Session 3 – The Business Case

  • Definition
  • Business Case contents
  • Business case and the life cycle
  • Key roles
  • Exercise
  • Summary

Session 4 – Work content and scope management

  • Scheduling steps
  • Product Breakdown Structures
  • Organisational Breakdown Structure
  • Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • Cost Breakdown Structure
  • Benefits of structures
  • Exercise
  • Summary

Session 5 – Networks

  • Networks
  • Dependencies types
  • Lead and lag
  • Common faults

Session 6 – Estimating and risk

  • Definition
  • Estimating approaches
  • Risk management – Identification
  • Risk management – Assessment
  • Risk management – Mitigation
  • Risk management – Implement the mitigating actions
  • Effort vs Duration

Session 7 – Critical path analysis

  • Node layout definition
  • Critical path calculation forward / backward pass
  • Gantt chart Critical path / Total float

Session 8 – Resources

  • Factors that affect resources
  • Synergy
  • Resource allocation
  • Resource smoothing
  • Resource levelling
  • Resource cumulative curve

Session 9 – Monitoring and control

  • Out of control projects
  • The control cycle: Authorise the work
  • The control cycle: Follow project progress
  • The control cycle: Plot and update data and evaluate status
  • The control cycle: Take corrective action

Session 10 – Project closure

  • Key activities
  • Project Manager responsibilities
  • Post project review analysis
  • Termination problems possible solution

Session 11 – Summary

  • Course summary
  • End of course


For multiple purchase discounts or to find out if discounts are available on mixed course purchases please phone a customer advisor on 0844 854 9218.

Payment Options

The most straight forward method of payment is to select the number of users you require and add the product to your shopping cart by selecting Add to Cart. You will then be able to make payment using most credit and debit cards or a Paypal account. If you would like to pay by BACs transfer or by invoice please contact a customer advisor on 0844 854 9218 or email [email protected]


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