Unit purpose and aim(s)
In the current business environment, a key business skill covering multiple disciplines is the ability to manage projects from inception to delivery. This is a different challenge to being involved with regular 'business as usual' work as very often projects will impact directly the overall performance of the organisation. This unit expands the basic theory of project management into a practical, operational context and integrates all the fundamental tools and techniques required to manage projects successfully.
You will study modern project management techniques – network planning, critical path analysis, costing and budgeting, and resource management. Subsequent activities include progress monitoring, trouble-shooting and controls.
On successful completion of the unit, you will be able to apply the tools and techniques to a variety of projects in a workplace setting. You will know how to increase the chance of a project being successful - in terms of the deliverables being fit for purpose, meeting agreed deadlines and staying within budget. Being able to contribute in this way should have a successful impact on the performance of the organisation.
Assessed by exam.