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Project Management Diploma Level 3 [ODL] £465.00

Level 3 Diploma in Project Management

Recognised by The Institute of Management Specialists
Course Synopsis
This OLQA 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.

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.

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

Entry Requirements
All students must per 16 years of age and above.

Study Hours
Approximately 40 hours per unit

Assessment Method
Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Level 3 Diploma in Project Management

This course is Quality Assured by OLQA 
Additional Information
This is a dual certification course. You will receive a certificate from both the College and also the National Awarding body OLQA. Fees for both are included in the course fee.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

What's Included
All study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department. Examination board certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 2 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College and Quality Assured by OLQA who are a highly recognised National awarding body. Upon completion of the course you will receive dual certification awarded by Oxford College and OLQA.

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

Please note that included in your course fee is your registration to the On Campus student community, and a licence to print your study materials. Please note that the licence is for one print only, so please ensure that you have enough paper and ink to print the full course materials if required.

You will require having one of the following packages to access your On Campus area:

Windows: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
Macintosh: Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above
In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 5 working days. You will also receive your personal Oxford Learning student number via email.

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