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Project Management Essentials Online

Want an overview of project management? This course is ideal for anyone who wants an introduction to different project management concepts.

Course overview

About the course

This course is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of what a project is and how they are controlled.


The course will take approximately four to five hours to complete.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the six key project objectives
  • Distinguish between project management and business-as-usual activities or BAU
  • Explain the role and key responsibilities of the project manager
  • Differentiate between the responsibilities of the project manager and project sponsor throughout the project
  • Describe other roles within project management, including users, project team members and the project steering group/board and the product owner
  • Describe the functions and benefits of different types of project office
  • Explain the relationship between stakeholder analysis, influence and engagement
  • Explain the importance of managing stakeholders’ expectations to the success of the project
  • Differentiate between, linear, iterative and hybrid lifecycles
  • Explain why projects are structured as phases in a linear life cycle
  • Explain the differences between a project life cycle and an extended life cycle
  • Explain tools and techniques used to determine factors which influence and impact projects, including PESTLE and, SWOT
  • Explain how to define scope in terms of outputs, outcomes and benefits, including use of product, cost and work breakdown structures
  • Explain the way in which an organisational breakdown structure issued to create a responsibility assignment matrix
  • Explain three approaches to producing estimates-, parametric, analogous and analytical
  • Explain ways to create and maintain a schedule, including critical path and Gantt charts
  • Describe how resources are categorised and allocated to a linear lifecycle schedule
  • Differentiate between resource smoothing and resource levelling
  • Explain budgeting and cost management
  • Explain each stage in a risk management process, such as identification, analysis, response and closure
  • Explain proactive and reactive responses to risk, such as avoid, reduce, transfer or accept and exploit, enhance, share and reject
  • Explain the key aspects of issue management
  • Explain what is meant by quality planning
  • Define quality planning, quality assurance, quality control and continuous improvement

This course includes modules across the following areas:

  • Project management
  • Project roles
  • Project office
  • Stakeholder management
  • Project life cycles
  • Situational context
  • Scope management
  • Estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Resource management
  • Budgeting and management
  • Risk and issue management
  • Quality management
  • 12 months access to the ILX Project Management Essentials course
  • Full tutor support

There is no formal exam associated with this course.

This course is aimed at anyone who wants an introduction to project management and gain knowledge to help understand some of the key elements required to deliver a project and work in a project team.

There are no formal pre-requisites for taking this course.

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