At Oxford Home Study Centre, we offer an extensive range of project management courses to suit all experience and skill levels. This Level 7 Project Management Diploma takes an in-depth look at 20 essential knowledge areas, as outlined in brief below:
Module 1 - Overview of Project Management
The functions and objectives of project management are examined in the first module, along with the primary responsibilities of project management personnel. Project constraints are also brought into discussion, alongside several essential project management tools and resources.
Module 2 - Project Life Cycle
The project life cycle is broken down into its main stages and discussed in the second module, which also brings strategic planning into discussion. Candidates are familiarised with important project selection criteria, the process of establishing objectives for a project and the use of historical information.
Module 3 - Project Integration Management
Module Three brings further project management knowledge areas into discussion, including a detailed overview of project integration management and associated activities. Additional topics covered include overall change control, developing a project plan and tips for successful project plan execution.
Module 4 - Project Scope Management
Tools, tips and techniques for effective project scope management are presented in Module Four, which also discusses the criticality of accurate scope planning. Learners are guided through the process of writing a scope statement, with a look at the most important elements a scope statement should contain.
Module 5 - Project Time Management
Strategic time management as a contributor to successful projects is discussed in the fifth module, which provides a variety of practical pointers for making better use of available time. Additional topics outlined in Module Five include decomposing project work packages, evaluating estimates, defining project activities and more.
Module 6 - Project Cost Management
The financial side of planning and managing projects is explored in Module Six, which emphasises the criticality of accurate estimates and careful budgeting. Further topics discussed include developing a project budget, determining an initial budget and resource planning inputs.
Module 7 - Project Quality Management
Quality control as a cornerstone of effective project management follows in the seventh module, which outlines the potential risks associated with quality inconsistencies. Further topics touched upon include reviewing the project scope statement, quality policy determination, planning for quality and implementing a quality management strategy.
Module 8 - Effective Planning & Scheduling
Module Eight provides a detailed breakdown of the project planning process, while examining the criticality of strategic scheduling. Work breakdown structures are also brought into discussion, with tips and guidelines for separating difficult tasks into small and manageable chunks.
Module 9 - Human Resource Management
Candidates then consider the main HRM responsibilities that fall within the remit of the project manager, with particular emphasis on determining staffing requirements for a project. The importance of decisive leadership and strategic delegation of duties is also touched upon.
Module 10 - Rewarding Employees
Reward systems as a major motivator in the workplace are discussed in Module 10, along with the various different incentives that can be introduced to boost motivation. The importance of recognising the different factors and influences that motivate each member of the workforce is also discussed.
Module 11 - Organising Meetings
The functions and objectives of several different types of meetings follow in Module 11, which guides learners through the process of planning and chairing a successful meeting. Tips and guidelines for working as part of a conference planning team are also provided, alongside an overview of several common challenges in organising meetings.
Module 12 - Managing Resources
Resource allocation and management is discussed at length in Module 12, with a look at the various different types of resources the project manager has access to and control over. Typical business ownership models and hierarchical structures are also examined.
Module 13 - Change Management
Module 13 presents and discusses a series of key factors in successful change, discussing the value of taking a positive and proactive approach to all types of change. Further time management tips, tricks and activities are discussed, alongside a breakdown of the main stages of the change cycle.
Module 14 - Crisis Management
Tips and tricks for staying cool and calm in crisis situations are presented in Module 14. Learners are guided through the process of developing and introducing a workable crisis management plan, including how to conduct an in-depth crisis audit and decide whether an emergency operations centre should be established.
Module 15 - Conflict Management
Dealing diplomatically with disputes in the workplace is discussed in Module 15, which takes a look at the most common causes of conflict and the different stages of conflict. The potential for conflict and disputes to be avoided entirely is also discussed, along with the importance of open communication for resolving most disputes at work.
Module 16 - Stress Management
Module 16 takes a fascinating look at the human response to stress, emphasising the importance of taking a proactive approach to stress management at work and elsewhere. Candidates also consider the relationship between stress management and effective time management.
Module 17 - Communication Management
Communication as the cornerstone of effective project management follows in Module 17, which discusses how to identify the communication requirements of a project and plan in advance for effective communication. Communication modalities and project constraint evaluations are also discussed.
Module 18 - Procurement Management
Module 18 explores purchasing and procurement in project management, highlighting the differences and similarities between the two activities. Additional topics touched upon include the use of product descriptions, evaluating market conditions, planning for procurement and more.
Module 19 - Risk Management
Candidates learn how to perform an in-depth risk analysis in Module 19, while considering the importance of a structured approach to risk management. Additional topics covered include identifying risks, classifying risks, prioritising risks, how to perform SWOT analysis and the functions of a project charter.
Module 20 - International Project Management
In the final module, learners study the main differences between domestic project management and global project management. Module 20 touches upon managing remote teams, the challenges of global project leadership and other major international project knowledge areas.
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