Learn how to deliver quality projects on time, on budget, every time, with this Project Management summer course from Oxford Royale Academy.
A one-week programme for adult learners, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.Apply Now
The ability to manage projects (and even multiple projects simultaneously) is becoming an increasingly essential management tool as organisations downsize, delayer and shift to lean and agile ways of working.
A project, unlike typical daily management work, has a clear start and end point that can pose a number of challenges for managers, not least those of delivering the project on time and to budget. There are numerous cases of projects overspending and even failing, which can have serious negative consequences not just for the organisation or team sponsoring the project but also for the project managers themselves who can suffer from reputational damage as a result of non-delivery to stakeholder expectations and requirements.
This course will set out the key components of any traditional ‘waterfall’ type project management framework and cycle, firstly from a theoretical perspective and then from a practical perspective. Students will apply the theoretical principles to a real world project case that they will follow through from start to finish, defining project deliverables against five dimensions common to many project management models and methods-scope, quality, time, cost and risk.
Students will gain experience in working out costs, critical success factors for the project and breaking down work tasks into a project management schedule. Here students will use popular project management scheduling and tracking tools including the use of GANTT charts, identifying project milestones and the most effective communication channels to keep stakeholders informed on the progress of the project to completion. Finally, the importance of review and identifying lessons learned from a project will be highlighted and discussed.
By the end of the course students will understand:
|Monday||Lecture 1: Project Management- the stages of the project lifecycle|
|Seminar 1: Project scoping, objective setting and creating a project plan and deliverables- practical application and skills development|
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: Project Risk Management and stakeholder mapping|
|Seminar 2: Identifying project risks and key stakeholders- practical application and skills development|
|Wednesday||Lecture 3: Turning the project plan into a schedule- project scheduling, costings, milestones and contingency planning|
|Seminar 3: Practical application and skills development-preparing to implement the project|
|Thursday||Lecture 4: Managing project delivery-daily and weekly monitoring progress checks and the role of project communications|
|Seminar 4: Practical application and skills development- real world and real time project challenge|
|Friday||Lecture 5: Closing a project-taking action to ensure the success of the project and the success of future projects through lessons learned|
|Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning|
1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)
1 x Group Presentation
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