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Project Management: Theory and Practice

Project Management: Theory and Practice

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.

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Course Summary

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.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • The best practice project management principles applied on the course to further real world projects
  • How to scope out a project, write clear, trackable objectives and deliverables and project plans and then be able to monitor the progress of projects through to successful completion
  • How to apply lessons learned from one project to improve the performance and success of future projects

Course Outcomes

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


Assessment Methods

1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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