• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 1 month


The courses in the Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization are a recommended precursor to UCI's Applied Project Management Certificate. 

Successful projects require careful upfront planning. In this course, you’ll learn the key roles and responsibilities of the project manager and project team. You’ll also learn to answer some key questions upfront to help you meet project objectives: What will this project accomplish? Why is this project important? Who benefits from this project? How will we plan for successful outcomes?

Upon completing this Initiating and Planning Projects offered by Coursera in partnership with UC Irvine, Division of Continuing Education, you will be able to:

  • Iidentify the key characteristics of a project
  • Identify primary project constraints
  • Define the role and responsibilities of the project manager
  • Identify Project Organizational Structures
  • Understand the definition of a Project Stakeholder
  • Identify project stakeholders
  • Identify information needs of the project stakeholders
  • Define responsibility for managing stakeholder and controlling stakeholder engagement
  • Define the purpose of using a project charter
  • Summarize the key elements of a project plan
  • Identify common sources of conflict within a project environment
  • Describe the difference between authority and influence

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Duration description
      • Approx. 7 hours to complete
      • Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Get Started!
  • What is a Project?
  • Get to Know your Stakeholders
  • Scope Matters
  • Authority vs. Influence
  • Wrap Up

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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