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Learn the basics of project planning and management so you can run effective projects at work or in daily life with this Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management course from Darden School of Business by FutureLearn.

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Overview

Projects are all around us. Virtually every organisation runs projects, either formally or informally. In this course you will learn planning principles and execution methods so your projects can be run more effectively and efficiently at work and in daily life. You’ll discover the language and frameworks for scoping projects, sequencing activities, utilizing resources, and minimizing risks.

You also have the chance to earn professional development units (PDUs) as the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

By the end of the Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management course from Darden School of Business by FutureLearn , you'll be able to:

  • Describe how to initiate a project by defining the project goal, identifying the priorities, and establishing the organization.
  • Explain how to develop a project plan by identifying the scope, task dependencies, schedule, critical path, and risks.
  • Identify factors that lead to project success.
  • Describe the four stages of the project-life-cycle and the role each stage has in the evolution of a project.
  • Explain how to execute a project by monitoring the progress, communicating with stakeholders, and deciding how to correct and control.
  • Develop an awareness of some behavioral biases in project settings and identify how these impact the planning and execution of a project.
  • Develop the language and mindset for planning and managing projects by properly setting and prioritizing project goals and objectives.
  • Identify the most appropriate project management methodology given the project objectives, the degrees of uncertainty, and the constraints.

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • What a project is, what it is not, and why that matters.
  • How projects are defined and a project’s three objectives.
  • Models for examining a project’s organization and its stakeholders.
  • Reasons why projects fail and how to measure success.
  • Key stages in the project life-cycle and the features of each.
Week 2
  • Why we plan and how to develop a project plan.
  • Process of scoping.
  • Tools that can help us identify what should be included in a project.
  • Sequencing project tasks and the nature of dependencies among project activities.
  • Determine a project’s duration and critical path.
  • Schedule a project and making changes to a plan.
Week 3
  • Identify and assess project risks.
  • Prioritize and schedule project risks.
  • Setting a project budget.

Week 4

  • Execution phase of a project.
  • Earned value approach for monitoring and controlling progress.
  • How habits of individuals executing the project can impact progress.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 1 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

Online
  • Self-paced
  • No Attendance
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This course is for anyone interested in ensuring their projects run smoothly.
  • You don’t need any prior experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Free
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  • National

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 USD per year during 1 months.

It's free to join and study this course, you have the option to upgrade  and receive a digital and printed certificate for $64. Additional benefits can be reached via the Unlimited FutureLearn product. 

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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