The Open University since 2006
Alternatively you can skip the navigation by pressing 'Enter'.
Life Story: Growing upMonday, 29th August 2016 22:00 - BBC FourFrom the cradle to the grave can be a short journey - it's a challenge out there. Read more: Life Story: Growing up
Full Steam Ahead: Episode fiveTuesday, 30th August 2016 00:40 - BBC Two
Hidden histories: Britain's oldest family businesses: Balson The ButcherTuesday, 30th August 2016 22:00 - BBC Four
Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story: A Question Of IdentityWednesday, 31st August 2016 22:00 - BBC Four
Full Steam Ahead: Episode sixAvailable until Monday, 26th September 2016 16:30The final episode of Full Steam Ahead looks at how more free time and rail transport allowed Victorians to travel... Read more: Full Steam Ahead: Episode six
Life Story: First stepsAvailable until Sunday, 25th September 2016 00:50
BBC Inside Science - 2016/2017 series: Proxima b exoplanet, The Hunt for Vulcan, East Antarctic lakes, Deep sea shark huntingAvailable for over a year
Full Steam Ahead: Episode fourAvailable until Thursday, 22nd September 2016 01:15
OpenLearn Live: August Bank Holiday Special 2016Get more than an ice cream out of your holiday weekend - make the most of the last of summer. Read more: OpenLearn Live: August Bank Holiday Special 2016
Take the photographic memory testCan you capture scenes just by looking at them? Find out with our photographic memory test. Launch now: Take the photographic memory test
Internet of everythingThe internet of everything (IoE) is the networked connection of people, process, data and things.... Try: Internet of everything now
Starting with psychologyThe most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56).... Try: Starting with psychology now
This free course, Project management: The start of the project journey, introduces projects, what they are, how they come about, responses to problems and planning. It explores the role of key players including the project manager, feasibility studies, decision making and project life cycles.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- define what a project is
- understand the importance of risk
- define the questions a decision maker needs to ask
- list the main activities and tasks of a project manager
- consider phased development, prototype approaches or agile methods.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Conception: ‘The journey begins’
- 2 Feasibility
- 3 Making decisions
- 4 Projects: the life cycle, the project manager and success
- 5 Software development
- Keep on learning
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Project management: the start of the project journey
This free course introduces projects: what they are and how they come about as a result of ideas, responses to problems and planning. Key players in the project game are introduced. The course then looks at how feasibility studies are carried out. Technical, social, political, environmental and financial feasibility are explored and assessed. Decision making tools are discussed. Once a proposal for action has been accepted by management, a project results. This course looks at various ways of organising the life cycles of projects and what the project manager’s job consists of.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of postgraduate study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Managing courses or view the range of currently available OU Managing courses.
Copyright & revisions
Originally published: Thursday, 14th July 2011
Last updated on: Wednesday, 16th March 2016
- Creative-Commons: The Open University is proud to release this free course under a Creative Commons licence. However, any third-party materials featured within it are used with permission and are not ours to give away. These materials are not subject to the Creative Commons licence. See terms and conditions. Full details can be found in the Acknowledgements and our FAQs section.
- This site has Copy Reuse Tracking enabled - see our FAQs for more information.
If you enjoyed this, why not follow a feed to find out when we have new things like it? Choose an RSS feed from the list below. (Don't know what to do with RSS feeds?)
Remember, you can also make your own, personal feed by combining tags from around OpenLearn.
All our alternative formats are free for you to download, for more information about the different formats we offer please see our FAQs. The most frequently used are Word (for accessibility), PDF (for print) and ePub and Kindle to download to eReaders*.
- Word (2.5 MB)
- PDF (4.1 MB)
- ePub 3.0 (1.7 MB)
- ePub 2.0 (1.7 MB)
- Kindle (1.2 MB)
- RSS (671 KB)
- HTML (1.4 MB)
- SCORM (1.4 MB)
- OUXML Package (87 KB)
- OUXML File (288 KB)
- IMS Common cartridge
- Moodle backup (1.1 MB)
*Please note you will need an ePub and Mobi reader for these formats.