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Project management: the start of the project journey

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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.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 35 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 16th March 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Managing
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Project management: the start of the project journey


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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.

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