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Online Advance Certificate Course on Project Management – 2015 Edition

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    The future of many organisations depends on their ability to manage projects, programs, and portfolios of projects. Skills in these areas continue to be in high demand. Have you ever been involved in a complex project that just did not go the way you wanted?  Often failure is pre ordained due to the approach to the project.  The concept of project management exists because it helps assure completion of a project successfully.  To help the project manager succeed in achieving their objectives, it is essential that all members of his/her team become aware of and use sound project management practices. This course is designed to provide participants with the rudimentary knowledge and skills that will enable them to support the planning, implementation, and monitoring requirements of their projects.  It is intended to give participants an appreciation of the types and quantity of data that project managers require in order to keep a project within the confines of the triple constraints. Key Outcomes:Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:a)    Demonstrate an understanding of everyday project management terminology.b).    Contribute to the presentation of an effective project kick-off meeting. c)    Develop a more accurate schedule for their project activities.d)    Contribute to the development of a project risk management plan. e)    Participate in the development of accurate scope, cost, and schedule baselines. f)    Implement effective scope, cost, and schedule tracking and monitoring processes. g)    Contribute to the effective closeout of their project.COURSE OUTLINEPre-Training:

    • Introductory Course in the Online Training System (Free)

    Module 1:  PHASE 1 — Project DefinitionSection 1: Introduction to Project Management

    • Introduction
    • Historical overview of project management
    • Assignment

    Section 2: Defining your project

    • Project definition
    • Project management as a concept
    • Project life cycle
    • Organizational structure
    • Assignment

    Module 2:  PHASE 2 — Project Initiation and PlanningSection 3: Project Planning

    • Project selection/identifying stakeholders

    -Preparing a stakeholder analysis -Sample stakeholder Analysis

    • Creating a project charter

    -Elements of a project charter -Sample project charter

    • Project proposal – definition and preparation
    • Developing a preliminary scope statement

    -Content of a scope statement -Scope statement and GSMART objectives -Sample preliminary scope statement

    • Develop project management plan

    -Content of a scope statement -Scope statement and GSMART objectives -Sample preliminary scope statement

    • Develop project management plan
    • Assignment

    Section 4: The Triple Constraint and Project Planning

    • The concept of the Triple Constraint
    • The difference between time estimates: effort, duration, and calendar
    • Assignment

    Section 5: Project Budgeting

    • Budgeting in project management
    • Cost estimating
    • Cost budgeting (Direct and Indirect costing)
    • Project schedule and cost baselines
    • Personnel budgeting
    • Assignment

    Section 6: Understanding Project Risk Management Planning

    • Risk management plans

    -Sample risk management plan -Probability/impact matrices

    • The three components of risks
    • Six steps of the risk management process
    • Approaches to risk monitoring and control
    • Risk response strategies
    • Risk Register

    -Sample risk register

    • Assignment

    Module 3: PHASE 3 — Project ExecutionSection 7: Project Execution

    • Introduction
    • Executing tasks for project integration management

    -Deliverables -Sample deliverables -Work performance information

    • Executing tasks for project quality management
    • Executing tasks for project human resource management
    • Introduction to team management

    -Developing the project team and assessing team performance -Basic team management practices

    • Communication in Project management

    -Important project communication concepts -Basic communication models

    • Assignment

    Module 4: PHASE 4 — Project Monitoring, Evaluation & AdjustmentSection 8: Project Monitoring and Evaluation

    • The concept of monitoring and evaluation
    • The Importance of monitoring a project
    • Project adjustment
    • Assignment

    Module 5: PHASE 5 — Project Completion & Final EvaluationSection 9: Complete and Best Practices

    • Introduction
    • Closing tasks for project integration management
    • Best Practices

    -Organizational project management maturity model (OPM3) best practices

    • Final/Overall Project Evaluation
    • Summary of Project Management


    • Final Examination
    • Participants Evaluation of Course/Feedback
    • Conclusion

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS:This is an online course, so you’ll need to have a computer with an Internet connection, and you’ll need a web-browser (you can use IE or FireFox). All the course materials you’ll need to complete this course are provided in the course modules. You will not need to purchase any additional materials, resources, or books. You will also have the opportunity of experiencing the best online training platform. ADDITIONAL FEATURES:

    • Online, interactive, self-paced and self-learning modules.
    • Assignments to test your knowledge and understanding before and after the course.
    • Opportunity to post comments, assignment answers, live chat and blogging etc.

    TARGET AUDIENCE:The course is aimed at programs and project managers, staff of NGOs, CBOs, staff of UN specialized agencies, donor agency field workers, volunteers, development actors, volunteers, trainers, government officials, policy-makers, activists, women advocates, researchers, gender focal points etc.   Candidates should have a good written command of English language and good competence and comfort with computer and internet use. COST:The course tuition fee is US$300. There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for this course for applicants from developing countries, based on financial need. LOCATION: OnlineAPPLICATION PROCEDURE:The deadline for application is 30th March 2015, while full tuition payment is due on 31st March 2015. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  However, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. To download the application form, visit our website at Register early for this wonderful learning opportunity!Further inquiries about the course may be sent to: GHRLTI Human Rights and Justice Group Int’lNigeria: 53, Western Avenue, P.O.Box 3326, Surulere, 101014, Lagos, Nigeria Tel: +234-8034923400U.S.A.:   1208 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 4, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138 E-mail: |Website:

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