Project management is an area which is increasingly in demand in both large and small companies. It can help to manage all aspects of a business's daily life, as well as managing important company projects. Studying the Alison learning path in project management will help you to understand the guiding principles of project management, and how it can help a business to achieve better results. This Alison learning path will interest you if you wish to move into the project management sector, or understand how effective project management can improve your business's efficiency. It will also be beneficial if you are planning on undertaking a project management degree and wish to understand the basics of the subject before commencing your course. The Alison project management learning path will take you from a low level of understanding to an understanding of more complex principles. You will look at important factors which influence project management, such as working with clients, managing scheduling and budgeting, and analysing the risks which a project can face.
Courses in this Learning Path
Fundamentals of Project Management
This online course is aimed at people interested in IT project management and builds on other business and IT courses available online at Alison.
Every competent project manager needs to know the various phases and project management software and tools available do the job properly (such as the Gantt Chart). This free course will identify these phases and tools, enabling you to successfully manage any project.2-3 Hours50 Points
Project Management - Project Feasibility and Life Cycle
The free online course Project Management - Project Feasibility and Life Cycle explains what a project is and how the roles and phases within a project are broken down. It also describes the process of evaluating projects in the early stages and the decision-making processes used to determine whether or not a project should proceed. The course begins by introducing to you how a project comes into being, starting with an explanation of what a project is and how it results from ideas, responses to problems and planning. It also looks at the role and influence of the key players that will be involved in the project.
The course then looks at how feasibility studies are carried out, and in particular reviews how technical, social, political, environmental and financial feasibility studies are explored and assessed. You will also learn about decision making tools covering the financial returns and risks associated with the project which allow management accept or reject a project. You will be shown the various ways of organising the life cycles of projects and what the project manager's job consists of. The final section of the course looks at the issues and challenges specific to software development projects, how these differ from other types of projects and the evolving methods being used in this sector.
This free course will be of great interest to professionals working in the area of project management who would like to learn more about project feasibility and project life cycles. The course will also be of interest to learners who may be involved in getting a project approved or who are working on any stage of the project life cycle.
2-3 Hours50 Points
Introduction to Modern Project Management Theory and Practice
This free course "Introduction to Modern Project Management Theory and Practice" is the first in a series of free online courses designed for anyone who wants to learn about contemporary project management.
The course covers topics such as profiling projects, the phases and organizational structures within a project, and the tasks performed in a project start-up. The course series will proceed to investigate the impact of information and communications technologies and methodologies on the speed and efficiencies now possible within the project management area. It will help update the knowledge and understanding of project management of those with more traditional project management training.
This project management course series is intended to be a natural progression to the highly popular Alison course Diploma in Project Management. With organizations looking to deliver projects faster, cheaper and better project management has evolved continuously since the 1980’s to help address these needs, and this course lays down the foundations of project management, supported throughout by examples from real world projects.
Learners will be introduced to project management concepts, phases, profiles, functions, structures, working documents and terminology. You will also learn the importance of managing customer expectations within the scope of a project.
This free online course will be of great interest to learners who would like a career in project management, professionals who are involved in managing projects or any person who just wants to be able to manage personal projects more effectively.
2-3 Hours50 Points
Modern Project Management - Working with Clients and Project Teams
Modern Project Management - Working with Clients and Project Teams is the second in a series of free online courses designed for anyone who wants to learn about best practices in contemporary project management. As projects become more complex and clients' expectations increase Project Managers need to shift emphasis from managing the tasks to taking a leadership role. This involves getting a good understanding of what the client really expects – not just the technical scope – but also how decisions are reached, how information is communicated, and how and why changes are made to the project plans.
The Project Manager also needs to motivate and engage the members of the project team and keep all the other stakeholders on board. This course is broken down into three key areas: understanding and meeting the client’s expectations, working with the project team members and using the relevant communications and software to keep track of the project information. Using the Project Management Institute's Book of Knowledge along with other core theory this course shows how to engage the client appropriately from the start of the project, to resolving issues that may arise through to celebrating key achievements. It also looks at the role of personality types both in terms of the Project Manager's own leadership style, and how to define the roles of project team members and to identify team members who are suitable for those roles. It explains the different types of project teams and how to manage effective team meetings. Learners will also be introduced to the technical communications involved in sharing knowledge within the project team and they will get an overview of the types of software used for project management at differing levels of complexity.
This free course will be of great interest to all professionals working in the area of project management or those who have become involved in a work project or learners who just want to be able to manage personal projects more effectively.
2-3 Hours50 Points
Modern Project Management - Managing the Project Start-up, Scheduling and Budgeting
Modern Project Management - Managing the Project Start-up, Scheduling and Budgeting is the third in a series of free online courses designed for anyone who wants to learn about contemporary project management. This course is broken down into three key areas: how to manage the start-up phase where a project is selected and started, how to create and manage project schedules, and finally how to estimate and manage the project costs. At its core project management is about getting projects completed on time and within budget. In this course the learner will discover how the project manager must definitively establish the project, along with its goals and processes. When a project has been established the course describes how a detailed project schedule, covering both the team members and equipment needs to be drawn up, reviewed and approved. After the project start-up phase the course describes how the schedule must be tracked and evaluated to ensure that milestones will be met, the end deliverables are as scoped, and all stakeholders are kept informed as per the communications plan. Along with the time schedule the course further describes how the project must also be costed in detail, and how the costings are measured against budgets through the use of standard formulas to ensure that the project remains financially on track. The course also contains a sample project which is used to demonstrate to learners the key tasks in creating and monitoring the schedules and budgets. This free course will be of great interest to all professionals working in the area of project management who would like to learn more about project scheduling and budgeting or learners who just want to be able to manage personal projects more effectively.2-3 Hours50 Points
Project Management - Quality, Risk, Procurement and Project Closeout
Modern Project Management – Managing Quality Control, Risk, Procurement and Project Closeout is the last in a series of free online courses designed for anyone who wants to learn about contemporary project management.
This course is broken down into four key areas: how to implement the appropriate quality control procedures throughout the project life-cycle, how to assess risks to the project, how to set up and run an efficient and effective project procurement system, and finally how to close out the project successfully.
The course shows learners why rigorous implementation of quality control is a very important aspect of project management. Both the project manager and the project team must implement a quality control system that inspects all outputs from the project processes and procedures, and ensure that they are aligned with the project scope. The quality control system must also ensure that the project management system itself is performed to a high standard and is audited and adjusted as required.
The course also describes why the project manager and the project team must be risk aware - they must be capable of identifying and quantifying the known risks, and then deciding what mitigating strategy to use for each. As project phases are completed new risks will emerge and the project team must ensure that the risk plan and contingency funding are kept up to date. The course explains how the project manager also has to oversee the procurement process where goods and services are sourced from third parties. The project manager must ensure that the relevant contracts with suppliers are in place and that each supplier meets all the necessary requirements.
The final part of the course explains how a project manager oversees the successful closure of a project, from gathering all the key statistics and summarising them, to closing out the supplier contracts, and archiving all the key documents. Possibly the most important part of project closure is the post-project review where the lessons learned are identified for the future. This is usually followed by the end of project celebration where the effort of the project team is acknowledged and rewarded.
This course will be of great interest to project management professionals who would like to learn more about managing quality control, risk, procurement and project closeout. It will also be of interest to learners who would like a career in project management or learners who just want to be able to manage personal projects more effectively.2-3 Hours50 Points