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Project Management Essentials
Course Description:

The course will introduce some of the essential skills and techniques of planning and managing projects.  It applies to all those managing broad workloads, with multiple deadlines and stakeholders, irrespective of the type of project.

The course will cover:

  • How projects differ from an organisation's daily work, and the implications for what we need to manage. 
  • Understanding the project lifecycle and the key elements that need to be managed, including agreeing on the project's scope and tools, monitoring progress, and project closure
  • Key project roles, including that of Project Sponsor and understanding stakeholders' relationships to the project.

The course will include practical exercises, in which you will try out some of the key concepts discussed either individually or in groups. You will also be asked to look at a video in between two of the sessions.

NB: the course consists of three sessions, all of which must be attended in order.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of managing projects effectively to UCL
  • Understand the key aspects and tools of managing a project through a lifecycle
  • Appreciate the key project stakeholders and how to manage the relationship with them
Intended Audience:

This course is for all those who manage projects as part of their role at UCL whether in professional services, teaching or research. Some prior experience of project working is desirable either as a project team member or manager.

Target Audience: UCL Staff only
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