Researcher Development

Project Management - an introduction

Course code: RSPMI

Topic: Personal Effectiveness

Course description

An introduction to the project-management process and the tools used to plan and track progress.

This course is intended to be immediately applicable to academic/research projects as well as commercial projects. We will cover the theory and principles of project management within the context of the Project Management Institute.

Learning outcomes

During this one-day course, you will:

  • Learn the basics of the project planning process and receive a set of checklists and guidelines that you can use immediately on any project
  • Appreciate the fundamental principles of a well-led and well directed project, such as identifying and scheduling tasks, activities, milestones and understanding and managing stakeholders
  • Be aware of the critical factors that will influence whether a project will be successful or not, including identifying and managing risk
  • Use practical, group-based exercises to reinforce and enhance the skills learned
  • Create work breakdown structures, network diagrams, critical path analysis, Gantt charts and other techniques that ensure robust project control


"A good general intro."
"The practical exercises gave tools that I can apply to my work."

Target audience

Staff who research and/or teach

This course has now taken place