University of Bath

Core project management skills

An course for project-team members (staff only) giving an overview of the principles, tools and techniques of project management.

When

Date and time: tbc

Presenter(s): Fistral Training

2018/19 courses: This course is likely to run in December only. Course dates will be published approximately 6 to 8 weeks beforehand.

To book/cancel your place once a course date has been arranged - please see the instructions below for using Employee Self Service (ESS).

About this course

Aimed at project team members who may or may not have been involved in the initial project planning stages, this course provides an understanding of what a project is and ways to assist in planning, tracking and reporting on your project tasks and work using tried-and-tested project management tools and techniques. Immediately applicable to planning and managing academic and research projects as well as commercial projects, it covers the theory and principles of project management within the context of the Project Management Institute.

The course will use a generic project example to ensure a focus on techniques, and will cover:

  • an introduction to projects, project work and project management
  • the basics of project planning, and checklists and guidelines that you can use immediately on your project tasks
  • the fundamental principles of a well-planned, well-led and well-directed project, and how you can apply these principles to your tasks and individual project work - such as identifying and scheduling tasks, activities, milestones and understanding and managing stakeholders
  • the critical factors that will influence whether a project will be successful of not, including identifying and managing risk
  • practical, group-based exercises to reinforce and enhance the skills learned
  • work breakdown structures, network diagrams, critical path and PERT analysis, Gantt charts and other techniques to help with project work and delivering tasks

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • describe the basics of project planning
  • recall the availability of the University of Bath project management guidance and templates for you to use
  • use checklists and guidelines to support your project tasks
  • recall the fundamental principles of a well-led and well directed project, and how you can apply these principles to your tasks and individual project work
  • explain the critical factors that will influence whether a project will be successful or not
  • identify and use techniques to help with your project work and delivering tasks

Pre-work

This course has no pre-work.

Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF)

The Effective Behaviours Framework (EBF) has nine key behavioural areas. This course will help you to develop skills and knowledge related to the EBF behavioural groups highlighted below:

  • Managing self and personal skills
  • Using resources effectively
  • Developing self and others

Please note that attending the course does not provide evidence of achieving these behaviours; you will need to demonstrate them by applying your skills and knowledge.

Who should attend

Those who are members of a project team(s) who need to use the key tools, techniques and systems of project planning and management. You may be involved in the early stages of proposing and specifying a change initiative, but you are not responsible for the submission of University business case templates.

Book or cancel your place using ESS

Discussing your learning and development with your line manager

We assume that if you need permission or agreement to attend this course you will have arranged this before booking, and have also jointly discussed the following with your line manager to ensure that the training is suitable and your learning can be transferred back to the workplace:

  • how this training will help to deliver your individual/team goals
  • the expected outcomes (i.e. what is expected to change/improve as a result)
  • any support required post-course to enable you to transfer your learning back to the workplace

Book a place

Once a course date has been arranged you can book your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS). You must book a place to be able attend.

Please note that we do not hold a waiting list for this course.

Cancel your place

You can cancel your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS).

Please cancel your place as early as possible, and at least 3 days in advance, to allow others to book instead.

Online learning and resources

University of Bath project management guidance and templates

Related training and development

Access online tools and support about project management on-demand via the Development Toolkit, such as: