Principles of Project Management


  • The Project environment – internal and external
  • Project roles
  • The Project life cycle
  • Defining and scoping the project
  • Managing project priorities and problems
  • Stakeholder analysis

On completion of this course you will have a basic understanding of the principles and concepts of project management and its function as a practical approach to organising and achieving results. You will be introduced to the role of a project manager, the steps in defining and scoping a project and the key factors that affect its successful execution. You will have gained a sufficient understanding of the project management process to be able to judge when it is appropriate to make use of it.

In successfully completing this module in addition to Planning and Controlling Projects students can achieve a Certificate of Achievement in Professional Practice (Managing your Work Based Project).

Duration, attendance and delivery

The course usually lasts approximately 10 weeks. This course is all offered online and the blended learning structure consists of online learning, online tutorials, self-study, reflection, application of learning at work and the completion of assessment tasks.

In 2016/17 we are transforming our courses to enable us to offer them all by online+ so you may be able to complete your course fully online. Contact us to enquire whether this course is now available via online+.


At the end of the course you will undertake an assessment. This is a work based assessment rather than a theory based essay. Typically you will be required to apply what you have learnt to your practice, evaluating concepts for their applicability and usefulness.

The assessment format may be a written exercise, presentation, project report or another appropriate method. To give you an indication, a written piece would be around 2000 words in length.

Entry requirements

You will need to be in a work role (paid or unpaid) which allows you the scope to put the concepts learned into practice. There are no formal qualification requirements for entry; we assess suitability on each individual application.

Start dates

  • February
  • November