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.

Duration, attendance and delivery

The course usually lasts approximately 10 weeks. 

The delivery of this module is through our online+ model for distance learning consisting of online learning, self-study, reflection, discussion and sharing learning with and from others, application of learning to your organisational context and the completion of assessment tasks. There is also the opportunity for students who value face-to-face workshops to attend optional themed workshops.


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

The assessment format may be a reflective account, a project report, a presentation or portfolio of evidence; all being the equivalent of 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 

N.B. CETAD reserve the right to cancel or move the course to a later date if the number of students registered for the advertised course is not sufficient.