Develop practical, in-demand project management skills to work and thrive in any industry.
Applications for this fully funded course are now closed.
Project Management is vital to all organisations. Launching a new product, constructing a new aircraft or building,
This short course examines a variety of case studies from commercial and public sector organisations to illustrate the wide
You will learn the importance of planning in advance while being prepared for the unexpected.
This short course covers the following main strands:
Project lifecycle: the characteristics and key challenges of project management are discussed; brief case studies are
Project scheduling: the concept of the project network; exercises are deployed to develop skills in translating text
Financial appraisal and modelling: the principles of financial modelling and its role; financial measures (e.g. ROI, NPV,
- Managing multiple objectives and trade-offs
- Project resourcing – management of teams and relations with contractors
- Change management in projects
- Evaluating project success and failure
- Deploying MS Project as a project scheduling tool
You can apply for a fully funded place on our upskilling courses if:
- You have lived in Scotland for the last three years for reasons other than education; or
- You are living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and working for a UK employer that works in partnership with the University of Stirling and is headquartered or operates in Scotland; or
- You are a member of staff at the University of Stirling.
Managing just one part of the project is not enough: project management requires a systemic view, balancing multiple
- an understanding of the major issues in project management from planning to implementation
- an appreciation of complex multiple objectives found in many projects
- the variety of activity that can benefit from project management
- the specialised skills required by project managers
The individual skills which will be developed throughout this short course include:
- project scheduling with MS Project
- financial modelling with Excel
- introductory principles of project risk analysis
- coping with multiple objectives
- project success/ failure analysis
- report writing
Structure and content
The module is delivered entirely online through our intuitive learning platform iStirling which is accessed through the University Portal. You’ll have access to a wide range of resources, including:
- video lectures
- day-to-day support from online tutors
- core module materials, documentation and reading lists
- journals, ebooks and software
Delivery and assessment
The module will be assessed by means of a 100% individual assignment:
You will be asked to assess a proposed large-scale project to produce a report using the tools and techniques from the short course to determine the viability (or otherwise) of the project.
Please direct enquiries to Dr Peter Flett.
The module is specifically designed to simulate real life experience by undertaking a major project and analysis exercise
If you have any questions about entry requirements for our continuing professional development and short courses, contact our Admissions team.
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