Project Management Course: The Professional Guide

Project Management Course: The Professional Guide

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Enhance your ability to lead teams and analyse complex problems with a project management course. Learn Project Management with our Project Management courses in Sydney – short courses open to everyone.

This project management course is an intensive course that provides project managers, project officers and project team members with the practical skills needed to effectively manage small or medium business and technical projects in the workplace. This project management course is intended for projects which are short to medium term, such as managing larger corporate events or conferences, implementing medium to large workplace change projects and managing larger office infrastructure changes or fit-outs. This project management course examines each of the steps required at each stage of the project life cycle.

Learning Outcomes

The project management course covers the activities in each of the five (5) process groups of Project Management, namely Initialising, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Closing, which are the common framework of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the National Competency Standards in Project Management.

At the completion of this project management course you will learn how to:

  1. Define the scope and user requirements of a project, and the best means of controlling changes to the scope.
  2. Develop a realistic schedule which meets the stakeholders' constraints.
  3. Manage project stakeholders to ensure they remain committed and involved throughout the project.
  4. Identify and manage risks which could disrupt or damage the project.
  5. Use a structured approach to prepare a project plan, incorporating appropriate plans, schedules, a budget and specific outputs/deliverables for each step of the plan.
  6. Determine project quality objectives and identify appropriate controls to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved.
  7. Use methods for timely and accurate reporting of progress against plan.
  8. Manage crises arising from the project’s work and stakeholder assumptions.
  9. Ensure they obtain the appropriate resources for the project.
  10. Build effective teams which are committed to the project goals.

Course Content

This project management course will cover the following content:


  • Project Management overview and terminology
  • Characteristics of projects & typical project problems
  • The project life cycle and project processes
  • Critical success factors

Project Initiation & Stakeholders

  • Project start-up activities
  • Project constraints
  • Identifying and planning stakeholders' expectations

Defining the Project Scope

  • Gathering requirements
  • Scope definition
  • Managing scope changes

Project Planning

  • Planning process/workflow
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Network diagrams and task dependencies
  • Estimation techniques
  • Milestones and Gantt charts
  • Contingency
  • Project budget and impact of suppliers.

Quality & Risk Management

  • Identifying and managing project risks
  • Controlling quality of project deliverables and meeting the stakeholder requirements

Project execution

  • Staffing plans
  • Managing and developing project teams
  • Mastering PM skills and leadership

Status reporting and correcting variances to plan

  • Using the baseline plan.
  • Determining accurate status, what to report, and what actions to take on deviations from the plan.

Managing Project Closure

  • Project closure – administrative steps.
  • Contract closure checklists.
  • Post Implementation Reviews.

Course wrap-up

  • Review of key course concepts.
  • Using the work book’s follow-up activities.

Intended Audience

This project management course is designed for less experienced project leaders and project participants with some limited hands on experience who wish to learn more about project management principles, project methodology and current best practices.

It particularly suits participants who manage projects or support project managers on a regular basis, and where projects are less complex, primarily affecting multiple departments or a medium to large number of stakeholder groups.

This project management course provides all of the underlying knowledge required to pursue a Diploma in Project Management via Recognition of Prior Learning, although it does not in itself lead to that award.

For those who are looking for an introductory course in project management, you may be interested in our Project Management Course for Non-Project Managers . If however you are looking for a more intensive complete guide to project principles and project management methodology you may be interested in our Project Management Course: The Master Guide.


Professional Development Units Available
This project management course offers 14 Professional Development Units (PDUs). It also partially satisfies the training requirements for the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) qualification and the underlying knowledge requirements for The Australian Institute of Project Management’s Certified Practising Project Manager (CPPM) certification.

Recognised by

Project Management Institute14
Please note: For those seeking PDUs for Project Management Institute (PMI) accreditation, reference codes will be provided to participants at the completion of this project management course. PDUs are valid for six (6) years for those seeking accreditation for the first time or three (3) years for those seeking to renew accreditation.

Delivery Style

This project management course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This project management course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

John Flynn has wide experience in management consulting, project management, market research and analysis, economic forecasting, and PC software package design and development, as well as having held roles in marketing, divisional and general management in Australia, the United States and in the Far East. He has advised or consulted with all the major IT and software vendors, as well as major airlines, telcos, banks, insurance and engineering companies. He has also written numerous reports on market projections and technical trends in the industry for clients throughout the world.

John has been an adjunct lecturer in the project management postgraduate programme of the University of Sydney since 2003 and has conducted training workshops for government and corporates throughout Australia and China, as well as in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, since 1999.

John is an active member of the Sydney Chapter of the Project Management Institute and was a Board member and Director of that Chapter for 8 years. He won the 2006 Distinguished Contribution Award given by all Australian chapters of the PMI at the ProMac Conference in Sydney in October 2006. In 2015 he also received a Teaching Commendation from the Dean of Engineering at Sydney University for his work in the post graduate project management programme.

John has the following qualifications: B.Sc (Hons), B.A (Hons), Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of Integrated Risk Management, Masters Certificate in Project Management (George Washington University), Certified Practising Project Management (CPPM), a Cert IV TAE and is a qualified workplace assessor for the Australian Institute of Project Management.

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