Essentials of Project Management (EEPM) 675

Essentials of Project Management

EEPM 675

Delivery Mode: Online

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Phase 1 of the MBA program before taking this course.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Program: Master of Business Administration

Note: Although the course does not prepare students for the Project Management Professional® (PMP) exam, the textbook does cover advice on certification and you are welcome to ask the course author any questions you may have on this. You are not expected to know how to use Microsoft Project to take this course nor does the course teach you how to use the software.

Course Overview

Managing projects is a vital part of everyone’s job and mastering key concepts and techniques can help you be more effective in your career. This course puts project management concepts, tools, and techniques into a real-world context. The course logically follows the project life cycle and examines the technical and sociocultural dimensions of project management.

Whether you are already leading projects, working on projects, or wanting to take a more active role in upcoming projects, this course will provide you with essential project management knowledge and information (including techniques) that you can put to work immediately and build on in the future.

Course Objectives

  • understand project, program, and portfolio management
  • explain how projects are managed through the project life cycle
  • understand and apply some project management techniques and access a variety of project management templates
  • apply project management concepts
  • be familiar with the project management knowledge areas
  • critically analyze, discuss, and debate topics in project management

Course Outline

The course is divided into eight themes that are studied over an eight-week period:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Project Management
  • Lesson 2: Project Initiation
  • Lesson 3: Project Planning
  • Lesson 4: Project Implementation
  • Lesson 5: Leadership and Teams
  • Lesson 6: Monitoring and Control
  • Lesson 7: Project Close Out
  • Lesson 8: Next Steps

Student Evaluation

Your grade will be based on the successful completion of one group assignment, one individual assignment, and on your participation in moderated group discussions.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.