An introduction to project management


This course provides a firm foundation for anyone involved in managing a project using waterfall methodology as the example. It is suitable for those attempting project management for the first time or as a useful reminder of the basic principles for seasoned PMs.


Project Management is too often seen as an add on to the day job. Some organisations will even “reward” their staff by giving them a project to manage. To develop their skill set. To add to their CV. However, good project management requires a wide skill set, the ability to plan, manage a team, co-ordinate tasks, show a range of leadership styles, understand contracts and be prepared to be part of a rigorous, open and honest post project evaluation.

This course provides the essential elements to consider, and tools to use, when carrying out a project. It takes you from the original inception of the project idea through to post project evaluation. These tools and skills, if adhered to, will increase the likelihood that your project will be a success and that the organisation learns best practice in project management and identifies and acts on areas for improvement from all of its projects.

You will learn what constitutes a project, how to select the right project, what good project governance looks like, how to plan a project, how to evaluate project risk, how to manage project resources, consider the various project management tools available and learn how vital post project evaluation is.

This course is for anyone involved in project management for the first time (particularly using a waterfall methodology such as PRINCE 2), a seasoned PM looking to recap the basics or as a learning resource for new project team.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, you will have a greater understanding of:

  • What constitutes a project
  • The 3 control dimensions of a project
  • What makes an effective project governance structure
  • How to assess project risk
  • Tools available to help manage your project including Gantt charts and Resource histograms
  • The concept of the work breakdown structure and responsibility assignment
  • The key elements of the project budget
  • The key elements of post project evaluation
  • The skills required for project management to be successful

Course Content:

  • Defining a project
  • Project structures – the 3 dimensions and the project lifecycle
  • Waterfall methodology – key processes and governance
  • Evaluating project risk for the risk register
  • Managing staff time
  • Managing the project budget
  • Breaking the project down and understanding dependencies (Work breakdown structures and Gantt charts)
  • Controlling the project
  • Post Project evaluation
  • Skills and competencies of the excellent project manager

Authored by: Andy Wilkes

Andy is a qualified accountant and trainer and has been delivering the highest quality training courses for over 20 years. He has had a varied career which has spanned the public and private sectors even running his own successful business for the last 10 years. Andy rejoined BPP as a Programme Manager in February 2020.

A CPD certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon successful completion of the online course.

CPD Points: 2

CPD Duration (hours): 2

Access: 12 months from purchase date

Price: £65.00 (excludes VAT)